Guide to the Tuberculosis and Health Association Collection (Unprocessed)

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Number of Containers:  Two (2) Boxes
Linear Feet:  2.0 Linear Feet


Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Archives
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


This collection consists of photographs, scrapbooks, meeting minutes, and an x-ray ledger.


The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Preferred Citation

The Tuberculosis and Health Association Collection, The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the head of Archives at MAH.  Researchers may be responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use material not produced by museum personnel.

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History +

Santa Cruz County Tuberculosis and Health Association began operations in 1919 as a local committee of the state association, the California Tuberculosis Association. In the organization’s early years its meager funds went to help support Red Cross nurses, buy milk for malnourished patients, and help pay for tuberculosis treatments. In 1937 the organization incorporated Aptos, Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz, Soquel, and Watsonville areas. The first clinic was built in 1937, and the first x-ray camera purchased in 1944. The Santa Cruz County group, like the national organization, sold Christmas Seals every year. The county group’s operations were funded primarily by Christmas Seal sales. Between 1947 and 1949, they brought the camera to hundreds of sites throughout Santa Cruz County and parts of Monterey County. Its doctors offered free tuberculosis tests at regional schools and clinics, and also private businesses.