New Collections on Calisphere

Earlier this year the California Digital Library revealed a revamped Calisphere site, offering improved access to and usability for thousands of digital items of historical significance contributed by institutions from across California. Alongside University of California partners such as UCSF, California State University Libraries, public libraries, museums and historical societies are making digital resources more discoverable than ever. The Calisphere site itself features excellent search and filter functions, and items can also be discovered through the Digital Public Library of America and even through Google searches.

UCSF is currently adding items and collections to the site, beginning with newly digitized items from the Eric Berne Papers, Lawrence Crooks Radiologic Imaging Laboratory Records and the UCSF Black Caucus Records. Other collections include the Japanese Woodblock Print Collection, the Tobacco Free Project  (SF Department of Public Health Records), and selections from UCSF’s Photograph Collection. We’re also moving items over from our Omeka site so that all of UCSF’s digitized items can be accessed in one place.

The release of the new Calisphere site also coincides with the implementation of a new Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) connected to Calisphere, that with help from CDL, allows us to have an efficient workflow for managing, preserving and publishing digital items.


You can find UCSF’s collections through the “Contributing Institutions” link at the top of the page. Each collection features a gallery view with thumbnails of the items, with options to filter and sort search results and sets by an number of different facets including date, item type and collection number.

Calisphere’s new user-friendly features include clearly laid-out item information and a nice co-mingling of academic and social media functions to “Get Citation” “Tweet” and “Share on Facebook”. There are also helpful links back to the Contributing Institution page and Collection page and links to the finding aid on the Online Archive of California. The new design is very easily searchable, navigable and easy on the eyes.


We’ll have more items coming online in the next month or so keep an eye out. Take a look around the site, send us your feedback and enjoy!

UCSF Archives Coloring Book

We created a coloring book featuring illustrations from fifteenth to nineteenth-century rare books housed in the UCSF Archives and Special Collections. Coloring reduces stress, inspires creativity, and it’s just plain fun. You can scroll through a few of the images below and download the entire book for free here. Happy coloring!

We would love to see your finished creations. Tweet your pictures @ucsf_archives and use #ColorOurCollections.

Ketham, Joannes de. The Fasciculo di medicina, Venice. 1493. Find it at the UCSF Library:

Ketham, Joannes de. The Fasciculo di medicina, Venice, 1493.

Konrad, von Megenberg. Buch der Natur. 1482. Find it at the UCSF Library:

Konrad, von Megenberg. Buch der Natur, 1482.

Ryff, Walther Hermenuis. Omnium humani corporis partium… 1541. Find it at the UCSF Library:

Ryff, Walther Hermenuis. Omnium humani corporis partium…, 1541.


Bartisch, Georg. Ophthalmodouleia. 1583.

Download the complete UCSF Archives and Special Collections Coloring Book

Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting

We’ll be out of the office at the end of this week, April 7-9 for the Annual General Meeting of the Society of California Archivists.

It’s a Northern California year, archivists from across California will be gathering in Santa Rosa for three days of tours, workshops and sessions.

Highlights include a workshop and case study presentations on Stanford’s ePADD email processing project, a lunchtime talk on San Francisco street food, and especially pertinent for us a plenary address by Sonoma State history professor Michelle Jolly on connecting the current generation of students with an awareness of archives and primary sources.

Local institutions opening their doors for tours include Sonoma State University Special Collections, Santa Rosa Junior College Archives and the Charles Schulz Museum

We’re looking forward to learning and sharing a lot, we’ll be back on Monday, April 11.


Hot air balloons in Santa Rosa, Calif.