June 2017

Historians Corner

George H. Thompson, MD
SRS Historian

Did you know…?

Did you know that the Scoliosis Research Society has archives located at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS?

Not only are the SRS Archives located at KUMC, but so are the Harrington Archives and Blount Collection.

What can you find at the SRS Archives?

There are a wide variety of artifacts, documents, photographs, etc. that can be found at the SRS Archives. Some items of particular interest are:

  • The hand-drawn concept logo of the Scoliosis Research Society, created by Paul Harrington, MD.

  • Complete files on the Pedicle Screw Litigation of the 90’s.
  • Original M&M data collection punch cards (aren’t you glad we have a website for this!)

Upcoming additions to the SRS Archives will include papers by Dr. Alf Nachemson, being donated by Dr. Aina Danielsson; original slides of Dr. Dommisse, being donated by Dr. Evalina Burger; and a myriad of slides donated by Dr. John Brown. The latter are currently being reviewed.

Is SRS looking for items to add to the archives?

YES! Here is a list of specific items that SRS is looking to add. If you have any of these, or other items that you would like to donate, please contact Ashtin in the SRS Office,

  • SRS Annual Meeting Final Programs
    • 8th - 1973
    • 25th – 1990
    • 47th - 2012
  • International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) Final Programs
    • 1st- 1994
    • 2nd- 1995
    • 6th- 1999
    • 11th- 2004
    • 12th - 2005
    • 15th - 2008
    • 19th - 2012
    • 20th - 2013
    • 21st – 2014
  • Copies of the SRS Newsletter

Other items of interest:

  • Photographs, videotapes, audio recordings, DVDs, CDs, etc. from meetings and other SRS related events.
  • SRS related scrapbooks
  • Newspaper clippings regarding SRS
  • Other items you feel would be interesting and important additions

Am I able to visit the SRS Archives?

Absolutely! It is a wonderful opportunity SRS would love all members to experience. If you would like to set up a visit, please contact Ashtin,, and she will help you coordinate your visit with the Archives staff.

Chair: George H. Thompson, MD Committee: Behrooz A. Akbarnia, MD; Patricia N. Kostial, BSN, RN; David P. Gurd, MD; Takuya Mishiro, MD, PhD; Hassan Serhan, PhD; Jay Shapiro, MD; Hani Mhaidli, MD, PhD; Andrew G. King, MB, ChB, FRACS, FACS; Acke Ohlin, MD, PhD