Memories of The Upjohn Company

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Aug 2020 - It was 25 years ago this month that the Upjohn Company merged with Pharmacia Inc. to form the new corporation Pharmacia & Upjohn (P&U). The Kalamazoo Gazette broke the news on August 21st. Shareholders approved the merger later in the year. Click here for a page of information on this merger.

July 2020 - Click here to view the obituary for Pete Parish. After 35 years of service at The Upjohn Company he retired in 1984 as Vice Chairman.

April 2020 - Click here to view the obituary for Harold Upjohn, son of E. Gifford Upjohn. Harold was Clinical Research Director at The Upjohn Company in the 1960s.

------  Pre-1950s Memories  ------

Earliest Memories   W.E.Upjohn Photos & Articles
Blanche Porter - An Early Employee   Early Upjohn Letterhead
Early New York Office Papers   Early Photos of Executives
Upjohn Patents   The Memos of John McColl
Life & Purposes of W.E.Upjohn   Photo Album from the 1930s
Manufacturing in 1937   Photos of the Kalamazoo site
More 1930s Photos   1934 Upjohn History Overview
Early Lab Instruments   The Kalamazoo Office 1930s
Flights of Dr. Richard Light   Central Stock Control
Military Support in WWI and WWII   Employee Handbook No 1
Building 38 Photos   Warehouses on N. Pitcher St.
Dr Upjohn and his Peonies   Manufacturing Expansion Report
The Portage Road Project   Building 41 Construction
Planned Residential Development   Other Portage Construction
Photos of Many Buildings   Historical Upjohn Benefits
1950 History Seminar by Broholm   Models for the B41 Production Layout

------  1950s and 60s Memories  ------

Looking Back   Pneumatic Tube System
1950s Portage Site Photos   Downtown Demolition in 1953
1953 in Summary   Civil Defense Command Center
Mystery Train Trip in 1958   Photos of Cafeterias
Bus Service to the Portage Plant   Dale Robertson Visits Upjohn
Shooting at the Portage Plant   Introduction of the Mix-O-Vial
The Upjohn Company Goes Public   Granny Visits Upjohn
Building 88 Construction   More on Building 88
Building 88 After Completion   Gazette Feature on Building 88
Upjohn in Disneyland   The Brain and The Cell
Portage Site Waste Treatment    Automobiles at Upjohn
Cafeteria Operations 1957   Unusual Jobs

------  1970s, 80s and 90s Memories  ------

Values and Practices   Model Dog Teeth
Upjohn Goes to Puerto Rico   Shining Your Shoes
New Employee Photos 1970's   Upjohn Licence Plates
Dedication of Building 298   1980 Kalamazoo Tornado
Building 41 Vital Statistics   Building 88 Facts
1986 Medical Coverage   Upjohn Salaries
Centennial Celebration in 1986
Vanilla - For Employees Use Only
Employee Handbook   Random Drug Testing
Executive Quiz   1984 Strategic Review
Photos from the Mejeurs   The W.E.Upjohn Suite
"Family Ties" Article   Job Opportunity Bulletins
The CQ System   My Years at Upjohn
+++  THE END (P&U Merger in 1995)  +++

------  Groups and Divisions  ------

Agricultural   Advertising and Sales
Brook Lodge   Computer Groups
Control   CPR (Plastics)
Distribution Centers   EH&S
Emergency Squads   Engineering
Farms   Finance
Fine Chemical   Food Services
Healthcare Services   International
Manufacturing   Occupational Health
Printing   Research
Security   Retirement Photos
More Retirement Photos   Other Group Photos
+++ Upjohn Employees and Groups Today +++

------  Products  ------

Upjohn Products - Page 1   Upjohn Products - Page 2
Upjohn Products - Page 3   Upjohn Products - Page 4
Upjohn Products - Page 5   Special Formula Products
Products in the Carol Orris Collection  -  A to H  -  I to P  -  Q to Z
Products List from 1886-1950   Dating your Upjohn Product
Quinine Pills   Citrocarbonate
Product Information 1967   Product Information 1975
1980s Consumer Products   The Prostaglandins
Caverject   Rogaine - Growing Hair!
Official Photos of Products   Worst Products
Travel Cases   Upjohn Embossed Glass Bottles

------  Publications  ------

Catalogs and Price Lists: 1886 - 1887 - 1888 - 1889 - 1890 - 1891 - 1894 - 1895 - 1896 - 1898 - 1899 - 1900 - 1904 - 1908 - 1910/1911 - 1925 - 1928 - 1931 - 1937 - 1939 - 1942 - 1954 - 1954 - 1956 - 1959 - 1961 - 1971 - 1973 - 1977 - 1987 - 1998 -
Dr. Upjohn's Company   Prescription Products 1936
The Overflow   Humor in Medicine
The Better Life   Medicine Designed for Health
Odyssey of Modern Drug Research   Smaller Booklet of the Above
We The Upjohn Company   The Growing World of Upjohn
Upjohn News (1946-1962)   A Tour Through the Upjohn Company
A Career with a Future   The Yellow Pages
The Intercom   Executive Etiquette
An American Enterprise   Phone Books
New Directions   Annual Reports
This is Upjohn   A Century of Caring
Kalamazoo Today   A Corporation and Its Home
The Upjohn Dog Book   Progress Through Science
Scope Monographs   Upjohn Recipes
Working Safely   Upjohn at 100 Years
Medical Technologist   You and Your People
Books about Upjohn   The Equation
The True Story of Vitamins   Home Drug Reference Guide
Pharmaceutical Industry Key Facts   Captain Kangaroo's Get Well Elephant

------  Videos and Films  ------

Downtown 1930s Footage   Industry for Health
Manufacturing 1940s   We, The Upjohn Company
Construction of the Portage Site   The Greatest Good
The Pharmacist in Industry A Century of Caring
Control Division   More Centennial Videos
1986 Upjohn History Presentation   Upjohn Today
History of the Company   A Tribute to Ted Cooper
Quality of Life, Quality of Work   Journey (P&U Merger)
A Fairy Tale   Kalamazoo Aerial Survey
Making an Upjohn Movie   Fitness and Good Health

------  Collections  ------

Jeremy's Collection   Carol Orris Collection
Dan Russell Collection   Bill Steger Collection
Display in Building 41   Company Museums
Upjohn Items on eBay    

------  Other Memories  ------

Profiles and Timelines   Upjohn Logos
Upjohn Awards   Other Awards
Service Recognition Items   List of Buildings
Postcards - Site - Products - Foldouts   The Upjohn Air Force
The Upjohn Art Collection   Rental Houses
Public Tours   Those Alligator Bags
Upjohn Disneyland Exhibit   Christmas Cards and Bonuses
Upjohn Power Plants   Building 41 Barber Shop
Upjohn Railroad   Stock Photos
Badges-Tags-Seals-Office Supplies   Upjohn Shirts and Jackets
2019 Steroid Chemistry Award   Upjohn Perfins
Other Photos and Misc.    

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