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Collection Overview
Title:United Drug Company products collection
Dates: 1936
Location:73/3
Call Number:M10
Volume:.50 cubic ft.
Scope and Content Note:The collection consists of samples of products manufactured and sold by the United Drug Company. It also includes pamphlets, clippings, and historical information.
Historical Note:In 1902, Louis K. Liggett persuaded 40 druggists to invest in a drug company that would manufacture and distribute products in franchised stores. In 1903, the United Drug Company (UDC) began operations at 43 Leon Street, now known Meserve Hall at Northeastern University. The stores and products were known by the name "Rexall," for "king of all." By 1929, UDC had 21 manufacturing plants throughout the United States. It employed over 25,000 workers, supplied 10,000 Rexall Drug Stores, and operated a chain of over 500 Liggett Drug Stores in the United States. In 1944, Liggett stepped down. Justin Dart, the new president, renamed UDC the Rexall Drug Co. and moved the headquarters to Los Angeles. In the 1930s, UDC built six buildings on its Boston campus that housed its corporate offices and manufacturing and research facilities. Northeastern University purchased the buildings from United Realty in 1961. One of the six buildings is now divided into four sections: Lake Hall, Meserve Hall, Nightingale Hall, and Holmes Hall. Three other buildings on the block were eventually demolished.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • United Drug Company (Boston, Mass.)
  • Drugs -- Packaging
  • Nonprescription drug industry

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff, 1996

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BoxTitleDate
1Bisma-Rex: An Antacid Powdern.d.
1"The Clinical Use of U.D. Sulfanilamide" (pamphlet)n.d.
1Firstaid Surgical Plaster Zinc Oxiden.d.
1Fluidextract Jamaica Gingern.d.
Plaque in the Sidewalk in front of 37 Leon St.n.d.
1Puretest Aspirin Tabletsn.d.
1Puretest Boric Acidn.d.
1Puretest Brewer's Yeast Tabletsn.d.
1Puretest Cream of Tartarn.d.
1Puretest Panovite (pamphlet)n.d.
1Puretest Powdered Alumn.d.
1Puretest Rochelle Saltn.d.
1Puretest Sugar of Milkn.d.
1Puretest Yellow Dockn.d.
1Puretest Zinc Steartate with Balsam of Perun.d.
1"The Rexall Magazine"1936
1Rexall Nasal Spray with Ephedrinen.d.
1Rexall Orderliesn.d.
1Rexall Wrapping Papern.d.