American Society For Nutrition

ASN History and Archives

ASN History and Archives

Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice
In 2005, the American Society for Nutritional Sciences (formerly the American Institute for Nutrition, established 1928); the American Society for Clinical Nutrition (established 1961);  and the Society for International Nutrition (established 1996) merged to form ASN. A roster of Past Presidents of ASN and predecessor Societies is available on our website.

View ASN's historical timeline and learn more in the 1969 Beaumont Bugle article featuring our Society. Additional information can be found by perusing the ASNS 75th anniversary online exhibit, as well as the JN 75th anniversary special issue (published in 2003). This issue contained an historical overview entitled "The American Society for Nutritional Sciences (1979–2003): Years of Action and Change." AJCN celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2012 (press release, flyer). For the Society's 50th anniversary in 1978, a special book was printed: “History of the First 50 Years 1928-1978.” A special symposium was organized in 1978 to commemorate JN's 50th anniversary; proceedings were published in JN.

The Society Archives are housed at the Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL) [pictured below], at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The Archives were deposited at EBL in 1980 through the efforts of William J. Darby, MD, PhD, American Institute of Nutrition President (1958-1959) and AIN Fellow (1984). E. Neige Todhunter, PhD (AIN Fellow, 1983) and Patricia B. Swan, PhD (ASNS Fellow, 2003) also served the ASN Archives as honorary curators, archivists and research collaborators. The founding days of the Society are archived at EBL via many early records, photographs and memorabilia.

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Courtesy: Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections

The ASN Archives inventory is available on the EBL website. Requests to access the ASN Archives for research purposes can be sent to the EBL or to ASN.

Profiles in Nutrition
The Profiles in Nutrition videos are a series documenting the accomplishments and careers of esteemed ASN members. This series is maintained in partnership with the ASN History of Nutrition Committee and was created during the Presidency of Teresa A. Davis, PhD. Learn more about donating to keep the video series active and suggest potential profiles by emailing us.

History of Nutrition Committee
The mission of the History of Nutrition Committee is:
  • To support the preservation of historical information about ASN and its role in the development of nutrition science and to facilitate in the interpretation of the history of nutrition science and practice.
  • To assist in the identification and celebration of significant historical events, landmark discoveries or ASN anniversaries.