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American Association of Avian Pathologists records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0430

Scope and Content

The collection (1924-2009) documents the organization of the Association of Avian Pathologists, the history of avian medicine with a focus on poultry medicine, and the contributions of prominent researchers and practitioners to that field. Materials collected reflect the formation of the Association, including correspondence between many charter members. Correspondence between Dr. J. Franklin Witter, first chairman of the AAAP History Committee, and his committee members document historical research in important poultry diseases, the role of extension veterinarians in poultry medicine and the development of biologics and vaccines for the poultry industry. The collection also contains biographical information and some still photographs of prominent avian disease researchers and practitioners.

The papers document the interaction between committee members, committee groups within the organization, and between the AAAP and other professional groups.

Committees on poultry health issues are long-standing as are the continuing education committees. Committees on disease reporting, epidemiology, and drugs and biologics have been involved with national and international regulatory matters. Committees are also important in management of the association, including the Auditing, Finance, Nominating, and Membership committees. The Award committee annually recognizes outstanding members of the Association and their accomplishments.

The meetings of the Board of Directors are reflected in the minutes of the meetings and annual reports. The activities of the Association are conveyed to the membership in the form of the newsletters which contain reports from the board meeting, annual reports of the various active committees, announcements related to AAAP publications, employment opportunities and other association news. AAAP membership directories, mailing addresses for the Avian Diseases publication and membership mailings are also included in the collection

Symposia files include speaker invitations, registration, presentation topics, and proceedings. VHS and Beta tapes record the International Symposium on Marek’s Disease and include the keynote address and interviews.

The photography file contains black and white still photographs from the New Hampshire Poultry Growers’ Association and the University of New Hampshire Poultry Health Conference. Photographs of Association members include B.W. Calnek, S.B. Hitchner, and P.P. Levine.

The collection contains papers related to editing and management of the scientific journal Avian Diseases, the Manual for Isolation and Identification of Avian Pathogens and the Diseases of Poultry text. Examples of symposium proceedings and the Careers in Avian Medicine pamphlet are included. Drafts of the 2nd and 3rd editions of the Avian Disease Manual in both English and Spanish translations are also included.

Non-AAAP publications document prevalent poultry diseases and include several original scientific papers on poultry disease and immunology and a technical bulletin. Proceedings and abstracts from conferences, symposia and workshops relate advances in the field as well as emerging disease problems. Dr. Salisbury’s Poultry Health Messenger provides practical information to the poultry producing field.

Collaboration with other professional groups including the American Animal Hospital Association, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and the World Poultry Association is reflected in the collection’s papers. Correspondence regarding AAAP representation in the House of Delegates of the American Veterinary Medical Association and correspondence and proceedings from the Poultry Pathologists Conferences and Western Poultry Disease Conferences are also included.

Related documents recognize the establishment of the Benjamin S. Pomeroy Chair in Avian Medicine at the University of Minnesota, announcements of the Poultry Hall of Fame, and the Bald Eagle lead shot problem.


  • 1924-2009


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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


The American Association of Avian Pathologists emerged from a 1957 meeting of individuals interested in forming a national association for people interested in poultry diseases. The group was formally organized at a meeting on August 19, 1958. In 1958, the AAAP held its first annual meeting in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medicine Association annual meeting.

The AAAP was incorporated as a non-profit organization with five objectives: to provide an organization for the promotion of mutual interest of those persons engaged in avian medicine, stimulate scientific progress in avian pathology, encourage adequate training in poultry diseases, encourage graduate and other forms of advance training in avian diseases and to encourage publication of a scientific journal on avian diseases.

Membership grew from the 47 charter members to over 500 by the mid -1970’s. Several types of memberships are available allowing qualified persons in different phases of avian medicine to actively contribute to the organization. Honorary members are scientists who have made unusually significant contributions to the field of avian pathology.

The AAAP geographic boundaries were expanded in 1975 to incorporate all the Americas and include qualified avian disease workers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the islands of the Caribbean. Since then Associate membership has been extended internationally and includes non-veterinarians.

The AAAP functions through active committees. These committees generate and disseminate information, hold workshops and propose courses of action for the organization. Committees address their efforts toward microbial, viral and nutritional diseases of poultry, wild and pet birds; food safety issues, disease reporting, and continuing education among other endeavors.

The AAAP publishes the quarterly scientific journal Avian Diseases. The AAAP also has edited and published The Isolation and Identification of Avian Pathogens, Avian Disease Manual, and Diseases of Poultry. The AAAP also offers 22 collections of Slide Study Sets on avian diseases, prepared by their Autotutorial Committee.

Since its organization, the AAAP has been active in collaboration with numerous professional groups. The AAAP has worked with the Association of Avian Veterinarians, United States Department of Agriculture, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the World Poultry Congress and the Food Safety Inspection Service to sponsor workshops and symposia, and offer qualified opinions on food safety regulatory matters. Each year the AAAP co-sponsors the Section on Avian Medicine at the Annual Meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association. This meeting of avian pathologists attracts several hundred people.

An anonymous document from circa 1970-1980 from the collection provided much of the above mentioned information.


29.1 Linear Feet (60 document boxes, 5 half-document boxes and 2 oversize boxes)


The collection is organized into eleven series:

Series 1, Historical and Biographical Materials, 1950-2008, undated

Series 2, Correspondence, 1974-2005, undated

Series 3, Committees, 1933-2007, undated

Series 4, Business Records, 1961-2009, undated

Series 5, Membership, 1973-2007, undated

Series 6, Symposia, 1979-2007

Series 7, Photographs, Posters, Video, and Artifacts, 1951-2006, undated

Series 8, Publications by AAAP, 1937-2006, undated

Series 9, Publications from Other Sources, 1924-2002, undated

Series 10, Other Professional Groups, 1953-2008, undated

Series 11, Continuing Education Programs, 1961-2002, undated


Digital reproductions of a selection of materials from the American Association of Avian Pathologists records are available electronically. Please see the Electronic Resources section for a link.

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Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0430. American Association of Avian Pathologists records, 1924-2009
May 29, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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