Center for the History of Family Medicine
American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
Leawood, Kansas 66211
Fax: (913) 906-6095
The Center for the History of Family Medicine was established in 1992 by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and serves as the primary historical repository on the history and evolution of General Practice, Family Practice, and the specialty of Family Medicine in the United States. The main areas of the collection are: 1) Official records and artifacts of Family Medicine organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP); the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (AAFP/F); the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM); the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM), the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors Practice (AFMRD); the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM); 2) Personal papers and artifacts from individuals such as prominent family physicians and Family Medicine leaders, researchers, and educators; and 3) Books, articles and other general materials which document the history and evolution of Family Medicine in American society. SERVICES: Photocopying; duplication of photographs, CDs, DVDsvideotapes and audiotapes available on order. Materials do not circulate. Collections are open to the public although some collections have restricted access. Appointments must be made in advance for offsite researchers. Reference services include searches and duplication orders.
The collection includes approximately 2,000 linear feet of processed archival materials, library books and reference files and artifacts. The bulk of the collection consists of official records and artifacts of the seven Family Medicine organizations listed above, and the papers of individual family physicians and Family Medicine leaders, researchers, and educators. In addition to textual and artifact materials, the Center holds a significant collection of books relating to the history and evolution of Family Medicine in the United States. Also included are photographs, slides, films, videotapes, CDs, DVDs and audiotapes. Several collections of oral history interviews with AAFM past presidents and other leaders in the field are also available.