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 comprise institutional records 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, 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.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be moving our collections off-site temporarily and access and reference will be restricted. Access and reference to the collections will cease July 1, 2015 for external researchers and July 6, 2015 for staff of the AOA. Emergency reference requests for AOA staff can be directed to:

Kirsten Hébert, Heritage Services Specialist

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