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Zook's Pharmacy Collection

Identifier: AC 250

Scope and Content

Collection consists of ledgers and business records of Zook's Pharmacy. The business records and correspondence are from 1913 to 1961. Also included are pharmacological reference books, and documents involving the Zook family, their business partners, and later owners of the pharmacy. The collection is arranged both topically and chronologically.


  • 1909-1963

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Duplication allowed for research purposes. User responsible for all copyright compliance.

Family History

John Noah Zook (1875-1950) was born in Wakefield, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1875. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1895. Before moving to Santa Fe in 1901, Zook worked in New York City and in Pueblo, Colorado. In Santa Fe he became a prescription clerk at Alphonse C. Ireland's pharmacy and in 1906, Zook and James R. Caruthers purchased Ireland's (later Capital) Pharmacy. Two years later, Zook resigned as part owner and manager to open his own apothacary shop. In 1913, Zook and Jack Colins joined as partners to purchase Adolph Fischer's Drug Store to expand into larger facilities at 56 East San Francisco Street. There the business remained into the 1990s having undergone two more changes of ownership.

In 1906, John Zook and Zelma Brown, a draughtsman in the surveyor-general's office, were married in Santa Fe. They had one child, Katherine, in 1915. After John Zook died in 1950, Zelma and Katherine continued to operate the family pharmacy until 1965. From 1965 until his death in 1968, Lyman W. Quick owned and operated Zook's pharmacy and in 1969 Timothy R. Elsbrock purchased and operated Zook's.


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Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. The Palace of the Governors
  3. P.O. 2087
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2087, U.S.A.
  5. Phone: (+)505.476.5090
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Guide to the Zook's Pharmacy Collection, 1909-1963
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Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090