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Oscar Oldberg (1846-1913) Papers

Identifier: 61/1

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Scope and Contents

The Oscar Oldberg papers consist of a few letters, several articles, lecture notes, and bound and printed volumes.

The Letters are professional in nature. They include a note from Oldberg to pharmacy students, a letter from Northwestern University President A.W. Harris updating Oldberg on the progress of the University's School of Pharmacy after Oldberg's retirement, a letter requesting Oldberg's participation in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a letter from Dr. E.R. Squibb, M.D. concerning the American Medical Association, and a publisher's rejection notice relating to an article written by Oldberg entitled, "A Practical Universal Money."

The articles by Oldberg include one on the history of the School of Pharmacy, one on pharmaceutical education and legislation, and one on the adoption of the metric system. There is also a handwritten draft article proposing a pharmaceutical congress to be held in 1893 in conjunction with the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Also included in the papers are class descriptions and lecture notes for four chemistry courses taught by Oldberg in the Northwestern University School of Pharmacy.

The bound and printed volumes include three notebooks of handwritten pharmaceutical notes and a physician's visiting list and notebook. There is also one volume of notes from the Sixth Decennial Convention for the Revision of Pharmacopoeia in the United States and another concerning the second meeting of the Committee of Revision and Publication of the Pharmacopoeia of the United States.

Addition: Oscar Oldberg's academic gown and hood have been added to the series, placed within one dropfront box, and shelved with the University Archives' collection of artifacts. According to Louis D. Boshes, M.D., the gown and hood also had been used on ceremonial occasions by Arne Oldberg and Eric Oldberg.

Addition: Photographs of Oscar’s wife, Emma Oldberg with daughter Olga’s son (Oscar’s grandson) has been placed in Oscar Oldberg’s photo file.

Addition: A report on the papers donated by Mrs. Mary Oldberg to the Swedish American Archives of Greater Chicago has been added to the Oscar Oldberg Papers. The report consists of ten Swedish documents, accompanied with ten brief English explanations about Oscar and Anders Oldberg. The report has been placed in Box 1, Folder 1 consisting of existing biographical materials.


  • 1877-1913


Conditions Governing Access

Box 1 of This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


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Language of Materials



The papers of Oscar Oldberg (pharmacist and educator; dean and professor of pharmacy in Northwestern University's School of Pharmacy) consist of a professional correspondence, articles written by Oldberg, lecture notes, and bound volumes of notes, as well as his academic gown and hood.


The Oscar Oldberg papers are arranged as follows: biographical materials, correspondence, articles about Northwestern University, course notes, other articles, other notes.

Method of Acquisition

Mrs. Mary Swissler Oldberg donated the papers to the University Archives on October 7, 1987 (Accession #87-238).

Addition: Louis D. Boshes, M.D., donated the artifacts to the University Archives on June 29, 2000 (Accession #00-203)

Addition: The addition has been separated from papers from Eric and Arne Oldberg (Accession #: 10-20) donated to the University Archives by Anita Kimmerle on February 11, 2010.

Addition: The additions have been separated from a donation of papers of Eric and Arne Oldberg (Accession #06-69) donated to the University Archives by Ellen Schantz on February 11, 2010.

Separated Materials

A small amount of material relating to the Northwestern University School of Pharmacy has been removed to the University Archives general files. Convention buttons and pins have been separated and added to the artifacts collection. A few photographs have been added the photographic collection.

Separation: Diploma for Oscar Oldberg from Northwestern University for gaining the Degree of Doctor of Laws on June 14, 1911 has been added to Certificates and Diplomas Collection.

Processing Information

Sydney Sidwell; March, 1988.

Addition: Kevin B. Leonard; June 29, 2000.

Addition: Katherine Oldberg; November 11, 2011

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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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