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Finding Aid to the William Bronston Papers, 1961-2008
BANC MSS 2002/227c  
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Description
The William Bronston papers, 1961-2008, reflect Bronston's active role in the movements for human and disability rights, most notably exposing violations of treatment and care at Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York (1970s) and advocacy for Sandra Jensen's equal right as a person with disabilities to receive an organ transplant (1994-1997). The majority of the collection relates to Bronston's professional activities starting as the founder of the Student Health Organization (SHO) while attending medical school at the University of Southern California, his participation in numerous events in support of disability rights, and his creation of projects to provide youth leadership programs such as Project Interdependence and The Tower of Youth. There are also records of Bronston's employment with the California State Departments of Health (DOH), Developmental Services (DDS), and Rehabilitation (DOR). The collection consists of correspondence, organization records, speeches, writings, testimonies, legal documents, biographical information, publicity materials, personal papers, photographs, posters, and audio/visual materials.
Background
Born and educated in Los Angeles, California, William Bronston received his Medical Degree at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, completed an Internship in Pediatrics at Los Angeles Children's Hospital, and was a resident in psychiatry at Menninger's in Topeka, Kansas.
Extent
Number of containers: 68 cartons, 2 oversize boxes, 5 oversize folders Linear feet: 88.4
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
Availability
Collection is open for research.