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Ayo Drugstore Records

Identifier: MS-00213

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of account ledgers, inventories, an ERA Narcotic Register, poison record book, anatomy cards, prescriptions, business correspondence, postcard, formula books, map plat, liquor sales along with permits during Prohibition, and business receipts. The ledgers document Ayo's practice and pharmacy in Bowie until the fire in 1917, and then from his new location in Raceland.


  • 1899-1957

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Physical rights are retained by Nicholls State University. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical Note

Dr. Jackson Joseph Ayo was born 8 January 1869 in Gretna, Louisiana to Hamilton A. Ayo and Severine Foret. Ayo first entered private practice in Lake Charles, La. He practiced in New Orleans for two years, and then Raceland, La. in 1917, where he also served as physician for the Bowie Lumber Co. In 1934, Ayo was appointed administrator of the East Louisiana State Hospital in Jackson, La. Ayo sold his business to his two sons, Dr. Ben Ayo and J.J. Ayo Jr. on 9 May 1936, and died three years later on 19 August 1939. The Ayo Drugstore remained in operation until 1976, after which it was sold to Glenn Landry and Anne Norwood who renamed it Landwood Pharmacy, using "Land" from Landry and "Wood" from Norwood. The pharmacy finally closed in December 1998.


16 Linear Feet (30 boxes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

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Repository Details

Part of the Nicholls State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ellender Memorial Library
Nicholls State University
906 E 1st St.
Thibodaux Louisiana 70310 USA