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Van Antwerp Drug Store Collection

Identifier: A-3786

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of one “Dr. Humphrey’s Manual” published in 1922, sold by the Van Antwerp Drug Store located on 110 Portage Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


  • 1922

James Spencer Van Antwerp Bio

James Spencer Van Antwerp was born on October 7, 1894 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He married Anna Margaret Kuschell (b. 1898) on December 7, 1919. The couple lived in Lansing until 1921 when they moved to Kalamazoo and opened Van Antwerp Drug Store located on 110 Portage Street. In 1924, James and Anna had a daughter they named Doris. Van Antwerp operated the drugstore in Kalamazoo until 1929, when they relocated to Paw Paw, Michigan. In Paw Paw James opened another pharmacy located at 211 E. Michigan Avenue. They lived at 807 East Michigan Ave. Both the house and the building that housed the pharmacy still stand. The building has “Van Antwerp 1941” etched in stone on the façade. The Van Antwerp’s moved to Pinellas, Florida sometime after 1941. James died on May 11, 1988 in Pinellas, FL and is buried in Bay Pines National Cemetery in Florida.

Humphrey’s Home Medicine Company Manual

The manual contained in this collection was published by Humphrey’s Home Medicine Company of New York in 1922. The manual prescribes remedies for various ailments using Dr. Humphrey’s homeopathic medicines which were also sold at the Van Antwerp and other drugstores.


0.05 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

This collection amounts to .05 cubic feet of space and is comprised of one manual titled “Dr. Humphrey’s Manual” published in 1922. The manual measures 3”x4 ½” and is in fair condition. There is visible wear on the binding and edges of the booklet and minor tearing on the back cover as well as some minor water spotting on the top of the back cover. The inside pages are yellowed with age.


Purchased with funds from the Starring Endowment

Van Antwerp Drug Store Collection Finding Aid
Ashley Kirvan
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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