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PURPOSE: ALHHS-L is reserved for members of Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences to discuss only ALHHS topics. It is unmoderated (once subscribed by the list administrator, members may post directly to all list members). Messages and list archives are available only to ALHHS members.

AUDIENCE: ALHHS-L is a private, restricted list. Individuals may not subscribe themselves. To subscribe, make a request to the list administrator, Russell Johnson , who will confirm your membership in the society through the ALHHS Secretary.

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HISTORY OF THE LIST: After a preliminary meeting in 1974 in Charleston, South Carolina, ALHHS was founded as the "Association of Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences"; in 1975 at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. In 1992 it changed its name to "Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences".

The history of medicine listserv, CADUCEUS (now CADUCEUS-L), was founded in May 1992 by Inci Bowman of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. According to Inci's report in the Summer 1994 issue of "The Watermark", the quarterly newsletter of ALHHS, CADUCEUS-L was intended to provide an Internet forum for ALHHS members and other interested people to exchange information on the history of health sciences, including announcements, queries, discussions, etc.. CADUCEUS-L continues to serve that function very well, but its scope grew beyond ALHHS matters.

The leaders of ALHHS came to realize that another online forum besides CADUCEUS-L was needed to serve the needs of ALHHS members only. For example, issues arise in our workplaces that we want to share with colleagues in similar situations but hesitate to mention to the world at large. Also, ALHHS committee work and other internal business can be conducted efficiently online, within the community.

Accordingly, in May 1999, then-ALHHS President Elaine Challacombe requested the creation of a listserv open only to ALHHS members. Eric v.d. Luft, at SUNY Upstate Medical University, launched ALHHS-L and maintained it for more than 15 years. The listserv moved to George Washington University under Cynthia Kahn's administration in 2005. Its current home is UCLA, where Russell Johnson serves as the list administrator.

To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the alhhs-l Archives. (The current archive is only available to the list members.)

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