Optometry History Bibliography

The Optometric Historical Society encourages the collection, preservation and exhibition of materials relating to the history of optometry. This includes promoting research on optometry history. To aid researchers in their work, we maintain a bibliography of publications and other resources. Do you have a source to contribute? Click here to request an addition to the bibliography.

Citation Format/Media
Adams, Ewing. The Development of a New Profession in America. Minneapolis, Minn: Journal of the American Optometric Association, 1940. Book
American Academy of Optometry, and Visual Eyes Medical Multimedia. Living History Series. Westlake Village, CA: Visual Eyes Medical Multimedia, 1996. Audiovisual
American Academy of Optometry. Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry. Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins, 2000. <https://journals.lww.com/optvissci/Pages/issuelist.aspx> Journal/Electronic Resource
American Optometric Association, and Anna R. Ezell. History of the Woman’s Auxiliary to the American Optometric Association from 1927 to 1951. Spartanburg, S.C.: Printed by Long Printing Service, 1952. <http://books.google.com/books?id=w_tLAQAAMAAJ>. Book/Electronic Resource
American Optometric Association. “History of Optometry.” Special issue, Journal of the American Optometric Association, 38, no. 11 (1967). Journal
American Optometric Association. Journal of the American Optometric Association: JAOA. [Optometry] 1974-2012. <https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/optometry-journal-of-the-american-optometric-association> [Back issues 1929-2003 coming soon]. Journal/Electronic Resource
Arrington, Edward E. History of Optometry. [Chicago]: [White], 1929.  
Borish, Irvin M. “Its Heritage and its Future.” Indiana J Optometry. 4, No. 2: 23-31, (2001). Article
Brewer, David C. The First Century. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, 2006. Book
Brucker, Wilber Marion. The Story of Optometry. Minneapolis, Minn: The Journal of the American Optometric Association, 1939. Book
Campbell, Gary L. Phoroptors: Early American Instruments of Refraction and Those Who Used Them. 2008. Book
Classé, John G. Legal Aspects of Optometry. Boston: Butterworths, 2010. Book
Cox, Maurice Edward. Optometry, the Profession; Its Antecedents, Birth, and Development. Philadelphia: Chilton, 1957. Book
Fitch, Albert. My Fifty Years in Optometry. Pensylvania: The Press of the Pensylvania state college of optometry, 1959. Book
Goerler, Raimund E., Glenn A. Fry, and Frederick W. Hebbard. The Ohio State University and Its College of Optometry: Photographic History. [Columbus, Ohio]: Ohio State University, College of Optometry, 1993. Book
Gregg, James R. American Optometric Association; A History. St. Louis: American Optometric Association, 1972. Book
Gregg, James R. History of the American Academy of Optometry, 1922-1986. Washington, D.C.: American Academy of Optometry, 1987. Book
Gregg, James R. Origin and Development of the Southern California College of Optometry, 1904-1984. Fullerton, Calif: The College, 1984. <http://books.google.com/books?id=nJZOAQAAIAAJ>. Book/Electronic Resource
Gregg, James R. The Story of Optometry. New York: The Ronald Press Comp, 1991. Book
Guenveur, Raymond L. Wisconsin Optometric Association: A Chronology. [Madison, Wisc.]: [Wisconsin Optometric Association], 1990. Book
Hirsch, Monroe J., and Ralph E. Wick. The Optometric Profession [by] Monroe J. Hirsch [and] Ralph E. Wick. Philadelphia: Chilton Book Co, 1968 Book
Hofstetter, H. W. Optometry: Professional, Economic and Legal Aspects. St Louis: C V Mosby Company, 1964. Book
Indiana University, Bloomington, and Indiana Optometric Association. ”History of Optometry.” Special issue, Indiana Journal of Optometry 6, no. 2 (2003). Journal
Indiana University, Bloomington, and Indiana Optometric Association. ”History of Optometry.” Special issue, Indiana Journal of Optometry 7, no. 2 (2004). Journal
Jobson Publishing L.L.C. Review of Optometry. 2002. <http://www.revoptom.com/>. Journal/Electronic Resource
KOCH, CAREL C., FUSION–ITS LOSS, and M. Kirschen. “MY FIFTY YEARS IN OPTOMETRY”. Optometry and Vision Science. 30, no. 1: 19-20 (1953) Article
Koetting, Robert A. The American Optometric Association’s First Century. [St. Louis]: [American Optometric Association], 1997. Booklet
Lynch, Martin, and Philip Cole. The College of Optometrists: A History, 1980-1998. London: College of Optometrists, 1999. Book
Miller, Anistatia R., and Jared M. Brown. Optometry in America: A History of the Illinois College of Optometry, 1872-1997. Chicago: The College, 1996. Book
Mitchell, Margaret. History of the British Optical Association: 1895-1978 : with Additional Material Covering the Founding of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists) and the Liquidation of the B.O.A. [S.l.]: British Optical Association, 1982 Book
Moline, Susan Watson. Century of Vision: The New England College of Optometry, an Anecdotal History of the First Hundred Years. Boston: New England College of Optometry, 1994. Book
Newcomb, Robert D., Pamela Steed Hill, and Karla Zadnik. Our History in Focus: The First 100 Years of the Ohio State University College of Optometry. 2014. Book
Optometric Historical Society. Hindsight: Journal of Optometry History. 2007.<https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/hindsight> Journal/Electronic Resource
Osborn, Michael, William P. MacCracken, and Joseph Howard Riggs. Mr. Mac: William P. MacCracken, Jr. on Aviation, Law, Optometry. Memphis: Southern College of Optometry, 1970. Book
Peters, Henry B. School of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham: 25th Anniversary Photographic History, 1969-1994. [Birmingham, AL]: [University of Alabama School of Optometry], 1994. Book
Prentice, Charles F. Legalized Optometry and the Memoirs of Its Founder. Seattle, Wash: Casperin Fletcher Press, 1926. <http://books.google.com/books?id=-pk3AAAAMAAJ>. Book/Electronic Resource
Rosenbloom, Alfred A. History of the Woman’s Auxiliary to the American Optometric Association, 1952 to 1966. Chicago: [publisher not identified], 1967. Book
Rosenblum, William M., and William J. Benjamin. Selected Papers of Special Significance to Optometry. Bellingham, Wash: SPIE Optical Engineering Press, 1995. Book
Southern Council of Optometrists (U.S.). A History of SECO International, LLC and the Southern Council of Optometrists. [Atlanta]: [Southern Council of Optometrists (U.S.)], 2003. Book
Stewart, Charles R. The Founding Years: University of Houston College of Optometry, 1952-1961. 2003. Book
Wolff, J. Optometry in the State of Washington: A History Prepared for the Washington Optometric Association. [Place of publication not identified]: [Washington Optometric Association], 1967. <http://books.google.com/books?id=fgWuAAAAIAAJ>. Book/Electronic Resource
Woodruff CE. 2001. “The Evolution of Optometric Education in America”. Optometry (St. Louis, Mo.). 72, no. 12: 779-86. Article
Wright, Charles. History of Australian Optometry. Carlton, Vic: Australian Optometrical Association, 1988.History of Optometry.  Edward E. Arrington.  Chicago: White Printing House, 1929 Book

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