February 2003

Grant Results


Starting in November 2001, the University of California, San Francisco Library set up a searchable, online database of some 10-million tobacco industry documents released to the public by legal settlements between the National Association of Attorneys General and the tobacco companies.

Key Results

  • The University of California, San Francisco purchased, install and configure the computer systems and network equipment to develop and launch the digital Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.
  • On January 31, 2002, the library became available to the public. It offers searching, viewing and downloading of more than 4 million documents. These documents relate to scientific research, manufacturing, marketing, advertising and sales of cigarettes, and other topics, generally dating from the 1950's to recent years.

    They include the contents of tobacco industry Web sites and two collections from the Tobacco Control Archives at the University of California, San Francisco as of July 1999 (see Appendix 1). Newer material will be added to this library over time. An advisory board oversees the library (see Appendix 2).

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $500,000 in grant support for this work between November 2000 and February 2002.

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Creating a Tobacco Document Archive


University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco,  CA)

  • Amount: $ 500,000
    Dates: November 2000 to February 2002
    ID#:  039166


Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D
(415) 476-3893

Web Site


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Appendix 1

(Current as of the time of the grant; provided by the grantee organization; not verified by RWJF.)

Document Collections Included in the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library, September 2002

  • Tobacco Institute [1950–2000]
  • Council for Tobacco Research [1950–1998]
  • Lorillard [1950–2001]
  • RJ Reynolds [1950–1999]
  • Philip Morris [1950–2001]
  • Brown & Williamson [1950–2001]
  • American Tobacco [1950–1999]
  • Mangini ("Joe Camel") [1950–1996]
  • University of California, San Francisco Brown & Williamson [1950–1992]

Appendix 2

(Current as of the time of the grant; provided by the grantee organization; not verified by RWJF.)

Legacy Tobacco Documents Library Advisory Board

Michele Bloch, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Officer
National Cancer Institute/Tobacco Control Research Branch
Bethesda, Md.

Cynthia Hallett
Executive Director
Americans for Nonsmoker's Rights
Berkeley, Calif.

Jon Ferguson
Managing Attorney
Chandler Franklin & O'Bryan
Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Daniel Greenstein
Director, Digital Library Federation
University Librarian and Executive Director
California Digital Library
Washington, D.C.

Robert Horton
State Archivist
Minnesota Historical Society
State Archives Department
St. Paul, Minn.

Richard Hurt
Director, Nicotine Dependence Center
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Medical School
Rochester, Minn.

Kelley Lee
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street
London, United Kingdom

Richard E. Lucier
Librarian of the College
Dartmouth College
Hanover, N.H.

Reagan Moore, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Data Intensive Computing
San Diego Supercomputer Center
UC San Diego
La Jolla, Calif.

Paulette Murphy, M.L.I.S.
Manager, Technical Information Center
Office on Smoking and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Ga.

Steven Schroeder, M.D.
President and CEO
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton, N.J.

Chitra Subramaniam
World Health Organization-Tobacco Free Initiative
Geneva, Switzerland

Roberta Walburn
Attorney at Law
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
Minneapolis, Minn.

Kenneth Warner, Ph.D.
Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health and
Director, University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network
Department of Health Management and Policy
School of Public Health
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

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(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)


Butter K, Rider C and Schmidt H. "Building Digital Tobacco Industry Document Libraries at the University of California, San Francisco Library/Center for Knowledge Management," in D-Lib Magazine, September 2002.

World Wide Web Sites

www.legacy.library.ucsf.edu provides a searchable database of tobacco industry documents. University of California, San Francisco.

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Report prepared by: Jan Hempel
Reviewed by: Antonia Sunderland
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Karen K. Gerlach