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University of California, San Francisco Library, Archives & Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections at the UCSF Library preserves and maintains rare and unique materials to support research and teaching in the history of the health sciences.

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In the 1930s California’s rapid population growth and the incursion of agricultural settlers into valleys and deserts teeming with exotic pathogens resulted in outbreaks of "new" infectious diseases. To divine the cause of these outbreaks and trace the epidemics to their source, health officials turned to San Francisco’s premier "microbe hunter," Karl Friedrich Meyer. Drawing on Meyer’s papers at the UCSF and Bancroft libraries, Mark Honigsbaum, PhD reviews Meyer’s...
Topics: Karl F. Meyer, UCSF, disease ecology, microbes, microbial behavior, host-pathogen interactions,...
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Dr. Edward Leong Way's oral history interview took place on October 21, 2014 at the UCSF Library on the UCSF Parnassus campus. Way was interviewed about his life and work by Martin Meeker, associate director, Regional Oral History Office of The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Way was born in Watsonville, California in 1916. His moved with his family to San Francisco in 1924 and ultimately studied pharmacy at what is now the UCSF School of Pharmacy, earning his BS in...
Topics: pharmacy, ucsf school of pharmacy, e leong way, oral history, roho, ucsf, pharmaceutical...
This second lecture of the new UCSF Archives Lecture Series took place on April 16, 2014 in the UCSF Library. The panel discussion features Drs. John Greenspan, Paul Volberding, Molly Cooke, and Jay Levy to discuss their experiences surrounding the early AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. The four prominent UCSF faculty members engage in a fascinating and candid conversation—with each other and with the audience— to offer their own perspectives on this history. UCSF played a leading role in...
Topics: UCSF, AIDS epidemic, AIDS, HIV, UCSF Archives, John Greenspan, Paul Volberding, Molly Cooke, Jay...
This lecture took place as part of the UCSF Archives Lecture Series on October 13, 2014 in the UCSF Library.  The Laboratory of Experimental Oncology (LEO) was the brain child of Michael B. Shimkin, a career U.S. Public Health Service physician and cancer research at the National Cancer Institute. LEO was established in 1947 at Laguna Honda Hospital at Laguna Honda Hospital, jointly administered by the NCI and UCSF. Speaker Michael Thaler, MD, MA explains how Shimkin created one of the first...
Topics: UCSF, medical ethics, Michael Thaler, Michael B. Shimkin, Laboratory of Experimental Oncology, LEO,...