San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Office Records

1982-1994


Descriptive Summary

Title: San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Office Records
Dates: 1982-1994
Collection Number: SFH 4
Creator/Collector: San Francisco (Calif.). AIDS Office.
Extent: 66 cubic feet
Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
Abstract: Records documenting the formation and activity of the AIDS Office, including files of the Director of Public Health prior to the AIDS Office's creation in 1985, followed by successive Directors of the AIDS Office itself, records from each of the five branches of the AIDS Office, and records documenting the contracts process with community-based organizations.
Language of Material: English

Access

The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist.Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

Preferred Citation

San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Office Records. San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

Acquisition Information

Transfer; Special Collections, University of California, San Francisco; May 14,1997.

Biography/Administrative History

The AIDS Office (AO) of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is responsible for all non-acute AIDS activities administered by the city, including surveillance, research, administration and oversight of much of the city, state, and federal funding of AIDS-related services; coordination of non-acute care services for people with AIDS (PWAs) and HIV+ people; coordination of AIDS education and prevention programs; and planning and policy development related to AIDS for the city. Information the AO collects is also passed on to appropriate state and federal offices (CDC, NIH, etc.) to help them understand what is occurring with AIDS and AIDS-related services in San Francisco. It was formed in 1985 from the merging of the AIDS Activities Office (formed in 1984) and the AIDS Surveillance Unit of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control.

Scope and Content of Collection

Records documenting the formation and activity of the AIDS Office, including files of Directors of Public Health, Mervyn Silverman and David Werdegar, prior to the Office's creation in 1985, followed by successive Directors of the Office itself; records from each of the five branches of the AIDS Office, including Fiscal Services, Health Services, Prevention, Research, and Surveillance; and records documenting the contracts process, including grant requests, Request for Proposals (RFPs) from and contracts with community-based organizations, working folders, contract processing and development files, reports, and other materials. Includes substantial material on programs and organizations funded by Ryan White CARE Act, which provides federal money for AIDS services.

Indexing Terms

AIDS (Disease) -- California -- San Francisco -- History.

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