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AACR Timeline—The Founding Years: 1907-1915


James Ewing
James Ewing, MD
Martha Tracy
Martha Tracy, MD, DrPH


  • The second “regular” meeting is held on April 15, 1908, at the New York State Cancer Laboratory (Roswell Park), Buffalo, New York. This was the first biannual meeting, later designated as the First Annual Meeting.
  • Martha Tracy, MD, DrPH (right), from Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia (later dean of that college), becomes the AACR’s first woman member.


William Howard Taft
President William Howard Taft
Harvey Gaylord
Harvey Gaylord, MD

AACR President Harvey Gaylord, MD writes a letter to President William Howard Taft urging government funding for cancer research.



  • AACR member Thomas S. Cullen, MD, presents “Education of the People as to What Can Be Done in Early Cases of Cancer” at the Annual Meeting, an appeal for public education that led to the seminal May 1913 Ladies Home Journal article, one of the first efforts at public education about cancer.


  • Annual Meeting proceedings are first approved for AACR publication.
  • Member dues are increased from $3.00 to $5.00 to cover the publication of a new AACR journal.
1916-1939: Focus on Knowledge Dissemination