The Robert A. Chase Library and Museum was established as a place where history, literature, art and science meet together and is dedicated to surgery of the hand and upper limb. Its mission is to collect, appraise, organize, describe, preserve and make accessible literature, textual records, imagery, objects, artwork and other materials of enduring value in all formats that reflect the rich heritage of hand surgeons, the hand as an instrument of human creativity, science of hand surgery and the development of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). The Library serves as a powerful, inclusive and accessible educational resource for ASSH members and international hand societies. Its collections also provide source materials to students, scholars, and authors while at the same time inspiring and informing future generations to provide hand care.
To meet its mission, the Library has both a physical and virtual presence. Its physical collections are housed within the ASSH office in Chicago, Illinois, and are accessible on-line to ASSH members and affiliates. The Library is also responsible for promoting the history of hand surgery through occasional rotating exhibits within the Library’s physical space.
Materials collected by the Library include, although not exclusively, those identified in the Robert A. Chase Library Collection Development Policy. All materials accepted into the Library’s Collection are property of the Library and the ASSH.
The Library strives to provide adequate facilities for the retention and preservation of its collections in addition to facilitating efficient management of records to ensure that permanently valuable records are preserved. In collecting these materials, the Library recognizes and honors matters of privilege and confidentiality.