History & Archives

The American Cheese Society was founded in 1983 by Dr. Frank Kosikowski of Cornell University as a national grassroots organization for cheese appreciation and for home and farm cheesemaking.

Looking Back, Looking Forward: ACS at 25

In 2008, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the founding of ACS, a retrospective video series was compiled.

Oral History Archive: Interviews

Listen to interviews conducted by Christine Hyatt with ACS Members to learn about the growth of ACS and the cheese industry. This resource is for ACS Members only.

Newsletter Archive

This digital collection of newsletters captures the many iterations of the American Cheese Society’s member newsletter. Spanning from 1990 to the present, these newsletters serve as the main communication tool between the organization and our members. This resource is for ACS Members only.

ACS Conference & Competition: A Visual Timeline

Coming soon!

Competition Winners Data Archive

This collection spans the years 1989-2019. Currently, the years 2000-2019 are digitized. Additional years are added regularly. Check back again soon!

Competition Entry Category History

The ACS Judging & Competition has grown from 13 categories to 20 categories with 123 sub-categories, mirroring the growth of the Artisan and Specialty cheese industry. Explore the development of the competition through the entry categories. This digital collection contains records of competition categories that span 2010-2019. This resource is for ACS Members only.

History of the ACS Website

The ACS website has had numerous incarnations over the years. See the evolution of ACS through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.