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Guide to Oral Histories in Medicine and the Health Sciences


Archives and Special Collections
Library and Center for Knowledge Management
University of California, San Francisco


530 Parnassus St.
San Francisco, California 94143-0840


(415) 476-8112

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Access and Services

The bound transcripts in the circulating collection are available for interlibrary loan. Archives and Special Collections staff provide reference service and limited photocopying for the interviews housed in that unit.


The UCSF Library holds a range of oral history interviews of UCSF faculty and staff. Often, series of interviews were conducted in conjunction with specific projects. Series include: Response to the AIDS epidemic; UCSF Surgeons; UCSF Dentists; and Biotechnology. For many of the interviews, bound transcripts are available in the Library's circulating collection; some of these are also available online. Some interviews are available only as unbound transcripts or tapes housed in Archives and Special Collections.


50 volumes of bound transcripts; 51 unbound transcripts. UCSF's Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine has an active Oral History Program ( Several transcripts are in progress and expected to be deposited in the Library within the next year.

Collection Description


Material Type

At this point the oral histories are audio only. We expect to receive video oral histories in the future, however.


There are only restrictions on the unbound transcripts and tapes; these must be used in Archives and Special Collections under supervision. Some of the interviews in housed in Archives and Special Collections have time-based restrictions on access.


Yes. Some are available on the web: AIDS History Project oral histories are listed at Several oral histories of UCSF faculty are available online through UC Berkeley's Regional Oral History Office, and listed at