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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 Surgical History Group 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, some collections of the ACS Archives will be moved offsite during construction. While all Archives material will still be available for use, responses to requests for information may take longer than usual. Please plan accordingly when requesting information or planning a research visit to the Archives. 

Thank you in advance for your patience!

Surgical History Group

ACS Surgical History Group

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History of the American College of Surgeons

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Overview of the Archives Collections

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Archives Catalog

Access online materials and learn about our physical collections.

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Access to the Archives

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