The American Clinical and Climatological Association (ACCA) was organized in 1884 by a group of physicians and scientists who set about to improve medical education, research and practice in this country. Its initial concern was with tuberculosis and its treatment by residence in a suitable climate. Throughout its long history, the Association has expanded its interests to all scientific and clinical aspects of medicine and its specialties as well as epidemiology, preventive and environmental medicine, while retaining a continuing interest in the influence of global climate changes on health and disease. Its membership comprises outstanding physicians selected on the basis of their leadership, their excellence in their chosen field, their demonstrated high level of integrity and professionalism, and their yearning to nurture a spirit of warmth, diversity and friendship. The annual meeting of the Association provides an opportunity for presentation and critical discussion of the most recent progress in research, practice and teaching. It is devoted to the scientific understanding and to the compassionate care of human disease. The meeting also serves to reaffirm the values and the principles of the Association. Active membership is limited to 250 physicians.
Scope of the Holdings
The Records of the ACCA document the administration and activities of the association since its founding in 1884. Included are administrative records, financial records, membership records, meeting records, publications, and photographs.
The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives serves as the official repository for the records of the ACCA. Other repositories hold collections of ACCA records, including the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The records of the ACCA at the Medical Archives include photocopies of the documents at NLM. Original material held at the Medical Archives dates primarily from the 1930s to the present.