Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Health Sciences Communications. Public Relations Materials
Identifier/Call Number: RSS 6022
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
49.0 Linear feet
(85 archives boxes and 15 records cartons)
Date (inclusive): 1961 - 2005
Public relations materials collected and created by Health Sciences Communications, formerly the UCSD School of Medicine Public
Affairs Office and the Public Information Office of the UCSD Medical Center. Materials include newspaper clipping files for
the School of Medicine (1961-1991) and the Medical Center (1973-1993); news releases for the School of Medicine (1964-1989)
and the Medical Center (1973-1989); and scripts for the radio programs "Doctor's Forum," "Health Break," and "Health Watch."
Also included are photographs of the School of Medicine and the Medical Center, subject files, publications, and audio and
University of California, San Diego. Health Sciences Communications.
Master sound and videocassette recordings in Series 6 are restricted. Researchers may request user copies be produced.
Selected materials from the collection have been digitized and can be viewed by clicking the link below.
Health Sciences Communications. Public Relations Materials, RSS 6022. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.
Health Sciences Communications, a division of University Communications, was formed in 1989 when the Public Affairs Office
of the School of Medicine and the Public Information Office of the UCSD Medical Center merged. The office of Health Sciences
Communications is responsible for disseminating newsworthy information such as achievements, programs, and projects involving
the UCSD Medical Center and the UCSD School of Medicine.
The public relations offices promoting the UCSD Medical Center and UCSD School of Medicine have experienced periodic reorganization.
Prior to being united as Health Sciences Communications, the UCSD Medical Center and UCSD School of Medicine were served by
separate public relations offices. The UCSD Medical Center's public relations office, established in 1969, functioned independently
of the Public Affairs Office on campus. In 1971, this office was designated as Public Information - University Hospital. In
1973, the public relations office for the School of Medicine separated from the Public Affairs Office on campus, forming a
new office called the UCSD School of Medicine, Public Affairs Office. These two offices merged in 1989 to become Health Sciences
Communications, a division of University Communications.
Scope and Content of Collection
The public relations materials of the Health Sciences Communications contain news clippings, news releases and media presentations
documenting the history and activities of the UCSD Medical Center and the UCSD School of Medicine. The materials are arranged
in seven series: 1) NEWS CLIPPINGS, 2) NEWS RELEASES, 3) MEDIA PRESENTATIONS, 4) SUBJECT FILES, 5) PHOTOGRAPHS, 6) AUDIO AND
VIDEORECORDINGS, and 7) PUBLICATIONS.
SERIES 1: NEWS CLIPPINGS
The NEWS CLIPPINGS series is arranged in four subseries: A) UCSD School of Medicine B) UCSD Medical Center, C) Health Sciences
Communications and D) VIP. The newspaper reports and magazine articles, collected from regional as well as national sources,
document the salient activities of both institutions. The clippings of each institution are arranged chronologically.
The Health Sciences Communications subseries contains the news clippings from both the UCSD Medical Center and UCSD School
of Medicine collected by Health Sciences Communications, as a combined office. The material dates from January 1992 to December
2001 and is arranged chronologically. The subseries also contains newsclippings related to current medical issues and important
faculty (VIP) involving UCSD.
SERIES 2: NEWS RELEASES
This series is arranged in four subseries: A) UCSD School of Medicine, B) UCSD Medical Center, C) Health Sciences Communications,
and D) Senior World. This series contains news releases from the School of Medicine, Public Affairs Office (1964-1989), and
the Public Information Office of the UCSD Medical Center (1970-1989) until their merger in 1989.
The Health Sciences Communications subseries contains public relations materials released by Health Sciences Communications
relating to the UCSD Medical Center and UCSD School of Medicine. The materials date from October 1989 to February 2000. The
subseries also includes news releases pertaining to seniors and geriatric issues.
SERIES 3: MEDIA PRESENTATIONS
The MEDIA PRESENTATIONS series is arranged in three subseries: A) Doctor's Forum, B) Health Break, and C) Health Watch.
A) The Doctor's Forum subseries contains the typescripts of medical and health related questions submitted to the UCSD School
of Medicine, Public Affairs Office, and the responses from the doctors and faculty.
B) The second subseries contain the typescripts of a program called "Health Break." The typescripts are arranged chronologically.
C) The third subseries is a collection of typescripts from a radio program called "Health Watch." The typescripts are arranged
SERIES 4: SUBJECT FILES
The SUBJECT FILES series documents the organization of various dedications and groundbreaking ceremonies for School of Medicine
and Medical Center buildings. Files also include UCSD history articles and correspondence and are arranged alphabetically.
SERIES 5: PHOTOGRAPHS
The MEDICAL CENTER PHOTOGRAPHS subseries is arranged by subject: A) Buildings, B) Events, and C) People.
A) The Buildings folders contain aerial and building progress images in the forms of negatives, black-and-white photographs,
and slides that chronicle the physical development of the UCSD Medical Center. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by
name of structure.
B) The Events folders contain images of events relating to the UCSD Medical Center, including the transfer ceremony from the
San Diego County Hospital.
C) The People folders contain group photographs of Medical Center doctors and patients.
The SCHOOL OF MEDICINE PHOTOGRAPHS subseries is arranged by subject: A) Buildings, B) Events, and C) People.
A) The Buildings subseries contains aerial and progress images in the forms of negatives, black-and-white photographs and
slides relating to the physical development of the UCSD School of Medicine. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by name
B) The Events subseries contains images of numerous commencements (including the first graduating class) as well as other
significant occasions, such as the Basic Science Building's 10th anniversary, the Basic Science building's open house, various
building dedications, and staff appreciation picnics.
C) This subseries contains group photographs of the alumni association, chancellors and provosts, and the department chairpersons.
Included in this subseries are two folders of contact sheets, attributed to photographer Stephen McCarroll, containing numerous
unidentified people. Additionally, the materials includes notebooks containing photographs of people in different research
The UCSD HEALTH SCIENCES COMMUNICATIONS subseries contains miscellaneous collected slides notebooks of UCSD Medical Center
and School of Medicine activities, people, events, and buildings.
SERIES 6: AUDIO AND VIDEORECORDINGS
The AUDIO AND VIDEORECORDINGS are UCSD produced promotional recordings for the Medical Center and the Veteran's Administration
SERIES 7: PUBLICATIONS
The PUBLICATIONS series contains newsletters and other published materials produced by the Health Sciences Communications
Subjects and Indexing Terms
University of California, San Diego. Health Sciences Communications. -- Archives
University of California, San Diego. Medical Center.
University of California, San Diego. School of Medicine.
University of California, San Diego. -- Archives