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Make a Financial Contribution to UCSF Archives

Thanks to donor support, the UCSF Archives & Special Collections has proudly enhanced the educational environment for more than a century by:

  • Purchasing unique materials, such as the Japanese Woodblock Collection
  • Organizing exhibits and public events promoting Special Collections and informing the community about UCSF’s history and impact in the health sciences
  • Preserving and restoring priceless historical artifacts and photographs
  • Arranging, describing, and cataloging archival collections, such as the Eric Berne papers and the Radiologic Imaging Laboratory records
  • Digitizing and providing universal access to materials by making them accessible online, such as the Eric Berne papers and the Robert L. Day Collection

Types of financial gifts

Annual and current-use gifts

Current-use funds are expended to have an immediate and meaningful impact on the work of Archives and Special Collections. We are making unprecedented efforts to preserve our collections through the ongoing process of digitizing books, faculty papers, manuscripts, and other documents.


Endowed funds are invested, maintained in perpetuity and have a long-term impact. Gifts of endowment may be directed to a specific purpose, such as a lectureship, research fellowship, or special collection, or be designated for unrestricted use by Archives and Special Collections. The endowment enables us to take advantage of opportunities for growth and enhancements, and is a vital component of UCSF’s continuing financial stability.

Endowed funds and minimum giving levels (effective July 1, 2014)

Endowed Fellowships provide funding for scholars to pursue research with the UCSF Archives and Special Collections. They also enable UCSF to continue to recruit the most talented and diverse researchers from across the world who contribute to the rich academic and intellectual life at UCSF.


Endowed lectureships are essential to the intellectual enrichment of UCSF and the community at large. These endowments bring scholars from peer institutions to the University to share their ideas and research findings at lectures and seminars. Endowed lectureships pay travel costs and honoraria for visiting scholars. Donors often choose to create a lectureship in a particular area of interest.


General endowment can support almost any area of interest. Income from this type of fund may be restricted to a particular purpose or directed to the University’s most urgent needs.


For FAQs and more information, including planned gifts, please visit Support UCSF: Ways to Give FAQ.

Tax deductions

All contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law.

For more information

For more information on how you can financially support UCSF Archives and Special Collections, please contact Rossitza Dillon, Assistant Director of Development, at or 415-476-6346.