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About Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections Reading Room and reference services will be closed from December 8, 2023 through June 3, 2024 as we relocate our collection to our new vault. Please contact us with any questions.

Vision statement

UCSF Archives and Special Collections is a dynamic health sciences research center that contributes to innovative scholarship, actively engages users through educational activities, preserves past knowledge, enables collaborative research experiences to address contemporary challenges, and translates scientific research into patient care.

Mission statement

The mission of UCSF Archives and Special Collections is to identify, collect, organize, interpret, and maintain rare and unique material to support research and teaching of the health sciences and medical humanities and to preserve institutional memory.

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.

books in the archives

Publications and projects

List of publications and other projects based on research using our archival holdings.

Internship program

The UCSF Archives Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable hands-on experience and a course credit.

Connect with us

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Find us

Open to the public by appointment Wednesday – Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you have questions, please contact us.

530 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, Fifth Floor