Street Address
1061 American Lane
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Mailing Address
1061 American Lane
Schaumburg, IL 60173
phone: 847-825-5586
Viewings are available by appointment only.
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Karen Bieterman, Director
phone: 847-268-9158


The Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM) ranks among the world's most extensive, premier collections devoted to history of anesthesia and the profession of anesthesiology. Housed in the headquarters building of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the WLM also serves as an active, specialized medical library.


The Mission of the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM) is to "Advance the Profession of Anesthesiology by Preserving and Sharing its Heritage and Knowledge."


The establishment of the Wood Library-Museum was based on the personal collection of its founder, Dr. Paul M. Wood. In the early 1930s, Dr. Wood formally presented his personal library-museum to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). The naming of the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology coincided with Dr. Wood's appointment by the Society as permanent librarian-curator.

Artifacts Collections

Museum Collection

  • Individual Collections
  • Institutional Collections
  • Ephemera & 2-D Advertising

Research Collections

Main Library

  • Multimedia Collection
  • Rare Book Collection
  • E-Book Collection

Educational Programs

Private tours are available by appointment only.


    The WLM is governed by a Board of Trustees of nine anesthesiologists who collectively envision growth with a completely integrated collection of books, multimedia materials, rare books, current literature and artifacts.


    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: Yes


    Wheelchair Accessible




    The Wood Library Museum Store

    Please contact the WLM directly for all International Orders:

    We have Featured Items such as:

    The Heritage of Anesthesia: Patrick Sim's Annotated Bibliography of the Rare Book Collection of the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology; Discover the history of anesthesia through Patrick Sim's masterfully-crafted annotated bibliography. Patrick Sim, MLS, the Paul M. Wood Distinguished Librarian Emeritus of the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM), served the WLM and the ASA with extraordinary expertise, grace, and devotion...

    DVD and Multimedia

    The Ether Monument: A Story of Beauty and Controversy. A film by Rafael Ortega (DVD). On October 16, 1846, the first successful public demonstration of ether anesthesia took place in Boston, Massachusetts. As one of the most important achievements in the history of medicine, inhalation anesthesia...

    Heritage Art Series

    See our offerings such as the "Signed Limited Edition Print Set of Vandam Watercolors." Just as there is an art to the scientific practice of anesthesiology, so, too, there is more to an anesthesiologist than academic learning. The paintings of Dr. Leroy D. Vandam best show this interrelationship in his combination of anesthesia and art in four beautiful scenes relating to the life of Dr....

    Works on the History of Anesthesiology

    The American Society of Anesthesiologists: A Century of Challenges and Progress. Based upon the rich and extensive archives housed in the Wood Library-Museum, 21 authors tell their stories either as past participants or thoughtful historians, re-enacting complicated historical issues and events in a present-day context. A clear departure from traditional history, this book may be...

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