History and Special Collections for the Sciences
James O. Page History of EMS Collection

About the Collection

“The Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA has a division dedicated to special collections, considered among the best in the country. Jim had strong ties to Los Angeles, where his career in EMS began, and supported the Prehospital Care Research Forum at UCLA’s Center for Prehospital Care. Keeping this in mind, the James O. Page Charitable Foundation selected UCLA as the best place to archive and house Jim’s voluminous materials and serve as the spark for a unique national EMS library. After a careful search and determination that no other library of its kind existed, UCLA welcomed the opportunity. – Keith Griffiths, for the James O. Page Charitable Foundation


The James O. Page Collection seeks to document the history of emergency medical services (EMS) through the publications and archives of its founders and practitioners. Museums focus on physical artifacts and highlights of EMS history, as they should. The Page Collection, on the other hand, will build more in-depth and behind-the-scenes views of EMS history by accumulating correspondence, reports, manuscripts, educational material, speeches, ephemeral publications, personal narratives, audio files and videos. Some important and interesting documents will be digitized and made available online, and many more will be available for visiting historians, students, family members, and others. A.J. Heightman, editor-in-chief of JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) and an advisor to the Page Collection, described it best when he wrote: “We see the Collection as a touchstone to Jim’s legacy and an inspiration for generations of EMS and fire personnel to come. It will be a central collection and conversation point, bringing together the people and events that shaped this industry.

Using The Collection

History & Special Collections for the Sciences, the home for the James O. Page Collection, is open to researchers and other visitors Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and by appointment. Current information about hours and holiday closures is available on the Biomedical Library Hours page or by phone at 310.825.6940. it is always advisable to contact us before making a visit to campus, so we may retrieve the materials you want to use. Please see History & Special Collections’ Policies and Use page for details about our location, use of materials, and duplication services.


Russell A. Johnson, MA, MLS
History and Special Collections for the Sciences
Lousie M. Darling Biomedical Library
12-077 Center for the Health Sciences, UCLA
Los Angeles, California 90095-1798
310.825.6940 voice
310.825.0465 fax

Advisory Committee


Thanks to the many individuals and the following organizations for their support of the James O. Page Charitable Foundation, which in turn established the James O. Page Collection and seeded it with funds to process Page’s papers; and the James O. Page Collection Endowment at the UCLA Library, to continue building the collection and make it accessible:

Founding Benefactor Physio-Control
Legacy Sponsors

JEMS, Journal of Emergency Medical Services


Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC


National Academies of Emergency Dispatch


The RedFlash Group

Diamond Sponsors

Deccan International




Medtronic Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Armstrong Medical


CentreLearn Solutions, LLC


Excellance, Inc.




Fitch & Associates


Hartwell Medical


Leader Emergency Vehicles

Silver Sponsors



Cindy Elbert Insurance Services, Inc.