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American Hospital Supply Corporation Catalogs and Publications Edit

Summary

Identifier
55/28/1

Dates

  • 1928-1986 (Creation)

Extents

  • 28.00 Boxes (Whole)

Names

Subjects

Notes

  • 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.

  • Scope and Contents

    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.

  • 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).

  • Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

  • Separated Materials

    Approximately five and one-half linear feet of duplicate catalogs, annual reports and newsletters have been discarded.

  • 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

  • Processing Information

    Kevin B. Leonard, May 10, 1988.

  • Language of Materials

    English

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