Finding aid of the Jorge Cortiñas Papers

Josué Hurtado
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
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San Francisco, California 94105
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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Finding aid of the Jorge Cortiñas Papers

Collection number: 1998-42

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

San Francisco, California
Processed by:
Josué Hurtado
Date Completed:
March 2006
Encoded by:
Josué Hurtado and Rebekah Kim
© 2006 The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Jorge Cortiñas Papers
Dates: 1989-1994
Collection number: 1998-42
Creator: Cortiñas, Jorge
Collection Size: 2 manuscript boxes 1 linear foot
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Abstract: Papers of ACTUP activists Jorge Cortiñas covering a variety of topics including materials relating to HIV status and immigration, and HIV and people of color
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jorge Cortiñas Papers, 1998-42, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Library by Jorge Cortiñas

Biography

Between 1989 and 1991 activists in San Francisco spearheaded a campaign to lift all HIV-related restrictions on immigration into the United States. Jorge Cortiñas was a leader in this movement through his involvement in both ACT-UP San Francisco/Golden Gate's Immigration Working Group and in the Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights and Services (CIRRES) HIV Task Force. Cortiñas and other activists from these organizations participated in a number of "zap" actions and protests designed to raise awareness of HIV-related immigration policy. In 1991, ACT-UP and CIRRES helped organize a campaign that criticized the choice of location for the 8th International Conference on AIDS, scheduled for Boston in 1992. Activists demanded that the conference be relocated unless United States' discriminator policy on immigration was altered.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of material covering political actions and organizing carried out by ACT-UP and CIRRES, along with a number of materials covering the struggle over immigration and the international AIDS conferences. The collection begins with a short series of files with general ACT-UP materials, including clippings, flyers, and stickers. This is followed by over a dozen files covering actions and press conferences related to the immigration issue. These files include flyers, press releases, notes for speeches, and press accounts. The next group of files covers the immigration issue, with materials which appear to come from both ACT-UP and CIRRES. These files include letters and position papers produced by ACT-UP and CIRRES, as well as materials from many other organizations. Finally there are clippings files relating to immigration, as well as correspondence files. While the substance of the collection extends only to 1991, there are some newspaper clippings from 1992 and 1993 which appear to have been collected by ACT-UP.
The collection is organized into 6 series: ACT-UP Subject Files, Actions, Immigration Subject Files, Miscellaneous Clippings, and Correspondence.
The series ACT-UP Subject Files (1989-1990) consists of various ACT-UP materials, including clippings, flyers, and stickers. Also found in this series is an untitled script for a play regarding immigration and AIDS. There are also two folders of materials from the Los Angeles and New York chapters of ACTUP.
The series Actions (1989-1991)consists of materials covering actions and press conferences, many concerning to HIV and immigration. The materials in this series are made up of flyers, press releases, notes for speeches, press accounts, and clippings.
The series Immigration Subject Files (1989-1994) contains materials from ACT-UP and CIRRES mostly on the topic of HIV and immigration. These files include letters and position papers, correspondence, and clippings as well as materials from several other organizations.
The series International AIDS Conferences (1990-1991) contains materials related to Cortiñas activities in response to the 6th, 7th, and 8th International AIDS conferences.
The series Miscellaneous Clippings (1989-1993)includes AIDS related newspaper clippings collected by Cortiñas, with particular focus on AIDS related activism.
The series Correspondence (1990-1991) includes correspondence arranged in chronological order

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
AIDS
San Francisco (Calif.)
AIDS Activists
Immigration
People Of Color

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Collection Contents

 

Series 1. ACT-UP Subject Files 1989-1990

Physical Description: 8 folders

Series Description

This series consists of various ACT-UP materials, including clippings, flyers, and stickers. Also found in this series is an untitled script for a play regarding immigration and AIDS. There are also two folders of materials from the Los Angeles and New York chapters of ACTUP.
Box: Folder 1: 1

Stickers, handbook, and postcards

Box: Folder 1: 2

Miscellaneous Flyers 1989

Box: Folder 1: 3

Untitled Script re. AIDS and Immigration

Box: Folder 1: 4

AIDS Service Providers Mailing List

Box: Folder 1: 5

SIDA Y Latinos Clippings 1990

Box: Folder 1: 6

ACT-UP History Clippings 1990

Box: Folder 1: 7

New York 1991

Box: Folder 1: 8

Los Angeles 1989

 

Series 2. Actions 1989-1991

Physical Description: 18 folders

Series Description

This series consists of materials covering actions and press conferences, many concerning to HIV and immigration. The materials in this series are made up of flyers, press releases, notes for speeches, press accounts, and clippings.
Box: Folder 1: 9

Opera Action September 1989

Box: Folder 1: 10

Castro "Sweep" October 1989

Box: Folder 1: 11

Golden Gate Bridge Action 1990

Box: Folder 1: 12

INS Action February 27, 1990

Box: Folder 1: 13

INS Phone Zap March 1990

Box: Folder 1: 14

Speaking Across Borders June 17, 1990

Box: Folder 1: 15

Press Conference June 18, 1990

Box: Folder 1: 16

March and Rally June 19, 1990

Box: Folder 1: 17

"Target Sullivan" October –December, 1990

Box: Folder 1: 18

Immigration Working Group Handout May, 1991

Box: Folder 1: 19

Porter Zap Action May, 1991

Box: Folder 1: 20

Press Conference May 30, 1991

Box: Folder 1: 21

Press Conference May 31, 1991

Box: Folder 1: 22

INS Headquarters Action June 17, 1991

Box: Folder 1: 23

Immigration Protest June 26, 1991

Box: Folder 1: 24

Phone Zap Action July 7, 1991

Box: Folder 1: 25

Speak-Out July 20, 1991

Box: Folder 1: 26

"Queer Rage" October, 1991

 

Series 3. Immigration Subject Files 1989-1994

Physical Description: 5 folders

Series Description

This series contains materials from ACT-UP and CIRRES mostly on the topic of HIV and immigration. These files include letters and position papers, correspondence, and clippings as well as materials from several other organizations.
Box: Folder 1: 27

INS, ACT-UP Immigration Working Group 1989-1990

Box: Folder 1: 28

INS, Statement and Position Papers, Various Organizations 1989-1991

Box: Folder 1: 29

Charles McCane Letters 1991

Box: Folder 1: 30

Immigration Restrictions, Research 1989-1991

Box: Folder 1: 31

INS, Clippings on Travel Ban Policy 1990-1994

 

Series 4. International AIDS Conferences 1990-1991

Physical Description: 14 folders

Series Description

This series contains materials related to Cortiñas activities in response to the 6th, 7th, and 8th International AIDS conferences.
Box: Folder 1: 32

Sixth International Conference on AIDS 1990

Box: Folder 1: 33

7th International Conference on AIDS 1991

Box: Folder 2: 1-6

8th International Conference 1990-1991

 

Series 5. Miscellaneous Clippings 1989-1993

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Description

This series includes AIDS related newspaper clippings collected by Cortiñas, with particular focus on AIDS related activism.
Box: Folder 2: 7

Miscellaneous Clippings 1989-1991

Box: Folder 2: 8

Miscellaneous Clippings 1992-1993

 

Series 6. Correspondence 1990-1991

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Description

This series includes correspondence arranged chronologically.
Box: Folder 2: 9

Incoming 1990-1991

Box: Folder 2: 10

Outgoing 1990-1991