Collection C0081 - Ken Penley's Pharmacy collection

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Ken Penley's Pharmacy collection


  • 1894-2002, predominant 1982-1993 (Creation)

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1.27 m of textual records.
73 audio cassettes.
56 photographs

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Biographical history

The material in this collection was compiled by Ken Penley of Calgary, Alberta as part of a history project undertaken by the Alberta Pharmaceutical Association to document Alberta's pharmacists and drugstores. After the history book was published, Penley continued to collect material.

For further information see The History of Pharmacy in Alberta : The First One Hundred Years (from leeches to lasers). -- Edmonton : Alberta Pharmaceutical Association, 1993.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Ken Penley, 1982-2010.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of biographical files about Alberta pharmacists, recorded interviews (sound) with pharmacists, historical files on drugstores, prescriptions and formula books, and photographs of pharmacists and their activities. Includes reminiscences of the 1918 influenza epidemic.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Monday, January 28, 2019




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