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Finding aid to the San Francisco Department of Public Health Records SFH 63
SFH 63  
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
39.0 linear feet (9 cartons, 3 manuscript boxes, 3 flat boxes, 37 vols., and 15 microfilm reels)
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
Availability
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.