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Harco Drugs records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0626

Scope and Contents

The collection contains miscellaneous materials including newsletters, an employee handbook, memoranda, sales, publicity and marketing information, and other items.

Dates

  • 1974-1997

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None

Biographical / Historical

James Irving "Jim" Harrison, Jr. founded Harco Drug Stores, Inc., an extensive regional company originally based in Northport, Alabama, with 150 full-service pharmacies in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. The Harco Drug Stores were sold in 1997 to the RiteAid Corporation of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Harrison attended the University of Alabama and was a 1955 pharmacy honors graduate of Howard College (now Samford University). Prior to becoming involved in store management and expansion, he spent twelve years as an active pharmacist. He has served as a director, president, and chairman of the board of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. He was named Chain Drug Retailer of the Eighties and the Harco Drug Stores were twice voted the nation's number one drug store chain. The Anti-Defamation League recognized Harrison three times with awards for humanitarianism. In 1998 Harrison received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alabama Pharmacy Association. He was also honored by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores with The Sheldon W. Fantle Achievement Award.

Extent

2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Miscellaneous materials including newsletters, an employee handbook, memoranda, sales, publicity and marketing information, and other items.

Provenance

Gift of James Harrison

General

To provide faster access to our materials, this finding aid was published without formal and final review. Email us at archives@ua.edu if you find mistakes or have suggestions to make this finding aid more useful for your research.

Processed by

unknown, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2013

Creator

Title
Harco Drugs records
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
February 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500