Library and Archives


The library is a program of the Drs. Dorothy and Irving Bernstein Reference Center.


The Archives contains the records of the Association, including governance documents, program guides of meetings and historical manuscripts. Recommended documents and publications on the history of the APA and American Psychiatry:

Association Governance

Find documents related to the historical governance of the APA.*

*The records of the APA Council (now the Board of Trustees), established in 1891, are held from 1944 to present. The earlier history of the Association may be found in the “Official Actions” and other relevant sections of The American Journal of Psychiatry and its predecessor, The American Journal of Insanity.

APA Conference Publications

Annual Meeting

Program Book

Syllabus & Proceedings Summary

Posters/New Research Abstracts

IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference

Program Book

CME Syllabus and Proceedings Summary


The Archives houses the manuscripts/personal papers of several prominent 20th Century psychiatrists as well as other influential mental health advocates. There are also a few small collections related to other organizations such as the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Mental Health Clergy, and the Washington Psychiatric Society.

Papers of Individuals

Papers of Organizations