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David Berman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 5294

Content Description

Teaching documents (lecture notes, exams, CDs and DVDs of lectures), biographical documents and awards, typescripts of papers, photographs.


  • 1980 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical note

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Cell and Neurobiology, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Dr. David Berman (November 4, 1917 - March 8, 2014) was a beloved educator in pharmacology who taught USC medical students for 60 years (1952 to 2012). His brilliance as a teacher is evidenced by more than 45 teaching awards. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in pharmacy, and a PhD in pharmacology at USC. He retired at age 70, and was rehired annually to teach pharmacology to first- and second-year medical students as "emeritus" every year for an additional 24 years. He said, "being with students keeps you young -- you pick up on their energy and excitement." [Source:; Los Angeles Times obituary, March 10, 2014]


6 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials



David Berman (1917-2014) was a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Cell and Neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine, where he taught pharmacology for 60 years. The papers contain Dr. Bermans lecture materials, including notes, exams, CDs and DVDs of lectures, biographical documents and awards, typescripts of papers, and photographs.

Processing Information

The collection is unprocessed.

Finding aid for the David Berman papers
Sue Luftschein
2015 January
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 2022 July: Bo Doub created container records for boxes 2-6 during Grand Archives shelf-reading.

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States