On April 18, 1906, a massive earthquake struck San Francisco. UC facilities in the city sustained serious damage, including the destruction of the clinical teaching lab of the School of Dentistry (then called the College of Dentistry / Dental Department). As the college began to reestablish teaching activities following the disaster, dentistry faculty considered how best to manage the would-be graduating class of 1906.
College of Dentistry class of 1906. AR 2015-4 SOD records
Though further instruction immediately following the earthquake was not possible and many of the department’s student records were destroyed, the faculty ultimately decided to recommend the class of 1906 for graduation. As Dentistry Dean and Professor Guy S. Millberry noted in his key to the class photograph, the students “graduated after the Earthquake April 18 without examination.”
Guy Millberry key to the 1906 “earthquake class” photo. AR 2015-4 SOD records
Look closely at the class photograph above and you’ll notice a surprising detail: a skull in the second row (click on the image to enlarge). Millberry even includes a sketch of the skull in his key, noting its identity is unknown.
Click here to learn more about how the Affiliated Colleges (later UCSF) responded to the earthquake. The School of Dentistry records, AR 2015-4, include a number of early dentistry photographs and historical documents. Please contact us if you would like to view the material.
We recently received a great image of the School of Pharmacy (then called the California College of Pharmacy) class of 1929. It was donated by Carol J. Matteson, daughter of alumna May Elizabeth Jennings. Jennings is pictured in the third row from the top; click on the image to enlarge.
California College of Pharmacy class of 1929
We are so thankful for the wonderful UCSF alumni community and its continued support. Donations like this help build the archives and preserve the history of UCSF.
To learn more about the School of Pharmacy in the 1920s, check out material in our digital collections:
Summer is officially here and with it comes research trips! Whether you are set on visiting the UCSF Archives and Special Collections or just getting started on your plans, the UCSF Library has a number of tools that can help. Take a look at the following list and please contact us if you have any questions.
Search for archival material and rare books:
- UCSF Library Catalog – Search our rare book holdings, university archives, manuscript collections (entries include links to finding aids if available), and university publications
- Online Archive of California – Browse finding aids for manuscript collections and university archives
- Manuscript Collection Projects – Learn more about our collection projects focused on research areas including AIDS history, biotechnology, and tobacco control
View archival material and special collections online:
- HathiTrust Digital Collection – Search more than 2,000 digitized UCSF university publications, yearbooks, pamphlets, and books dating from the 16th century through the 2000s
- UCSF Digital Collections – Browse historical photographs, exhibits, and digitized documents, including our collection of cholera pamphlets
- UCSF Digital Collections on the Internet Archive – View audiovisual material, including Cambodia Protest tapes, oral histories, UCSF events, and lectures
- Homeopathy Collection – View selected digitized items from the collection
- Industry Documents Digital Library – Search millions of documents about the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries
- Japanese Woodblock Print Collection – View our digitized collection of health-related woodblock prints
- San Francisco Department of Public Health Reports – Search reports that date from 1873-1901
- Synapse Archive – View digitized issues of the UCSF student newspaper, beginning in 1957
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We’re spotlighting two images of the Mobile Dental Clinic on display now in our exhibit Many Faces, One UCSF at the UCSF Library.
The UCSF Mobile Dental Clinic program originated in the mid-1960s. Led by dental faculty including Dr. Marvin Stark, the program provided care to underserved communities in California. Today, the Mobile Dental Clinic’s tradition of service continues with the School of Dentistry externships, a program that provides practical training for dental students and patient care to California’s rural and underserved communities.
Children in line in front of the Mobile Dental Clinic, 1966. Photograph collection
In the 1960s and 1970s, the Mobile Dental Clinic treated patients in California’s Central Valley, including migrant farm workers and their children. Dentists, students, and other health care professionals traveled from site to site in buses outfitted with equipment and supplies.
Inside the Mobile Dental Clinic, 1974. Photograph collection
The work of Mobile Dental Clinic practitioners inspired students, including UCSF Dental Alumni Association Medal of Honor winner Nelson Artiga-Diaz. Artiga-Diaz would later become Assistant Dean for Community Clinics and help build the externship program.
Learn more about Artiga-Diaz and the UCSF School of Dentistry externship program here.