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Finding Aid to the San Francisco General Hospital, Ward 84/86 Records, 1981-1991
MSS 94-61  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: San Francisco General Hospital, Ward 84/86 records
    Date (inclusive): 1981-1991
    Collection Number: MSS 94-61
    Creators : San Francisco General Hospital (Calif.)
    Extent: Number of containers: 7 cartons Linear feet: 8.25
    Repository: The UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management, Archives and Special Collections
    University of California, San Francisco
    530 Parnassus Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94143-0840
    Phone: (415) 476-8112
    Fax: (415) 476-4653
    Email: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collres/archives/contactform.html
    URL: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collres/archives/
    Abstract: This collection is composed of two record groups: Administrative Records of the AIDS Program at San Francisco General Hospital, and Records of the Sixth International Conference on AIDS, held in San Francisco in 1990.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/ .

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manager of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
    Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], San Francisco General Hospital, Ward 84/86 Records, MSS 94-61, Archives and Special Collections, UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

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    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    AIDS (Disease)--Social aspects--United States
    AIDS (Disease)--California--San Francisco
    AIDS (Disease)--Patients--Services for
    AIDS (Disease)--Prevention
    AIDS (Disease)--Political aspects
    AIDS activists--United States
    San Francisco General Hospital (Calif.)
    Volberding, Paul

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was donated by Paul A. Volberding, M.D., in 1995.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Bill Walker, Nancy Zinn, and Josue Hurtado.

    Organizational History

    In the largest sense, the AIDS Program at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) refers to the totality of AIDS-related activities at the hospital. More commonly, however, the phrase is used to refer to the outpatient AIDS Clinic and a number of short- and long-term research projects loosely connected to it.
    The AIDS Program declares that its mission is to:
    1. Provide comprehensive, expert and humane care to a population which reflects the demographic and clinical spectrum of HIV disease,
    2. Conduct an aggressive research programs that enables us to improve patient care and the duration and quality of our patient's lives, and
    3. Share our experience with other health care professionals and the public through our publications and direct educational programs.
    Although it is now surmised that people with HIV disease were patients at SFGH as early as 1980, the first documented case, a man with Kaposi's Sarcoma, was identified in June of 1981. During late 1981 and early 1982 the Kaposi's Sarcoma Clinic was formed at UCSF by Paul Volberding and Marcus Conant. Patients were evaluated at UCSF and referred to the Oncology Clinic at SFGH for treatment. Other opportunistic infections in KS patients, primarily pneumocistis pneumonia (PCP), were managed by Constance Wofsy, Acting Chief of Infectious Diseases at SFGH. These components were brought together when the AIDS Clinic was opened on Ward 86 in January of 1983. The inpatient ward at SFGH, Ward 5B, was opened a few months later, in June of 1983.
    In July of 1983, Dr. Donald Abrams came to Ward 86 from UCSF. Nurse Practitioners J.B.Molaghan and Gary Carr joined the staff in November of 1983. Volberding, Wofsy (deceased), Abrams, Molaghan and Carr were the nucleus around which the AIDS Program grew. Eventually, other program elements developed out of the AIDS Ward, including numerous research entities, clinical programs, and educational components.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection is composed of two record groups: Administrative Records of the AIDS Program, and Records of the Sixth International Conference on AIDS, held in San Francisco in 1990.
    The Administrative Records record group is organized into nine series:
    • Correspondence, Dr. Paul Volberding
    • Correspondence, Lectures, and Conferences, Dr. Donald Abrams
    • Correspondence, Lectures, and Activities, Dr. Constance Wofsy
    • Contracts
    • Budgets and Finances
    • Staff Meetings
    • Committees
    • SFGH Ward 84 Documents
    • Other AIDS Related Documents.
    The Sixth International Conference on AIDS record group is organized into four series:
    • Planning by Committees
    • Other Planning, Administration, and Execution
    • Primary Conference Staff
    • United States Immigration Ban on Persons with AIDS.
    More detailed descriptions of the record groups are found in the Series Description/Container List section of the finding aid.