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.
The mission of the 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.
Projects and partnerships
- Intrinsic Value art series celebrating the San Francisco Bay Area BIPOC community
- Artist in Residence program
- NHPRC Grant—Evolution of San Francisco’s Response to a Public Health Crisis: Providing Access to New AIDS History Collections
- NEH Grant—The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing, Reuniting, and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records
- Bay Area History of Medicine Society (BAHMS)
- LSTA grant for historical AIDS/HIV materials
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