Scope and Content
Title: Ellen Brown Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1935-81
Collection number: MSS 87-42
Creator: Brown, Ellen, 1912-
Extent: 8 cartons, 1 box
University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections
San Francisco, California 94143-0840
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Ellen Brown papers, MSS 87-42, Archives & Special
Collections, UCSF Library & CKM
Ellen Brown was born in San Francisco, CA, April 30, 1912, the daughter of Warner Brown,
PhD, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, and Jessie Milliken Brown, a high school
teacher and botanist. She attended Emerson Elementary School in Berkeley, and University
High School in Oakland. In 1934 she received her undergraduate degree, B.A., came from
the University of California, Berkeley; her M.D. from the School of Medicine in 1939.
Dr. Brown served her internship at the San Francisco Hospital, 1938-39, and was Asst.
then Chief Resident at the University of California Hospital, 1939-43. During this period
she was also Asst. physician at the Cowell Memorial Hospital, 1940-42. Her academic
appointment at UCSF began with clinical instructor, 1943-44, and from instructor to
Assoc. professor, 1946-59, becoming professor of medicine in 1959. She held this post
until her retirement in 1977. She was a founding member and senior staff member of the
Cardiovascular Research Institute. Dr. Brown was instrumental in the revision of the
Medical School curriculum in the 60s and 70s, and for the design and implementation of
the very successful Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses, introduced at that time.
In 1944-46 Dr. Brown was a Commonwealth Fund fellow in the Department of Physiology at
Harvard Medical School. Some ten years later, in 1958, she was a Guggenheim Fellow at
Oxford University. Her research interests included capillary pressure and permeability,
blood volume and vascular capacity; cardiac failure; cardiac complications of pregnancy,
and peripheral circulation in relation to pain syndromes and vascular diseases. She has
written or co-authored a number of papers in these fields.
As an academic physician and research physiologist, Dr. Brown was a member of many
professional societies. Among them are the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, the American Federation of Clinical Research, the American Physiological Society
(APS), the New York Academy of Science, and the American Heart Association. She was a
founding member of the Western Society for Clinical Research and of the Circulation Group
Scope and Content
Includes correspondence, lectures, syllabi.