In the late 19th century, Dr. Franklin Miles created Miles Laboratories which introduced Alka-Seltzer in 1931. Miles competed with many large pharmaceutical companies producing proprietory medicines claiming to remedy a broad range of ailments. The company experimented with different ways (from a puppet to the "creative revolution") to promote Alka-Seltzer.
In 1986 and 1987, Dr. Barbara Griffith, oral historian for the Archives Center, conducted taped interviews of Miles Laboratories executives and advertising agency personnel regarding Alka-Seltzer advertising campaigns. These tapes form the nucleus of the collection.
Collection includes background information about Miles, Inc. (19th century-present) and the advertising agencies the corporations employed, interviews with significant individuals, and advertisements in print, film, and electronic media,especially covering the campaigns of Alka-Seltzer (1931-1984).
Series 3: Original master audio cassettes made in the field and two sets of researcher copies of each tape.
Alka-Seltzer Oral History and Documentation Project, 1953-1987, Archives Center, National Museum of American History