AAOS Bulletin - August, 2006

Do you have orthopaedic artifacts?

75th Anniversary Committee issues “wish list”

By Addy Kujawa

The AAOS 2008 Annual Meeting in San Francisco will commemorate the Academy’s 75-year history. But the story of those years is more than just medical journals and academic papers. The rich and varied history of orthopaedics includes anecdotes and personal stories, information and artifacts, photographs and memorabilia from around the world.

To show—as well as tell—the history of orthopaedics, the AAOS 75th Anniversary Committee has developed a “wish list” of historic items. Artifacts from the 1930s through the present are most needed. If you have, know someone who has, or can otherwise help locate any of the following items, please contact Sian Evans at (207) 236-4911 or postoffice@15elm.com.

• Lapel pins, buttons, medals, medallions, rings, ties, tie clips, souvenirs, etc. (from specialty societies, awards, Armed Forces, previous AAOS Annual Meetings, Political Action Committee, Doctors for Medical Liability Reform, other causes)

• Original or clean copies of newspaper or magazine articles about the AAOS founding, seminal moments or people in orthopaedics, major accomplishments, changes in health policy, launch of a new device, instrument, research)

• Print advertisements (industry—1930 to 2006)

• Name badges with convention ribbons attached from AAOS Annual Meetings

• A past president’s gavel

• A past president’s medallion

• Pre-1950 AAOS membership card

• Annual Meeting programs for 1933–1937, 1945, 1949, 1952–1955, 1958–1961, 1965, 1969, 1972 and 1974–current year

• What Everyone Should Know About Orthopaedic Surgery brochure, circa 1962

• AAOS scientific exhibit award

Photos – please include a description of why this photo is important, names of those pictured, location and year taken (if known)

• Early supporters, founders and members of the AAOS

• Past Annual Meetings (exhibit halls, lecture rooms)

• Operating room photos

• Operating room devices, implants and instruments in use from the 1930s forward


• Fractures in Children by Walter P. Blount, MD

• Prosthetic Devices by Dr. Dively

• Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedic Textbook—original from 1933 and current copy, as well as a photo of Dr. Campbell

• Internal Fixation and Fractures by Venebal and Speck

• Norman Cook text on amputation

• The Shoulder by E. Amory Codman, MD

Logos (in high resolution—300 dpi—format, please)

• State, regional, specialty and international societies

• Academic training programs

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