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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.

Surgical History Group

The History of Surgery poster session is now accepting abstracts! Please visit the submission site for more information. Abstract submissions are due by May 31.

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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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