The Archives and Special Collections reading room is closed until further notice due to COVID-19. We are providing limited online reference services during this closure. Please contact us with questions and requests.
Statement on inclusion and equity
The work and all activities of the Archives and Special Collections are guided by the Statement on Inclusion and Equity in Special Collections, Archives, and Distinctive Collections in the University of California Libraries:
We acknowledge historical absences in library collections, including those of the University of California Libraries. We will develop practices that counteract a paradigm of racist, sexist, and white-centered collecting, description, instruction, and access. Metadata, digital exhibits, and archival descriptions in particular have disadvantaged communities of color, limited points of subject-based access, and contributed to a culture of exclusivity and inequity. We commit to immediate and enduring work to elevate the narratives, perspectives, and expertise of the marginalized: those who identify as Black, Indigenous, persons of color, immigrants, women, disabled people, and those from the LGBTQ+ communities. We recognize that this work is iterative and ongoing, inherently risky, and messy, but entirely necessary. Read full statement.
Using our materials
Our mission is to identify, collect, interpret, and provide access to rare and unique material. We support research and teaching of the health sciences and medical humanities and preserve the institutional memory of UCSF. See About Us to learn more. We’re open to the public by appointment Monday through Wednesday from 9am to 4pm. Physical materials require supervised access due to their unique and often fragile nature.
UC Library Search
Search Archives and Special Collections only for rare materials, university archives, and manuscripts.
Example: the organon
Online Archive of California (OAC)
Find detailed inventories of selected university archives and manuscript collections.
Example: dritz papers