Monday, June 24, 2019FOSSILFUEL

UCSF Library Launches New Fossil Fuel Industry Documents Archive

More than 1,000 internal documents from the fossil fuel industry illustrating strategies to cast doubt on climate science and delay policy action are now available for public research in UCSF's Industry Documents Library. The documents, which were collected over two decades by the Climate Investigations Center, include internal memos, reports, correspondence and scientific studies from major fossil fuel corporations and related organizations which detail the industry's research and reaction to anthropogenic climate change beginning in the 1950s to the present.

"This inaugural Fossil Fuel Industry documents collection marks the beginning of what we hope will grow into a comprehensive living archive to aid us in making sense of drivers of climate change and its unprecedented long-term threats to human and environmental health," says Dr. Yogi Hendlin, Research Associate with the UCSF Environmental Health Initiative, Assistant Professor at the Erasmus School of Philosophy and Core Faculty for the Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity Initiative at Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

The documents will be preserved for long-term public access and can be searched alongside the Industry Documents Library's existing collections of 15 million documents from the tobacco, drug, chemical, and food industries, allowing users to examine information related to industry-funded scientific research, marketing and public relations strategies, and influence on policies and regulations affecting public health.

The library collects internal documents made available through public document disclosure in litigation, public records requests, archival files, and research investigation. IDL worked with the Climate Investigations Center to preserve and provide access to the documents collected for the Center's online ClimateFiles database. "This partnership with UCSF elevates our ClimateFiles project to the next level," says Climate Investigations Center Director Kert Davies. "With the Industry Documents Library's state of the art search engine and unrivaled archival skills, expert researchers from far and wide will now be able to dig into these documents we have been gathering for some 25 years."

The Industry Documents Library was created at the University of California, San Francisco in 2002 to house millions of pages of documents produced during litigation against the tobacco industry in the 1990s. Evidence found in the documents was used by dozens of state Attorneys General to hold tobacco companies accountable for the public health crisis caused by smoking, and to negotiate the Master Settlement Agreement in 1998. More than seven million visitors have accessed the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents since they were made publicly available by the UCSF Library, and the collections have been instrumental in furthering tobacco control research and education for over a generation. The Industry Documents Library has expanded to include documents from the drug, chemical, food, and now fossil fuel industries to preserve open access to this information and to support research on the commercial determinants of public health.

A variety of online research tools are available for navigating the collections, including full-text searching, a detailed bibliography, and access to the API for building and analyzing large data sets. The Library is committed to preserving and providing long-term public access to industry documents for the benefit of scientists, community advocates, journalists, policymakers, attorneys, and others engaged in improving and protecting the public’s health.

For further information or to contribute documents please contact UCSF Industry Documents Library staff at or @industrydocs.
Friday, June 14, 2019DRUGFOODTOBACCO

5,600+ New Industry Documents Posted in Tobacco, Food and Drug Archives

Tobacco Industry Documents:
3189 new documents added

Drug Industry Documents:
A new set of documents from Paxil litigation demonstrate the ghostwriting of a medical article for a core journal. Includes communication between Sally Laden of the now-shuttered medical communications company, Scientific Therapeutics Information, Inc, (STI), SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, and Charles Nemeroff (as well as other academics/physicians) in the course of crafting an article for GSK's study 352 (A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Comparison of Imipramine and Paroxetine in the Treatment of Bipolar Depression) earmarked for publication in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Food Industry Documents:
2634 documents were added to the USRTK Food Industry Collection. This set of documents concern the activities of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), a global organization funded by large multinational food and beverage companies, including Coca-Cola. ILSI was founded in 1978 by Alex Malaspina, a vice president at Coca-Cola. The communications between ILSI and academic researchers at U.S. universities illustrate the network connecting for-profit food and beverage companies with scientific experts who produce research and recommendations affecting government policy and regulation.

New Papers and Publications:
The IDL Bibliography added 5 new papers written using Tobacco and Food Industry Documents.

Monday, May 20, 2019TOBACCO

Tobacco Industry Documents Added to IDL

115 new Tobacco Industry Documents were posted to IDL:
Thursday, April 18, 2019TOBACCO

New Tobacco Industry Documents Posted

5807 New Tobacco Documents were added to the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents today!

Friday, March 22, 2019FOODTOBACCO

5000+ New Industry Documents Posted

Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Update:
1362 tobacco industry documents were added to IDL this week! Includes: Food Industry Documents Archive Update:
4,346 documents were added to the William Darby Papers this week. William Darby was a member of the National Academy of Science and became President of the Nutrition Foundation, a major processed food trade group which included sugar companies. Acquired from Vanderbilt University, these selected papers include nutrition science committee records, correspondence within the field, and public relations files on sugar and food additives. This batch brings the total holdings in our Darby Collection to over 40,000 documents!
Friday, March 15, 2019FOODTOBACCO

What do Kool-Aid and Marlboro have in common? The tobacco industry...

A new paper out this week in the BMJ reveals how the tobacco industry applied their marketing tactics to sugar sweetened beverages and turned generations of children into customers.

Nguyen Kim H, Glantz Stanton A, Palmer Casey N, Schmidt Laura A. Tobacco industry involvement in children’s sugary drinks market BMJ 2019; 364 :l736.

Kim H Nguyen of UCSF's Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and colleagues Laura Schmidt, Casey Palmer and Stanton Glantz dug into the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents to show that many of today’s leading children’s drink brands were once owned and developed by tobacco companies. The tobacco companies initially acquired soft drink brands to diversify and documents show they applied marketing strategies aimed at kids (colors, flavors, cartoon characters) to promote and develop the brands. Although the brands have since been sold to food companies, the marketing techniques remain in use.

New York Times piece on the article:
Jacobs, Andrew. How Big Tobacco Hooked Children on Sugary Drinks - New York Times, March 14, 2019

Example = The Evolution of Advertising for Hawaiian Punch
Evolution of advertising for Hawaiian Punch

Friday, February 22, 2019CHEMICALFOOD

28,000+ New Food and Chemical Industry Documents Uploaded

It's been a busy month for our Food Industry Documents Archive!
  • The New York Times Coca-Cola Collection contains 1700 documents with more to come. Donated by NYT journalist Anahad O'Connor, these documents shed light on the Coca Cola backed non-profit group Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN), an organization that aimed to promote physical activity instead of reduced sugar consumption as a solution to chronic disease and obesity.
  • Over 23,000 new documents were added to the William Darby Papers Collection
  • 3,900 new documents were added to the Great Western Sugar Company Collection

Chemical Industry Documents Archive
We are pleased to announce the addition of the PFAS Collection to our Chemical Industry Documents Archive. This initial set of internal documents, donated by the film team behind "The Devil We Know," discuss the toxicity of C8, pending litigation, and DuPont's messaging around the exposure levels found in the buildings and surrounding areas.

Public Lectures/Talks
We had a number of well-attended and compelling talks showcasing our Food Industry and Chemical Industry Archives last year. We now have the videos of these public events posted permanently under Public Lectures on our Research Tools tab. We hope to continue to provide these talks as new collections and industry archives are added.

Bibliography Additions
New papers added to the Bibliography include:

  • Maani Hessari,Ruskin, McKee & Stuckler. Public Meets Private: Conversations Between Coca-Cola and the CDC. Milbank Quarterly, 2019.
  • Crosbie, Bialous, Glantz. Memoranda of understanding: a tobacco industry strategy to undermine illicit tobacco trade policies. Tobacco Control, 2019.