The historical collection consists of over 800 titles collected by the AHA and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Particular strengths of this collection include hospital histories from the 17th through 19th centuries and hospital administration texts from the early 20th century. The oldest book in the collection dates back to 1676. A first edition copy of Benjamin Franklin's Some Account of the Pennsylvania Hospital is contained in the collection and is displayed at the AHA Washington office.
The historical collection is available for direct use by visitors and scholars with assistance from the Resource Center staff. An appointment is required. Selected materials are stored off-site and must be requested at least 24 hours in advance for on-site use. To identify books in the collection, see the AHA Resource Center's online catalog at http://aharc.library.net.