Archives Lectures and Exhibits

In honor of UCSF’s 150th anniversary and the clinicians, scientists, and health care professionals who have donated their papers to the archives, UCSF Archives & Special Collections has launched a robust lecture and exhibits program to introduce a wider community to its holdings and demonstrate the research value of the collections.

Lange RoomFree and open to the public
UCSF Parnassus Library
530 Parnassus Avenue
For more information please contact Polina Ilieva.

Upcoming Lectures

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What came before Zero? STIs Among Men Who Had Sex with Men in California, 1945-1965

Expanding on one thread from his recent book, Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), Richard A. McKay, D.Phil. will present findings from his archival research across North America to illuminate historical aspects of sexual health and sexually transmitted infections among men who had sex with men. The talk will focus on California in the 1950s and 1960s, with a particular emphasis on developments in homophile activism—the forerunner of later gay rights organizing—and public health. Dr. McKay will also reflect on the methodological challenges of carrying out research on a topic for which patient records and other source materials were routinely destroyed to preserve confidentiality.

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Current Exhibits

Free and open to the public during library hours.

Open Wide: 500 Years of Dentistry in Art

Through Summer 2019 
Parnassus Library

Developed around selections from the collection of Dr. Morton G. Rivo, Open Wide offers a glimpse into how perspectives on dentistry – and dentistry itself – have changed over the centuries. The artworks, supplemented by artifacts, rare books, and other materials from the UCSF Archives, will be on display on three floors of the UCSF Library.

Exhibit Opening: Thursday, September 27 from 12 to 1pm
Parnassus Library, Main Floor

See Past Exhibits when available.

Past Lectures

Lest We Forget: Slavery, Race and the Birth of American Gynecology
Associate Professor of History Deirdre Cooper Owens
December 10, 2018 [details]
Watch the video recording.

Medicine as Mission: Black Women Physicians’ Careers, 1864-1941
Meg Vigil-Fowler, PhD., with Renee Navarro, MD and Aimee Medeiros, PhD
October 10, 2018 [details]
Watch the video recording.

Group Weight Loss and Multiple Screening: A Tale of Two Heart Disease Programs and the Problems of Postwar American Public Health [details]
Nicolas Rasmussen
June 7, 2018
Watch the video recording.

A Long Way from Wisconsin – The Work and Wanderings of Henry Wellcome [details]
Marilyn McEntyre
April 24, 2018
Watch the video recording.

The Evolution of Urology at UCSF [details]
UCSF Department of Urology
March 14, 2018
Video recording coming soon.

50 Years of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics [details]
David E. Smith
October 6, 2017
Watch the video recording.

“DO THE BEST FOR OUR SOLDIERS”: University of California Medical Service in World War I [details]
Morton Rivo and Wen Shen
May 23, 2017
Watch the video recording.

The History of Higher Education in California: A Big Data Approach [details]
Zach Bleemer
March 3, 2017
Watch the video recording.

What Will It Take To End AIDS? [details]
Jon Cohen, Amy Maxmen, and Misha Friedman
January 11, 2017
Watch the video recording.

Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon [details]
Paul Blanc
December 2, 2016
Watch the video recording.

Embracing the Future as Stewards of the Past: Historical Medical Collections in the 21st Century [details]
Jeffrey Reznick
October 21, 2016
Watch the video recording.

Vaccination and Society Since the Sixties [details]
Elena Conis
Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization 
September 30, 2016

Heightened Expectations: The Discovery and Early Uses of Growth Hormone [details]
Aimee Medeiros
May 17, 2016
Video recording coming soon.

A History of Neurological Surgery at UCSF, 1912-2015 [details]
Mitchel Berger, Brian Dolan, Lawrence Pitts, Grant Gauger, and Art Lyons
March 11, 2016
Watch the video recording.

The Transformation of Anesthesia, 1900-1960 [details]
John Severinghaus and Merlin Larson
December 4, 2015
Watch the video recording.

History, Science & Art of Ocular Prosthetics [details]
Robert Sherins
May 28, 2015
Watch the video recording.

The Forgotten Epidemic: HIV/AIDS in Women and Children [details]
Arthur Ammann
February 26, 2015
Watch the video recording.

Karl F. Meyer: California’s Forgotten Microbe Hunter [details]
Mark Honigsbaum
December 5, 2014
‘Tipping the Balance’: Karl Friedrich Meyer, Latent Infections, and the Birth of Modern Ideas of Disease Ecology
Watch the video recording.

Shimkin’s “Lost Colony” (1947-1953): Early Interdisciplinary Cancer Research at UCSF [details]
M. Michael Thaler
October 13, 2014
Watch the video recording.

Learning from Our History: Lessons at UCSF from the Early AIDS Epidemic [details]
John Greenspan, Paul Volberding, Molly Cooke, and Jay Levy
April 16, 2014
Watch the video recording.

Tracking Disease, Forecasting Futures [details]
Laurie Garrett
February 21, 2014