The Resource Drugs in the Valley : fifty years of Merck and Co., Inc., 1941-1991, Part of an oral history project, by Laura A. Oakes

Drugs in the Valley : fifty years of Merck and Co., Inc., 1941-1991, Part of an oral history project, by Laura A. Oakes

Label
Drugs in the Valley : fifty years of Merck and Co., Inc., 1941-1991, Part of an oral history project
Title
Drugs in the Valley
Title remainder
fifty years of Merck and Co., Inc., 1941-1991
Title part
Part of an oral history project
Statement of responsibility
by Laura A. Oakes
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This monograph records a brief chronological history of the growth and development of the pharmaceutical corporation, Merck and Co., Inc. and in particular, one of its manufacturing plants, the Stonewall Plant at Elkton, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. Traces the history of the Merck family and its association with pharmaceutical businesses beginning in 17th century Germany to expansion in the U.S. in 1891 where it became an independent entity in 1908. Mentions various family names, including George W. Merck; refers to plant sites including Rahway, New Jersey and specifically the Stonewall Plant at Elkton. Gives background information on the selection of the Virginia site, its 1941 founding and growth, along with mention of the 1977 plant built by Merck, Sharp and Dohme
  • (cont.) Explains the purpose of the oral history series in recording the reminiscences of Stonewall plant employees to determine the impact of the plant on the area and the company as a whole, and also the events, etc. in the local community, company and world upon the plant, its employees, and local area. Three employees were chosen to reflect varying viewpoints. They were: G. Elliot Reeke, 39-yr. retired employee (maintenance engineer manager), present from the plant's founding; Olin N. Leake, 38-yr. retired hourly employee (chemical operator), present during the plant's middle and growth years; and Barry Ream, 20-year current employee (administrative manufacturing area head)
Related
Cataloging source
VMC
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no. 3-1.
Label
Drugs in the Valley : fifty years of Merck and Co., Inc., 1941-1991, Part of an oral history project, by Laura A. Oakes
Publication
Note
  • "Background research paper prepared for Christina Bolgiano, Special Collections Librarian, James Madison University."
  • Forms part of Drugs in the Valley : fifty years of Merck and Co., Inc., 1941-1991, an oral history project. For more details on individual interviews, all conducted by Laura Oakes, see the following: Oral history interview [sound recording] / George Elliot Reeke (OCLC record #25355675). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Olin Norman Leake (OCLC record #25364003). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Barry Ream (OCLC record #25378928)
  • Research from this background paper and the three oral history interviews forms the basis for the bachelor honors thesis on "Drugs in the Valley : the history of the Stonewall Plant of Merck and Company, Inc., 1941-1991" / by Laura Oakes (Call no.: LB1028.M32 O11; OCLC record #24801076)
Accompanying material
purpose and objectives statement for oral history internship + 2-leaf project summary.
Bibliography note
Bibliography: leaf 8
Control code
25353125
Dimensions
28 cm. +
Extent
8 leaves

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