About the Archives

Using the AANA Archives-Library
The AANA Archives-Library primarily serves the needs of the AANA’s members and staff, but welcomes inquiries from the general public. Simple questions can be answered by phone or email; researchers who have extensive requests are encouraged to visit the Archives-Library in person.
 
The Archives-Library is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. by appointment only. Non-AANA members must apply for permission to use the Archives-Library. For an appointment or permission, contact the AANA Archivist and Records Manager at archives@aana.com or (847) 655-1106.
 
Overview of the AANA Archives-Library's Collections
Archives of the AANA
The main archival collection documents the AANA’s history since its founding in 1931. Records include minutes, correspondence, and meeting materials from the Board of Directors and committees; publications and brochures; meeting materials from the Annual Meeting, assemblies, and workshops; photographs; audiovideo items; and memorabilia. The records document all aspects of the AANA's activities, including education, practice issues, legislation, reimbursement, and relationships with other healthcare groups.
 
Manuscript Collections and Anesthesia Equipment
The Archives-Library collects non-AANA materials on the history of nurse anesthesia, primarily the personal papers of nurse anesthetists and anesthesia equipment. The personal papers include items such as diaries and journals, correspondence, teaching and student notes, photographs, and memorabilia. Many of the collections also contain equipment used by nurse anesthetists. 
 
Thesis and Dissertation Collection
This collection of theses, dissertations, and research papers written by nurse anesthetists is focused on issues affecting the nurse anesthesia profession, such as education, workforce studies, and job satisfaction, rather than clinical investigations of anesthetic drugs and techniques. For a list of items in the collection, the interlibrary loan policy, and how to donate to the collection, please visit the Dissertations and Theses page.
 
Library and Rare Books Collection
The Archives-Library maintains a small reference library focused on anesthesia and healthcare issues. The emphasis of the collection is anesthesia textbooks, some of which date back to the 1920s.
 
Donating to the AANA Archives-Library
If you have something you would like to donate to the Archives-Library, please call or email before sending. Donations are accepted on a case-by-case basis. At this time, back issues of the AANA Journal are not needed.
 
Contacting the AANA Archives-Library
AANA Archivist and Records Manager
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
222 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 655-1106