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Guide to the Robert L. Day collection, 1872-2012, bulk 1925-1990
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  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Access Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Provenance
  • Processing Information note
  • Arrangement note

  • Title: Robert L. Day collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2011.23
    Contributing Institution: University of California, San Francisco
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 40.0 linear ft. (45 boxes, 5 cartons, 15 reels of film/videotape, 5 oversized volumes, 2 rolled items, 1 framed portrait)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1925-1990
    Date (inclusive): 1872-2012
    Abstract: The materials in this collection were gathered by Robert L. Day, PharmD, who served as a faculty member and later as associate dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco from 1962 until his retirement in 2012. The collection documents significant topics including the establishment of the School as the California College of Pharmacy in 1872; pharmacy curriculum development; the Clinical Pharmacy Program; school events; and alumni activities and remembrances.
    Creator: Day, Robert L., 1934-
    Selected digitized images from this collection.


    Robert L. Day received his PharmD degree from the UCSF School of Pharmacy in 1959, and joined the faculty as assistant clinical professor of pharmacy in 1962. During his long and active career Day served as vice chair of the Department of Pharmacy (now the Department of Clinical Pharmacy) and, at the School level, as assistant dean for student affairs, associate dean for continuing education and professional affairs, and associate dean. He continued to teach pharmacy practice courses until 1998.
    Day’s leadership in the UCSF School of Pharmacy and in numerous local, state, and national pharmacy associations has been widely recognized through numerous prestigious awards including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UCSF Pharmacy Alumni Association; the Walter K. Arkush Award from the Pharmaceutical Society of San Francisco; the Linwood E. Tice Friend of ASP Award from the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists; and the Hugo H. Schaefer Award from the American Pharmacists Association. He was inducted into the California Pharmacists Association Hall of Fame in 2010.
    Day is the founder and chapter author of the APhA Handbook on Non-Prescription Medication, and was instrumental in the design and creation of the state-of-the-art Thomas A. Oliver Informatics Resource Center (IRC) at the School of Pharmacy.
    For decades he gathered and kept safe items related to the history of the UCSF School of Pharmacy and brought that history to life through alumni newsletters and personal retellings. Upon his departure from UCSF after more than 50 years of service Day generously donated his collection to the University.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains papers and artifacts gathered by Robert L. Day which relate to the history of the UCSF School of Pharmacy and to pharmacy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Materials include correspondence, School reports and academic plans, administrative records, publications, ephemera, audio-visual recordings, photographs, slides, scrapbooks, and artifacts documenting the history and activities of the School of Pharmacy and its students from 1872 through 2012.
    Also of interest are letters from dozens of School of Pharmacy alumni, who wrote to Day to record their memories of the School during the early and mid-twentieth century.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Library & Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish or quote from material must be submitted in writing to the UCSF Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Library & 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 researcher.

    Access Restrictions

    Collection is open for research. The UCSF Archives and Special Collections policy places access restrictions on material with privacy issues for a specific time period from the date of creation. Access to student records is restricted for 75 years from the latest date of the materials in those files. Access to records that contain personal and confidential information about an individual or individuals is restricted for 75 years from date of creation or until the death of the individual mentioned in the records, whichever is longer. Access to medical records is restricted for 100 years from the latest date of the materials in those files. Restrictions are noted at the file level. Contact the UCSF Archivist for information on access to these files.

    Preferred Citation note

    Robert L. Day Collection, 1872-2012, MSS 2011-23. Archives and Special Collections, University of California, San Francisco.


    Donated to the UCSF Archives and Special Collections by Robert L.Day in 2012-2013.

    Processing Information note

    The collection was processed, arranged, and described by Kate Tasker in 2012-2013. Detailed processing and digitization for these materials were made possible by generous support from the UCSF School of Pharmacy.

    Arrangement note

    The collection is arranged as 12 series: Series I. California College of Pharmacy, 1872-1978; Series II. UCSF School of Pharmacy, 1954-2008; Series III. Histories, 1907-2010; Series IV. Papers of Deans and Faculty, 1949-2012; Series V. School Events, 1972-2008; Series VI. Alumni Activities, 1893-2008; Series VII. Pharmacies and Pharmaceutical Associations, circa 1893-2006; Series VIII. Audio-Visual Materials, 1953-2012, undated; Series X. Artifacts, undated; Series XI. Oversized Materials, 1889-2010, undated; Series XII. Restricted Material, 1948-2010.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Daniels, Troy C. (Troy Cook), 1899-1985
    Goyan, Frank, 1908-1981
    Goyan, Jere, Dean, 1967-1992
    Jorgensen, Eugene C., 1923-1981
    Koda-Kimble, Mary Anne
    Leake, Chauncey Depew, 1896-1978
    Pratt, Robertson, 1909-1976
    Strait, Louis A., 1907-1975
    California College of Pharmacy
    California Pharmaceutical Society
    Clinical Pharmacy
    University of California, San Francisco. School of Pharmacy