Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Paul Byrnes '34 Archives

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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Paul Byrnes '34 Archives


In 1878, Dr. Willis G. Tucker, of the Albany Medical College faculty, and Mr. Gustavus Michaelis, of the Albany Pharmaceutical Company, called a meeting at which about twenty Albany pharmacists convened and started to plan the establishment of a school of pharmacy. It wasn't until 1880, however, when Dr. Tucker and Mr. Michaelis consulted with Archibald McClure, Esq., a wholesale druggist, Dr. Jacob S. Mosher, then Registrar and Professor at the Medical School, and Joseph W. Russell, from the Board of Trustees of Albany Medical College proposed to establish a Department of Pharmacy of Union University that things really got underway. A plan of organization was drawn up by Dr. Tucker and presented to Dr. E. N. Potter, then President of Union University. He excitedly approved the project, and at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees held on June 21, 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy was created to constitute the Department of Pharmacy of Union University. A Board of Trustees was appointed and the school was incorporated as the Albany College of Pharmacy, conforming to the laws of the state, August 27, 1881. - from Union University: Its History, Influence, Characteristics and Equipment. New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1907.

Moving 2008, to better reflect its expanding range of academic programs, the school officially changed its name to Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS). The College's first Master’s degree was awarded in the study of Pharmacology in 2011. Presently, ACPHS has several Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in addition to the now standard PharmD, or Doctor of Pharmacy, degree awarded to graduating pharmacists.  Find out more at

The items found here comprise digital archives of the College which are collected and preserved to retain the history of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Paul Byrnes '34 Archives is a member of the Capital District Library Council.


Alumni News and PostScript

A collection of the Alumni newsletters from the mid-twentieth century through the twenty-first century.


A collection of documents from graduation ceremonies at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Conglomerate Class Photos

A collection of photographs represent graduating classes of Albany College of Pharmacy from the late nineteenth to the early-twentieth centuries.

O'Brien Building Photo Collection

A collection of photographs and photographs of architectural drawings pertaining to the construction of the O’Brien Building.


A collection of yearbooks published at the end of the academic year. Starting in the early 1970's, the focus of the yearbook became the graduating class as opposed to the entire student body.