Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records, 1902-1950
Parke, Davis & Company
Medical Sciences, Division of, NMAH, SI
National Underground Storage
Founder of the Parke-Davis Company:
Duffield, Samuel P. Dr (physician pharmacist)
Partner in the Parke, Davis Company:
Davis, George S
179 cu. ft
Company founded by Dr. Samuel P. Duffield, physician and pharmacist. Partnership of Duffield and Harvey C. Parke formed 1866. George S. Davis third partner, 1867. Duffield withdrew 1869. Name Parke, Davis & Company adopted 1871; incorporated 1875. Company first showed profit 1876, first dividend paid to shareholders 1878; dividends paid until mid-1960s. Research was a major activity. Due to weakening financial position, company susceptible to take-over, purchased by Warner-Lambert early 1970s.
Includes engineer's files of equipment used in the Detroit plant; blueprints and linen drawings of the Detroit plant, including building floor layouts, equipment & placement, and computer readouts of the linen drawings; plant operating manuals from the Detroit factory; incomplete sets of the "Parke-Davis Review" and "Parke-Davis Notes"; photographs of the Detroit plant, laboratory, and manufacturing equipment; lantern slides of the Parke-Davis biological laboratory; trademark file, listing product name, registration numbers and dates; product catalogues; the book, Scientific Contributions from the Laboratories, 1866-1966; pocket lab book used by Parke-Davis researchers in their experiments as presented in the research files listed next;
Bound drug research files (1902-1940s) at Parke-Davis in their Detroit labs, including external and internal correspondence; reprints in loose-leaf binders of articles based on this research; and a card file of these researchers by name and dates.
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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