About the Chase Library

The Robert A. Chase Library and Museum lives on the ground floor of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) office building in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. It was named in honor of hand surgeon Robert A. Chase, MD, an innovative educator, surgeon, archivist, and historian. The Library 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 and are accessible online 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.

Chase Library Committee

The ASSH Historian and Chase Library Committee members work to document and record important historical events in the Society's history. Comprised of around 10 hand surgeons, the Committee oversees the upkeep of the Chase Library and manages the traveling Chase Library exhibits each year at the ASSH Annual Meeting. The committee has been chaired by hand surgeon Daniel J. Nagle, MD since 2003.

Contact the Committee at [email protected].