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Archival Research Services

The Archives and Special Collections Reading Room and reference services will be closed from December 8, 2023 through June 3, 2024 as we relocate our collection to our new vault. Please contact us with any questions.

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

Lisa Nguyen

Lisa Nguyen
Digital Archivist

Lupe Samano

Lupe Samano
University Records Archivist

Kate Tasker

Kate Tasker
Director of the Industry Documents Library

Rachel Taketa

Rachel Taketa
Industry Documents Library Processing and Reference Archivist

Allison Tracy Taylor

Allison Tracy-Taylor
Oral History Archivist

Peggy Tran-Le

Peggy Tran-Le
Research and Technical Services Managing Archivist

Sean Purcell

Sean Purcell
Digital Health Humanities Program Coordinator

Emma James

Emma James
Industry Documents Library Project Archivist

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Reading Room and reference services are closed through June 3, 2024. If you have questions, please contact us.

530 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, Fifth Floor