The collection consists of 4 binders kept in 2 plastic cases; the binders hold around 750 black and white and color photos in plastic sleeves with four slots. Some slots have multiple photos in them and some slots are empty. The photos show equipment used in laboratories and microscope photos from around the late 1970s to the early 1980s. Squibb Laboratories is mentioned in a photo in one of the binders, and Structure Probe is stamped on some of the Polaroids as well. A breakdown of the albums includes:
1. Navy blue case
A. 11 x 11.25” navy blue 3-ring binder containing around 163 black and white photos which all seem to be of one laboratory building. The photos all measure either 3.5 x 4.25” and 4.25 x 3.5” and are slid into 4-pocket plastic sheets. The photos feature lab equipment; most photos are labeled in the white margin of the photo with the location within the building, and are often further labeled on the photos themselves to identify the pictured equipment. Equipment includes the Nutsche filtration and drying machinery. One photo is of a diagram that is labeled “Penicillin Manufacturing.” A couple of photos were labeled with a red pen which seems to have smeared. At the back of the album there are photos of people, likely employees of the lab. Although the pictures do not feature a date, they are likely from the 1980s.
B. 11 x 11.25” navy blue 3-ring binder containing around 177 color and black and white photos and Polaroids spanning 1978 to 1983, with photos from the later date appearing closer to the back of the album. The binder begins with color photos of what was apparently a tour; a photographed sign reads: “Millipore Waters Preparative and Process Division Welcomes Squibb Laboratories to the Kiloprep™ Process Separation System.” These photos are mostly of equipment, the computer processing area, the valve actuation system, and what appear to be aerial views of the facility and area. The later black and white photos are also of equipment in laboratory settings, and of some sort of material that seems to have been in a giant spinner. Within the binder there are also 7 strips of negatives and around 32 slides. Many of the black and white photos are labeled with the date, and some contain writing on the back which identify the photographed equipment. Photos measure around 4.75 x 3.5” and are slid into plastic sleeves; in some cases, there are multiple photos in one pocket.
2. Dark brown case
A. 11 x 11.5” dark brown 3-ring binder containing black and white photos that appear to be of samples taken under a microscope from 1980 to 1981. The binder contains around 177 of these photos and Polaroids, all measuring around 3.5 x 4.25” and are slid into plastic sleeves. Each photo is annotated in the white margin with a batch number, possibly the power of the microscope, and other relevant information, such as a stamped date. A paper sheet within the binder notes data from “Screening of P.R. Captopril” which sheds a bit of light on the photos. Loose within the binder is a small pink booklet of “Sem image of bulk” which contains 13 more black and white microscope photos. There is also a wax envelope which holds around 61 black and white microscope polaroids from September 22, 1980, all measuring around 4.5 x 5.75”. Many of the photos in this binder and in the envelope contain a label from “Structure Probe, Inc.”
B. 11 x 11.5” caramel 3-ring binder containing around 109 color photos from what appears to be a tour of a laboratory or pharmaceutical facility in Italy. Photos measure between 3.5 x 5.25” and 5.25 x 3.5” and are slid into 5-pocket plastic sheets. There is writing in purple on some of the plastic sheets which identifies the area of the building and the equipment being looked at. All of the photos are of large equipment, some of which feature people—either people on the tour or workers—in yellow hard hats. Loose within this binder are 2 wax envelopes: one contains around 42 color photos of a specific piece of equipment from 1993, all measuring either 5 x 7.25” or 7.25 x 5”; the second contains 6 larger photos (8 x 10” and 10 x 8”) of the same equipment.