Inventory of the UCSF Oral History Collection OH.2012.17

University of California, San Francisco Archives & Special Collections
530 Parnassus Ave
Room 524
San Francisco, CA 94143-0840

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


Published transcripts 1960-2013

Scope and Contents

Series includes approximately 6.5 linear feet of bound volumes of published oral history transcripts. These transcripts have been individually cataloged as part of the "Oral History Collection" in the UCSF Library catalog. Interviews include John Clements (Cardiovascular Research Institute), Robert Crede, Robert Fishman (neurology), W.F. Ganong, Clark Kerr, Morton Meyer, Nicholas Petrakis (cancer research), Rudi Schmid, Lloyd Holly Smith, Malcolm Watts, Serafeim "Sam" Masouredis, William Silen (surgery), Theodore Schrock (surgery), Robert Aird (neuroscience), Leslie Latty Bennett, Harry Althouse, Ellen Brown (Cardiovascular Research Institute), Edward Shaw (communicable disease), Alexander Margulis (radiology), Richard Havel (Cardiovascular Research Institute), UCSF Administrators regarding diversity in US medical schools (Haile Debas, Rudi Schmid, and Lloyd Holly Smith), Allen Johnson (surgery in the postwar years), Paul Ebert (pediatric cardiology), John Najarian (renal transplant), Benson Roe, J. Englebert Dunphy, Alfred A. De Lorimier (pediatric surgery), F. William Blaisdell, The AIDS Epidemic in San Francisco: The Medical Response 1981-1984 (series with Selma Dritz, Mervyn Silverman, Donald Abrams, Marcus Conant, Andrew Moss, Arthur Ammann, Paul Volberding, Constance Wofsy, Donald Francis, Merle Sande, John Ziegler, Herbert Perkins, Deborah Greenspan, John Greenspan, Warren Winkelstein, and Jay Levy), The AIDS Epidemic in San Francisco: The Response of Community Physicians 1981-1984 (series with Richard Lee Andrews, James Campbell, James Groundwater, Paul Monahan, Steven Follansbee, Robert Bolan, and William Owen), The AIDS Epidemic in San Francisco: The Response of the Nursing Profession 1981-1984 (series with Michael Helquist, Jeannee Parker Martin, Helen Schietinger, Gary Stephen Carr, Angie Lewis, Diane Jones, Clifford Morrison, Gayling Gee, Grace Lusby, and Diane Miller), William J. Rutter (biotechnology and biomedicine), Herbert Boyer (Genentech), Morris Collen (Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program), Earl Warren Oral History Project with Portia Bell Hume (community mental health services), George J. Wood, Robert (Bob) Day (pharmacy), Chauncey Depew Leake, Francis Adrian Sooy, Karl F. Meyer (with recollections by Sanford Elberg, Julius Schachter, Lucile Foster, and James Steele), John A. Watson, John S. Wellington, Leon Rosenberg, Bernard Nelson, Fernando Mendoza, Roy Maffly, Philip R. Lee, Julius Krevans, UCSF Faculty regarding diversity in U.S. medical schools (with Isidore Edelman, Richard Havel, Melvin Grumbach, and Robert A. Fishman), Albert Shumate, Homer Surbeck and Margaret Hart Surbeck (with Marie Porter, May Lee Young, Dorothy Heer, Carleton Williams, Helen Williams, Tom Young, and the INDNJC board), Elbridge Best, Robert Langley Porter interviewed by Edna Tartaul Daniel.
cartons 1-2, 15, boxes 1-11

Audiovisual recordings and digital media 1961-2012

Scope and Contents

Series includes audiovisual recordings of oral history interviews and other digital media. The series is arranged by format and name of oral history subject. Many of the interviews were conducted and recorded by Nancy Rockafellar.
box 1

Audiocassettes A-C 1990-2004

Scope and Contents

Interviews include Robert Aird, Harry Althouse, Mitsu Arakawa with John Hoenninger, Nancy Ascher, Leslie Bennett, F. William Blaisdell, Herbert Boyer, Joseph Carlson, Orlo Clark, and Lawrence Crooks.
box 2

Audiocassettes C-J 1977-2004

Scope and Contents

Interviews include Lawrence Crooks, Haile Debas, Alfred A. De Lorimier, Georgeanne Donaldson, Paul Ebert, William Ehrenfeld, Elsa Engle, George Foster, Jacob Geiger, Frank Hanley, John Hoenninger, T.K. Hunt, and Ernest Jawetz.
box 3

Audiocassettes J-M 1976-2004

Scope and Contents

Interviews include Alan [Allen] Johnson, Hilliard Katz, Leon Kaufman, Julius Krevans, Chauncey Depew Leake, Philip Lee, Roy Maffly, and Steven Mathes.
box 4

Audiocassettes M-S 1976-2003

Scope and Contents

Interviews include Steven Mathes, Sam Masouredis, Barry McCarten?, Louis Messina, John Merchant, Marybeth Monti, John Najarian, Doug Ortendahl, Karen Pearson, Benson Roe, Leon Rosenberg, Theodore Schrock, William Silen, and Jay [Jerome] Singer.
box 5

Audiocassettes S-Z 1986-2003

Scope and Contents

Interviews include Jay [Jerome] Singer, Lloyd Holly Smith, Lawrence Stark, Jesse Steinfeld, Ronald Stoney, Robert Warren, John Watson, George J. Wood, and Zakchiem Memorial [Bernard Zakheim].
box 6

School of Nursing audiocassettes 1965-1969

Scope and Contents

Audiocassettes recorded in 2005 from original tape reels of interviews. Interviews include Pearl Castile, Amy MacOwen, Mary Pickering Baker, Emily Spangler, Helen Nahm, and Mildred Newton.
box 7

Physician Book Collectors of the Bay Area audiocassettes and slides 1985-1986

Scope and Contents

Audiocassettes and slides (photographs) of oral histories with physician book collectors of the San Francisco Bay Area. Interviews include Art Lyons, Norman Reider, Albert Shumate, Ann Sproul (Speck), Ralph Kellogg, Sandor Burstein, Reinhard Speck, Roxburghe Talk, Frank Novak, John B. de C.M. Saunders, and Meyer Friedman.
box 8

Reel-to-reel audiotapes of Chauncey Depew Leake interview 1976

boxes 9-11

Floppy disks 1990-1999

Scope and Contents

Floppy disks include oral history transcript drafts, final versions, and other related documentation.
carton 1, carton 2

Reel-to-reel audiotapes 1961-1973 and undated

Scope and Contents

Audiotape reels (some housed in 16mm film can boxes). Interviews include Robert Aird, Philip Arnot, Gregory Bard, Elbridge Best and Base Hospital 30 World War I, Karl (Carl) Bowman, Henry Brainerd, George S. Campion, William Carter, Frederick Cordes, Leela Craig, Mary Crawford, Elizabeth (Betty) Davis, Roberto Escamilla, Herbert Evans, Seymour Farber, Jacob Geiger and Bell, Minnie Goldberg, Michael Hogan, Hood nephew of Hugh Toland, M. Schindler reading the diary of Eugene Kilgore of Base Hospital 30 in World War I 1918-1919, Chauncey Depew Leake, Maurice Leonard, Hans Lisser, Max Marshall, Robert Martin, Stacy Mettier, Thekla Mitchell granddaughter of Richard Beverly Cole, Charles A. Noble, Jr., Sidney Olsen, Ernest W. Page, Robert Langley Porter, Rees B. Rees, Jr., WA Reilly, John J. Sampson, M. Schindler, Edward B. Shaw, Maurice Sokolow, Robert Stone, Mary Pickering Baker (with Helen Nahm, Dean of the School of Nursing), Karl Bowman memorial service, Pearl Castile, Mary Crawford, Elizabeth (Betty) Davis, Amy MacOwen, Harriet Gutermute Phelps, John B. de C.M. Saunders, Mildred Newton, and Emily Spangler.
carton 2

Floppy disks undated

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) data, Brainin, Just, Dr. Wood, William Rutter, and Harry Althouse.
carton 2

Microcassette of Benjamin F. Tofflemire interview undated

carton 2

Compact discs of Robert Stone and Gregory Bard interviews 2012

carton 2

VHS and U-matic videocassettes 1976-1987 and undated

Scope and Contents

Contains: Toland Hall mural tour by Chauncey Leake; Dr. Wood's 91st birthday celebration, June 1987; An Interview with Dr. Chauncey Leake by Don Macon, part of the History of Texas Medical Center Series for the University of Texas System Cancer Center; Historical frescos and Toland Hall mural tour by Chauncey Leake; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – A Pictorial History of the UCSF Campus by Dr. John A. Sapone, January 1977.
carton 2

Removable hard disk cartridge "Conversations with Robert Aird" 1995

carton 2

Audiocassettes circa 1998

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Allen Johnson, Vincanne Adams, Theodore (Ted) Schrock, Dorothy Porter, and Linda Green.
carton 2

Nancy Rockafellar DVD "UCSF Oral History"

Scope and Contents

Includes digital files, including transcripts, related to Oral History archives, Surgery Phases 1 and 2, Diversity in US Medical Schools, Philip Lee, Surbeck Project, and miscellaneous other interviews. DVD received 2016.
carton 15

Audiocassettes of UCSF history website interviews 2007

Scope and Contents

Audiocassettes of interviews conducted by Nancy Rockafellar in preparation for the creation of the UCSF history website. Interviews include Troy Daniels, William (Bill) Kerr, Bob Derzon, Robert (Bob) Day, and John Greene.
carton 15

Audiocassettes 1994-2007

Scope and Contents

Audiocassette recordings of oral history interviews conducted by Nancy Rockafellar. Interviews include Ralph Kellogg, Richard Gowen (as part of the Margaret Surbeck Oral History Project, including information about instruments), Philip Lee, Roy Maffly, Williams and Heer (as part of the Margaret Surbeck Oral History Project), Bernard Nelson, Lawrence Way, UCSF's Institute for Health Policy Studies roundtable, Diversity in United States Medical Schools series with Julius Krevans, Lloyd Holly Smith, Melvin Grumbach, and UCSF Black Caucus roundtable including Philip Lee, Leon Rosenberg, Margaret Surbeck Board roundtable and Marie Porter, and Fernando Mendoza.
cartons Cartons 3-14, 16, boxes 12-13

Supplemental material and unpublished transcripts 1909-2011

Scope and Contents

Series includes unpublished and/or unedited transcripts and other material collected or created during the oral history process. Includes administrative records and legal releases, research subject files, clippings and other printed material, correspondence, and photographs. Some material related to the UCSF History of Health Sciences department also included. The bulk of the material was donated by Nancy Rockafellar. Files are arranged alphabetically by subject, predominantly oral history interview name.

Conditions Governing Access

There is restricted material in carton 7. Contact the UCSF Archivist for information on access to these files.
cartons 3-6

Files B-W

carton 3

B-F files 1946-2003

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Gregory Bard, John Clements, Mary Crawford, Haile Debas, Isidore Edelman, Stanley Erpf, and George Foster.
carton 4

F-H files 1950-2004

Scope and Contents

Subjects include George Foster, Melvin Grumbach, and Richard Havel.
carton 5

H-M files 1940-2005

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Richard Havel, Ernest Jawetz, Hilliard Katz, Ralph Kellogg, Philip Lee, Alexander Margulis, and the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Bioengineering series, including interviews with Lawrence Crooks and other members of the Radiologic Imaging Laboratory and Radiology Department material. The MRI series also includes interviews conducted by Bettyann Kevles with Raymond Damadian, Peter Mansfield, Alan Cormack, and Leon Kaufman. Per instructions from Nancy Rockafellar, Kevles interviews are to be used for research only, not to be published.
carton 6

M-W files 1918-2008

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Alexander Margulis, John Merchant, Marybeth Monti, George Rockrise interviewed by Joseph Martin, Edward Shaw, Lloyd Holly Smith, Robert Stone (Radiology Department), Margaret Hart Surbeck and Homer Surbeck, Hulda Thelander, Benjamin Franklin Tofflemire interviewed by Arthur Lundblad, Malcolm Watts, Eddie (E.) Leong Way, George J. Wood (includes his World War I dog tag), and the School of Nursing series, including summaries of interviews by Marilyn Flood of Amy MacOwen, Pearl Castile, Emily Spangler, Mildred Newton, and Mary Pickering Baker.
cartons 7-14, box 12

2016 addition: Files A-W

carton 7

A files 1955-2011

Scope and Contents

Includes administrative records and miscellaneous supplemental material. Files include grants, interview checklists and reports, correspondence, and subject research.
carton 8

A-B files 1944-1999

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Robert Aird, Harry Althouse, Nancy Ascher, Leslie Bennett, Elbridge Best, Mary Betlach, and Frank William Blaisdell.
carton 9

B files 1909-2001

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Herbert Boyer and Ellen Brown.
carton 10

C-E files 1917-2006

Scope and Contents

Subjects include California State Journal of Medicine, Chronology and History of UCSF project with Gunter Risse and Nancy Rockafellar, Orlo Clark, John Clements, Robert Crede, Haile Debas, Alfred De Lorimier, Diversity in US Medical Schools (series with John Wellington, John Watson, Philip Lee, Julius Krevans, Haile Debas, Rudi Schmid, Molly Sutphen, Lloyd Holly Smith, Isidore Edelman, Robert Allen Fishman, Richard Havel, and Melvin Malcolm Grumbach), John Englebert Dunphy, Paul Ebert, Isidore Edelman, and William Ehrenfeld.
carton 11

F-L files 1934-1999

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Robert Fishman, Willard Fleming, Peter Forsham, George Foster, Franklin Hospital, William Ganong, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound project, Melvin Grumbach, Richard Havel, Frank Hinman, History of Health Sciences department, Thomas K. Hunt, Ernest Jawetz, Allen Johnson, Hilliard Katz, Leon Kaufman, Ralph Kellogg and White Mountain high-altitude research, Clark Kerr with Morton Meyer, Lloyd Holly Smith, and Marian Gade, and Philip Lee.
carton 12

L-R files 1937-2004

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Philip Lee, Alexander Margulis, Serafeim (Sam) Masouredis, Fernando Mendoza, Morton Meyer, Microbiology Department, John Najarian, Bernard Nelson, Pain Clinic and Francis Schiller, Ben Pavone, Nicholas Petrakis, Radiobiology Lab and World War II human radiation experiments, Benson Roe, Leon Rosenberg, and William Rutter.
carton 13, box 12

R-S files 1916-1999

Scope and Contents

Subjects include William Rutter, San Diego County Health Board and Union, Rudi Schmid, Theodore Schrock, John Severinghaus, Edward Shaw, William Silen, Lloyd Holly Smith, Jesse Steinfeld and Laboratory of Experimental Oncology, Ronald Stoney, and Surgery Series research and administrative records (including files related to social hygiene, vice, and public health).
carton 14

T-W files 1990-1999

Scope and Contents

Subjects include Hulda Thelander, Therapeutics course, Alex Ullrich, UCSF fundraising campaign "Strength to Strength," UCSF Public Affairs clipping packets, John Watson, Malcolm Watts, Eddie Leong Way, Lawrence Way, David Wood, and miscellaneous UCSF oral history project materials from Nancy Rockafellar.
carton 16, box 13

2017 addition

Scope and Contents

Additional material from Nancy Rockafellar added in 2017. Subjects include Keith Yamamoto, Frank William Blaisdell, Philip R. Lee, Institute for Health Policy Studies, Langley Porter, Elbridge Best, and the Diversity Series with the UCSF Black Caucus, John Wellington and others.