UCSF Archives and Special Collections manages and provides access to special collections, rare materials, university archives, and manuscript collections that document events, organizations, individuals, and movements that have played important roles in the health sciences, as well as industries that influence public health. Many of the materials in UCSF Archives and Special Collections have been (or will be) digitized or are born digital. Of those, a number of archival collections have been prepared and packaged as datasets, comprising data extracted from, and/or about, the collections. These archival collections datasets are made available and open for research.
This guide serves as a starting point for researchers interested in working with "archives as data" and includes brief descriptions of the form and content of selected collections:
Updates to this guide will be added as more data from archival collections is made available.
Where did UCSF Archives and Special Collections Datasets come from, and how can I find them?
UCSF Archives and Special Collections (A&SC) creates and maintains datasets comprising metadata and textual data that represent digitized and born-digital archival collections (“Collections Datasets”). In addition to providing these data for research purposes, A&SC in some cases makes available accompanying digital object files of collection materials that represent either a digitized copy of or a born-digital record (typically, these will be .pdf or .tif files). Collections datasets and accompanying digital objects are made available for free downloading via Library-hosted links. Some collection materials may also be available via Library-hosted API.
What can I do with UCSF Archives and Special Collections Datasets?
Industry Documents Library, 2021, DC Leaks Coca-Cola Emails Collection Dataset, accessed <date/time downloaded> as DC_Leaks_Coca_Cola_Emails.csv at https://ucsf.app.box.com/v/IDL-DataSets/file/484614170435. Courtesy of the UCSF Archives and Special Collections.
What if I still have a question about UCSF Library Collections Datasets?
Where can I find and learn more about Digital Collections from the UCSF Archives and Special Collections?