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Tobacco Documents used in a 2014 Countermarketing Study in...

Tobacco Documents used in a 2014 Countermarketing Study in NYC: 

“Racism Still Exists”: A Public Health Intervention Using Racism  ‘Countermarketing’ Outdoor Advertising in a Black Neighborhood - a project and paper by Naa Oyo A. Kwate at Rutgers.  Reported in the Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine.

http://racismstillexists.tumblr.com/tagged/smoke/ - This amazing study and supporting tumblr blog reports on RISE (Racism Still Exists), a high-risk, high-reward public health intervention that used outdoor advertising to disseminate a “countermarketing” campaign in New York City (NYC). The campaign generated significant public discourse, particularly in social media and the results suggest that racism countermarketing campaigns may have promise as a community-based intervention to address health inequalities. 

One component of the campaign was to show, through the internal tobacco industry documents, the ways the industry marketed cigarettes, targeted specific populations, and sought to deny the dangers of smoking.  Big Tobacco’s targeting of Black populations reveals much about how these companies perceived African Americans and the strategies they used to create and maintain Black smokers.

New Tobacco Documents and New Website Features for July

Industry Documents Library - Fri, 2016-07-08 11:06


52 new documents have been added to the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents today.

This includes:

You may also notice some changes to the Industry Documents Library and Truth Tobacco Industry Documents homepages. Each homepage now contains four big-button links to highlighted materials, such as Industry Videos, Industry Web Archives, and Popular Tobacco Documents. The TTID homepage includes a link to the UCSF Library’s Tobacco Control Archives, located in Archives and Special Collections on the Library’s 5th floor.

We’ve also added a “Featured” section in the bottom right-hand corner, which displays links to random documents in the database; choices change each time you re-visit the page. Try it out for a quick browsing break!

Baunscheidt’s Lebenswecker: The 19th-Century “Life-Awakener”

Brought to Light Blog - Thu, 2016-07-07 09:10

Another installment in our blog series that explores artifacts related to health practices now considered inaccurate or fraudulent. Check out Carl Baunscheidt’s Lebenswecker.

Baunscheidt’s Lebenswecker, circa 1850. Instrument pictured with cap on and off. Item 436, UCSF Archives Artifact Collection.

The Lebenswecker, translated as the “Life-Awakener” or the “Resuscitator,” was developed by German inventor Carl Baunscheidt in the mid-19th century. The small instrument included over 30 thin, spring-loaded needles concentrated at the end of an ebony staff.

Detail of Lebenswecker. Item 436, UCSF Archives Artifact Collection.

According to Baunscheidt, the Lebenswecker was designed to quickly puncture the skin, creating “artificial pores.” The “pores,” i.e. puncture wounds, were then covered with a proprietary irritating oil called “Oleum Baunscheidtii” that produced blisters. As another option, the practitioner could dip the needles in the oil before application, thus creating a more concentrated injection. As the blisters formed and drained, Baunscheidt claimed, the “health-destroying morbid matter” in the body naturally escaped.

Illustration of Adonis and Aphrodite with “most generally appropriate” areas of the body on which to use the Lebenswecker. From Baunscheidtism, or a New Method of Cure, 1865.



Baunscheidt developed a health philosophy around the Lebenswecker known as Baunscheidtism. His inspiration, as detailed in his book Baunscheidtism, or a New Method of Cure, came from his experience watching mosquitoes bite his rheumatic hand. As he writes, “it seemed as if the pains he had suffered, had fled with the flies…the inflicted sting caused an opening in the epidermis just large enough for the fine, volatile, but pathogenic substances lodged in the skin to exude.”

Detail of illustration from Baunscheidtism, or a New Method of Cure, 1865.

Baunscheidt claimed that the Lebenswecker could cure everything from sleeplessness to measles to epilepsy. Baunscheidtism practitioners, like John Linden, made similarly broad claims. As Linden noted in his work, Manual of the Exanthematic Method of Cure, the Lebenswecker could eliminate a tapeworm because, after repeated applications, “the unwelcome guest will soon become disgusted with his quarters, and be compelled to vacate.”

Order sheet fixed inside John Linden’s Manual of the Exanthematic Method of Cure, 1882.

Baunscheidt’s philosophy, backed by personal testimonies included in his publications, achieved a measure of popularity in the 19th and early 20th century, especially in Germany and the United States. Today, his treatment is widely discredited.

Two different designs of Lebenswecker. Items 436 and 242, UCSF Archives Artifact Collection.

We house two different “Life-Awakeners” in the UCSF Archives and Special Collections and a similar instrument developed by Baunscheidt called an artificial leech. Please contact us if you would like to come in and see the artifacts! We also have editions of John Linden and Carl Baunscheidt’s writings or you can read Baunscheidtism, or a New Method of Cure online in our digital collection.

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New Equipment for Loan!

Convergence - Wed, 2016-07-06 09:00

The Library Tech Commons Team is very proud to offer a comprehensive collection of video and audio equipment for loan, free of charge, to UCSF students, staff and faculty. Our equipment is used ever day for a variety of projects, including interviews, medical demonstrations, and even student skits. We listened to your feedback, and have added new items to the collection!

Among the new additions are a state-of-the-art LED light kit, two new digital audio recorders, a dual wireless mic kit (yes, mic-up two subjects at the same time!), and high-quality handheld mics and a shotgun mic for advanced users. For each new item, there is also an accompanying online help document to get you up-and-running quickly:

  1. Westcott LED Lights
  2. Zoom H2n
  3. Zoom H5
  4. Azden Wireless Mics
  5. Sure Handheld Mics
  6. Azden Shotgun Mic
  7. Gitzo Boom Pole

The full list is available on our Support Center website, and includes video cameras, external hard drives for video projects, tripods and more.

Please help us maintain this service (which, at many other institutions, isn’t free), by reviewing the help documentation before you arrive to pick up the equipment, and by treating our equipment with care.

If you have any questions, or suggestions for us to improve this service, please do not hesitate to contact us. We welcome your feedback!

PS: Also coming soon… a new reservation system that will allow you to view an availability calendar and make your own reservations. Stay tuned for another announcement this Fall!


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Article Spotlight: Analysis of British American Tobacco’s questionable use of privilege claims

Industry Documents Library - Tue, 2016-07-05 12:40

Every month, we highlight a newly published article along with a few key industry documents used by the author(s):

LeGresley E, Lee K. Analysis of British American Tobacco’s questionable use of privilege and protected document claims at the Guildford Depository. Tobacco Control 2016 Jun 27.

Tobacco companies have a documented history of attempting to hide information from public scrutiny, including inappropriate privilege claims. The authors conducted a search of the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Library which identified inconsistent privilege claims, and duplicates of documents withheld by BAT from public visitors. “A review of the validity of these claims was conducted against recognized legal definitions of privilege. The authors found that BAT has asserted inappropriate privilege claims over 49% of the documents reviewed (n=63). The quantity of such claims and consistency of the stated rationale for the privilege claims suggest a concerted effort rather than human error.”

Key Documents from the UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents:

Celebs, a future President and even Atticus Finch rep...




Celebs, a future President and even Atticus Finch rep Chesterfield back in the day…

Actors and entertainers such as Ronald Reagan, Tyrone Power, Charles Coburn, Ann Todd, Ethel Barrymore, Louis Jourdan, and Gregory Peck routinely endorsed cigarettes in ads such as these from the “Always Buy Chesterfield” campaign of 1948. These particular marketing images came from Life Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post, two mainstream media outlets.  

For more ads, see our Pollay Ads Collection with over 10,000 tobacco print advertisements spanning 5 decades - Online at the UCSF Industry Documents Library.

Summer 2016 Interns

Brought to Light Blog - Wed, 2016-06-29 12:30

This summer the UCSF Archives & Special Collections is hosting two interns who are working on diverse projects.

Sophia Lahey

Sophia Lahey is helping with the manuscript collections survey project, updating the metadata for historic photographs and documents that are posted on Calisphere, and assisting with quality control of volumes digitized for the State Medical Society Journals project.
Sophia is currently a student at Sonoma State University majoring in history and liberal arts. She lives with her parents in Marin county. In the fall she will be moving to Japan to study Japanese language and work towards a history major with concentration in Asian studies.

In her free time she pursues photography and spends time with her friends. She also enjoys video games as a hobby. She is excited to get experience working with historical documents and archives management systems to help her in the future with her history major.

For the first time we are working with the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) Summer Research Program. “This program is designed to provide an opportunity for High School and Undergraduate students to immerse themselves in the world of basic and/or clinical research for three months during the summer. The program pairs students with one or two CHORI principal investigators who serve as mentors, guiding the students through the design and testing of their own hypotheses and methodology development. At the end of the summer, students present their research to their peers just as any professional researcher would do.” Our CHORI intern, Laura Schafer is co-mentored by Drs. Aimee Medeiros and Brian Dolan from the UCSF Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine and Polina Ilieva, Head of Archives & Special Collections.

Laura Schafer

As an undergrad senior student of Psychology and more recently also Pedagogy at UC Berkeley, Laura Schafer is deeply interested in research fields related to pediatrics and healthcare associated to socioeconomic status (SES) factors. She believes that having grown up experiencing the consequences of Brazil’s developing societal reality while having juvenile diabetes plays a significant influence on what has developed into the focus of her academic career by far.  She is mostly concerned with the consequences of low socioeconomic status (SES) factors potentially interfering with treatment affordability and proper healthcare practices for chronically ill children’s mental, emotional. and physical health.

Although Laura has had the chance to acquire some fundamental research-enabling skills through involvement as an RA at the UC Berkeley Emotion and Social Interaction Laboratory and also from participating in an honors’ thesis developing program through her University’s department of pedagogy, Laura seeks further training and mentoring in the principles underlying conducts of research through her internship at UCSF. She is very enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with the UCSF mentors. The project Laura is involved with during her internship this summer aims to assist with the digitization and creation of metadata for the historical patient data from the 1920’s to 1960’s which includes pediatric records.

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Customize Your CLE Course With Course Formats

Convergence - Thu, 2016-06-23 14:19

The CLE is used across UCSF for Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy education and much more. Each school and department has their own unique needs, and faculty can choose from a number of course formats to customize the layout of their CLE course to best meet these needs.

If you have used the CLE, you are likely familiar with the Topics course format, the default in CLE courses. While the Topics format and the other five course formats are awesome, we want to take this opportunity to highlight one of our favorites – the Collapsed Topics course format.

You may have read about the Collapsed Topics course format in the CLE Improvements for Fall 2015 blog post. We have been busy getting to know the new course formats and documenting use cases, best practices, and instructions for using each.

Let’s take a closer look at the Collapsed Topics course format:


Streamline the look of your course! The Collapsed Topics course format helps organize your CLE course and eliminate the “scroll of death.” With this course format, course content is tucked away within individual topics. Topics can be expanded and collapsed with a single click. Topics will remain expanded or collapsed on a per course, per student basis.

Use Case

The Collapsed Topics course format is great for any academic or collaboration CLE course with a large number of resources and activities.


To apply the Collapsed Topics course format to your CLE course:

  1. Navigate to the CLE course (you will need to have an editing role in the course to change course formats)
  2. From the Administration block, click Edit Settings
  3. Scroll down and expand the Course Format section
  4. From the Format drop-down menu, select Collapsed Topics
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button

The Collapsed Topics course format will now be used in your course. You can always change the course format by returning to the Edit Settings page in the course and selecting another format.

Get Help

Take time to review your course and the newly applied course format. Return to the Edit Settings page to continue to customize course format settings to better meet your needs.

For detailed instructions on customizing the format, click the Collapsed Topics tab in the Course Formats document located in the Learning Tech Support Center.

Have questions about using the Collapsed Topics or any of the five other course formats in your CLE course? Attend a Tech Clinic at the UCSF Library, contact a Learning Tech Specialist, or leave a comment below!

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43 Million off-label prescriptions of Neurontin due to...

43 Million off-label prescriptions of Neurontin due to Parke-Davis’ promotional activities

Ever wonder if physicians’ prescribing practices are swayed by pharmaceutical companies and their promotions? Read the 2008 ‘Declaration of Meredith Rosenthal’, Associate Professor of Health Economics and Policy at Harvard School of Public Health, found in our UCSF Drug Industry Documents archive collection: Neurontin Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation

Rosenthal: “Using standard econometric methods, I establish that Parke-Davis’ challenged promotional efforts had a significant impact on the prescribing of Neurontin for off-label uses and at dosages higher than those recommended in the FDA-approved label…In total, I find that there were 43 million off-label prescriptions…of Neurontin as a result of the…promotional activities related to the off-label uses at issue in this case that would not have occurred absent the challenged conduct.

URL : https://www.industrydocumentslibrary.ucsf.edu/drug/docs/mpgw0217
Author : Rosenthal, Meredith
Document Date : 2008 August 11

Digitizing the UCSF Black Caucus Records

Brought to Light Blog - Wed, 2016-06-15 10:00

This is a guest post by Jessica Jones, former UCSF Archives & Special Collections Intern.

As an intern for the UCSF Library, Archives and Special Collections, I have worked on many different projects that utilize my skills as a professional administrative assistant, including the State Medical Journals Digitization Project, a collection survey, rehousing and inventorying the portrait photograph collection, and more. I also attended Library Updates meetings and listened to presentations about changes within libraries. Although this was a very new experience to me I adapted very quickly and I am proud to say I have learned so much and have enjoyed my time here with UCSF.

I would like to share a bit more about my most recent project working with the Black Caucus records. I really found this project to be interesting; I researched, digitized, and uploaded material from the collection to the digital asset management system and assisted in creating original metadata to facilitate discovery of these items. You can now access the UCSF Black Caucus Records digital collection on Calisphere.

Black Caucus members at the first Gala, 1991

The Black Caucus was first established on the UCSF campus in May 1968 in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This organization worked to provide more job opportunities for qualified minority applicants and lobbied for more minority students in all four professional schools. The organization engaged in many civil rights initiatives and social justice projects, like supporting custodial and technical staff in labor disputes and campaigning for more diverse hiring at all levels of the university. Beginning in the 1970s, the group shared personal stories, event updates, and project achievements in a newsletter named the Black Bulletin. There were many notable UCSF figures that helped found and lead the Black Caucus. For instance, UCSF Medal winner Joanne Lewis served as one of the organization’s first chairpersons and organized the publication of the Black Bulletin.

Black Bulletin, April 1978. Joanne Lewis: In retrospect.

The Black Caucus records help to demonstrate that African Americans have contributed remarkable achievements in the fields of science and medicine during the 20th century. To encourage future researchers and clinicians of color I think that it is essential for boys and girls to be given the academic tools to succeed in science and medicine, preferably long before college. There are several programs that help facilitate this, such as the White House initiative “My Brother’s Keeper” that helps young people reach their full potential. Medical schools should also continue to sponsor pipeline programs to encourage minority students to consider careers in medicine.

Affirmative Action protest at Laurel Heights, 1995

Jesse Jackson at Laurel Heights Affirmative Action protest, 1995

Cecil Williams at Laurel Heights Affirmative Action protest, 1995

I am very proud and excited to be a part of this amazing project. The Black Caucus has helped support and encourage people of color at UCSF through advocacy and community. The organization’s message of equality shows how important it is to have a diverse population of practitioners to address healthcare needs and to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare.

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600+ New Tobacco Documents Posted

Industry Documents Library - Thu, 2016-06-09 12:12

We have added 604 new documents to the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents today.
This brings our total document holdings to 88,281,975 pages in 14,618,860 documents!

Article Spotlight: Implications of Tobacco Industry Research on Packaging Colors for Designing Health Warning Labels

Industry Documents Library - Tue, 2016-06-07 12:14

Every month, we highlight a newly published article along with a few key industry documents used by the author(s):

Lempert LK, Glantz SA. Implications of Tobacco Industry Research on Packaging Colors for Designing Health Warning Labels. Nicotine Tobacco Research. 2016 May 4.

Tobacco companies conducted research to understand how pack colors affect consumers’ perceptions of the products and make packages and their labeling more visually prominent. The companies found that black is visually prominent and black text on a white background is more prominent than white text on a black background. Yellow most quickly and effectively seizes and holds consumers’ attention and signals warning or danger, while white connotes health and safety. In essence, using black text on a bright contrasting background color, particularly yellow, attracts consumers’ attention to the message.
Using the tobacco companies’ own internal research on improving the prominence of pack elements, advocates designing HWLs could consider using black lettering on a contrasting yellow background as this would most effectively seize and hold consumers’ attention and signal the danger of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Key Documents from the UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents:

  • A Description of a Computer Aided Graphics System for Pack Design (1985)
    The cigarette pack itself becomes more important due to advertising restrictions – the pack is often “the only means of communicating with the consumer”
  • Color Documentation for Doral Packaging Colors (2001)
    Companies’ research showed that some colors (red and black) are more visible and prominent than others (gray), make information more memorable, and appear to advance and make one pack look larger and more visible than neighboring packs. “Yellow is the fastest color your eye sees…and is the best color to use to draw attention”
  • Principles of Measurement of Visual Standout in Pack Design: Report No RD 2039 (1986)
    A 1986 BAT research and development report on pack design found that “white is generally held to convey a clean, healthy association”
  • Packaging (1987)
    RJ Reynolds document notes color and other visual cues are selected for communication of consumer expections: i.e. Reds = Flavor/strength and “White communicates Lightness…”

Internet Archive Partners Lunch

Brought to Light Blog - Mon, 2016-06-06 10:32

Friday the 13th of May was the auspicious date of our visit to one of our partner organizations, the Internet Archive, just across Golden Gate Park in the Richmond District. The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library of millions of freely accessible books, movies, software, music, websites and more. Internet Archive graciously hosts a bi-weekly Partners Lunch, inviting anyone working in partnership with IA to tour the facility (a gorgeous re-purposed Christian Science church), meet staff in person, and participate in a lunchtime roundtable where IA folks and visitors share their projects’ progress, successes and failures. The whole UCSF Archives team, plus UCSF collections staff members Beatrice Mallek and David MacFarland, were in attendance.

UCSF Archives and Special Collections staff with Internet Archive digitization staff.

We met with our IA liason Jesse Bell, who gave us a look into the progress of some of our projects ongoing at Internet Archive. Here Eliza Zhuang is using a specially designed scanning booth to digitize volumes of bound medical journals for the State Medical Journal project. The “scanner” actually uses two conventional DSLR cameras to simultaneously photograph the pages of the book, optimally positioned by the pedal-operated V-shaped glass plate shown here.

Eliza Zhuang scanning a medical journal from UCSF’s collection.

After photography, the images undergo QA and metadata association before being uploaded to the Internet Archive, where they look like this.

IA’s lobby provides plenty of excitement. A prominently displayed monitor shows the digitization currently underway on a number of different systems. Below, David Uhlich watches as pages from the book scanner are photographed. Immediately behind the monitor is a film scanner that similarly feeds the live-view monitor. The lobby also houses a beautiful antique gramophone near a small listening station that includes an iPad loaded with digitized music and other recorded sound.

David Uhlich observes the progress of digitized images entering the system.

After lunch, we took a more in depth tour of IA’s facility. We saw an example of IA’s specially designed “portable” book scanner, which is basically a scaled-down version of the one used by IA staff. Approximately $10,000 will get you your own book scanning station, software, and support from IA for your own scanning projects. We also looked inside the refurbished church that, in addition to the pews, now houses some of IA’s servers and digitization equipment.

Internet Archive servers occupy a niche.

Sculptures of miniature people inhabit the aisles.  Long-term IA staff are thanked for their service with a sculpture of their likeness; many depicted holding an item that reflects their interests or passions.

Some of Internet Archive’s long-term staff immortalized in figurine form.

It was great to meet the IA team in person. Our partnership with IA continues to provide new opportunities to preserve and make accessible our material. We look forward to exciting projects in the future!

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Groups and Groupings: What’s the difference?

Convergence - Wed, 2016-06-01 12:49

The CLE makes it possible for you to develop online group work in your courses with Groups and Groupings features. Although they sound very similar, they have different functions. It can be a little confusing until you understand how they both work.

A Group is a collection of one or more individual users. Groups enable instructors to split the students into sub-sets to view resources or work on an activity together.

A Grouping is a collection of groups that can be used to break up the class in to different sets of groups of students. Groupings can be applied to restrict access to an activity, resource, or topic.


We recently updated information and created videos about Groups and Groupings to help you understand how to use them and how to apply these features to your course.

Are you interested in developing a collaborative student assignment? Would you like to make resources in your course visible to one group and hide them from another? Take a look at the videos below to learn about using and applying Groups and Groupings to your course.

Have additional questions? Visit the Learning Tech Support Center to view detailed instructions for using both Groups and Groupings or contact a Learning Tech Specialist today!



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J. Michael Bishop Papers Online

Brought to Light Blog - Wed, 2016-06-01 10:48

We are pleased to announce that the J. Michael Bishop Papers digital collection is now available publicly on Calisphere.org. Bishop is a Nobel Prize-winning researcher and UCSF Chancellor Emeritus. The digital collection features hundreds of pages of material and photographs selected from Bishop’s papers housed in the UCSF Archives and Special Collections (MSS 2007-21).

J. Michael Bishop college portrait, Gettysburg College, circa 1955. MSS 2007-21, box 1, folder 4.

J. Michael Bishop portrait with molecular model, circa 2000. MSS 2007-21, case D, folder 1.

J. Michael Bishop, MD, joined the UCSF faculty in 1968. He was appointed director of the GW Hooper Research Foundation in 1981 and named UCSF Chancellor in 1998, a post he held until 2009. He continues to serve as Hooper’s director and as professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

J. Michael Bishop email to Harold Varmus regarding Bishop’s University of California, San Francisco Chancellor appointment, 1998-02-06. MSS 2007-21, carton 18, folder 43.

In 1989, Bishop and his research partner, Harold Varmus, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work in cancer research. Bishop and Varmus discovered the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes. Their work helped clarify the processes that convert normal cellular genes into cancer genes and impacted our understanding of the genesis of human cancer.

J. Michael Bishop and Harold Varmus at Nobel Shindig, a county-western themed dinner party given by Varmus and Bishop in celebration of their Nobel Prize award; held at DeMarco’s 23 Club, Brisbane, California, 1989. MSS 2007-21, carton 8, folder 41.

The digital collection features selections from Bishop’s laboratory research notebooks and professional papers, including article drafts, correspondence with other scientists, and teaching and lecture material. Also included are photographs and draft figures created by Bishop for his publications.

Purification of Annealed Product Gd RNA graphs. Selected page from a laboratory research binder of J. Michael Bishop, circa 1970. MSS 2007-21, carton 18, folder 3.

The Life Cycle of Rous Sarcoma Virus diagram drawing (1) by J. Michael Bishop; created for Bishop’s article “Oncogenes” published in Scientific American, 1982. MSS 2007-21, carton 2, folder 2.

You can view the digital collection on Calisphere.org. If you would like to visit the UCSF Archives and work with the complete physical collection, please check out the detailed inventory available on the Online Archive of California and make an appointment with us.

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Philip Morris presentation on using social trends of young...

Philip Morris presentation on using social trends of young adults, such as skateboarding and “grunge,” to guide marketing strategies…

Read the entire document at: https://www.industrydocumentslibrary.ucsf.edu/tobacco/docs/pnld0022

Document Date : 1995

Got more time to browse? See the more than 5 Million documents in our Philip Morris Collection

A Fond Farewell

Brought to Light Blog - Thu, 2016-05-26 08:51

The Archives has recently had the pleasure of hosting three outstanding volunteers/interns, all of whom are moving on to greener pastures this month. While we are sad to see them go, we are grateful for all the excellent work they did, and wish them well on their continuing journeys. Below is a brief synopsis of their accomplishments in their all too brief time at the Archives. Many thanks to Phoebe, Jessica, and Kristin!

Phoebe Jones

During the eight months that she has volunteered at UCSF A&SC, Phoebe has been a great pleasure to work with. Despite never having worked in a library or archives, she has shown great aptitude for archival work, both in processing collections and using the ArchiveSpace collection management system. Her work on the UCSF Committee on Arts and Lectures records in particular was instrumental in materials from that collection being digitized by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant-funded California Audiovisual Preservation Project. She has also been a great help in other A&SC projects, including assisting with the Archives Lecture Series, and contributing to the A&SC blog and social media. Her dedication and enthusiasm has been a great asset, and she will be sorely missed.

Jessica Jones

A participant in the Excellence through Community Engagement & Learning (EXCEL) Program, Jessica has been a great addition to the Archives team for the past four months, especially in her work rehousing, organizing and creating the inventory for the Portrait section of the Photograph Collection. She was an essential member of the State Medical Society Journals project team and helped with volumes review for digitization, page estimation and conducted quality control. She also contributed to the Archives & Special Collections digital initiatives by digitizing and creating metadata for material from the Black Caucus records, and helped rehouse and inventory numerous manuscript collections, including the Laurie Garrett papers. Jessica has successfully completed the EXCEL program, and was even selected as one of the student speakers at her graduation.

Kristin Daniel

Although she has only been with us for a few short months, Kristin has been an excellent intern for UCSF A&SC. We especially appreciate her help starting the massive survey of our archival collections, a project that will greatly increase department efficiency, intellectual control, and user access once it is completed. Kristin has also assisted in organizing and inventorying the archives biographical files, performing quality control on digital files for the State Medical Society Journals project, and any other projects that we assigned to her. A soon-to-be graduate of San Jose State University’s iSchool Masters in Library and Information Science program, Kristin is certain to find a professional librarian position in the near future.

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The Mystery Doctor’s Bag

Brought to Light Blog - Wed, 2016-05-18 16:33

We don’t know much about this doctor’s bag. It was manufactured by the Feick Brothers medical supply company, probably in the late 19th or early 20th century, in a manner common to the bags that family doctors carried during that time, but much beyond that remains a mystery. We aren’t sure whose bag it was, or how it came into the possession of UCSF Archives & Special Collections. Beyond being a doctor’s bag, we don’t know if it has any connection to UCSF at all.

Even the tools inside the bag invite more questions than give answers: Were all these tools original to this particular bag, or were more tools added after it fell out of use? Is that a bullet extractor scoop, a curette spoon, or a lithotomy instrument? And it seems to have a lot of instruments related to gynecology and child birth—could it perhaps have been the bag of some nameless OBGYN?

For archivists, who rely on provenance to establish historical context, these types of questions can be a little uncomfortable. Yet despite all its mysteries, this doctor’s bag remains a fascinating artifact—and it definitely has some very interesting things inside. It’s almost like unwrapping a gift to discover it is actually a puzzle!

Written by David Uhlich.

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Remembering Helen Gofman

Brought to Light Blog - Tue, 2016-05-17 08:58

This is a guest post by Kristin Daniel, UCSF Archives & Special Collections Intern.

The UCSF Archives is pleased to announce the official addition of the Helen Fahl Gofman papers. This collection, spanning several decades between the 1950s and the 1980s, details a woman who was a much loved teacher, mentor, doctor, and leader. Dr. Gofman’s affiliation with UCSF pediatrics began in 1945 when she graduated from the School of Medicine and also completed her internship and residency on campus. Gofman received faculty status in 1953 and worked in various programs until her retirement in 1983. Gofman is best remembered as a founding member, and then director, of the UCSF Child Study Unit (CSU).

Helen Gofman playing the viola, circa 1950. MSS 2014-17, Gofman papers.

Helen Gofman was, by all accounts, a passionate and cheerful woman. She was dedicated to the care of the “total patient”—not just the physical or mental condition of the child, but also how that condition impacted their social, emotional, developmental, and behavioral well-being. Considered a national leader in the field of behavioral pediatrics, Gofman was involved with UCSF’s Child Study Unit (now known as the Division of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics) since its inception in 1948.

Helen Gofman and child, circa 1980. Photograph collection, portraits, Gofman.

Dr. Gofman and the rest of the CSU staff of doctors, nurses, social workers, speech pathologists and special education experts sought to help children whose conditions might have otherwise been misdiagnosed or gone untreated (including cases of dyslexia or ADHD) by other healthcare professionals. The goal of the CSU was not only to help these children and their families, but also to develop a new generation of pediatric health professionals; the CSU trained clinicians to value their patients and focus on finding personalized treatments that take into account all aspects of the child’s life, not just their condition.

Helen Gofman at her retirement party, 1984. MSS 2014-17, Gofman papers.

The Helen Gofman papers (MSS 2014-17) include research subject files, restricted patient files, and personal correspondence. Also included are some of Dr. Gofman’s published works, such as The Family is the Patient: An Approach to Behavioral Pediatrics for the Clinician, which is considered a classic work in the field. Multimedia artifacts (such as lecture slides, teaching toys, and film reels) are also included. The Archives is proud to house this material and make it available to researchers.

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Announcing our New and Improved Industry Documents Bibliography

Industry Documents Library - Fri, 2016-05-13 10:12

The UCSF Industry Documents Library has been hard at work for this month’s release of documents and features.

1) 825 new tobacco documents were posted to the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents yesterday.

2) The improved Industry Documents Bibliography!

Our Bibliography is a running list of papers and publications created using our industry documents. It has long been a helpful tool for research and education and we are excited to unveil the new interface today.

The Bibliography now lives on the Industry Documents Library site and can be found by clicking on “Bibliography” in the menu bar.

Depending upon which industry you start from (IDL, tobacco or drug), you will see citations for publications and papers based upon that specific industry archive’s documents. For instance, if you access the Bibliography from the main IDL home page you will interact with citations from both Tobacco and Drug documents but if you access the Bibliography from the Tobacco area, you will only interact with tobacco document citations.

Key features for the new Bibliography:

  • Searchable!
    Our new Bibliography interface allows you to search in the citations for keywords, authors and titles and also allows you to facet results by Category and Reference Type. Click on the title link or the URL in the Link field to access the publication directly.
  • “Newly Added” citations will be tagged with the “newly added” status so that these recent citations can be found quickly by users.
    At this time we have 11 newly added citations to the Industry Documents Bibliography.
  • Direct links to the documents cited
    You will note in each citation record, there is a “Document Cited” field which holds the IDs of industry documents used as primary sources. If you click on one of the IDs in the “Documents Cited” field, you will be taken to the document record.

    Conversely, if you are searching in the documents, you will notice links to a Bibliography citation from the search results and the document view if the document has been cited in one or more papers.

The new and improved Industry Documents Bibliography reflects all industries and will grow as we grow our document collections. As you browse the citations and take a look around, please let us know how it’s working for you and if you have any suggestions.

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