The ASQDE traces its roots to 1913, when Albert S. Osborn initiated a program for the interchange of ideas and research information by inviting Elbridge Stein to discuss various questions related to questioned document examination. Through the years a number of other men were added to the group attending these annual meetings.
Membership in this informal organization was entirely by invitation. Its meetings were completely educational in scope. Annual attendance, as well as full participation in the program, were an absolute requirement for a continuing invitation.
In 1942, Mr. Osborn and fourteen other prominent questioned document examiners formally organized the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners. The ASQDE continues the early traditions of the organization by requiring members to regularly attend and participate in the annual meetings. Guest attendance is by invitation only and guests must also regularly participate as a condition for future invitations.
Members of the Society shall meet annually at a time and place for a duration determined by the executive committee. The annual meeting shall have as its chief purpose the exchange of technical and professional information.
On this page you will find answers to questions frequently asked of the ASQDE and of forensic document examiners in general.