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.
The ACS is committed to providing maximum access to its research materials. It is our responsibility to balance the researcher’s need for access with the needs for the privacy and confidentiality of those in the materials. As a result, there may be restrictions.
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.
Organized at a breakfast meeting at Clinical Congress 2013, the committee believes that knowing the surgical past serves as a guide to the future. Today the group is an integral part of Clinical Congress, sponsoring a poster competition, a breakfast presentation, and a panel session.
The founders of ACS. Read more
The private secretary of Dr. Martin. Read more
Books on the history of medicine and surgery. Read more
Surgical procedures dating back to the 1920s. See more
Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons (1913-2016). Read more
The ACS began formally recognizing Fellows celebrating their 25- and 50-year Fellowship anniversaries. These Fellows have provided ongoing support to the College. They are an inspiration to our new Fellows and to us all.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
SVS’ The Giants of Vascular Surgery oral history program contains more than 80 interviews of significant vascular surgeons and makes them available online.
The David C. Sabiston Oral History Project at Duke University set out to capture information about the life of Dr. Sabiston, chair of the department of surgery at Duke for 30 years. Dr. Sabiston was an active member of the American College of Surgeons, including serving a term as president from 1985-1986.