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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 History and Archives Committee and the ACS Archives staff. Visit the Bulletin archives to read columns from past issues.

Archives Access Notice

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Archives of the American College of Surgeons is currently closed to in-person researchers. We have one staff member on-site twice a week to answer research requests using physical material, and have consistent access to digital resources. We appreciate your patience as we respond to requests as quickly and thoroughly as we are able.


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Black Surgeons and Surgery in America presents the history of the issues that shape the current debate on racial disparities in surgical care. In each era, up to the present day, there are heroes who dedicated themselves to the cause of racial equity in surgical care. Available for download and purchase.

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History and Archives Committee

ACS History and Archives Committee

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History of the American College of Surgeons

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Archives Catalog

Access online materials and learn about our physical collections.

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Overview of the Archives Collections

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