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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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San Francisco, CA 9414
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In this talk at the UCSF Archives & Special Collections, Zach Bleemer discusses how he has used data science – thousands of computer-processed versions of annual registers, directories, and catalogs –  to reconstruct a near-complete database of all students, faculty, and courses at four-year universities in California in the first half of the 20th century, including UC San Francisco (which taught both undergraduates and graduate students at the time). Visualizations of this database...
Topics: Big Data, Higher Education, California, STEM majors, gender in Higher Education, natural language...
This Archives Talks is coupled with an  exhibit which commemorates the centennial anniversary of US involvement in World War I and recognizes the service of UCSF doctors, nurses and dentists at Base Hospital No. 30 in Royat, France. It also highlights the war-related research and care provided by UCSF scientists, clinicians, and healthcare workers in San Francisco and abroad. Dr. Wen T. Shen speaks on the biography of Dr. Howard C. Naffziger. Lieutenant Colonel Howard C. Naffziger, a prominent...
Topics: World War I, WWI, History of Dentistry, Dr. Howard C. Naffziger, US Army Medical Corps, Base...
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Born in the Summer of Love, the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, founded by UCSF alumni David E. Smith, MD, and staffed by volunteer medical providers from UCSF, celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 7, 2017. Join Dr. Smith as he tells the story of the clinic’s founding and the 1960’s Haight-Ashbury luminaries who kept the clinic alive in its early days. He will discuss the clinic’s role in the birth of addiction medicine as a...
Topics: UCSF, Archives Lectures, Dr. David E. Smith, Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Summer of Love, Addiction...
Dr. Severinghaus and Dr. Larson present historical material from the Arthur E. Guedel Anesthesia Collection that summarizes the fundamental changes that occurred during the early 20th century, bringing the practice of Anesthesia into the modern age.  The lecture focuses on the letters and artifacts of Dr. Arthur Guedel and Mr. Richard Gill. In 2015 the Arthur E. Guedel Memorial Anesthesia Center transferred to the UCSF Library its extensive collection containing more than 40 linear feet of...
Topics: Arthur E. Guedel, anesthesia, Richard Gill, history of anesthesia, curare, UCSF Archives &...
Join us as we view the   History of the UCSF Black Caucus   in this two-part docuseries and the story of renowned photographer David Johnson in the documentary   Positive Negatives . Each viewing will be followed by a Q & A session facilitated by UCSF Black Caucus committee member Marisa McFarlane and David Johnson. History of the UCSF Black Caucus Founded in 1968, The Black Caucus serves as an instrument of change, community building, and professional support. As the oldest...
Topics: Civil Rights, Civil Rights in Medicine, Documentary Photography, UCSF Black Caucus, San Francisco...
UCSF Archives & Special Collections and the Health Humanities and Social Advocacy Initiative present cardiologist and author  Dr.   Sandeep Jauhar  in conversation with UCSF’s Guggenheim award-winning doctor-writer Victoria Sweet. In his latest book  Heart: A History , Dr. Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. It has been praised as “gripping…(and)...
Topics: Cardiology, Medical Humanities, History of Medicine, UCSF, UCSF Archives Lectures, History of...
Healthcare and medical training primarily recognize two age groups: children and adults. In real life, there are three, and most of us will spend years or decades longer in elderhood than in childhood. In her New York Times bestselling new book, UCSF Professor Louise Aronson shows how individuals, communities, clinicians and scientists can improve lives and transform healthcare by applying the same creativity, innovation, a nd effort to elders as we already do for children and adults. Join us...
Topics: Medical Humanities, Geriatrics, Elderhood, Aging, Medical Anthropology