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 and 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.

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

Lange Room

Upcoming Lectures

In her New York Times bestselling new book, UCSF Professor Louise Aronson shows how individuals, communities, clinicians and scientists can improve lives and transform healthcare by applying the same creativity, innovation, and effort to elders as we already do for children and adults. Join us for a lively conversation between the author and Sharon Kaufman PhD, Professor Emerita, Medical Anthropology at UCSF for the fall launch of UCSF’s answer to City Arts & Lectures and The Commonwealth Club!

September 18 at noon
Parnassus Library, Lange Room

In September 1947, the bright orange-colored St. Joseph Aspirin for Children joined them amid a wave of creative marketing for what became known as candy aspirin. An immediate success, flavored low dose aspirin reshaped medical, nursing, and parental responses to pediatric fever and pain. Unfortunately, however, its popularity with children resulted in an unintended consequence—a 500% increase in aspirin poison rates within a few years. Speaker: Cynthia Connolly, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Pennsylvania nursing faculty and health historian.

October 18 at noon
Mission Bay, Rock Hall 102

Current Exhibits

Free and open to the public during library hours.

Open Wide: 500 Years of Dentistry in Art

Through Summer 2019 at the 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: Thurs. Sept. 27 from 12 to 1pm
Parnassus Library, Main Floor

Upcoming Exhibits

They Were Really Us: The UCSF Community’s Early Response to AIDS

Through September 2020 at the Parnassus Library

The exhibit highlights ways individual professionals affiliated with UCSF acted to address HIV/AIDS following its outbreak in the 1980s. Their responses included working in and with the larger San Francisco community — and continue to impact HIV/AIDS care and research today. All materials in this exhibit are drawn from the AIDS History Project collections preserved in the UCSF Archives and Special Collections. The exhibit will be on display on floors 1, 3, and 5 of the UCSF Library at Parnassus through September 2020. They Were Really Us was curated by Sabrina Oliveros with assistance from Mauricio Velasco and designed by Mark McGowan.

Exhibit Opening: Tues. Oct. 1 from 12 to 1pm in Parnassus Library, Main Floor

See Past Exhibits when available.

Past Lectures

Documenting While Black
August 14, 2019 [details]
Watch the video recording

Heart to Heart: Dr. Sandeep Jauhar in Conversation with Dr. Victoria Sweet
March 22, 2019 [details]
Watch the video recording

What Came Before Zero? STIs Among Men Who Had Sex With Men in California, 1945-1965.
Richard McKay, D.Phil
January 10, 2019 [details]

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