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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia was founded in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy by a group of 68 Philadelphia apothecaries who met in Carpenters' Hall to establish improved scientific standards and to train more competent apprentices and students. The school was the first college of pharmacy in the United States and many founders and leaders of major pharmaceutical companies have graduated from the school.

From the beginning, the new college emphasized the biological and chemical sciences as mainstays in the curriculum in pharmacy. Later, separate curricula in bacteriology, biology, and chemistry were instituted. In 1921, the name was changed to Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, with state authorization to grant not only the baccalaureate degree but also the master's and doctorate in all four disciplines. In the mid-1990s, the breadth of degree offerings qualified the College to apply to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for University status, which was granted in February 1997. On July 1, 1998, the institution formally changed its name to University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

University of Sciences in Philadelphia. (accessed April 28, 2009).

This 1830s-era booklet belonged to an unknown individual associated with the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and contains recipes for lotions, pills, inks, dyes, mouthwashes, plasters, ointments, and other substances for everyday use. It also contains treatments for several medical conditions including whooping cough, drunkenness, dysentery, and toothache.

The front cover of the booklet features the title "Recipes," the name Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and three letters ®. ?. C.) that are possibly the initials of the author. In the first half of the booklet, the text is written in ink. In the second half, the text is inverted and written in pencil. The booklet contains various recipes and formulae for substances of every day use such as ink, paste, lotion, oil, cologne, etc., as well as medicines for conditions such as dysentery and drunkenness. For each recipe, a title was given, sometimes attributing the recipe to a specific person, along with the proper amount of components used and brief instructions.

This small booklet is hand-sewn in paper covers. The pages are stained in several places.

  1. Item 0123: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097

Gift of the Moyerman family, 1970s.

Processed and encoded by Evan Echols, April 2009.

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Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2009 April 27
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Collection Inventory

Recipes, approximately 1830s.
Item 0123

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