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UCSF Oral History Collection
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Acquisition Information
  • Additions
  • Related Materials
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: University of California, San Francisco Archives & Special Collections
    Title: UCSF Oral History collection
    Creator: Bancroft Library. Regional Oral History Office
    Creator: Rockafellar, Nancy
    Creator: University of California, San Francisco. Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine
    Identifier/Call Number: OH.2012.17
    Physical Description: 31.25 Linear Feet (approximately 6.5 linear feet of bound volumes, 16 cartons, 13 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1909-2013, bulk 1960-2011
    Abstract: Oral history interviews with faculty and staff of the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital, including transcripts, audiovisual recordings of interviews, and supplemental material. Topic areas include, among others, surgery, nursing, oncology, radiology, biotechnology, magnetic resonance imaging, medical school diversity, postwar health services, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in San Francisco.
    Language of Material: English .

    Preferred Citation

    UCSF Oral History Collection, OH 2012-17. Archives and Special Collections, University of California, San Francisco.

    Conditions Governing Access

    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. Restrictions are noted at the series level. This collection will be reviewed for sensitive content upon request. Contact the UCSF Archivist for information on access to restricted files.

    Publication Rights

    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 UCSF Library Archives and Special Collections 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.

    Acquisition Information

    Material in this collection was created and collected by faculty and staff at the University of California, San Francisco and the Regional Oral History Office of the Bancroft Library, Berkeley. Additional material donated by Nancy Rockafellar.


    Additional accruals are expected.

    Related Materials

    Related collections: Sally Hughes AIDS research collection, MSS 2001-04; Dental oral history project transcripts, MSS 89-43; Dental oral history project records, MSS 75-2; Tobacco control oral history collection, OH 2013-6; An oral historical overview of Millberry Union, AR 2007-16; UCSF Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine records, AR 2006-22; UCSF School of Medicine, History of Health Sciences materials, AR 98-72. Selections from the UCSF Oral History collection have been digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) and made available on Internet Archive.

    Biographical / Historical

    The collection includes oral histories and related material created by the University of California, San Francisco Library and Department of the History of Health Sciences and the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) of the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. Many of the interviews were conducted by Nancy Rockafellar, PhD, and Sally Smith Hughes, PhD. The published transcripts were predominantly created after 1990, when UCSF inaugurated a campus oral history project designed to interview crucial eyewitnesses to UCSF's development in the postwar years. In 1994, the project became a full-fledged Oral History Program. Sally Smith Hughes, as an interviewer with ROHO and UCSF, conducted interviews with UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital faculty and staff for the San Francisco AIDS Oral History Series. ROHO staff have been conducting oral histories since the office's inception in 1954.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection includes bound transcripts of oral history interviews, audiovisual recordings of interviews and digital media, and unpublished transcripts and supplemental material, including clippings and other printed material, photographs, research files, correspondence, and administrative records. Major topic areas within the collection include the HIV/AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, surgery at UCSF in the postwar years, nursing, biotechnology, diversity in U.S. medical schools, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and cardiovascular and cancer research at UCSF.


    The collection is arranged in three series: I. Published transcripts, 1960-2013; II. Audiovisual recordings and digital media, 1961-2012; III. Supplemental material and unpublished transcripts, 1909-2011.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    University of California, San Francisco
    Oral history