Guide to the American Hospital Supply Corporation Catalogs and Publications

Collection Title: American Hospital Supply Corporation Catalogs and Publications
Dates: 1928-1986
Identification: 55/28/1
Creator: American Hospital Supply Corporation
Extent: 28 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Foster G. McGaw, founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation, was an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose generosity to Northwestern University enhanced both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. His close relationship with the university resulted from the proximity of his corporate headquarters in Evanston to Northwestern. The American Hospital Supply Corporation was for decades the major supplier of health care products in the United States. Filling twenty-one boxes, this series dates between 1928 and 1986. Included are a variety of product catalogs from American Hospital Supply Corporation and from subsidiaries. Also included are a collection of corporate annual reports, product listings, price bulletins and newsletters.
Acquisition Information: This series has been separated from the papers of Foster G. McGaw, donated to the University archives by James Vail on February 22, 1988 (Accession #89–73; see also Accession #88–52).
Processing Information: Kevin B. Leonard, May 10, 1988.
Separated Materials: Approximately five and one-half linear feet of duplicate catalogs, annual reports and newsletters have been discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Related Materials: Additional information on the American Hospital Supply Corporation and the career of Foster G. McGaw may be found in Frederick D. Sturdivant’s study, Growth Through Service: The Story of American Hospital Supply Corporation (Northwestern University Press, Evanston, 1970). Related materials concerning Foster McGaw and the American Hospital Supply Corporation have been arranged and described as separate series: The Foster G. McGaw Papers, Series 55/28/5 , document his personal life and philanthropic activities; corporate records of AHSC, 1923-1963, make up Series 55/28/2; his personal papers relating to the American Hospital Supply Corporation--corporate records oriented more specifically to his personal concerns--form Series 55/28/3; multi-volume scrapbooks presented by business associates to McGaw on the occasion of his 75th birthday (AHSC’s 50th anniversary) constitute Series 55/28/4; and corporate records of Baxter Travenol, which absorbed AHSC in 1985, are arranged as 55/28/6. http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives/findingaids/fostermc.pdf http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives/findingaids/AHSC_rec.pdf http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives/findingaids/mcgaw_scrpbks.pdf
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Scope and Content

Filling twenty-one boxes, this series dates between 1928 and 1986. Included are a variety of product catalogs from American Hospital Supply Corporation and from subsidiaries Dietary Products, Hamilton Industries, McGaw Laboratories, V. Mueller Surgical Products, Rehabilitation Products, and Scientific Products. Also included are a collection of corporate annual reports, product listing and price Bulletins, and newsletters.

Catalogs contain descriptions, illustrations, and pricing for products manufactured or distributed by American and its subsidiaries. A few copies of the catalogs found here are annotated.

Annual reports generally reflect the corporation's major undertakings during a given year and summarize corporate finances. They note net sales and earnings figures, dividends paid, source and use of funds, assets, and liabilities.

Bulletins describe and illustrate on a monthly or semi-monthly basis products offered by American and its subsidiaries. They should be used in conjunction with the catalogs for a view of American's evolving product line and merchandising practices.

The Tomahawk (1943–1970), a corporate newsletter, features news items pertaining to American and the subsidiaries; notices of employee promotions, transfers, appointments, and awards; and anecdotes relating to product sales and corporate activities.

Another newsletter, the Weekly Gossip, represented here by issues dating between 1942 and 1963, records statistics on quotas, sales calls, and orders placed by individual salesmen; notes changes in product offerings and pricing; and often highlights successful sales techniques.

Other publications in this series include: Communique (1973–1976), a bimonthly account of news, appointments, and features about American's international employees and operations; Horizons (1962), a feature magazine for American employees; product and services descriptions from American's Information Systems subsidiary (ca. 1977); Pulse (1982), an employee newsletter; Scope (1972–1975), including feature articles on health care and health-care products; and Vanguard (1973–1976), an employee newsletter published by Pharmaseal Laboratories.

Addition, Box 22

This addition to the American Hospital Supply Corporation Catalogs and Publications fills one half archival box and spans the years 1948–1954. This addition is the result of overfilled boxes which occurred during interfiling.

Addition, Sub-Series 1-2

This addition to the American Hospital Supply Corporation Catalogs and Publications spans the years 1925 to 1985. Included are a small number of product catalogs and a larger number of corporate publications. Addition records, including corporate brochures and “Dear Friend” letters, are also part of the addition.

Arrangement of Materials

Publications are arranged alphabetically by title and chronologically thereafter.

Subjects

Corporate Name

American Hospital Supply Corporation

American Hospital Supply Corporation--Catalogs

Subjects

Pharmaceutical industry


Container List / Contents

  • Catalog #4, 1928Box 1, Folder 1
  • Catalog #4 (F.G.M. annotated copy with product inserts), 1928Box 1, Folder 2
  • Catalog #5, 1930Box 1, Folder 3
  • Catalogs (Annotated with product inserts), ca. 1935Box 1, Folder 4
  • American Aseptic-Steel FurnitureBox 2, Folder 1
  • Catalog No. 60Box 2, Folder 2
  • Catalog No. 70Box 2, Folder 3
  • Catalog No. 80Box 2, Folder 4
  • Catalog No. 81 (Supplement to Catalog No. 80)Box 2, Folder 5
  • Catalog No. 90Box 2, Folder 6
  • Catalog No. 100Box 3, Folder 1
  • Catalog No. 110Box 3, Folder 2
  • Catalog No. 130Box 4, Folder 1
  • Catalog No. 140Box 4, Folder 2
  • Catalog No. 150Box 4, Folder 3
  • Sixtieth Anniversary Catalog, 1982Box 5, Folder 1
  • Catalogs A and B, ca. 1964Box 5, Folder 2
  • Catalogs C and D, ca. 1964Box 5, Folder 3
  • Catalog E and IndexBox 5, Folder 4
  • Catalog C30 (Canadian Catalog)Box 6, Folder 1
  • Dietary Products (Product Catalogs), 1961-1963Box 6, Folder 2
  • Dietary Products (Product Catalogs), 1964-1966Box 6, Folder 3
  • Hamilton Industries (Product Catalogs), ca. 1971–1972Box 6, Folder 4
  • McGaw Laboratories, Inc.: Parenteral Products, 1962Box 6, Folder 5
  • V. Mueller, 1968Box 7, Folder 1
  • Rehabilitation ProductsBox 7, Folder 2
  • Scientific Products, 1957Box 8, Folder 1
  • Scientific Products, 1961Box 8, Folder 2
  • Scientific Products, 1965Box 9, Folder 1
  • Scientific Products, 1968Box 9, Folder 2
  • Scientific Products, 1972Box 10, Folder 1
  • Scientific Products, 1978Box 10, Folder 2
  • Annual Reports (AHSC), 1952, 1955–1956, 1958Box 11, Folder 1
  • Annual Reports (AHSC), 1960-1964Box 11, Folder 2
  • Annual Reports (AHSC), 1965-1969Box 11, Folder 3
  • Annual Reports (AHSC), 1970-1974Box 11, Folder 4
  • Annual Reports (AHSC), 1975-1979Box 11, Folder 5
  • Annual Reports (AHSC), 1980-1984Box 11, Folder 6
  • Bulletin (Product Listings and Prices), 1942-1943Box 11, Folder 7
  • Bulletin, 1943-1944Box 11, Folder 8
  • Bulletin, 1944-1946Box 11, Folder 9
  • Bulletin, 1946-1947Box 11, Folder 10
  • Bulletin, 1947-1948Box 11, Folder 11
  • Bulletin, 1948-1949Box 12, Folder 1
  • Bulletin, 1950Box 12, Folder 2
  • Bulletin, 1951-1952Box 12, Folder 3
  • Bulletin, 1953-1954Box 12, Folder 4
  • Bulletin, 1959Box 12, Folder 5
  • Bulletin, 1960Box 12, Folder 6
  • Bulletin, 1961Box 12, Folder 7
  • Bulletin, 1962Box 12, Folder 8
  • Bulletin, 1963Box 12, Folder 9
  • Bulletin, 1964Box 12, Folder 10
  • Bulletin, 1965Box 13, Folder 1
  • Bulletin, 1966Box 13, Folder 2
  • Bulletin, 1967Box 13, Folder 3
  • Bulletin, 1968Box 13, Folder 4
  • Bulletin, 1978Box 13, Folder 5
  • Bulletin, 1981Box 13, Folder 6
  • Bulletin Inserts, 1950, 1963, n.d.Box 13, Folder 7
  • Communique, 1973Box 13, Folder 8
  • Communique, 1974Box 13, Folder 9
  • Communique, 1975Box 13, Folder 10
  • Communique, 1976Box 13, Folder 11
  • Communique, 1962Box 13, Folder 12
  • Information Systems, ca. 1977Box 13, Folder 13
  • Pulse, 1982Box 13, Folder 14
  • Scope, Vol. 1, 1972Box 13, Folder 15
  • Scope, Vol. 2, 1973Box 13, Folder 16
  • Scope, Vol. 3, 1974Box 13, Folder 17
  • Scope, Vol. 4, 1975Box 13, Folder 18
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 1, 1943Box 13, Folder 19
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 2, 1944-1945Box 13, Folder 20
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 4, 1947Box 13, Folder 21
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 7, 1950Box 13, Folder 22
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 8, 1950Box 13, Folder 23
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 9, 1951Box 13, Folder 24
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 10, 1952Box 13, Folder 25
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 11, 1953Box 13, Folder 26
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 12, 1954Box 13, Folder 27
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 13, 1955-1956Box 14, Folder 1
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 14, 1956Box 14, Folder 2
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 15, 1957Box 14, Folder 3
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 16, 1958Box 14, Folder 4
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 17, 1959Box 14, Folder 5
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 18, 1960Box 14, Folder 6
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 19, 1961Box 14, Folder 7
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 21, 1963Box 14, Folder 8
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 22, 1964Box 14, Folder 9
  • Tomahawk, Vol. 23, 1965Box 14, Folder 10
  • Tomahawk, 1966Box 14, Folder 11
  • Tomahawk, 1970Box 14, Folder 12
  • Vanguard (Pharmaseal Laboratories), 1973-1976Box 14, Folder 13
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 17, 1942Box 14, Folder 14
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 18 (Jan.-June), 1943Box 14, Folder 15
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 18 (July-Dec.), 1943Box 15, Folder 1
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 19 (Jan.-June), 1944Box 15, Folder 2
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 19 (July-Dec.), 1944Box 15, Folder 3
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 20 (Jan.-June), 1945Box 15, Folder 4
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 20 (July-Dec.), 1945Box 15, Folder 5
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 21 (Jan.-June), 1946Box 15, Folder 6
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 21 (July-Dec.), 1946Box 15, Folder 7
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 22 (Jan.-June), 1947Box 16, Folder 1
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 22 (July-Dec.), 1947Box 16, Folder 2
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 23 (Jan.-June), 1948Box 16, Folder 3
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 23 (July-Dec.), 1948Box 16, Folder 4
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 24 (Jan.-June), 1949Box 16, Folder 5
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 24 (July-Dec.), 1949Box 16, Folder 6
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 25 (Jan.-June), 1950Box 16, Folder 7
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 25 (July-Dec.), 1950Box 17, Folder 1
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 26 (Jan.-June), 1951Box 17, Folder 2
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 26 (July-Dec.), 1951Box 17, Folder 3
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 27 (Jan.-June), 1952Box 17, Folder 4
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 27 (July-Dec.), 1952Box 17, Folder 5
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 28 (Jan.-June), 1953Box 17, Folder 6
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 28 (July-Dec.), 1953Box 17, Folder 7
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 29 (Jan.-June), 1954Box 18, Folder 1
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 29 (July-Dec.), 1954Box 18, Folder 2
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 30 (Jan.-June), 1955Box 18, Folder 3
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 30 (July-Dec.), 1955Box 18, Folder 4
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 31 (Jan.-June), 1956Box 18, Folder 5
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 31 (July-Dec.), 1956Box 18, Folder 6
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 32 (Jan.-June), 1957Box 18, Folder 7
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 32 (July-Dec.), 1957Box 19, Folder 1
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 33 (Jan.-June), 1958Box 19, Folder 2
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 33 (July-Dec.), 1958Box 19, Folder 3
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 34 (Jan.-June), 1959Box 19, Folder 4
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 34 (July-Dec.), 1959Box 19, Folder 5
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 35 (Jan.-June), 1960Box 19, Folder 6
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 35 (July-Dec.), 1960Box 20, Folder 1
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 36 (Jan.-July), 1961Box 20, Folder 2
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 36 (July-Dec.), 1961Box 20, Folder 3
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 37 (Jan.-June), 1962Box 20, Folder 4
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 37 (July-Dec.), 1962Box 20, Folder 5
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 38 (Jan.-June), 1963Box 21, Folder 1
  • Weekly Gossip, Vol. 38 (July-Dec.), 1963Box 21, Folder 2
  • “Dear Friend” Letters, 1937-1986Box 21, Folder 3
  • Catalog Fragments and Illustrations, n.d.Box 21, Folder 4
  • Corporate Brochures and Profiles, n.d.Box 21, Folder 5
  • Shareholder Meeting and Quarterly Reports, 1979Box 21, Folder 6
  • Catalogs #1 and #3, 1925-1927Box 22, Folder 1
  • Dietary Products Catalog, 1968Box 22, Folder 2
  • AC Current, 1982Box 22, Folder 3
  • Americana, 1978-1979Box 22, Folder 4
  • Annual reports, AHSC, 1939, 1944, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1960Box 22, Folder 5
  • Annual Reports, AHSC, bound, 1951-1969Box 22, Folder 6
  • Bottom Line, 1983Box 22, Folder 7
  • Brochures, c. 1979, n.d.Box 22, Folder 8
  • Bulletin, 1949Box 23, Box 23, Folder 1
  • Bulletin, 1950Box 23, Box 23, Folder 2
  • Bulletin, 1951Box 23, Box 23, Folder 3
  • Bulletin, 1953-1954Box 23, Box 23, Folder 4
  • Bulletin, 1955Box 23, Box 23, Folder 5
  • Bulletin, 1956Box 23, Box 23, Folder 6
  • Bulletin, 1957Box 23, Box 23, Folder 7
  • Bulletin, 1958Box 24, Box 24, Folder 1
  • Bulletin, 1969Box 24, Box 24, Folder 2
  • Bulletin, 1971Box 24, Box 24, Folder 3
  • Bulletin, 1972Box 24, Box 24, Folder 4
  • Bulletin, 1973Box 24, Box 24, Folder 5
  • Bulletin, 1974Box 24, Box 24, Folder 6
  • Bulletin, 1975Box 24, Box 24, Folder 7
  • Bulletin, 1976Box 24, Box 24, Folder 8
  • Bulletin, 1977Box 24, Box 24, Folder 9
  • Bulletin, 1978Box 24, Box 24, Folder 10
  • Bulletin, 1982-1985Box 24, Box 24, Folder 11
  • Bulletin (Canada), 1964Box 24, Box 24, Folder 12
  • Bulletin (Canada), 1965Box 24, Box 24, Folder 13
  • Bulletin (Canada), 1967Box 24, Box 24, Folder 14
  • Bulletin (Canada), 1968Box 24, Box 24, Folder 15
  • The Education Advisor, 1981Box 25, Box 25, Folder 1
  • Fisher and Burpe, 1960Box 25, Box 25, Folder 2
  • Fisher and Burpe, 1962Box 25, Box 25, Folder 3
  • Fisher and Burpe, 1963Box 25, Box 25, Folder 4
  • HC Network, 1983Box 25, Box 25, Folder 5
  • HMQ, 1983Box 25, Box 25, Folder 6
  • Inside S/P, 1982-1984Box 25, Box 25, Folder 7
  • Intercom, 1957-1976Box 25, Box 25, Folder 8
  • Intercom, 1977-1980Box 25, Box 25, Folder 9
  • Intercom, 1981-1984Box 25, Box 25, Folder 10
  • Legislative Update, 1981-1984,85Box 25, Box 25, Folder 11
  • Lifeline, 1979-1981Box 26, Box 26, Folder 1
  • McGaw News, 1970-1971Box 26, Box 26, Folder 2
  • Nursing Home Products, 1961-1967Box 26, Box 26, Folder 3
  • Nursing Home Special, 1955-1957Box 26, Box 26, Folder 4
  • Oracle, 1979-1984Box 26, Box 26, Folder 5
  • Our House, 1971Box 26, Box 26, Folder 6
  • Pharmedia, 1983Box 26, Box 26, Folder 7
  • Pulse, 1976-1980Box 26, Box 26, Folder 8
  • Pulse, 1981-1985Box 26, Box 26, Folder 9
  • Quarterly Reports, 1956-1985Box 26, Box 26, Folder 10
  • Quip, 1982-1988Box 26, Box 26, Folder 11
  • Rehabilitation Products, 1957-1964Box 26, Box 26, Folder 12
  • Shareholders Meeting, earningsBox 27, Box 27, Folder 1
  • S/Pecial, 1982-1983Box 27, Box 27, Folder 2
  • Specialist, 1984Box 27, Box 27, Folder 3
  • Specials, 1939Box 27, Box 27, Folder 4
  • Spotlight, 1980Box 27, Box 27, Folder 5
  • Tomahawk, 1942, 1946Box 27, Box 27, Folder 6
  • Tomahawk, 1966-1968Box 27, Box 27, Folder 7
  • Vital Signs, 1976-1983Box 27, Box 27, Folder 8
  • Weekly Gossip, 1983, 1985Box 27, Box 27, Folder 9
  • AHSC Catalog No. 3Box 27, Box 27, Folder 10