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Zinn, Nancy Whitten

MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • Murray Gottlieb Prize Jury, Member, 1992–1993
  • Doctoral Fellowship Jury, Member, 1987–1989
  • Committee on Oral History, Member, 1977–1983; Chair, 1980–1983
  • Chapter Council, Member, 1980–1982
    • Ad Hoc Committee on Compliance, Chair, 1981–1982
  • MLA Oral History Project, National Library of Medicine, Principal Investigator, 1980–1983
  • Ad Hoc Handbook Consultants Panel, Member, 1977–1981
  • Honors and Awards Committee, Subcommittee on the Murray Gottlieb Prize, Member, 1975–1979; Chair, 1978–1979
  • Curriculum Committee, Member, 1975–1976
  • Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Goals and Structure of the Medical Library Association, Member, 1970–1974
  • Membership Committee, Chair
  • History of the Health Sciences Section, Chair, 1970–1972
    • Directory Committee, Chair, 1973–1974
    • MLA Nominating Committee, Candidate, 1973–1974, 1982–1983
  • Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group
    • Chapter Archivist
    • Chaper Council Representative, 1980–1982
    • President, 1970–1971

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, 1998
  • Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences, 1994
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals, Distinguished Member, 1991
Other Awards
  • Archivists and Librarians in the History of Health Sciences (ALHHS), Lisabeth M. Holoway Award, 1997
  • Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group, Award for Professional Excellence, 1997
  • Academy of Certified Archivists, 1991–1994
Other Accomplishments and Activities
  • Interviewer, MLA Oral History Project; interviews include Estelle Brodman, Bertha Hallam, Ann E. Kerker, John LoSasso, Frank Rogers, Donald Washburn, and Helen Yast
  • Institute for Historical Study, Berkeley, CA, Membership Chair; Board of Directors, Member, 1994–1998, 2001–2011
  • American Association for the History of Medicine, Member, 1966– ; Council, Member, 1990–1993
  • Society of American Archivists, Member, 1974–1993; Sci-Tech Health Care Round Table, Chair, 1991–1993
  • Archivists & Librarians in the History of Health Sciences (ALHHS), Member, 1976–
    • Local Arrangements Committee, Member, 1991–1992
    • Publications Committee, Member, 1986–1990; Chair, 1987–1990
    • President, 1977–1979
  • Society of California Archivists, Member, 1974–1993
    • Council, Member, 1977–1979, 1993–1995
  • American Library Association, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Member, 1981–1993
    • Local Arrangements Committee, Member, 1992
  • Bay Area History of Medicine Club, Member, 1966–1993
    • Secretary, 1988–1997
    • Executive Council, 1986–1997

Publications (5 representative)

Articles published in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association or Journal of the Medical Library Association are available via PMC.

  • Zinn NW. NCNMLG: 50 years of challenge, change and continuity 1947–1997. Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group; 1997.
  • Zinn NW. Documenting AIDS: the role of the university and other agencies. In: Harden VA, Risse G.  AIDS and the historian. Bethesda, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services; 1991.
  • Zinn NW. Special collections, archives, manuscripts and oral history. In: Handbook of medical library practice. 4th ed. volume 3. Chicago, IL: Medical Library Association; 1988.
  • Zinn NW. Cholera and the books: a selection from the collections of Reinhard S. Speck, M.D. Special Collections, The Library, University of California–San Francisco; 1987.
  • Bishop D, Roberts J, Zinn NW. Bibliographic control of medical illustrations—a case study in the development of a library subsystem: I. project planning. Bull Med Lib Assoc. 1983 Jul;71(3):263–8. II. project implementation. Bull Med Lib Assoc. 1983 Jul;71(3):269–73. [cited 15 Sep 2012]


  • Librarian Emeritus, Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California–San Francisco,  1993–
  • University Archivist, Library, University of California–San Francisco, 1974–1993  
  • Head, Special Collections, Library, University of California–San Francisco, 1966–1993
  • Head, Circulation and Reference, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 1963–1965
  • Library Trainee, Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philaelphia, PA, 1960–1961
  • Junior Reference Librarian, New Haven Free Public Library, Philaelphia, PA, 1979–1960

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • PhD candidate, History of Health Sciences, University of California–San Francisco, 1983–1993
  • Internship in Medical Librarianship, Emory University, 1962–1963 (USPHS awardee)
  • MSLS, Drexel University, 1962 (Beta Phi Mu)
  • MA, History, Bryn Mawr College, 1959
  • BA, History, University of Delaware, 1957 (with Honors & Phi Kappa Phi)

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