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Guide to Collections Relating to the History of Artificial Internal Organs


American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO)


7700 Congress Ave., Suite 3107, Boca Raton, Florida 33487-1356


(561) 999-8969

Fax Number

(561) 999-8972


Contact Person

Karen Burke, Executive Director


Access and Services

By appointment only.


The American Society for Artificial Internal Organs consists of over 700 Members. The Membership is a diverse group of specialists from 23 different countries with over 30 different professional degrees. These individuals represent government, universities, industry, private hospitals and independent research groups. The areas of Nephrology, Biomaterials and Cardiopulmonary Devices are heavily represented as well as numerous other specialized interests. The ASAIO's mission is to provide a forum that globally and collaboratively promotes the development of innovative medical device technology at the crossroads of science, engineering, and medicine.



ASAIO Collection, 1954, 1959, 1997

Collection ID


1 file folder

Biographical Note

Collection Description

This collection contains the following historical material related to the founding of ASAIO:

  • ASAIO Circular letter #1, September 16, 1954
  • ASAIO Circular letter #2, October 30, 1954
  • ASAIO Circular letter #3, December 14, 1954
  • George E. Schreiner, "The Three Spirits," Presidential Address, April 1959
  • Correspondence 1997 re: reminiscences of the founding of ASAIO

Due to the fact that ASAIO's early records were lost in transition from one officer to another before there was an office, no records, photos or other materials are maintained at ASAIO headquarters.

Finding Aid




Related Material

Manuscripts and abstracts from ASAIO members are reported in the ASAIO Journal. Mark Slaughter, M.D., Editor of ASAIO Journal has complete set, as well as personal photograph collection relating to ASAIO events.