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Albers Drug Company Collection. (ESAC) (Gift of Edward (‘Bud’) S. Albers, Jr.).

Identifier: MSC 0615

Scope and Contents

Records of the Albers Drug Company. Includes photographs, architectural plans and drawings, ledgers, account books, papers, etc. The oldest document is the collection is the Chamberlain, Sanford, & Albers Incorporation and Minutes Book, 1896-1943. The embossing seal for “Albers Drug Co., Knoxville, Tenn.” is also in the collection. The Albers Drug Company was sold to Walker Drug Company of Birmingham, Ala. in 1995. Edward S. “Bud” Albers, Jr. (1925-2016) was a major figure in Knoxville business and civic life. His grandfather, a Union officer during the civil war, established a drug wholesale company in the city in 1894. Bud Albers graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1948 and then served in the Air Force. In 1954 he became president of Albers Drug Company. During his career he streamlined modern drugstore operations and helped develop a national drug code and bar-coding system for drug inventories. An advocate for the preservation of family and business history, Albers has donated his family’s extensive memorabilia to the McClung Historical Collection and the East Tennessee Historical Society The Edward S. Albers Collection (ESAC) is a very large collection of associated artifacts concerning historic pharmacies and drug stores created by E.S. Albers.


  • 1896-1995

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


67 boxes

Albers Drug Company Collection. (ESAC) (Gift of Edward (‘Bud’) S. Albers, Jr.).
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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States