Preservation

In the time period when the Druggist Corporations Malt Extract was released, the only form of distribution and circulation was through regular druggists (Obn, 2013). Over time, the Sleeman family has been collecting photographs, business records, newspapers and labels relating to their family’s history and their effect on Canada in the last 150 years and accumulated the Perfected Invalids Malt Extract label (Obn, 2013). In 1984 John W. Sleeman, the great-great-grandson of John H. Sleeman, started to reconstruct the family business after receiving a book with all the recipes and an original heritage bottle. John W. Sleeman took over the family business as well as his family’s collection and in 2013 he decided to donate the collection to the University of Guelph McLaughlin Library Archives (Obn, 2013). He says, “I have always hoped that we could somehow preserve them for the future but also make them available for the public to see and enjoy. I’m delighted to say that, with the University of Guelph’s wonderful archival facilities, this has now been made possible” (Obn, 2013).  The McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph has now taken over the Sleeman Collection, carefully preserving and displaying the Sleeman family’s history.