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

Medical Bondage

Lest We Forget: Slavery, Race, and The Birth of American Gynecology

Go beyond the Archives Talk with a Master Class led by Associate Professor of History, Deirdre Cooper Owens. Space is limited.


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

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