Chiefly Board of Health minutes and Emergency Hospital registers, with a small amount of Director's, patient, and financial
records. Also included are microfilm copies of surviving pre-1906 death records; the original ledgers are held at the San
Francisco Department of Public Health.
The Department of Public Health (DPH) originated in 1865 as the Health Office, by an Order of the Board of Supervisors. Initially,
The Office was charged with recording deaths and interments; administering vaccinations; handling interment permits; and reporting
death statistics. The City and County Hospital-- created in 1855 as a conversion from the State Marine Hospital and established
in 1857 in the former North Beach School-- was separately administered.
39.0 linear feet
(9 cartons, 3 manuscript boxes, 3 flat boxes, 37 vols., and 15 microfilm reels)
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