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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.

Calls for Applicants

The History and Archives Committee is currently accepting applications for committee positions, as well as the 2022-2023 Archives Fellowship.

For more information and to apply:

HAC Call for Committee Members

HAC Call for 2022-2023 Archives Fellowship


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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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