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Industry Documents Library

The UCSF Industry Documents Library (IDL) is a portal to aid investigation about cross-industry corporate practices that are detrimental to public health. IDL currently brings together materials created by the tobacco, drug, food, and chemical industries.  These collections are an important tool for researchers, lawyers, journalists, advocates and the general public as they expose industry tactics around marketing campaigns, regulatory strategies, and public health policy formulation.

The IDL relies on lawyers, journalists, researchers, advocacy organizations, and other donors for its collections. We collect internal corporate documents acquired via litigation, Freedom of Information Act Requests, partner libraries, and private collections. If you would like to donate documents, please contact us. We accept anonymous donations. 

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Truth tobacco industry documents

The Truth Tobacco Industry Documents (TTID) archive (formerly known as the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library) was created in 2002 and is our largest archive with over 14 million items. TTID was built to house and provide permanent access to tobacco industry internal corporate documents produced during litigation between US States and the seven major tobacco industry organizations and other sources. These internal documents give a view into the workings of one of the largest and most influential industries in the United States


Drug industry documents

The Drug Industry Documents Archive was created in 2006 in collaboration with UCSF faculty members C. Seth Landefeld, MD and Michael Steinman, MD. Originally established to house documents from an off-label marketing lawsuit against Parke-Davis, the archive has grown to include documents from additional sources illustrating how the pharmaceutical industry, academic journals and institutions, and continuing medical education organizations operate in ways that are detrimental to public health

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Food industry documents

The Food Industry Documents Archive was created in 2018 in collaboration with the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. The Food Industry Documents were digitized and made available online through partnerships with other libraries, archives, and related organizations and these documents highlight marketing, research, and policy strategies used by food companies and trade groups that impact public health. 


Chemical industry documents

The Chemical Industry Documents Archive was created in 2017 in collaboration with the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). These internal company documents highlight the chemical industry’s knowledge of the risks associated with toxic substances such as benzene and attempts to intervene in government standards and minimize the information about adverse effects to workers and the public.

All materials are digitized and publicly available online at the Industry Documents Library website.

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