New Library Exhibit: Serving Our Community

Book covers and archival image

A new library exhibit, Serving Our Community: Books Created with Material from the UCSF Library, highlights a selection of books that were created with materials collected, preserved, organized, and made accessible by several departments in the Library. Each book is accompanied by selected documents and photographs that were used by the researcher, a reference to the corresponding collection, and a QR code for easy access via smartphone.

Among the highlighted collections are published books that used materials from:

  • The UCSF Archives and Special Collections, which preserves and maintains rare and unique materials to support research and teaching in the history of the health sciences. The Archives is also the official repository for the preservation of selected records, papers, publications, audio-visual and born-digital materials, and physical objects from the UCSF campus.
  • The Legacy Tobacco Documents Library (LTDL), a one-of-a-kind digital archive where all collections are accessible to anyone around the world, without any restrictions. Currently it contains more than 13 million documents created by major tobacco companies related to their advertising, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and scientific research activities.
  • The Drug Industry Document Archive (DIDA) contains internal corporate documents from large pharmaceutical companies including Merck, Parke-Davis, Wyeth, and Pfizer. These documents reveal questionable drug industry practices concerning clinical trials, publication of study results, pricing, marketing, relations with physicians, and involvement in continuing medical education.

The exhibit will be on view on the 3rd floor and 5th floor of the Parnassus Campus Library, beginning April 23.

Image: Synchrotron, from the Robert Stone Oral History (OH-23) From the UCSF Historical Photograph Collection, UCSF Archives & Special Collections

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