Archives & Museum

AOA Collections

The Archives and Museum of Optometry is a part of Optometry Cares--The AOA Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting eye health and access to vision care services in the United States. The Archives & Museum of Optometry serves as an institutional repository for the American Optometric Association and a locus of resources on the history the Association, its affiliates and allies, and the profession of optometry.  

The archival collections are comprised of institutional records, manuscript collections and assembled collections containing unique, primary source documents as well as other relevant material compiled by the Association's librarians during the course of the last century.

The museum collections include eyeglasses, contact lenses, devices, diagnostic and therapeutic instruments, and other artifacts that interpret the history of eyewear and the optical industry as well as methods of vision testing and care. Our permanent virtual exhibits are galleries of our most unique objects.  Our Collections Policy is under review and subject to change.

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PLEASE NOTE: While our renovations are complete, we are still in the process of moving our collections back on-site. Access and reference to the collections will be restricted to those materials we have at the AOA Headquarters in St. Louis, MO. Reference requests may be directed to: Kirsten Hébert,

Archives & Museum of Optometry
Optometry Cares - The AOA Foundation
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 983-4136