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William Quail Johnston Notebooks

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Identifier: MS-3379

William Quail Johnston used the first notebook in this collection while he was a student in the University of Tennessee's Pharmacy program between 1900 and 1903. It consists primarily of instructions for mixing various medicines and creams, including the names and amounts of the requisite chemicals. There are also several slips of paper pasted into the book, including one from fellow student James T. Moran and several from the pharmacists at the Custom House Drug Company and at the Market Square Drug Company in Knoxville. The front cover bears two inscriptions, one written by William Johnson stating that the book belongs to him and listing the two pharmacies he worked for and one written by Cecilia Johnston indicating that she lent the book out after William Johnston's death.

Johnston compiled the second notebook (which contains instructions for mixing various cleansers, beauty aids, and medicines) while working at the Market Square Drug Company. It opens with an index and continues through page 86. Except for pages 241-260, the remainder of the ledger is blank. The last page has a note written by Cecilia Johnston describing the book's contents and indicating that she lent it out.

Dates

  • 1900-circa 1909

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

1.2 Linear Feet

Abstract

William Quail Johnston used the first notebook in this collection while he was a student in the University of Tennessee's Pharmacy program between 1900 and 1903. It consists primarily of instructions for mixing various medicines and creams, including the names and amounts of the requisite chemicals. Johnston compiled the second notebook, which contains instructions for mixing various cleansers, beauty aids, and medicines, while working for the Market Square Drug Company.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Quail Johnston was born on May 15, 1883. He graduated from Central High School and entered the University of Tennessee's Pharmacy program on January 8, 1900. Johnston graduated with a BS in Pharmacy on June 15, 1903 and went on to work for the Market Square Drug Company. He eventually became Vice President of the company and continued in this position after starting his own firm, W. Q. Johnston & Co. He married Cecelia Durnner on March 1, 1909 and the couple had three children: Robert D., Elizabeth D., and Anna S. Johnston left Market Square Drug and dismantled his company to become treasurer of Todd & Armistead Co. in 1925. He continued to work for this organization as a pharmacist until his death on November 4, 1964.

Arrangement

This collection consists of two boxes.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480