Memories of The Upjohn Company

Welcome to, a place to browse photos and information about The Upjohn Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan (1886-1995)     ** What's New on **

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September 2023 - Pfizer is celebrating 75 years of the opening of the Portage site by Upjohn. The two major buildings opened in 1948 were Building 38, Fermentation Production, and Building 39, Biological Extracts. It took until 1951 to fully complete the site.

July 2023 - Ten years ago, on July 1st, 2013, the website was launched. It was been updated regularly since then and now contains over 850 web pages, 18,000 images and 22 historic movies.

February 2023 - The 1935-built Upjohn headquarters building in Downtown Kalamazoo has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, which is the nation's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that have been deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. Here's a link to the WWMT article giving more information.

------  Pre-1950s Memories  ------

Earliest Memories   W.E.Upjohn Photos & Articles
Blanche Porter - An Early Employee   Early Upjohn Letterhead
Early New York Office Papers   Early Photos of Executives
Upjohn Patents   The Memos of John McColl
Life & Purposes of W.E.Upjohn   Photo Album from the 1930s
Manufacturing in 1937   Photos of the Kalamazoo site
More 1930s and 1940s Photos   1934 Upjohn History Overview
Early Lab Instruments   The Kalamazoo Office 1930s
Flights of Dr. Richard Light   Central Stock Control
Military Support in WWI and WWII   Employee Handbook No 1
Building 38 Photos   Warehouses on N. Pitcher St.
Dr Upjohn and his Peonies   Manufacturing Expansion Report
The Portage Road Project   Building 41 Construction
Planned Residential Development   Other Portage Construction
Photos of Many Buildings   Historical Upjohn Benefits
1950 History Seminar by Broholm   Models for the B41 Production Layout

------  1950s and 60s Memories  ------

Looking Back   Pneumatic Tube System
1950s Portage Site Photos   Downtown Demolition in 1953
1953 in Summary   Civil Defense Command Center
Mystery Train Trip in 1958   Photos of Cafeterias
Bus Service to the Portage Plant   Dale Robertson Visits Upjohn
Shooting at the Portage Plant   Introduction of the Mix-O-Vial
The Upjohn Company Goes Public   Granny Visits Upjohn
Building 88 Construction   More on Building 88
Building 88 After Completion   Gazette Feature on Building 88
Upjohn in Disneyland   The Brain and The Cell
Portage Site Waste Treatment    Automobiles at Upjohn
Cafeteria Operations 1957   Unusual Jobs
Savings Plan 1965 and 1972   Building 41 Shipping
Upjohn Diet Service    

------  1970s, 80s and 90s Memories  ------

Values and Practices   The CQ System
Upjohn Goes to Puerto Rico   Shining Your Shoes
New Employee Photos 1970's   Upjohn Licence Plates
Dedication of Building 298   1980 Kalamazoo Tornado
Building 41 Vital Statistics   Building 88 Facts
1986 Medical Coverage   Upjohn Salaries
Centennial Celebration in 1986
Vanilla - For Employees Use Only
Employee Handbook   Employee Drug Testing Program
Executive Quiz   1984 Strategic Review
Photos from the Mejeurs   The W.E.Upjohn Suite
"Family Ties" Article   Job Opportunity Bulletins
The ETA Program   My Years at Upjohn
Code of Corporate Conduct   CGMPs and YOU
THE END (P&U Merger in 1995)    

------  Groups and Divisions  ------

Advertising and Sales   Agricultural
Animal Health   Brook Lodge
Computer Groups   Control
Polymer Chemical and CPR   Distribution Centers
EH&S   Emergency Squads
Employee Pharmacy   Engineering
Farms   Finance
Fine Chemical   Food Services
Healthcare Services   International
Manufacturing   Occupational Health
Printing   Research
Retirement Photos   More Retirement Photos
Other Group Photos   Security
+++ Upjohn Employees and Groups Today +++

------  Products  ------

Upjohn Products - Page 1   Upjohn Products - Page 2
Upjohn Products - Page 3   Upjohn Products - Page 4
Upjohn Products - Page 5   Upjohn Products - Page 6
Upjohn Products - Page 7   Upjohn Products - Page 8
Special Formula Products   Upjohn Embossed Glass Bottles
Carol Orris Collection - A to H   Carol Orris Collection - I to P
Carol Orris Collection - Q to Z   Upjohn Cabinets
Products List from 1886-1950   Dating your Upjohn Product
Quinine Pills   Citrocarbonate
Product Information 1967   Product Information 1975
1980s Consumer Products   The Prostaglandins
Caverject   Rogaine - Growing Hair!
Travel Cases   Worst Products
Official Photos of Products    

------  Publications  ------

Catalogs and Price Lists: 1886 - 1887 - 1888 - 1889 - 1890 - 1891 - 1894 - 1895 - 1896 - 1898 - 1899 - 1900 - 1904 - 1908 - 1910/1911 - 1925 - 1928 - 1931 - 1937 - 1939 - 1942 - 1954 - 1954 - 1956 - 1959 - 1961 - 1966 - 1967 - 1971 - 1973 - 1977 - 1987 - 1998 -
Dr. Upjohn's Company   Prescription Products 1936
The Overflow   Humor in Medicine
The Better Life   Medicine Designed for Health
Odyssey of Modern Drug Research   Smaller Booklet of the Above
We The Upjohn Company   The Growing World of Upjohn
Upjohn News (1946-1962)   A Tour Through the Upjohn Company
A Career with a Future   The Yellow Pages
The Intercom   Executive Etiquette
An American Enterprise   Phone Books
New Directions   Annual Reports
This is Upjohn   A Century of Caring
Kalamazoo Today   A Corporation and Its Home
The Upjohn Dog Book   Progress Through Science
Scope Monographs   Upjohn Recipes
Working Safely   Upjohn at 100 Years
Medical Technologist   You and Your People
Books about Upjohn   The Equation
The True Story of Vitamins   Home Drug Reference Guide
Pharmaceutical Industry Key Facts   How to Use Spices
Captain Kangaroo's Get Well Elephant   Reference Guide for Weight Control
Human Anatomy   1952 Product Reference
Osborn looks at the Veterinarian   Vacation Needs - Kaopectate

------  Videos and Films  ------

Downtown 1930s Footage   Industry for Health
Manufacturing 1940s   We, The Upjohn Company
Construction of the Portage Site   The Greatest Good
The Pharmacist in Industry A Century of Caring
Control Division   More Centennial Videos
1986 Upjohn History Presentation   Upjohn Today
History of the Company   A Tribute to Ted Cooper
Quality of Life, Quality of Work   Journey (P&U Merger)
A Fairy Tale (Pharmacia)   Kalamazoo Aerial Survey
Making an Upjohn Movie   Fitness and Good Health
1974 Unicap Commercial   1984 Unicap M Commercial

------  Collections  ------

Jeremy Winkworth Musuem   Carol Orris Collection
Dan Russell Collection   Bill Steger Collection
Display in Building 41   Company Museums
University of Arizona Collection   Upjohn Items on eBay

------  Other Memories  ------

List of Employees 1897-1974   List of Buildings
Profiles and Timelines   Upjohn Logos
Upjohn Awards   Other Awards
Service Recognition Items   Public Tours
Postcards - Site - Products - Foldouts   The Upjohn Air Force
The Upjohn Art Collection   Rental Houses
Upjohn Disneyland Exhibit   Christmas Cards and Bonuses
Upjohn Power Plants   Building 41 Barber Shop
Upjohn Railroad   Stock Photos
Badges-Tags-Seals-Office Supplies   Upjohn Shirts and Jackets
Upjohn Caps   Those Alligator Bags
Upjohn Trophies   Upjohn Stamps
Upjohn Forms and Reports   2019 Steroid Chemistry Award
Stories That Probably Shouldn't Be Told   Other Photos and Misc.
Jeremy's Corner  -  Page 1 - Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4

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