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Harding Drug Store records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Bx 011

Scope and Contents

The collection includes 4 ledgers, 16 cash books, and 1 prescription book from the Harding Store dating from 1873-1883 and 1906-1927, just after George Harding's death.

Some volumes include personal accounts of George A. Harding.


  • Creation: 1873-1927


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Harding Drug Store was an Oregon City business started in 1873 by George A. Harding.

A native of Australia, George A. Harding (1843-1926) came to Oregon with his mother in 1857. In 1861 Harding became associated with Dr. Alden H. Steel in the pioneer drug store of Oregon City. In 1873, he partnered to form the drug firm of Ward and Harding. Around 1880 he purchased the drug business of C. O. T. Williams and consolidated it with the Harding store, building the enlarged Harding Drug Store on Main Street.


2 linear feet (3 containers) : 1 record storage box and 2 manuscript boxes

Language of Materials



The Harding Drug Store was an Oregon City business started in 1873 by George A. Harding. The collection consists of ledgers, cash books, and prescription books from the store.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Harding Drug Store Records
Complete Description
University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Austin Munsell
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA