James O. Page History of EMS Collection

James O. Page Papers

The Professional Archives of the Father of Modern EMS

The James O. Page Collection is an umbrella for what will be a continuously growing archive and library of EMS history based on the work of numerous participants in and contributors to the field.

The James O. Page Papers are a subset of the Collection. The Papers are the individual archives of Page himself—his correspondence, publications, speeches, photographs, recordings, and other files which he generated and used throughout the course of his career.

A guide or “finding aid” to the dozens of cartons of Page’s files, publications, and videos is in preparation. Here are the first two sections of the guide, which may be used to help find individual speeches, manuscripts, and other documents among all the files. Please contact us to make arrangements to visit the Library and use the collection.

  • Finding Aid to the James O. Page Papers, Part 1 (Adobe PDF document) 
  • Finding Aid to the James O. Page Papers, Part 2 (Adobe PDF document)


A.J. Heightman, current editor-in-chief of JEMS and a member of the collection’s Advisory Committee, described the Papers’ value: “Part of Jim Page’s legacy was his ability to sense and capture important and historic events and projects as they were occurring. His files and records he left us reflect this and will enable us to preserve and pass on this important information to future generations of emergency responders and system administrators.”

Online Selections From The James O. Page Papers

The following is a small sample from the thousands of documents in the James O. Page Papers. We are working with our Advisory Committee to identify important speeches, reports, publications, conference materials and other items from Jim Page’s professional files, to digitize and make available online. Items may be downloaded from this website and used for “fair use” personal reading and research, but please contact us for permission to excerpt or re-publish. When many more documents are mounted online, they will be presented through the UCLA Digital Library and will be fully searchable. Our next goal will be to provide opportunities for readers to interact with documents in a “wiki” manner by providing commentary and sharing insights about the importance and impact of items from the collections.

The list of online documents, below, will continue to grow as we select more manuscripts, publications, and audio and video excerpts from the Page Papers.

In each of the descriptions listed below, “JOP” stands for “James O. Page”.

History of EMS: Landmark documents and historical reviews

  • Emergency Medical Services Act of 1973
  • California Assembly Select Committee on Fire Services
  • CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
    • The origins and history of CPR” speech by JOP; First Aid and CPR Instructors Conference (Saddle River, NJ: 16 September 1976) (Adobe PDF document)
  • Mobile Intensive Care

EMS Education: Courses, curricula and syllabi

  • AUPHA (Association of University Programs in Health Administration) EMS Services Planning Course (1975-77)
  • AUPHA (Association of University Programs in Health Administration) EMS Services Manpower and Training Course (1976)
    • Curriculum” module by JOP, prepared for Florida International University’s EMS Educational Project (Adobe PDF document)
  • EMS Today
    • Flyer announcing the first EMS Today conference (Kansas City, MO: 1982) (Adobe PDF document)
  • University of Pennsylvania EMS Administration Course (Philadelphia, PA: 1975)
    • Cover letter (Adobe PDF document)
    • “Scenario” and “Implementation” outline by JOP (Adobe PDF document)
    • Lecture (Adobe PDF document)

Publishing and Publications

  • JEMS
  • Paramedics International

Speeches and Lectures


  • The Towering Inferno
  • Harwood County Rescue Squad
    A teleplay by JOP, “based on real people and real events. The characterizations are largely derived from the writer’s personal experiences with the volunteers of Haywood County rescue Squad in Canton and Waynesville, North Carolina.”

Legal Aspects of EMS

  • Articles and Editorials
  • Workshops
  • Speeches and Lectures