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The Center for the History of Family Medicine

7/31/17 (Mon)

The Center for the History of Family Medicine ( (CHFM), part of the AAFP Foundation, serves as the resource center for the collection, conservation, study, exhibition, and dissemination of materials relating to the history of family medicine in the United States. Originally established in 1989 as the AAFP Archives, the CHFM has grown to become the historical repository for the specialty as a whole. The Center serves three important roles: a historical research library, an archive, and a museum.

As an archive, the CHFM serves as the official historical repository not only for the AAFP, but for all the organizations that comprise the “family” of family medicine. The CHFM collects the personal and professional papers and oral histories of past prominent leaders in the specialty, as well as films, videos, and photographs, including materials on AAFP chapters.

As an historical research library, the CHFM collects past and present publications by or about family medicine and family physicians, as well as about family practice and general practice. The CHFM is also a museum which collects artifacts (3-dimensional materials) relating to the specialty.

For more information or to request materials from the CHFM, please email, call (800) 274-2237 ext. 4420 or 4422, or visit