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Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Become a Member
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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ACS Archives

Preserving our past, inspiring our future

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ACS Archives

Documenting History

Our Archives serve as the institutional memory of the ACS. We collect and preserve records of enduring value and make them available for research. These records contain roughly 400 linear feet of material, chiefly paper records, but also images, motion pictures, sound recordings, and artifacts.

Featured Highlights

Here we showcase glimpses into College history, from prominent surgeons, to ACS programming, to the broader history of surgery. Who was the first Black woman surgeon to become an ACS Fellow? You’ll find out here.

Search the ACS Archives

Access online materials and learn about our physical collections.

Invaluable Collections

The Papers of Franklin H. and Isabelle H. Martin

The founders of ACS. Read more



The Resources of Eleanor K. Grimm

The private secretary of Dr. Martin. Read more



The Orr Collection

Books on the history of medicine and surgery. Read more



Selected Films

Surgical procedures dating back to the 1920s. See more



Bulletin Indexes

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons (1913-2016). Read more


 

Collections

Over 100 Years Old and Still Going Strong

Our Centennial celebration was launched during our 2012 Clinical Congress, and featured special sessions, exhibits, and commemorative publications that paid tribute to the College’s commitment to quality care for surgical patients. Other Centennial highlights included a video about the future of surgery.

Recommended Resources

American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS)

The Icon Project created by the AAPS preserves the history of plastic surgery through the words of the pioneers, leaders, and renowned educators in plastic surgery.


American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS)

ASTS started their “Chimera Chronicles: Great Stories in Transplant Surgery” program in 2008. It captures video profiles of 32 transplant surgeons, many with the initial leadership of ASTS.


The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST)

EAST Storycasts is a series of audio interviews with prominent trauma surgeons that discuss important events, discoveries, and people in trauma and emergency surgery.


LIMITLESS Project

LIMITLESS is a docuseries featuring inspiring stories from women plastic surgeons who broke the glass ceiling and rose to prominence within their field as society presidents.


Society of Vascular Surgery (SVS)

SVS’ The Giants of Vascular Surgery oral history program contains more than 80 interviews of significant vascular surgeons and makes them available online.


 

Contact ACS Archives

If you have questions about ACS Archives, please contact the ACS Archives team.