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UCSF Archives and Special Collections is expanding a collection of artifacts and archival materials dating back to the late 19th century documenting the history and development of anesthesia, in particular on the West Coast.

Anesthetists Travel Club members

Arthur E. Guedel anesthesia collection, 1899-1998

Digitized materials from this collection can be found on Calisphere.

This extensive collection contains more than 40 linear feet of personal papers, rare books on the history and development of anesthesia, journals and artifacts, including anesthesia equipment and unique collection of artifacts from Richard Gill’s journey into Ecuador to collect curare, as well as audio-visual materials. It includes the papers and correspondence of several pioneers in the field on anesthesia, in particular, Richard C. Gill, Drs. Ralph Waters, Abram Elting Bennett, William Neff, and Arthur E. Guedel. It also includes Samuel Denson Family/Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California Department of Anesthesiology Archives containing correspondence between Arthur E. Guedel and Emery A. Rovenstine (ca. 1937 to 1947), series of case reports (which include several original EKGs) on Guedel’s study of cyclopropane anesthesia and cardiac arrhythmias, research notes and data, article and book drafts, and photographs

UCSF departmental records

UCSF faculty papers

Please contact us at Ask an Archivist if you have any questions about our anesthesia materials.

Search Calisphere to see digitized materials.