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Finding aid to the Deaf AIDS Center Collection, 1987-2011
SFH 71  
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  • Title: Deaf AIDS Center (San Francisco, Calif.) Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1987-2011
    Date (bulk): 1987-1996
    Identifier/Call Number: SFH 71
    Creator: Deaf AIDS Center (San Francisco, Calif.).
    Physical Description: 2.0 boxes (4 photograph albums + 1 DVD)
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    Abstract: The Deaf AIDS Center Collection documents the educational and social activities of the Center through photographs, flyers, and ephemera.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.


    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

    [Identification of item], Deaf AIDS Center Collection (SFH 71), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Albums donated by Frank Lester, December 2011. DVD recording of the 16th annual Deaf AIDS Memorial (December 3, 2005) donated by Daniel Sonnenfeld in 2012.

    Historical note

    The Deaf AIDS Center was founded in 1986 by Darol Nance. The original team members included St. Benedict's Church, Deaf Service Network–-North, Interpreting Service at St. Benedict's, Father Ken Canedo, Father Tom Coughlin, Garet Stark, and other staff and volunteers. In the 1990s, the Deaf AIDS Center became part of the University of California, San Francisco, Center on Deafness.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection documents the activities of the Deaf AIDS Center through albums of photographs and ephemera. The Center organized educational workshops and conferences, retreats, an annual memorial for those who died of AIDS, and quilt panel sewing bees for the NAMES Project. There is a videorecording of the 16th annual Deaf AIDS memorial service from 2005.


    The collection is arranged into two series: Series 1. Albums; and Series 2. Audiovisual Materials. The albums are arranged in chronological order.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Deaf AIDS Center (San Francisco, Calif.).--Archives
    Deaf AIDS Memorial (16th : 2005 : San Francisco, Calif.).
    Nance, Darol Frank, 1937-2012.
    AIDS (Disease)--Prevention.
    Deaf--Health and hygiene--Congresses.
    Safe sex in AIDS prevention.