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Guide to the Constance Wofsy Papers
MSS 98-51  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Wofsy (Constance)Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1980-1991
    Collection number: MSS 98-51
    Creator: Wofsy, Constance
    Extent: 2 cartons

    2.5 linear feet
    Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections.
    San Francisco, California 94143-0840
    Abstract: Constance Wofsy M.D. (1943-1996) was a prominent physician, researcher, and leader in the HIV/AIDS field. The collection contains correspondence, research papers, journal articles, travel arrangements, teaching material, and audio/visual material.
    Physical location: Archives
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research. Series 17:Patient-Related Material is restricted.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Library & Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Archives & Special Collections. 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 reader.

    Preferred Citation

    Constance Wofsy Papers, MSS 98-51, Archives & Special Collections, UCSF Library & CKM

    Acquisition Information

    The Constance Wofsy Papers were transferred to Archives & Special Collections from San Francisco General Hospital in 1998.


    Constance Wofsy M.D.(1943-1996) was a UC San Francisco professor of medicine, as well as the associate chief of infectious diseases, and co-director of the AIDS Program at San Francisco General Hospital. Wofsy was a leader in the fight against AIDS from the beginning of the epidemic. She was recognized internationally for her research and leadership in AIDS care. Wofsy created and directed the APEX Training Program (AIDS Provider Education and Experience). The program brought AIDS caregivers from around the world to study at SFGH to learn about the latest in HIV/AIDS care. Wofsy was an advocate for women with AIDS and worked to establish new protocols for their treatment. She co-founded AWARE (Association for Women's AIDS Research and Education), a community-based organization that worked with women at high risk for contracting HIV. Wofsy established relationships with leading corporations in San Francisco to provide education and to develop teaching materials and videos to train their employees about AIDS and AIDS discrimination in the workplace. Wofsy served as co-investigator of the Women's Interagency HIV study of the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as chairperson of the communications committee for the Sixth International Conference on AIDS in 1990, as American chair of the First Sino American Conference on HIV in Beijing, and as program director of the WHO Eastern European HIV Training Program. Wofsy was the founding chair of the Women's Health Committee of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group of the NIH and won the FREDDIE Award in 1992 and the CINE Golden Eagle Award for the production of a documentary film for AIDS education called "HIV and the Health Care Worker." Her many awards included being selected as the 12th Anniversary Honoree of the Equal Rights Advocates in 1986, as the Annual Dinner Honoree of the Harvey Milk Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club in 1987, and receiving a Career Achievement Award from the Women's Faculty Association and the UCSF Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women in 1994.
    Wofsy received her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley in Bacteriology in 1964. She received her masters degree from UC Berkeley in Bacteriology/Immunology in 1966. She received her medical degree from the University of Southern California in 1971.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection covers the period 1980 to 1991, and documents various aspects of Constance Wofsy's career as a physician, researcher, and leader in the fight against AIDS.
    The materials in this collection fall into seventeen series: Biographical Material, Contract and Grants, General Correspondence, Journal Correspondence, Articles, UCSF Department of Medicine, Research, Teaching, Associations, Committees, Travel, Appointment Books, Financial Papers, Bulletins, Miscellaneous, Audio/Visual, and Patient-Related Material.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    AIDS (Disease)--History--California--San Francisco
    Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome--Epidemiology--California
    Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome--History--California
    Physicians--California--San Francisco
    AIDS (Disease)--Patients--Care
    Wofsy, Constance B.

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