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Van Avery's Drug Store Collection

Identifier: A-3798

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of one newspaper article entitled “Looking Back: Soda Anyone?” from the March 8, 1992 Kalamazoo Gazette. The photograph in the article is of Van Avery’s Drug Store circa. 1930, located at 714 North Burdick Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


  • 1930

Biographical / Historical

Charles E. Van Avery (6/5/1876-9/24/1957) started Van Avery’s Drug Store in 1901. The store was located at 735 Portage Street in Kalamazoo. In 1908, a second location was opened at 502 West North Street by Charles’s brother Ray Van Avery (5/7/1881-5/1/1955). By 1916 Charles’s store at 735 Portage had closed. However, he opened a new location located at 714 North Burdick St. in 1921 named C.E. Van Avery and Son. In 1926 Ray Van Avery’s store was taken over by Charles’s son Gerald (b. 1896). In 1935, Charles’s younger son Donald (b. 1906)0 took over the Burdick St. location. By 1950, the location at 714 West North Street was gone from city directories and by 1965 the Burdick Street location had closed as well. It is the Burdick Street location which is featured in the newspaper article contained in this collection.


0.05 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

This collection amounts to 0.05 cubic feet of space and is comprised of one Kalamazoo Gazette newspaper clipping from March 8, 1992. There is a photograph circa. 1930 of soda jerks behind the soda counter at Van Avery’s Drug Store and a caption titled “Looking Back: Soda Anyone?” The clipping measures 7”x10” and is in good condition with minor wear and yellowing. There is also a photocopy of the clipping that measures 8 ½”x11” which is also in good condition.


Purchased with funds from the Starring Endowment.

Van Avery's Drug Store Collection
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
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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