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Harrods Pharmacy Department Prescription Registers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/214
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Harrods Pharmacy Department Prescription Registers
Date(s): 1935-1977
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 39 o/s volumes
Name of creator(s): Harrods Pharmacy Department
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Harrods sold patent medicines as far back as the 1870s, and there is evidence of a Drug and Patent Medicine Department from 1884, but the earliest medicine catalogue in the Company Archives dates only from 1891. There is still a Dispensing Pharmacy in the store, which holds more recent records. The Company Archives had found that the usage of the volumes listed here did not justify the amount of room they occupied.


Scope and content/abstract:

Harrods Pharmacy Department registers of prescriptions dispensed daily, Jul 1935-Jan 1977. There are gaps in the sequence between July 1936 and September 1938 and between December 1943 and April 1946, where the relevant registers were found to be missing on transfer to the Wellcome Archive.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

All but GC/214/38 and 39 are indexed by name of customer.

Conditions governing access:

Restricted access: i.e. intending user to consult archivist and have their attention drawn to obligation not to identify individuals, if necessary to produce confirmation of bona fides.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred on permanent loan from Harrods Company Archives to Contemporary Medical Archives Centre, March 1997.

Allied Materials

Related material:

More recent records of the pharmacy held by Harrods Company Archive.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2009

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