is an archive? An archive is a collection of historical
records, or the physical place they are located. They generally contain primary source (or original)
documents that have accumulated over the course of an individual’s or organization’s
lifetime, and are kept to show the function and evolution of an organization.
The use of keeping official documents is very
old. Archeologists have discovered archives of hundreds (and sometime
thousands) of clay tablets going back to the third and second millennia BC. Modern
archival thinking has many roots in the French Revolution. The French National Archives,
who possess perhaps the largest archival collection in the world, with records
going as far back as A.D. 625, were created in 1790 during the French
Revolution from various government, religious, and
private archives seized by the revolutionaries.
Archives in colleges, universities, and other
educational facilities are typically housed within a library, and duties may be
carried out by an archivist. Professors may also run a smaller archive. Academic
archives exist to preserve and celebrate the history of their school and
academic community. An academic archive
may contain items such as the administrative records of the institution, papers
Non-profit archives include those in historical societies,
not-for-profit businesses such as hospitals, and the repositories within foundations. Non-profit archives are typically set up with private
funds from donors to preserve the papers and history of specific persons or
general, archives consist of records that have been selected for permanent or
long-term preservation on grounds of their enduring cultural, historical, or
evidentiary value. Archival records are normally unpublished and almost always
unique, unlike books or magazines for which many identical copies exist.
original OPS Historical Archives were the vision and passion of one of our
founding fathers, Don Wong ( deceased 1999)
In 1987 the passing of this torch was entrusted to me. The OPS collection is in its 25th Year of existence
and represents a broad spectrum of documents:
historical photos, original programs, society minutes and copies of all
newsletters. The OPS archives is
dynamic, with regular additions to its contents. There are over 3,000 cataloged images in
is an ongoing effort to collect PDF copies of manuals for all imaging devices
including fundus, SLO, ultrasound and topography devices. Digital copies of all Journals, Newsletters
and Educational programs have been collected and cataloged.
OPS documents such as board minutes, presidential papers and committee reports
are also included.
to the collection are evaluated for content and relevancy by the OPS Historical
Archives Committee ( members:
Ken Timby, Alan Frohlichstein, Paula Morris, Cindy Montague ) Donations
might be prints, slides or paper documents which add to the overall depth of
the story of the OPS.
the present time a great deal of the OPS Historical archives is a closed
collection. Copies of the manuals and some minutes are accessible on this OPS
website. Access to these images and
documents must be made through the committee.
The OPS BOD is actively reviewing the archives and making plans to integrate
more of the collection into an accessible format on the website.
members interested in participating on this committee are encouraged to contact
Denice Barsness, OPS Historian at firstname.lastname@example.org
of digital images, paper prints or slides of official OPS events, social
gatherings and educational programs are always welcomes. Donations should be clearly marked as to
"return” or "not return”. Once the items
are digitized and cataloged they will be returned to the sender if
requested. There are budgetary funds
available for this project- please contact Denice if reimbursement for postage
AAO San Francisco 1979: John Johnson, Csaba Martonyi, Jean Martonyi,
Don Wong; receiving award.
Denice Barsness (Bartlett then) September
1985, San Francisco Annual Meeting, with Frank Lazenby, OPS Photographer for
Mark Maio, Sheila Smith Brewer, OPS Mid Year
Meeting, Rochester NY 1985
OPS Mid Year Meeting, Park City 1985. Bruce Morris, Ken Christopherson (check out
those shorts!) and Paul Montague.
Ditte Hess, Annual Meeting 1979, San
OPS Annual Meeting, Dallas 1992. Joe Warnicki, Paula Morris, Pat Saine