The Archives & Museum of Optometry serves as a repository of information and resources on the history of the American Optometric Association and the profession of optometry. It is established to preserve historical records, publications, and artifacts which help to document and interpret the development of the profession.
We collect objects which can help to explain the purpose and history of optometry, ophthalmic optics and related subjects, the provision of optometric care, and the history of the AOA and related organizations. Donors to the Archives & Museum play a vital role in contributing to the preservation of this history. Personal papers, records, artifacts and memorabilia can be invaluable in helping to document the profession. Examples of materials considered for inclusion in the collection include:
The Archives & Museum of Optometry retains unconditional ownership of any donation and makes the final decision on the use or disposal of any gift. The Archives & Museum reserves the right to decide on the conditions of display, storage, and access to materials in the collection.
Gifts from donors and financial support are important to the continuing development of the collections. To inquire about donating optometric artifacts, photos, documents and other historical items, please contact the Archives & Museum of Optometry, Optometry Cares™ – the AOA Foundation.