The American Pain Society Records represent a period of growth for the Society. Although
foundational documents are minimal, the collection features correspondence and records of
the activities that built the organization, during the 1980s, into what it is today.
These documents include financial papers, committee formations, the records of important
general and board meetings, membership building practices, and publication records,
including the membership's decision to publish a journal.
The American Pain Society (APS) was formed by American clinicians, researchers, and
teachers in the field of pain in response to a growing interest in and need for a
national pain organization that would also serve as a chapter of the International
Association for the Study of Pain. The society was to foster research and education in
the multidisciplinary field of pain in the United States.
Information on permission to reproduce, quote, or publish is available from the History &
Special Collections Division.
Collection is open for research.