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Brown & Williamson Collection: History and Description


Thousands of pages of the Brown & Willamson Tobacco Corporation documents were donated unsolicited to the UCSF Tobacco Control Archives in 1994. These documents consist primarily of scientific studies on the addictive nature of nicotine and other health effects of tobacco smoke. These materials have been the subject of a suit in San Francisco Superior Court in which Brown & Willamson sought to permanently remove the disputed material from the Library. The University of California contends all of the documents are in the public domain and should be available to scholars and other interested parties. On May 25th, 1995 the Superior Court ruled that these documents should be made available for public review. Brown & Williamson appealed that decision, and on June 23, 1995, the Court of Appeals refused a temporary restraining order preventing release of the documents. On June 29, the California Supreme Court rejected the company's appeal allowing UCSF to release the documents.


Inclusive Dates: 1957-1991
5 cubic feet (paper records)

These files consist of photocopies of documents which were sent to Stanton Glantz by a person calling him/herself "Mr. Butts". The papers contain scientific information regarding the health effects of cigarette smoking, the addictive nature of nicotine, and the search by Brown and Williamson for a "safer cigarette". They consist of internal reports, research results and data, correspondence and internal memos, proceedings of conferences, meeting minutes and agendas, and technical information about the contents of cigarettes, including lists of additives and pesticides.


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