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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. Visit the ALHHS Web site at <>.

The history of medicine listserv, CADUCEUS-L, now moderated by Richard Behles of the University of Maryland at Baltimore, was founded as CADUCEUS 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 publication 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 the health sciences, including announcements, queries, discussions, etc. CADUCEUS-L continues to serve its function very well, but its scope has grown beyond ALHHS matters.

The leaders of ALHHS came to realize that another Internet listserv besides CADUCEUS-L was needed to serve the needs of ALHHS members. Issues arise in our places of work 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.

Accordingly, in May 1999, ALHHS President Elaine M. Challacombe requested the creation of a listserv open only to ALHHS members. The result is ALHHS-L <>.

ALHHS-L is reserved for ALHHS members to discuss only ALHHS topics. It is unmoderated. Subscribers may feel confident that anything they post on ALHHS-L will be seen only by ALHHS members.

ALHHS-L is a private, restricted list. You cannot subscribe yourself. To subscribe, send an e-mail to the listowner, Eric v.d. Luft <>, Curator of Historical Collections, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and identify yourself as a member of ALHHS. He will then subscribe you.