Three Resources to Support Black History Month


In celebration of Black History Month, we highlight three UCSF Library resources illustrating the history of African Americans in health care and at UCSF.

Full text articles from the Journal of the National Medical Association (JNMA) are available from the JNMA’s inception in 1909 through 2007. Current content from the journal is available to UCSF users only. The National Medical Association (NMA), established in 1895, is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and allied health professionals in the United States. JNMA provides historical insight into the social, medical, and public health issues that continue to be of particular concern to African American patients and physicians.

Oral History series, Diversity in U.S. Medical Schools presents interviews with key faculty and administrators from UCSF and Stanford University medical schools, including Haile Debas, Philip R. Lee, Julius Krevans, and 12 others. The interviews give an inside perspective on decision-making and policy development related to fostering diversity at UCSF and Stanford from the 1960s onward.

The UCSF Archives holds the records of the UCSF Black Caucus. Founded in 1968, the Black Caucus was instrumental in establishing an Affirmative Action Office and minority training programs, improving working conditions for General Services Department employees, and increasing minority student enrollment at UCSF. The Black Caucus collection (MSS 85-38) contains correspondence, meeting minutes, and other documents related to Caucus activities, as well as archived issues of their publication the Black Bulletin. The collection may be accessed on site in Archives & Special Collections.

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