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Archives Launches Digital Collections

Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS

Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS

The ACS Archives Digital Collections samples are now online, linked from the newly designed Archives page of the ACS Web site and feature, among other things, a sample of founder Dr. Franklin Martin’s Memoirs.

American College of Surgeons founder Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS (1857-1935), remains an understudied figure in the history of American medicine. He and his wife, Isabelle, left 48 volumes of “Memoirs” as well as several linear feet of other records including diaries, case reports, legal case records, tributes, awards, speeches, correspondence, hospital and medical school records from near the turn of the century, travel journals, photo albums, and much more.

Dr. Martin’s secretary, Eleanor Grimm, compiled her recollections of the history of the College into 26 volumes, after her retirement in 1951, at the request of the Board of Regents.

One volume of the Martin Memoirs, and one volume of the Eleanor Grimm Notebooks, along with its index are part of the Digital Collections. Also included are photos of all the ACS Boards of Regents, from the earliest extant until 2006, and all available issues of the Clinical Congress Daily News, 1911-1979. Researchers can search for names, surgical techniques, diseases, issues affecting surgeons, international guest surgeons, examples of post graduate courses in surgery and much more in the Daily News.

One can also browse each of the collections by clicking on the upper right hand corner of each page to turn the page.

Feedback about use of the site is greatly appreciated as well as suggestions for future additions.

For more information, contact the ACS Archivist.