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Archives and Special Collections

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.

Browse Collections


View and download digitized images and documents from our manuscript and photograph collections.


Full-text searchable digitized books and publications, including UCSF newsletters and yearbooks.

UCSF at Internet Archive

Audiovisual items as well as selected digitized publications, including state medical society journals.

Synapse Archive

Digital archive of Synapse, the UCSF student newspaper that began publication in 1957.

Web Archives

Archived websites and web-based material, including UCSF pages and health sciences subject collections.

Industry Documents Library

Full-text searchable archive of over 15 million internal corporate documents from industries which influence public health, including the tobacco, pharmaceutical, chemical, food, and fossil fuel industries.

AIDS History Project

UCSF Archives and Special Collections has played a key role in documenting the AIDS epidemic.


Material related to the history and development of anesthesia, particularly on the West Coast.


Documenting the leadership of scientists and Bay Area corporations in the growth of biotechnology.

COVID-19 Pandemic

Documenting UCSF’s efforts related to research, patient care, community outreach, education, as well as everyday personal experiences that shape our collective record.

Health Sciences Artifacts

Objects that illustrate the development of health sciences tools and techniques.


Publications and manuscript collections documenting homeopathy education and practice.

Industry Documents

Internal company documents and audiovisual materials acquired from the files of industries that impact public health.

Tobacco Control

Material from agencies and activists involved in tobacco control policy, research and education.

University Archives

The official repository for records and memorabilia generated by or about UCSF.


Some of our collections can’t be searched online. Ask us about our physical archives.

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