Illustration by Tom Jones, founder of the AMI and of UIC’s biomedical visualization program.

A historic collection has returned home to UIC: the archive of the Association of Medical Illustrators.

In spring 2016, the national professional society, founded at the UIC College of Medicine in 1945, moved its archive from Wake Forest University to the UIC Library of Health Sciences.

The collection includes seven decades’ worth of original medical illustrations, photographs, slides, journals, newsletters and working papers.

UIC’s bid to house the collection, submitted by AHS Program in Biomedical Visualization, bested proposals from Johns Hopkins University and Cincinnati’s Lloyd Library and Museum.

Says John Daugherty, BVIS program director and clinical assistant professor, “It will be a valuable resource for our students, faculty, alumni and other scholars for years to come.”

Update: In July 2017 The Association of Medical Illustrators made the difficult decision to relocate their archive to the Barrow Neurosurgical Institute in Phoenix.