The Library

Main Library

The Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM) ranks among the world's premier collections devoted to anesthesia history. Housed in the headquarters building of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the WLM also serves as an active, specialized medical library. The collection includes 13,000 books, over 50 international and domestic journal titles, newsletters, comprehensive biographical material, photo and digital image files.

Living History Collection

John W. Pender Living History of Anesthesiology: This oral history collection provides insight and historical perspectives from pioneers and leaders who experienced and contributed to the history of our specialty. These interviews constitute an authentic record of the contemporary history of anesthesiology. The WLM also archives hundreds of related audio tapes. Several of our interviews are available online. Additional interviews are for sale in DVD format.

Rare Book Collection

The Wood Library-Museum Rare Book Collection is housed in the K. Garth Huston, Sr., M.D. Rare Book Room. As an invaluable collection and one of the largest of pre-20th century publications, it also includes manuscripts, letters, artifacts, portraits, pictures and works which marked the advent of special contributions to anesthesia. This closed collection may be used through prior arrangement with the Manager of the WLM. A continuing project is the compilation of an annotated catalog of the Rare Book Collection. The WLM has begun to digitize its rare book collection for access and preservation. So far, we have digitized over 200 of our rare book titles as part of our many concurrent digitization projects.

E-Book Collection

This FREE eBook section features WLM and other "featured" publications in our continued digitization efforts to make our collections available world-wide. We hope you enjoy our first sampling which includes parts of our History of Anesthesiology Reprint Series and an intriguing memoir by John Lansdale, Jr., legal counsel of ASA dating back to the post-World War II era.