Our History

Use the resources found on this page to explore the history of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, from its founding as part of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers in 1871 to the present day.

TMS Historical Timeline

Take a visual tour of TMS history with our interactive timeline. For best functionality, please click on the square "full screen" icon when you access the timeline.

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Historical JOM Articles

"Celebrating Our Common Legacy: 150 Years of AIME and TMS"
March 2021
Learn about the origins of AIME and the shared history between the Institute and TMS.
"Celebrating Over Five Decades of Technical Excellence in Light Metals Research"
March 2021
TMS Aluminum Committee Chair Alan Tomsett looks back at the seminal Light Metals proceedings, first published in 1971.
Coming in May 2021
Learn about the history of TMS’s Extraction & Processing Division.


Interested in exploring history through old JOM articles? TMS members can access the full contents of the JOM Archive for free.

AIME Oral Histories

The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) has captured interviews with prominent figures from its four member societies as part of the AIME Oral Histories program. This collection includes interviews with respected TMS members, such as:



View the AIME Oral Histories web page to view additional interviews and transcripts.

AIME Digital Library

Want to dig deeper into our profession’s history? TMS members have full access to the AIME Digital Library, which contains more than 550 technical documents from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, including the journal AIME Transactions. Log in for full access to this resource.

AIME 150th Anniversary

The history of TMS is intertwined with that of its parent society, The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). Learn more about the anniversary celebrations on AIME’s dedicated 150th anniversary page. You can also view the 150th anniversary video, “A Legacy That Runs Deep,” which recaps the illustrious history of AIME and its member societies.