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Archival Research Services

The UCSF Archives and Special Collections reading room is free and open to the public. Due to the unique and often fragile nature of our collections, materials are available for access under supervised use and by appointment only. We also offer remote reference and reproduction services.

Plan your research

Find materials

Schedule a reference appointment

  • To schedule an online reference appointment, you must first submit a request. You can make a request by logging in to your Archives and Special Collections Request System Account and selecting New Request.
  • Each appointment must have at least one request associated with it, and all appointments must be confirmed by staff.
  • We can provide you with subject area expertise, help you identify relevant materials, and provide assistance for using our Request System.

Request material to view in-person

  • A request link is provided for each record and archival collection. When you click on the request link, you can request the specific item to consult with in the reading room. Your materials will be waiting for you on your selected date of arrival.
  • If you have not already created a Request System Account, you will be prompted to do so when you hit the request link. Once you have an account, you will be able to log in at any time to view and manage your requests.

Request materials or permissions

  • Make a reproduction request in our Request System.
  • To request permission to publish materials provided by UCSF Archives and Special Collections, please contact us. Note that we can only license materials where the copyright is specifically held by the UC Regents.

Meet the Archives Staff

Edith Martinez

Edith Escobedo
Processing Archivist


Polina Ilieva
Head of Archives and Special Collections, University Archivist

Kathryn Stine

Kathryn Stine
Digital Health Humanities Program Coordinator

Rachel Taketa

Rachel Taketa
Industry Documents Library Processing and Reference Archivist

Kate Tasker

Kate Tasker
Industry Documents Managing Library Archivist

Allison Tracy Taylor

Allison Tracy-Taylor
Oral History Archivist

Peggy Tran-Le

Peggy Tran-Le
Research and Technical Services Managing Archivist

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Find us

Open to the public by appointment
Wednesday–Friday, 9am–12pm and 1pm–4pm

530 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, Fifth Floor