In March 1999 the staff of the John C. Liebeskind History of Pain Collection/UCLA History of Pain Program contacted the presidents or other representatives of the International Association for the Study of Pain's 56 (at that time) national and regional chapters to enlist their aid in creating an exhibition at the 9th World Congress on Pain in Vienna commemorating the 25th anniversary of the incorporation of IASP in 1974.
The response was tremendous. Newsletters, journals, photographs, brochures,
reprints, posters, and letters poured in from around the world. The IASP
anniversary exhibition, Pain: A Universal Problem and an International Field, used selections from these contributions to show the development of pain research, treatment, and professional organizations throughout the world.
It is clear, however, that much historical material is yet to be
discovered and/or preserved. We at the Liebeskind Collection
look forward to working with the officers and members of IASP's
chapters to accomplish this vital task.
Materials donated to the Liebeskind Collection are processed by
the History and Special Collections Division of the Louise Darling
Biomedical Library, stored in secure, temperature- and humidity-controlled
conditions, and used under the guidance and watchful eye of
professional staff. Staff members are prepared to work with IASP chapter representatives
to make UCLA the permanent repository for their historically valuable
organizational records, or to assist chapters in locating and contacting
other reputable repositories (archives, libraries, or museums) in their own
countries or continents.
|"The heart of an organization's memory is in its records. If your organization values its history, you must act to save the original letters, minutes, reports, photographs, publications, and other documents that officers, members, directors, employees, and volunteers have produced and compiled over the years. These documents provide unique testimony to the achievements of your organization. Such materials are also extremely valuable for administrative, legal, fiscal, and public relations purposes. Your organization's history is important to your community, too. [By preserving your organization's records], you will assure that its history and heritage will be part of your community's collective memory forever."
Society of American Archivists, 1995
IASP Online Archives
John C. Liebeskind History of Pain Collection
History and Special Collections Division
UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
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