Register of the Ellen Brown Papers, 1935-81

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History --History, California --General Biological and Medical Sciences --Clinical Medicine --General

Register of the Ellen Brown Papers, 1935-81

Collection number: MSS 87-42

UCSF Library & CKM

Archives and Special Collections

University of California, San Francisco

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  • UCSF Library & CKM
  • Archives and Special Collections
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  • San Francisco, CA 94143-0840
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Processed by:
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Date Completed:
June 1990
Encoded by:
Brooke Dykman Dockter
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ellen Brown Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1935-81
Collection number: MSS 87-42
Creator: Brown, Ellen, 1912-
Extent: 8 cartons, 1 box
Repository: 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.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Received 8/87.


Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[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 of APS.

Scope and Content

Includes correspondence, lectures, syllabi.

Container List


Series I. Biographical, Personalia

Carton Ctn. 1

Appointments, promotions, retirement


Miscellaneous biographical material




Sabbatical leaves: 1958-59, 1968-69, 1975-76


Retirement celebration, Jan. 24, 1979


Career achievement award, 1986


American Men & Women of Science


Who's Who


BNDD and narcotics records for IRS


Insurance, professional liability


Series II. General Correspondence (Prior to 1977)

Carton Ctn. 1


Physical Description: (3 folders)

AHA Committee on Circulation


Cole, Sam


Crossley, Roger


Comroe, Julius H.




Davenport, Horace



Physical Description: (2 folders)

Finkielman, Samuel




Goei, Joe Siang


Goodenday, Lucy


Greenfield, A.D.M.




Hutchins, Paul



Physical Description: (2 folders)

Kagy, Ted C.


Keller, Klaus




Landis, Eugene M.



Physical Description: (4 folders)

Patel, Dali


Pearl, Norman


Phillipson, Oliver


Plassaras, George



Physical Description: (2 folders)

Rapaport, Elliot


Rosinsky, Marilyn



Carton Ctn. 2

Sampson, John J.


Smith, L.H.


Smith, Judith


Stein, Gerald (summer student fellow, 1961)


Stephens, Dorothy Anne


Swanson, Palmer John




Takagi, Kentaro



Physical Description: (3 folders)

Wennesland, Reidar


Wexler, Richard


Series III. Consultations

Carton Ctn. 2















Series IV. UCSF Medical Education

Carton Ctn. 3

Dean's Committee on Medical Education (DCME)

Physical Description: (3 folders)

Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM)


ICM 1964-66






1968-69, 1969-70






1974-75 Meyer's committee


Med 131, 1974-75, Planning, contents, etc.


Guide for course supervision, Med 132 Sept 1975


Med 131,132, 1977-78


ICM 1978-79, 1979-80


Bayard Collyear's project for ICM


Misc. ICM correspondence, internal


Misc. ICM correspondence, external


Med 131 data base


Annual guide to Med 132: Exhibits


Quarterly guide to Med 132: exhibits


ICM part II, 1966-67


ICM 131 A-B-C, 1975-76


ICM 132A, fall 1975-76


ICM 132 B-C , 1975-76

Physical Description: (2 folders)

ICM 131,132, inventory 1976-77




Correspondence re recruiting


Faculty assignments


Faculty scheduling: program problems, 1973-74


Faculty scheduling, 1974-75


Faculty scheduling, 1975-76

Carton Ctn. 4

FRS, 1973


FRS 1975-76


FRS 1977-78


FRS 1978-79


FRS 1985


Rendezvous and parking


Schedules, 1975


Schedules, 1974


Schedules, 1973


Schedules, 1972


Schedules, 1971


Schedules, 1970


Schedules, 1969


Schedules, 1968


Schedules, 1967


XM 1971-72


ICM 131 1967-68 course, faculty evaluations


ICM 131 1968-69 course, faculty evaluations


ICM 131 1969-70 course, faculty evaluations


ICM 131 1970-71 course, faculty evaluations


ICM 131 1971-72 course, faculty evaluations


ICM 131 1972-73 course, faculty evaluations


ICM 131 1974-75 course, faculty evaluations


ICM 131 1976-77 course, faculty evaluations


ICM 132 1973-74 course, faculty evaluations


ICM 132 1974-75 course, faculty evaluations


ICM 132 1975-76 course, faculty evaluations


ICM 132 1976-77 course, faculty evaluations


ICM 132 1977-78 course, faculty evaluations


Course evaluations: other courses


Correspondence: auditors


ICM 1974-75 fall-winter: tests, grades

Access Information


ICM 1974-75 spring: tests, grades

Access Information

Carton Ctn. 5

ICM 1973-74, Tests, grades

Access Information


Class of 1976: grades

Access Information


Elimelech, J.

Access Information


Sophomores, 1973-74: grades

Access Information


ICM summer, 1973


ICM fall, winter 1973


Freshmen 1973-73


Robert Scott, summer 1972


MED 132, 1972-73


Photographs, class of 1975


ICM student grades, etc. 1972-74

Access Information


ICM student grades, etc. 1972-74

Access Information


Med 131 1971-72 grades, etc.

Access Information


Med 132 1971-72 grades, etc.

Access Information


Photographs, class of 1972


Series V. School of Medicine Faculty Committees

Carton Ctn. 5

Committee on Advanced Standing


Committee on Admissions, 1978-79


Committee on Admissions, 1979-80


Committee on Admissions, 1980-81


Curriculum Inventory 1977


Curriculum Inventory 1979


Curriculum, S/M 1976-77


Subcommittees on Curriculum, 1976-77


Subcommittees on Curriculum, 1975-76


Subcommittees on Curriculum, 1974-75


Final report to Subcomm. on Curriculum, 1969


Instructional improvements grant

Carton Ctn. 6

Liaison Comm. Medical Education, 1978-79


Joint Medical Program: report, general correspondence, 1979-80


Basic Clinical Course Operations Subcomm. (BCCO) 1974/75-1976/77


BCCOS 1974/75


BCCOS 1973/74


BCCOS 1971-72


BCCOS 1970/71


BCCOS 1977


Med I schedules


Med II schedules


Educational Media Resources Advisory Subcomm., 1980-81


Schedule and space, 1979-82


Classroom planning project, 1980-


Mary Morrow Fund prize


Tillie Leake Fund


Series VI. Lectures, etc.

Carton Ctn. 6

Syllabus, lectures


Circulation as a whole


Failure of the circulation


Heart failure and chest pain


Capacity function etc.


Disturbances of arterial pressure & BP exercise


Perfusion & drainage disturbances of limbs


Disorders of venous system




Teaching slides [glass]


Series VII. Reviews, Manuscripts

Carton Ctn. 6

Manuscripts, books and theses reviewed


Theses reviewed


Longhurst thesis


Manuscripts submitted for publication


Altman, Philip L.


American Lecture agreements


Paul Ashton: Bataan Diary


Series VIII. Research

Carton Ctn. 6

Swanson's experiments


David Ciraulo's project


Lawrence Jacobson's project


Summary of Pearl's work


Material on nephrotics (Pearl's work)


Scott May's project


Roger Farrell's project


Right heart catheterization - adult nephrosis


Equipment inventory


Mercury gauge - preliminary studies


Peripheral vascular lab procedures, compilation (excluding blood volume)


Plethysmography procedures

Carton Ctn. 7

Research grant 221901-0272 approval


Radioisotope applications


Consent to procedures, signed 1963-68


Consent to procedures, signed 1970-71


Consent to procedures, signed 221901 0272, 1972


Consent to procedures, signed 221901A-0872, 1972


Consents for radiochromium


Prospective subject application (completed forms)


Student health service approvals


Series IX. Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI)

Carton Ctn. 7

CVRI inactive


Lectures CVRI seminars


Sample vasodilation test


Vascular Clinic/Laboratory


Blood flow, etc.




Vascular tests for patients: 1969


Vascular tests for patients: 1968


Vascular tests for patients: 1967


Vascular tests for patients: 1966


Vascular tests for patients: 1965


Vascular tests for patients: 1964


Vascular tests for patients: 1963


Vascular tests for patients: 1962


Vascular tests for patients: 1961


Peripheral vascular lab


Monograph: regulation of blood volume


Paper: vascular volume


Log of experiments, 1962-67


Blood volume method, prediction


Paper: foot up-tilt


Finkielman's experiments: summary


Melman - Morelli project


Orthostatic hypotension & hypoaldosteronism


Papers: unpublished ("for lack of time and energy")


Notes (on 3x5 cards): Patients, diagnosis cross file

Box Box 1

University High School diploma, copy of transcript


Charts for blood pressure apparatus


Stamps for patient history/diagnostic charts (4)


Recording syphgmomanometer {housed in Artifact Collection}