James E. Barkley Pharmaceutical Collection

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Reference code

MS 178

Level of description

Collection

Title

James E. Barkley Pharmaceutical Collection

Date(s)

  • circa 1880 -1990 (Creation)

Extent

1 cubic foot (1 box)

Name of creator

(1925-2014)

Biographical history

James Earl Barkley, Jr., was born January 21, 1925, in Uhrichsville, Ohio. He served in Europe and Asia during World War II and was assigned for awhile to the pharmacy at Camp Cooke in Los Angeles, California. He obtained a pharmacy degree from Ohio State University in 1951 and began working for Burroughs Wellcome. He was transferred to Houston in 1961. Barkley spent five years in Washington, DC, between 1962 and 1967, but then returned to Houston. He died on March 20, 2014 and is buried at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.
Henry Solomon Wellcome was born August 21, 1853, in a log cabin near what would later become Almond, Wisconsin. He and Silas Mainville Burroughs formed Burroughs, Wellcome, & Co. in 1880. In 1884, they introduced to England the idea of selling medications in tablet form instead of the usual powders or liquids. They also pioneered direct marketing to doctors. Burroughs died in 1895 but the company did well under Wellcome’s direction. Wellcome became a British subject in 1910. Wellcome’s enterprises had been consolidated into the Wellcome Foundation, Ltd., in 1924 and, upon his death on July 25, 1936, this formed the foundation for the Wellcome Trust, which remains one of the world’s largest private biomedical charities.

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Scope and content

Scope & Content: James E. Barkley is a retired pharmacist and pharmaceutical salesman who worked for the Wellcome company. In the course of his career, Mr. Barkley collected numerous antique bottles of medicine. The collection contains bottles with medicine dating from the late 1800s.

Most of the bottles contain pills, but some bottles contain liquids. Bottles of liquid are stored in archival-quality plastic bags.

Restrictions: This material is unrestricted although some copyright restrictions may apply.

Subjects: Pharmaceuticals, medicine, Wellcome

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Conditions governing access

No access restrictions. Open for research

Physical access

Materials are in good condition.

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Copyright restrictions may apply

Languages of the material

  • English

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None.

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Immediate source of acquisition

James E. Barkley.

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No accruals are expected for this collection.

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  • Citation: James E. Barkley Pharmaceutical Collection; MS 178; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.

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TARO

00278

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Archivist's note

Processed by Philip Montgomery. 2013.

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