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Guide to the American Hospital Supply Corporation Records 1920/1986

Overview of the Collection

Title:

American Hospital Supply Corporation Records

Dates:

1920-1986

Dates:

Collector:

American Hospital Supply Corporation

Size:

22.00

Repository:

Northwestern University Archives

Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Abstract:

Filling twenty-two boxes, this series dates between 1920 to 1986. Records are included for the following categories: advertising; marketing; corporate correspondence; divisional records for acquisitions and subsidiaries; mergers; scrapbooks; stocks and securities; legal records.

Note:

Other Information

Historical Information

Founded in 1922 by Foster G. McGaw (1897-1986), the American Hospital Supply Corporation (AHSC) served as a major supplier of health care products to hospitals in the United States and around the world through subsidiaries for over half a century. The AHSC maintained its position of leader in the health care industry until the corporation was acquired by competitor Baxter Travenol in a merger on November 25, 1985.

The AHSC dominated the hospital supply field during the 1930s and 1940s by changing the way hospital supplies were marketed, designating regional salesman who made frequent sales calls. The AHSC continued to dominate the field by diversifying its product line and later by pursuing vertical integration of suppliers.

The 1950s and 1960s was a period of strong growth for the AHSC. In 1953, the AHSC reported sales surpassing $37.5 million. Ten years later, sales had jumped to $150 million. By 1964, the AHSC sold to 19 out of 20 hospitals in America. The AHSC also employed one out of every 46 workers in America as well. While the tremendous success enjoyed by the AHSC was a result of the corporations strong leadership, the growth of the hospital industry also played a vital role increasing sales for the AHSC. From 1946 to 1962, the number of hospital beds rose 15%. During that same time, hospital admissions rose by 70%.

Throughout the history of the AHSC, Foster G. McGaw played a prominent role in the direction of the corporation. McGaw's influence on the day-to-day operations of the AHSC lessened as the corporation expanded and branched out into manufacturing during the 1960s and 1970s. Despite McGaw's waning influence within the AHSC executive structure, he still maintained a role of father figure to the corporation.

For more information about the AHSC, see "Growth Through Service: The Story of the American Hospital Supply Corporation" by Frederick D. Sturdivant (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1970).

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

American Hospital Supply Corporation

Topical Term:

Pharmaceutical industry

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

This series has been separated from the papers of Foster G. McGaw, donated by James Vail to the University Archives on February 22, 1988 as Accession 88-52

Processing Information

Ned Howard, December, 1997

Separated Materials

One and a half cubic feet of duplicates and extraneous material were discarded. Publications were separated and interfiled with series 55/28/1. A small number of photographs were separated.

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Scope and Contents

Filling twenty-two boxes, this series dates between 1920 to 1986. Records are included for the following categories: advertising; marketing; corporate correspondence; divisional records for acquisitions and subsidiaries; mergers; scrapbooks; stocks and securities; legal records.

The records are arranged alphabetically by topic in keeping with the system of ordering established by the donor, Foster G. McGaw. Within the folders, documents are arranged in chronological order by date with the exception of the scrapbook folders, which are arranged in a rough chronological order by date.

Advertising Records detail the early efforts of the AHSC and include journal advertisements, export advertisements, and institutional advertisements. Corporate correspondence including correspondence between Foster G. McGaw and Neal Ball, Karl Bays, Charles F. Hough, Mackay A. Calder, and others. Division records include many of the AHSC's acquisitions and subsidiaries. The scrapbook records contain news clippings, correspondence, speeches, greeting cards, awards, and photocopies of newspaper articles among other things. The scrapbook records illustrate the blurred distinction between Foster G. McGaw's career as president, and his later position of honorary chairman of the board, of the AHSC and his personal life.

INVENTORY

Box 1

Folder 1

Advertising: Baxter Laboratories, Inc.

1962-1954

Box 1

Folder 2

Advertising: Early

1927-1930

Box 1

Folder 3

Advertising: Export Division

1952-1953

Box 1

Folder 4

Advertising: General

1942-1947

Box 1

Folder 5

Advertising: General

1944

Box 1

Folder 6

Advertising: General

1945-1949

Box 1

Folder 7

Advertising: General

1955-1956

Box 1

Folder 8

Advertising: Institutional

1952-1954

Box 1

Folder 9

Advertising: Journal Ads

1956-1959

Box 1

Folder 10

Advertising: Journal Ads

1961-1962

Box 2

Folder 1

Advertising: Journal Clippings

1956-1960

Box 2

Folder 2

Advertising: Meal Pack

1952-1953

Box 2

Folder 3

Advertising: Serum

1952-1953

Box 2

Folder 4

Benefits and Compensation: Automatic Payroll Deposit

1977

Box 2

Folder 5

Benefits and Compensation: Booz, Allen, and Hamilton Insurance

1953-1959

Box 2

Folder 6

Benefits and Compensation: Booz, Allen, and Hamilton

1960-1961

Box 2

Folder 7

Benefits and Compensation: Employee Benefits

1976-1977

Box 2

Folder 8

Benefits and Compensation: Equitable Group Life

1974-1978

Box 2

Folder 9

Benefits and Compensation: Executive Compensation Planning

1960

Box 2

Folder 10

Benefits and Compensation: Incentive Investment Plan

1978-1982

Box 2

Folder 11

Benefits and Compensation: Insurance

1963-1976

Box 2

Folder 12

Benefits and Compensation: John Hancock Insurance

1955-1983

Box 2

Folder 13

Benefits and Compensation: Prudential Insurance

1978

Box 2

Folder 14

Benefits and Compensation: Prudential Medical Plan

1979-1980

Box 2

Folder 15

Benefits and Compensation: Sun Life Assurance Insurance

1941-1982

Box 2

Folder 16

Benefits and Compensation: Travel Insurance

1957-1973

Box 3

Folder 1

Board Meetings: Agendas

1985

Box 3

Folder 2

Board Meetings: Correspondence

1970-1977

Box 3

Folder 3

Board Meetings: Minutes

1985

Box 3

Folder 4

Corporate: 30th Anniversary

1952

Box 3

Folder 5

Corporate: 40th Anniversary

1962

Box 3

Folder 6

Corporate: 45th Anniversary

1967

Box 3

Folder 7

Corporate: 50th Anniversary

1972

Box 3

Folder 8

Corporate: 55th Anniversary

1977

Box 3

Folder 9

Corporate: Annual Report Mailing List

1978-1985

Box 3

Folder 10

Corporate: Business Ethics and Code of Conduct

1977-1985

Box 3

Folder 11

Corporate: By-Laws

1977-1978

Box 3

Folder 12

Corporate: History and Profiles

1964-1971

Box 3

Folder 13

Corporate: Incorporation

1922

Box 3

Folder 14

Corporate: Management Philosophy Project

1979

Box 3

Folder 15

Corporate: Northwestern University School of Commerce

1953

Box 4

Folder 1

Corporate: Officer's Liability

1976

Box 4

Folder 2

Corporate: Organization Structure

1957-1961

Box 4

Folder 3

Corporate: Political Contributions Policy

1975-1976

Box 4

Folder 4

Corporate: Profit Sharing Trust

1962-1986

Box 4

Folder 5

Corporate: Organization Charts

1954-1976

Box 4

Folder 6

Corporate: Top Management Organization Manual (Draft)

1958

Box 4

Folder 7

Corporate: Top Management Organization Manual (Short)

1958

Box 4

Folder 8

Corporate: Unit Head Meeting

1971

Box 4

Folder 9

Corporate: Correspondence; Ball, Neal

1976

Box 4

Folder 10

Corporate: Correspondence; Bays, Karl D.

1969-1976

Box 4

Folder 11

Corporate: Correspondence; Baxter, Delia

1959-1968

Box 4

Folder 12

Corporate: Correspondence; Bernthal, Harold G.

1959-1968

Box 4

Folder 13

Corporate: Correspondence; Cushman, Austin T.

1970

Box 4

Folder 14

Corporate: Correspondence; Employees

1939-1942

Box 4

Folder 15

Corporate: Correspondence; Hough, Charles F.

1961-19675

Box 5

Folder 1

Corporate: Correspondence; Houser, Theodore V.

1963

Box 5

Folder 2

Corporate: Correspondence; Mackay, A. Calder

1964-1965

Box 5

Folder 3

Corporate: Correspondence, Misc.

1937-1980

Box 5

Folder 4

Corporate: Correspondence, Misc.

1982-1985

Box 5

Folder 5

Corporate: Correspondence; Murdough, Thomas G.

1961-1962

Box 5

Folder 6

Corporate: Correspondence; Stevens, Leo E.

1932-1968

Box 5

Folder 7

Corporate: Correspondence; Storch, C. A.

1974-1975

Box 5

Folder 8

Corporate: Customer Form Letters

1949-1964

Box 5

Folder 9

Corporate: Customer Form Letters

1952-1965

Box 5

Folder 10

Divisions: American Hospital Supply Corporation

1976

Box 5

Folder 11

Divisions: Arnar Stone

1973-1976

Box 5

Folder 12

Divisions: Baxter Laboratories

1935-1973

Box 5

Folder 13

Divisions: Dade

1973

Box 5

Folder 14

Divisions: Don Baxter, Inc.

1935-1965

Box 5

Folder 15

Divisions: Don Baxter, Inc.

1945-1948

Box 6

Folder 1

Divisions: Hospital Building and Equipment Co.

1975

Box 6

Folder 2

Divisions: Medicus Corporation

1970-1973

Box 6

Folder 3

Divisions: McGaw Laboratories

1976

Box 6

Folder 4

Divisions: McGaw Park Opening

1970

Box 6

Folder 5

Divisions: Irvine Industrial Complex

1969-1976

Box 6

Folder 6

Divisions: Irvine Industrial Complex

1970

Box 6

Folder 7

Divisions: Other Corporate Officers

1958-1976

Box 6

Folder 8

Divisions: Scientific Products

1954

Box 6

Folder 9

Divisions: Scientific Products

1976

Box 6

Folder 10

Educational Foundation

1981-1984

Box 6

Folder 11

Employee Letters

1951-1964

Box 6

Folder 12

Financial: International Financing

1977

Box 6

Folder 13

Financial: Northwest National Bank

1966-1968

Box 6

Folder 14

Financial: Tax Revision Act

1976

Box 6

Folder 15

Lake County Property

1968-1969

Box 6

Folder 16

Legal: Anti-Trust

1968-1975

Box 6

Folder 17

Legal: Federal Election Commission

1980

Box 7

Folder 1

Legal: Four Seasons Nursing Corporation Litigation 1

1977

Box 7

Folder 2

Legal: Four Seasons Nursing Corporation Litigation 2

1977

Box 7

Folder 3

Legal: Four Seasons Nursing Corporation Litigation 3

1977

Box 7

Folder 4

Legal: Gardner, Carton & Douglas

1976

Box 7

Folder 5

Legal: Keck, Robert C., Proceedings

1978

Box 7

Folder 6

Legal: Keck, Robert C., SUNH Audit

1977-1978

Box 7

Folder 7

Legal: McGaw Laboratories and the FDA

1976

Box 7

Folder 8

Legal: Stockholders Derivative Class Action

1977

Box 8

Folder 1

Legal: White and White V. AHSC

1982

Box 8

Folder 2

Marketing: Disposable Diaper Survey

1971-1972

Box 8

Folder 3

Marketing: General Service Administration Open Market Selling

1973

Box 8

Folder 4

Marketing: Report

1978

Box 8

Folder 5

Medical Device Legislation

1969-1971

Box 8

Folder 6

Mergers: AHSC/HCA Merger

1984-1985

Box 8

Folder 7

Mergers: AHSC/HCA Merger

1984-1985

Box 8

Folder 8

Mergers: AHSC/HCA Merger

1984-1985

Box 8

Folder 9

Mergers: AHSC/HCA Merger

1984-1985

Box 8

Folder 10

Mergers: AHSC/HCA Merger

1984-1985

Box 9

Folder 1

Mergers: Baxter Acquisition of AHSC

1985

Box 9

Folder 2

Mergers: Information on Acquisitions and Subsidiaries

1969

Box 9

Folder 3

Press Clippings

Undated

Box 9

Folder 4

Press Clippings

1951-1970

Box 9

Folder 5

Press Clippings

1971-1977

Box 9

Folder 6

Press Clippings

1978

Box 9

Folder 7

Press Clippings

1979-1980

Box 9

Folder 8

Press Releases

1969-1980

Box 10

Folder 1

Products: Flyers

Undated

Box 10

Folder 2

Products: New Releases

1953

Box 10

Folder 3

Products: New Releases

1955-1957

Box 10

Folder 4

Products: New Releases

1958

Box 10

Folder 5

Products: New Releases

1958

Box 10

Folder 6

Products: Letters

1947-1963

Box 10

Folder 7

Products: Letters

1952-1963

Box 11

Folder 1

Scrapbook

1920-1938

Box 11

Folder 2

Scrapbook

1943-1949

Box 11

Folder 3

Scrapbook

1950-1952

Box 11

Folder 4

Scrapbook

1950-1959

Box 11

Folder 5

Scrapbook

1962-1964

Box 12

Folder 1

Scrapbook

1965

Box 12

Folder 2

Scrapbook

1965-1968

Box 12

Folder 3

Scrapbook

1966

Box 12

Folder 4

Scrapbook

1967

Box 12

Folder 5

Scrapbook

1968

Box 13

Folder 1

Scrapbook

1969

Box 13

Folder 2

Scrapbook

1969

Box 13

Folder 3

Scrapbook

1970

Box 13

Folder 4

Scrapbook

1970

Box 14

Folder 1

Scrapbook

1971

Box 14

Folder 2

Scrapbook

1971

Box 14

Folder 3

Scrapbook

1972

Box 14

Folder 4

Scrapbook

1973

Box 14

Folder 5

Scrapbook

1974

Box 15

Folder 1

Scrapbook

1975

Box 15

Folder 2

Scrapbook

1975

Box 15

Folder 3

Scrapbook

1976

Box 15

Folder 4

Scrapbook

1976

Box 15

Folder 5

Scrapbook

1976

Box 15

Folder 6

Scrapbook

1977

Box 16

Folder 1

Scrapbook

1977

Box 16

Folder 2

Scrapbook

1978

Box 16

Folder 3

Scrapbook

1978

Box 16

Folder 4

Scrapbook

1978

Box 16

Folder 5

Scrapbook

1978

Box 16

Folder 6

Scrapbook

1979

Box 16

Folder 7

Scrapbook

1980

Box 17

Folder 1

Scrapbook

1980-1981

Box 17

Folder 2

Scrapbook

1981

Box 17

Folder 3

Scrapbook

1982

Box 17

Folder 4

Scrapbook

1982

Box 17

Folder 5

Scrapbook

1982

Box 17

Folder 6

Scrapbook

1983

Box 18

Folder 1

Scrapbook

1983

Box 18

Folder 2

Scrapbook

1983

Box 18

Folder 3

Scrapbook

1984

Box 18

Folder 4

Scrapbook

1984

Box 18

Folder 5

Scrapbook

1984

Box 18

Folder 6

Scrapbook

1985

Box 19

Folder 1

Scrapbook

1985

Box 19

Folder 2

Scrapbook: Growth through Service Autograph List

1970-1973

Box 19

Folder 3

Securities and Exchange Commission: Audit Committee Final Report

1977

Box 19

Folder 4

Securities and Exchange Commission: Audit Committee Report to Board of Directors

1977

Box 19

Folder 5

Securities and Exchange Commission: Common Stock

1966-1978

Box 19

Folder 6

Securities and Exchange Commission: Form 4

1985

Box 19

Folder 7

Securities and Exchange Commission: Form 8-K

1976-1979

Box 19

Folder 8

Securities and Exchange Commission: Form 10-K

1981-1983

Box 19

Folder 9

Securities and Exchange Commission: From 13-D

1982

Box 19

Folder 10

Securities and Exchange Commission: Form S-7 Registration

1971-1982

Box 20

Folder 1

Securities and Exchange Commission: Miscellaneous

1929-1985

Box 20

Folder 2

Securities and Exchange Commission: Report

1960-1985

Box 20

Folder 3

Speeches: Bays, Karl

1970-1977

Box 20

Folder 4

Speeches: Corporate Officers

1952-1960

Box 20

Folder 5

Speeches: Ehmann, Frank A.

1976

Box 20

Folder 6

Speeches: Miscellaneous

1952-1963

Box 20

Folder 7

Speeches: Miscellaneous

1962-1978

Box 21

Folder 1

Stock Information: Common Stock Public Sale

1962-1973

Box 21

Folder 2

Stock Information: Conflict of Interest

1970-1978

Box 21

Folder 3

Stock Information: Miscellaneous

1951-1953

Box 21

Folder 4

Stock Information: Miscellaneous

1962-1969

Box 21

Folder 5

Stock Information: Miscellaneous

1962-1980

Box 21

Folder 6

Stock Information: Miscellaneous

1970-1980

Box 21

Folder 7

Stock Information: Miscellaneous

1970-1980

Box 21

Folder 8

Stock Information: Miscellaneous

1970-1980

Box 21

Folder 9

Stock Information: Miscellaneous

1971

Box 21

Folder 10

Stock Information: Miscellaneous

1972

Box 21

Folder 11

Stock Information: Miscellaneous

1973

Box 22

Folder 1

Stock Information: Miscellaneous

1974-1975

Box 22

Folder 2

Stock Information: Miscellaneous

1976

Box 22

Folder 3

Stock Information: Miscellaneous

1977

Box 22

Folder 4

Stock Information: Proxy Registration

1980-1985

Box 22

Folder 5

Stock Information: Proxy Registration Statement and Question

1960-1979

Box 22

Folder 6

Stock Information: Public Offering

1969-1970

Box 22

Folder 7

Stock Information: S-1 Stock Option Prospectus

1977

Box 22

Folder 8

Stock Information: Secondary Offering

1973

Box 22

Folder 9

Stock Information: Shelf Registration

1973

Box 22

Folder 10

Stock Information: Stock Split Evaluation

1972

Box 22

Folder 11

Stock Information: Stock Split Evaluation

1978-1986