Archives and Special Collections
Library and Center for Knowledge Management
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California 94143-0840
Fax: (415) 476-4653
Special Collections includes materials in all formats on the history of the health sciences and ancillary disciplines, the East Asian Collection of health-related materials in Asian languages, and the University Archives, which collects administrative records and materials on the history and development of the UCSF campus (an all health sciences campus). SERVICES: reference, interlibrary loan; bibliographic consultation and instruction; photography and photocopying: request information on charges. On-site reference service: Monday-Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. by appointment only.
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Special Collections encompasses a rare book collection (47,000 volumes) that includes incunabula (55 titles); early printed works (16th to 19th centuries); and modern secondary works; manuscripts (primarily modern) and papers of individuals; historical records of UCSF hospitals; administrative records of regional health institutions; photographs; slides; motion picture films and videotapes; oral histories; pamphlets; and artifacts. Specific subject emphases include anatomy and physiology; dentistry; pharmacy; nursing; obstetrics and gynecology; forensic medicine and toxicology; high altitude physiology; cholera and communicable diseases; occupational medicine; homeopathy; alternative medicine; California; Sir William Osler and his circle (Cushing, Garrison, etc.); tuberculosis; women in medicine; anesthesiology; smallpox in Mexico; managed care; antivivisection; AIDS; biotechnology; tobacco control. The East Asian collection numbers some 14,000 volumes, 400 manuscripts, and 400 prints, dating from 16th to the 20th century.