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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

JUUL Labs Collection Now Available Online!


We are very happy to announce a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) resulting in an online searchable public depository of roughly 4 million internal documents from the state of North Carolina’s $40 million settlement with electronic cigarette maker JUUL Labs.

The first 280,000 documents are now available online as part of the UCSF Industry Documents Library. UNC-Chapel Hill and UCSF will publish the remaining documents monthly, concluding the project in 2025.

"The online depository was one condition of the agreement between the state of North Carolina and Juul Labs. Stein selected UNC-Chapel Hill to oversee the $1 million project. Carolina’s library in turn partnered with the UCSF Industry Documents Library, which has extensive experience managing the massive number of records involved in the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents and other collections. The Juul Labs documents will be cross-searchable with more than 18 million other documents in the Industry Document Library’s tobacco, opioid, chemical, drug, food, and fossil fuel industry archives, which have supported over 1,100 publications and had a significant impact on tobacco control and other public health policies in the U.S. and around the world."

Please check out UNC at Chapel Hill's announcement for more information about the collaboration and documents.
Thursday, December 21, 2023

Season's Greetings! 2023 in Review

As 2023 comes to a close, we’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all of our researchers for your continuing support and connection to the Industry Documents Library.

We’re grateful for your interest in industry documents and for your participation in the IDL community, whether that’s through documents research, workshops and trainings, project partnerships, or strategic planning and guidance.

Here are some of the achievements you helped us reach in 2023:

18,387,011 documents now available through IDL!

  • In collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, we continued to acquire and make available millions of documents created by Insys Therapeutics disclosed in opioid litigation as well as a new collection of DEA materials for the UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive. This brings the total number of OIDA documents to 3.1M.

  • The UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive team was honored to be the 2023 recipient of the Archival Innovator Award given by the Society of American Archivists. The Archival Innovator Award recognizes an archivist, a group of archivists, a repository, or an organization that demonstrates the greatest overall current impact on the profession or their communities.

  • With the support of the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PHRE), IDL added the new Talc Litigation Collection to the Chemical Industry Documents Archive. This initial set of 3,500 documents was obtained through investigations and lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, which alleged that the company knew its talc products contained asbestos, a known toxin linked to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

  • At the closing of the MN Tobacco Depository in 2021, we identified a number of tobacco industry files and videos that were missing from our holdings. The Minnesota Historical Society conducted a search and a major digitization project on our behalf and we are so grateful for their efforts! This year we began adding these missing files to TTID and will continue to do so through 2024.

  • We welcomed J.A. Nelson to the IDL Team this year. J.A. is our Sr Front-end Web Developer helping to build an updated version of the IDL website. More details about this rebuild will be coming in 2024!

  • This summer, we hosted one Senior Data Science Fellow, Noel Salmeron, and two Junior Data Science Fellows, Adam Silva and Bryce Quintos, in collaboration with the UCSF Data Science and Open Scholarship team. As senior fellow, Noel utilized our audiovisual materials on IDL to evaluate the transcription accuracy of digital archives and the impact on documentation along with the creation of subject words and descriptions. Read more about this project on the Archives & Special Collections Brought to Light blog.

  • UCSF Magazine wrote a wonderful piece, Corporate Strategy, National Tragedy: UCSF’s industry archives expose the marketing tactics that fueled the opioid epidemic, featuring Professor Dorie Apollonio and her work with UCSF pharmacy students using the opioid industry documents.

  • We added 18 new publications which cite industry documents to our Bibliography, bringing the total number of citations to 1,174!
2023 was a busy year for workshops and webinars!
  • In May, we delivered our Annual Tobacco and Industry Documents Workshop.
  • Also in May, we had the pleasure of participating in the joint UCSF-JHU OIDA webinar "Exploring the Opioid Industry Documents: Research Communities, Educational Opportunities, and Community Data" (recording available)
  • In August, we assisted with a workshop on Breast Cancer and Industry Documents where advocates learned about a 1-year research project uncovering what industry knew about breast cancer risk and their products as well as new methodologies for research, advocacy and journalism collaborations.

From all of us at the IDL, we wish you a safe and festive holiday season, and a healthy and hopeful New Year ahead.

Kate, Rachel, Rebecca, Sven, Melissa and J.A.
Friday, October 27, 2023

October 2023 Updates - Opioid and Tobacco Industry Documents


Collection Updates:

Opioid Industry Documents Archive
Insys Therapeutics Collection -
We added 3,600 documents to the Insys Litigation Documents collection. This set contains emails, reports and documents from 2014 discussing the many aspects of Insys's business activities, ranging from insurance pre-authorization to speakers bureau training.

The Insys collection ultimately will contain several million documents that are currently being processed chronologically.

Truth Tobacco Industry Documents

Since the closing of the Minnesota Tobacco Documents Depository in 2021, we have been collaborating with the Minnesota Historical Society to finish a comprehensive reconciliation of the Depository's holdings. With the Historical Society's assistance on site, we have been able to locate many files missing from our Tobacco MSA Collections and will be uploading documents, audio/visual materials, and other resources as we process them.

This month, we were able to complete 61 tobacco document records that had been missing videos, PDFs, and computer files for many years. Some of these documents represent batches of computer-based files or training modules that for the first time are available as downloadable ZIP files.

In addition, 32 new DATTA (Depositions and Trial Transcripts) documents were added today.

Bibliography Updates:


See all Papers and Publications written using Industry Documents



Evaluating Automated Transcription Accuracy: A Data Science Fellowship Report
It was a pleasure to work with Noel Salmeron this summer! As our 2023 Senior Data Science Fellow for the Industry Documents Library and Data Science Initiative, Noel utilized our audiovisual materials on IDL to evaluate the transcription accuracy of digital archives and the impact on documentation and the creation of subject words and descriptions for such archives.

Read Noel's Guest Post on the UCSF Archives Blog to learn more about this project.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

September 2023 Updates


Collection Updates:

Opioid Industry Documents Archive
Insys Therapeutics Collection -
We added more than 13,600 documents to the Insys Litigation Documents collection. This set contains emails, reports and documents from 2014 discussing the many aspects of Insys's business activities, ranging from insurance pre-authorization to speakers bureau training.

The Insys collection ultimately will contain several million documents that are currently being processed chronologically. Processed documents are being made public on a rolling basis with monthly releases expected in 2023–2024.

Bibliography Updates:


See all Papers and Publications written using Industry Documents
Thursday, July 27, 2023

July 2023 Updates – New Opioid Industry Documents!


Collection Updates:

Opioid Industry Documents Archive
Insys Therapeutics Collection -
We added more than 5,000 documents to the Insys Litigation Documents collection. This set contains emails, reports and documents from 2014 discussing the many aspects of Insys's business activities, ranging from sales to speakers bureau training.

The Insys collection ultimately will contain several million documents that are currently being processed chronologically. Processed documents are being made public on a rolling basis with monthly releases expected in 2023–2024.

New Documents Workshop!
What's Hiding in the UCSF Industry Documents Library about Breast Cancer?
August 23, 2023
11:30 - 1:30pm PST
Register at: https://bit.ly/475Istd



Bibliography Updates:

  • Cummings KM; Roberson A; Carroll DM; Stepanov I; Hatsukami D; Rees VW; O'Connor RJ. Illusion of filtration: Evidence from tobacco industry documents. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 2023 June 23.
  • Gac B; Yakubi H; Apollonio D. Issues arising from the study design, conduct, and promotion of clinical trials funded by opioid manufacturers: a review of internal pharmaceutical industry documents. Evidence & Policy, 2023 June 22.
  • Hedgpeth, J. The Bankruptcy of Purdue Pharma in the Wake of Big Tobacco. University of Colorado Law Review Forum 94 (1). 2023 April.
  • Šimsa Š.; Šulc M.; Skalický M.; Patel Y.; Hamdi A. DocILE 2023 Teaser: Document Information Localization and Extraction. In: Kamps, J., et al. Advances in Information Retrieval. ECIR 2023. Advances in Information Retrieval, 2023.

See all Papers and Publications written using Industry Documents
Thursday, May 25, 2023

May 2023 Updates - Opioid, Food and Tobacco Documents


Collection Updates:

Opioid Industry Documents

The UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA) added more than 34,000 documents to the Insys Litigation Documents collection. This documents drop contains emails and spreadsheets from 2014 discussing the many aspects of Insys's business activities, ranging from sales tracking spreadsheets to speakers bureau training.

The Insys collection ultimately will contain several million documents that are currently being processed chronologically. Processed documents are being made public on a rolling basis with monthly releases expected in 2023–2024.


Food Industry Documents

100 documents were added to the USRTK Food Industry collection today. These documents were acquired by US Right to Know (USRTK) during their ongoing investigations into the influence of large food and beverage companies on academic partnerships and government regulatory processes around sugary beverages and obesity, among other topics.


Tobacco Industry Documents

77 new depositions and trial testimony documents were added to the DATTA collection today. These transcripts were donated by Dr. Robert Proctor and come from his efforts as expert witness in tobacco and smokeless tobacco litigation.



Classes/Workshops:

Exploring the Opioid Industry Documents: Research Communities, Educational Opportunities, and Community Data

The recording of the May 5th webinar is now available on the event page!
Many thanks to Cecilia Tomori and Jason Chernesky for MC'ing this amazing event and to our wonderful presenters, Keith Wailoo, Kate Tasker, Adam Koon, and Gaurab Bhardwaj.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

April 2023 Updates - Insys Collection Surpasses 1.5 Million Mark!



Opioid Industry Documents Archive

The UCSF-JHU Opioid Industry Documents Archive added more than 100,000 documents to the Insys Litigation Documents collection. The documents are from 2013 and 2014 and document many aspects of Insys's business activities, ranging from sales tracking spreadsheets to speakers bureau training to Reimbursement Center emails.

This release brings the total number of public Insys documents to more than 1.5 million; the Insys collection ultimately will contain several million documents that are currently being processed chronologically. Processed documents are being made public on a rolling basis with monthly releases expected in 2023–2024.

Food Industry Documents Archive Update

735 documents were added to the USRTK collection today, bringing the total number of documents to over 41,000! These documents were acquired by US Right to Know (USRTK) during their ongoing investigations into the influence of large food and beverage companies on academic partnerships and government regulatory processes around sugary beverages and obesity, among other topics.



Spring Workshops
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Registration open for the Annual Tobacco and Industry Documents Workshop

Friday, May 12, 2023
9:30am - 2:15pm (PT)
This workshop will be a virtual event.

The UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (CTCRE) will once again hold it's annual one-day workshop on using tobacco and other industry documents for advocacy. This popular workshop highlights how lessons learned from tobacco industry documents also apply to chemical, food, drug and opiate industries.

This year, the annual Tobacco and Industry Documents Workshop is collaborating with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and Breast Cancer Action to uplift the use of the Industry Documents Library for breast cancer advocacy, campaign development, and research collaborations.

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Join us on May 5, 2023 for Exploring the Opioid Industry Documents: Research Communities, Educational Opportunities, and Community Data. This event will feature a webinar where scholars will discuss how they successfully use OIDA and other Industry Documents Library (IDL) collections.
Webinar: May 5: 8am PT / 11 am ET.

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