This collection contains documents that were donated unsolicited to the UCSF Tobacco Control Archives in 1994. They consist primarily of scientific studies on the addictive nature of nicotine and other health effects of tobacco smoke.
Brown & Williamson sought to permanently remove the disputed material from the Library with a suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court. The University of California contended that the documents were in the public domain and should be available to scholars and other interested parties. The Court ruled that these documents should be made available for public review. Brown & Williamson appealed that decision but the California Supreme Court rejected the appeal allowing UCSF to release the documents.