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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

Bringing Past to Present and Present to Future

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.

Adam J. Carey, Archivist

Dolores Barber, Assistant Archivist


Poster session

At Clinical Congress 2015, we will be holding the inaugural History of Surgery Poster Competition. Submissions are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 29.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions


Archives collections

Overview of the Archives Collections

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ACS Board of Regents 1929

History of the American College of Surgeons

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Researching with the Archives

Access to the Archives

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100 Years of ACS

Much has changed in the field of surgery since the American College of Surgeons (ACS), also known as “the College” was founded in 1913.

  Centennial Timeline