American Society for Nutrition Archive

Identifier: EBL-0155

  • Staff Only

Collection Scope and Content Summary

Records are divided into two chronological sub-groups based on identity of the organization. The first and largest sub-group is identified according to the organization's original name, American Institute of Nutrition, 1928-96. The second sub-group remains open and bears the organization's current title, American Society for Nutritional Sciences, 1996-. Record Series in both sub-groups run parallel in number and title. Folders are housed and numbered according to Record Series and without regard to Sub-group. The organization has had at least three honorary Archivists: Dr. Neige Todhunter, Dr. William J. Darby and Patricia Swan, Ph.D.


  • 1928 - 2005

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Reproduction Rights

Copyright is retained by the American Society for Nutrition History of Medicine Collections, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University or is retained by the authors of specific published items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Historical or Biographical Note

The world's first scientific society focused on nutrition was founded in 1928 by a group of illustrious biochemists and physiologists in the United States. Each of the founders was a well known scientist whose research was contributing toward the recognition of nutrition as a new specialty within the biological sciences. Each was also actively engaged in teaching and in writing textbooks and reference articles that were helping to define the newly emerging discipline.

Named the American Institute of Nutrition, the society's original purpose was to publish a journal containing research reports in the newly emerging field of nutrition and its first members comprised the editorial board for this journal. As the result of requests from prospective additional members, however, the society was opened to other researchers in 1933 and held its first scientific meeting at the Cornell Medical School in 1934. In 1941 it officially affiliated with the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

The society, renamed the American Society for Nutritional Sciences in 1996, is the world's oldest and foremost nutritional science society and its journal, The Journal of Nutrition, is the leader in its category of scientific publications. Nutrition science has, itself, become diversified and the society now encompasses the several specialties that have developed within the science.

In 2005, the ASNS merged with the American Society for Clinical Nutrition (ASCN) and the Society of International Nutrition Research (SINR) to form the American Society for Nutrition


21.79 Cubic Feet (36 Hollinger boxes, 4 half Hollinger boxes and 6 Paige boxes)

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Archives of the American Society for Nutrition (formerly known as the American Institute of Nutrition or AIN and later the American Society for Nutritional Sciences or ASNS ). The ASN is the premier research society dedicated to improving the quality of life through the science of nutrition. The Society fulfills its mission by: fostering and enhancing research in animal and human nutrition; providing opportunities for sharing, disseminating, and archiving peer-reviewed nutrition research results (at its annual meeting and in its official publication, the Journal of Nutrition): fostering quality education and training in nutrition; upholding standards for ethical behavior in research, the protection of human subjects, and the care and treatment of research animals; providing opportunities for fellowship and support among nutritionists; and bringing scientific knowledge to bear on nutrition issues through communication and influence in the public domain.

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the American Soceity for Nutrition.

Processing History

Collection was processed as additions were deposited with the latest additions processed on 12/01/2004.

American Society for Nutrition Archive
Partially Processed
History of Medicine Collections Staff
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


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