Special Collections FAQs

Q: What are the Special Collections in the Resource Center?

A. The J. Bay Jacobs, MD Library for the History of Obstetrics and Gynecology in America is a collection of over 6000 volumes consisting of sixteenth- through early twentieth-century textbooks and journals in obstetrics and gynecology, transactions of national and regional ob/gyn societies, patient education publications and secondary works dealing with the history of women's health issues.

Q: What is contained in the Archives?

A: The Publications Archives includes almost everything ACOG has published since its beginning in 1951.

The College Archives is an organizational archive including such items as programs and guides from the Annual Clinical Meeting, ACOG committee minutes, programs and newsletters from ACOG Districts, and Junior Fellow College Advisory Council meeting minutes. Some documents from predecessor or associated organizations, such as the American Association for Maternal Health, the American Committee on Maternal Welfare, and the National Federation of Obstetric and Gynecologic Associations are also stored in the Archives.

Q: Is the History Library open to the public?

A: The Library's primary clientele are the Fellows of ACOG; however, it is open to the public for consultation and research Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm Eastern Time by appointment. Books and other material must be used on site. Please call 202-863-2578 or email Resources@acog.org for more information.

Q: What is the ACOG History Fellowship?

A: The ACOG Fellowship in the History of American Obstetrics and Gynecology is an annual fellowship open to individuals interested in researching a topic in the history of women's health issues and designed to increase interest in this area of research while utilizing the resources of the College's special collections. More information about the Fellowship can be found on the Resource Center web page.

Q: What is the amount of the History Fellowship and what are its requirements?

A: The Fellowship is worth $5,000.00. Each successful applicant must complete a required residence of one month at the ACOG Headquarters in Washington, DC, during which time he/she is encouraged to consult other libraries and research centers in the Washington area. One year after receiving the prize, the History Fellow is expected to present findings from his/her research at the ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting, and publish an article in the ACOG Clinical Review.

Q: How do I apply for the History Fellowship?

A: Contact the Special Collections Librarian by mail at: ACOG, Resource Center - Special Collections, 409 12th St., SW, Washington, DC 20024, phone 202-863-2578, or email Resources@acog.org, for an application package.

Q: What is the deadline?

A: Applications are due on October 1st of each year.

Q: Would the Resource Center Special Collections be interested in materials I might want to donate?

A: We are certainly interested in knowing what you would like to donate. Because of space limitations, we would need to see a list of items to check for duplication in our own collection. Please contact the Special Collections Librarian.

Q: Will I get an appraisal for my gift for tax purposes?

A: No; we will send an acknowledgement, but are not able to do appraisals. We may be able to suggest various book dealers who do this.


Mary Hyde
Senior Director

Beth DeFrancis Sun
Special Collections Librarian

Jean Riedlinger
Reference Librarian


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188
Mailing Address: PO Box 96920, Washington, DC 20024-9998