Brief survey reports on USA and Canada towns

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About this work


Town by town survey of USA focussing on the sales and marketing of Wellcome products, undertaken by George Oakes, at the request of Henry Wellcome (see letter 20/10/1926). Had previously done the same in Australia [see WF/E/10/12]. The reports were forwarded to Nevin. Nevin's papers relating to this matter have not been identified. In addition to the reports and related correspondence, there is a covering paper addressed to "Mr W"

Generally the reports contain the following sections: Overview of town/city; Jobbers; Retail Trade/ Dealers/Stores; Hospitals; Competition

ITEM LIST NB dates given are the dates the report was sent, not the date of visit.

undated covering note to "Mr W" re relevant files being obtained from Lang [Lang was based in the Montreal office of BW&Co].


letter to Nevin 13 October 1926 re itinerary and role.

Los Angeles 20 October 1926

San Diego 20 October 1926 [overview rather than detailed survey]

San Francisco 20 October 1926

Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland, Oregon 23 October 1926

Medical School, University of Oregon, Portland 23 October 1926

letter to Nevin re itinerary 20 October 1926


Vancouver 1 November 1926

Victoria 1 November 1926 [overview rather than detailed survey of town]


Portland, Oregon 1 November 1926

Seattle, Washington 1 November 1926

letter to Mr Nevin re Liggett Drug Co 13 November 1926

Spokane, Washington 13 November 1926

Salt Lake City, Utah 13 November 1926

Denver Colorado 15 November 1926

Omaha, Nebraska 15 November 1926

Kansas City 22 November 1926

St Louis 28 November 1926

Memo - "Matters of Policy noticed but not discussed" 20 October 1926

Milwaukee [December 1926]

Minneapolis 5 December 1926 - includes memo "Interesting details from Mr Doerr of the Minneapolis Drug Co. Minneapolis" and a "List of Patents and Pharmaceuticals containing Cod Liver Oil" showing sales by the Minneapolis Drug Co for 1925

Chicago, Illinois 20 December 1926

Indianapolis 26 December 1926

Louisville, Kentucky 26 December 1926

Cincinnati, Ohio 28 December 1926

Detroit, Michigan 8 January 1927

Toledo, Ohio 9 January 1927

Cleveland Ohio 18 January 1927

Pittsburgh 18 January 1927

Atlanta, Georgia 27 January 1927

Memo re use of Tabloid Empirin Compound trade mark 27 January 1927

"Night Letter" revising itinerary 27 January 1927

Florida 10 February 1927

Richmond, Virginia 18 February 1927

Washington 7 March 1927

Baltimore 10 March 1927

Philadelphia 16 March 1927 NB this copy has been typed onto "scrap paper". Reverse is a copy of one page from a letter from Burroughs Wellcome & Co (USA) Inc to Mr J McMurtrie re Premises Shanghai House re HSW's intention to purchase a building in China.

Boston Massachusetts 12 April 1927


Canadian Territory from Quebec to Toronto 12 April 1927

'Coming Changes in Distribution', article from "Old Colony Magazine" November or December 1926



Physical description

43 items (in 2 files)


Arranged in chronological order.

Related material

WF/E/10/12 - re George Oakes' appointment

Copyright note

Third party copyright in magazine article.

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