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Aerospace Medical Association Records (FSC-21)

 Collection
Identifier: FSC-21

Scope and Contents

Series I, Historical Files, consists of a variety of files containing information relevant to the organization’s history previous to 1960. A complete detailed history of the organization can be found in the book Doctors in the Sky by Robert J. Benford. The files are grouped into three sections. The first section contains general subject files arranged alphabetically. The second section contains the correspondence of Dr. Thomas Sutherland. Dr. Sutherland served as Secretary-Treasurer for the AMA for many years. During this time he amassed a great many correspondence files. The third section contains the Benford Old Journal Files, which is a collection of Robert J. Benford’s office files. They are organized chronologically from June 1954 to August 1959.

Series II, Annual Meetings, takes up the greatest bulk of the collection. The series spans 62 years from 1929 to 1991. Each meeting’s files generally consist of Awards, Committees, Correspondence, Exhibitors, and Hotel Arrangements. Researchers will find that the earlier and later years’ files are very sparse while the middle years are quite full. In general, the Awards files are complete for the years of 1971-1975, except that no file was provided for the Boothby Award in 1974. It is unknown whether the Award was given that year. Furthermore, for consistency, all available Flight Nurse Award files can now be found in FSC-22, The Flight Nurses Section of the AsMA Archives. Any Flight Nurse Award files that were previously housed in FSC-21, have been removed to FSC-22.

Series III, General Administration, consists of items that are not historical in nature and do not pertain to an annual meeting. This series is organized alphabetically by main subject area. Categories of documents include abstracts of papers, bibliography projects, articles, biographies of officers (collected by Robert Benford for Doctors in the Sky), correspondence, audits, dealings with aeronautical agencies, and dealings with publishing and insurance companies.

Series IV, Publications, consists of monographs published or collected by the members of the Aerospace Medical Association in connection with their research activities. This series is organized chronologically.

Dates

  • Creation: 1929-1992

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) is the largest, most-representative professional organization in the fields of aviation, space, and environmental medicine.

The Aerospace Medical Association was founded in 1929 under the guidance of Louis H. Bauer, M.D., the first medical director of the Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce (which later became the FAA). Dr. Bauer and his associates dedicated themselves and the new Association to "dissemination of information as will enhance the accuracy of their specialized art...thereby affording a greater guarantee of safety to the public and the pilot, alike; and to cooperate... in furthering the progress of aeronautics in the United States." From the 1929 organizational meeting of 29 "aeromedical examiners," the Association has grown to its present strength of more than 3,200 members from over 70 countries.

The Aerospace Medical Association is an umbrella group providing a forum for many different disciplines to come together and share their expertise. The Association has provided its expertise to a multitude of Federal and international agencies on a broad range of issues including aviation and space medical standards, the aging pilot, and physiological stresses of flight. AsMA's membership includes aerospace medicine specialists, flight nurses, physiologists, psychologists, human factors specialists, and researchers in this field. Most are with industry, civil aviation regulatory agencies, departments of defense and military services, the airlines, space programs, and universities. Approximately 25% of the membership is international. Through the efforts of the AsMA members, safety in flight and man’s overall adaptation to adverse environments has been more nearly achieved.

Aerospace medicine concerns the determination and maintenance of the health, safety, and performance of persons involved in air and space travel. Aerospace Medicine, as a broad field of endeavor, offers dynamic challenges and opportunities for physicians, nurses, physiologists, bioenvironmental engineers, industrial hygienists, environmental health practitioners, human factors specialists, psychologists, and other professionals. Those in the field are dedicated to enhancing health, promoting safety, and improving performance of individuals who work or travel in unusual environments. The environments of space and aviation provide significant challenges, such as microgravity, radiation exposure, G-forces, emergency ejection injuries, and hypoxic conditions, for those embarking in their exploration. Areas of interest range from space and atmospheric flight to undersea activities, and the environments that are studied cover a wide spectrum, extending from the “microenvironments” of space or diving suits to those of “Spaceship Earth”.

Extent

31 linear feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Aerospace Medical Association was founded in 1929 under the guidance of Louis H. Bauer, M.D., the first medical director of the Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce (which later became the FAA). It’s mission is "dissemination of information as will enhance the accuracy of their specialized art...thereby affording a greater guarantee of safety to the public and the pilot, alike; and to cooperate... in furthering the progress of aeronautics in the United States." In general, the records consist of correspondence, old journal files, and scientific publications. The most important series is the record of annual meetings spanning 1929-1991.

Arrangement

The Aerospace Medical Association Records are divided into four series.

  1. Series 1: Historical Files
  2. Series 2: Annual Meetings
  3. Series 3: General Administration
  4. Series 4: Publications

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) Archives was initially accessioned into the Special Collections and Archives in January 1982. Additions to the collection were made in 1994 and 2009.

Accruals

Periodic additions to the collection are expected after AsMA meetings.

Related Materials

FSC-37, Space Medicine Records FSC-40, International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM) Records

Title
Guide to the Aerospace Medical Association Records (FSC-21)
Status
Completed
Date
2021 June 1
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA
937-775-2092