Scope and Contents Note:
Title: American Student Health Association records
Identifier/Call Number: SC0146
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material:
4.0 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1921-1939
American Student Health Association..
American Student Health Association
Scope and Contents Note:
This collection contains the files and proceedings of the American Student Health Association from 1921 through 1939. Included
are materials pertaining to the annual meetings, bulletins and annual reports from the Health Services of the member schools,
correspondence with member schools and regional sub-sections, journal articles, general correspondence, and administrative
The American Student Health Association was founded in 1921 by Drs. Warren E. Forsythe, John Sundwall, and others to provide
an organization in which institutions of higher learning and interested individuals might work together to promote student
health. Thomas A. Storey, director of Stanford's Student Health Service for many years, was closely involved in the early
work of the association.
The Student Health Services of this period attracted creative young physicians, women and men, who were anxious to develop
new approaches to the practice of medicine. The first attempts at group health plans in the United States grew out of student
health work. The A. S. H. A. involved iself in this effort to ensure that all students -regardless of financial status -received
first-rate medical care. The A. S. H. A. promoted a "positive health" approach to medicine, which saw its primary purpose
as treating the sick.
Growth of the organization led to the creation of regional sub-sections in the late 1920s. Subsequent to the time period covered
in this collection, the A. S. H. A. changed its name to the American College Health Association.
[Identification of item], American Student Health Assocation Records, SC 0146, Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain
permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University
Stanford University. Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation
Subjects and Indexing Terms
American College Health Association..
Stanford University. Health Service.
Storey, Thomas A.
Students--Health and hygiene.