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Archives and History

Franklin H. Martin, principal founder of the College, Colonel in the U.S. Medical Corps, member of the Advisory Commission of the Council of National Defense, and Chairman of its General Medical Board, 1917–1918

The Archives serve as the historical memory of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). We collect and preserve inactive College records of enduring value and make them available for research. Our Archives’ processed and cataloged records contain roughly 400 linear feet of material, chiefly paper records, but also images, motion pictures, sound recordings, and artifacts.

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"From the Archives" Features

The Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons publishes a "From the Archives" column, which profiles significant surgeons and surgeries, written by members of the History and Archives Committee and the ACS Archives staff. Visit the Bulletin archives to read columns from past issues.

Archives Access Notice

The ACS is currently in the process of remodeling its headquarters building in Chicago. As a result, the ACS Archives will be CLOSED from March 19 through June 15. We have limited access to various resources that have already been digitized, and will assist with your requests as we are able. Thank you in advance for your patience! 


History and Archives Committee

ACS History and Archives Committee

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History of the American College of Surgeons

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Archives Catalog

Access online materials and learn about our physical collections.

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