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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.
Due to their unique and often fragile nature, these materials are available for access under supervised use and by appointment only. Check the calendar to make an appointment.
Guides to Archives and Manuscript Collections are available at the Online Archive of California, (OAC):
More than 2,000 UCSF university publications, yearbooks, pamphlets, and books dating back from 16th century through 2000s held at the UCSF Library and Special Collections were digitized and are accessible through the HathiTrust:
The Library also holds books and journals in the history of the health sciences for browsing and circulation. These may be located through the library catalog.
Manuscript Collections contain papers of health care professionals associated with UCSF as well as Institutional or organizational records from significant health care agencies, local hospitals, and professional societies relevant to the history of the health sciences in California.
Items in the rare books collection may be located using the library catalog.
Due to their unique and often fragile nature, rare books are available for access under supervised use and by appointment only.
Special Collections maintains an extensive collection of rare published and printed resources on many areas of health, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, and homeopathy, as well as early pharmacopoeias, texts on materia medica, and herbals.