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    Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records, 1902-1950.
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    Parke, Davis & Company (author).
    Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records, 1902-1950.
    Phy. Description: 
    179 cu. ft.
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding aid
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    Bio / His Notes: 
    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.
    Scope and Content: 
    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.
    Divided into 5 series: (1) By researcher name and by subject material; (2) By research topic; (3) [See finding aid]; (4) By article, author and subject matter; (5) By researcher name.
    Transferred from the Division of Medical Sciences, 12/82.
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    Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
    Collection stored off-site (N.U.S.); special arrangements required for access. Contact Reference Desk for details: 202-633-3270.
    Pharmacology -- 1900-1950
    Drugs -- 1900-1950
    Pharmaceutical industry -- 1900-1950
    Medical scientists -- 1900-1950
    Duffield, Samuel P., Dr. (physician, pharmacist) (founder of the Parke-Davis Company).
    Parke, Harvey (partner in the Parke, Davis Company).
    Davis, George S. (partner in the Parke, Davis Company).
    Form / Genre: 
    Blueprints -- 20th century.
    Notebooks -- 1900-1950
    Lantern slides -- 1900-1950
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Medical Sciences, Division of, NMAH, SI (collector).
    National Underground Storage (contractor).
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    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0001Add Copy to MyList

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