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Finding aid of the Sheldon Ramsdell Papers
1996-28  
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Series 1 Personal 1974-1994

Physical Description: 11 carton, 14 folders and 10 notebooks

Series Description

This series includes materials from the personal life of Sheldon Ramsdell. This series contains 19 personal journals and notebooks. These journals cover a range of topics including Ramsdell's personal struggles with AIDS, reflections on current politics and issues, news clippings, letters, and other personal information. Also found in this series are newspaper clippings about or written by Ramsdell, items from a memorial service for a friend of Ramsdell's, information about an experimental HIV treatment Ramsdell was undergoing, a play, and an Oral History of Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Finally, this series includes two photograph albums, loose color snapshots and a box of personal effects. One of the albums is by Dan Yoder, a friend of Randy Shilts, who died in 1995. The personal effects include address books, passport issued in 1968, Yoder's and Ramsdell's wallets (with personal id), a rubber stamp and several pipes.
Box: Folder 1: 1

Spiral Bound Journal 11/2/91 to 12/12/91

Box: Folder 1: 2

Spiral Bound Journal 12/10/91 to 1/9/92

Box: Folder 1: 3

Spiral Bound Journal 1/10/92 to 2/18/92

Box: Folder 1: 4

Spiral Bound Journal 2/92 to 4/1/92

Box: Folder 2: 1

Spiral Bound Journal 4/3/92/ to 7/9/92

Box: Folder 2: 2

Spiral Bound Journal 8/1/92 to 11/11/92

Box: Folder 2: 3

Spiral Bound Journal 11/13/92 to 2/2/93

Box: Folder 2: 4

Spiral Bound Journal 2/2/93 to 5/19/93

Box: Folder 3: 1

Spiral Bound Journal 6/7/93 to 6/30/94

Box: Folder 3: 2

Black Journal 8/6/89 to 10/89

Box: Folder 3: 3

Red/Black Plaid Notebook 12/6/89 to 8/15/91

Box: Folder 3: 4

Cacti Covered Journal 1/1/91 to 7/2/91

Box: Folder 3: 4

Red Cover "Community Quotations" Notebook 7/8/91 to 8/8/91

Box: Folder 3: 6

Blue Marbled Notebook 8/31/91 to 10/24/91

Box: Folder 3: 7

Notebook labeled "confidential" 5/8/92 to 7/21/92

Box: Folder 3: 8

Plaid Notebook 4/12/93 to 6/26/93

Box: Folder 3: 9

Single Subject Notebook 8/14/92 to 9/14/93

Box: Folder 3: 10

White "Reporters Notebook" 9/14/93 to 10/27/93

Box: Folder 3: 11

White "Reporters Notebook" 9/18/93 to 11/27/93

Box: Folder 4: 1

"Weather Vanes: American Dreams Lost", Oral History of the Founding of the Vietnam Veterans Against theWar 1991

Box: Folder 4: 2

Denis Bittern Memorial Service 1986

Box: Folder 4: 3

Videx Experimental AIDS Treatment Program 1989

Box: Folder 4: 4

"Maria Elena" by Hank Villate 1979-1977

Box: Folder 4: 5

Writings 1974-1989

Box 5

Carton of photograph albums, snapshots and personal effects circa 1968-1994

 

Series 2 Activism 1975-1993

Physical Description: 13 folders

Series Description

This series documents Ramsdell's participation in various causes. There are two subseries AIDS Activism and Other Causes. The AIDS Activism contains materials which illustrate Ramsdell's activities as an AIDS activist in San Francisco, particularly as a member of ACT UP Golden Gate and participating in the fight against Proposition 64, the "LaRouche Initiative" which sought to place AIDS back on the state's List of Communicable Diseases subject to Public Health law. The subseries Other Causes documents Ramsdell's participation in attempts to overturn the United States Military's ban on homosexuals and other materials particularly surrounding the formulation of President Bill Clinton's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. The rest of the materials cover several other causes including petitioning for prison reforms, outreach to religious leaders and believers, interactions with the San Francisco Human Right Commission, and analysis of 1988 Presidential Candidate Michael Dukakis' rhetoric regarding AIDS.
Box : Folder 4: 7-12

AIDS Activism

Box : Folder 4: 7

HIV information Undated

Box : Folder 4: 8

AIDS related articles and ephemera 1988-1991

Box : Folder 4: 9

Mobilization Against AIDS 1988

Box : Folder 4: 10

Proposition 64 1986

Box : Folder 4: 11

ACT UP Golden Gate 1992-1993

Box : Folder 4: 12

ACT UP, "Mayor's Call to Action on the HIV epidemic" 1990

Box : Folder 4: 13 - 4: 21

Other Causes

Box : Folder 4: 13

Gays in the Military

Box : Folder 4: 14

March on Washington 1993

Box : Folder 4: 17

Religious Outreach 1975-1993

Box : Folder 4: 18

Religious Outreach Contacts Undated

Box : Folder 4: 19

Human Right Commission 1989-1990

Box : Folder 4: 20

California Medical Facility Papers 1992-1993

Box : Folder 4: 21

Michael Dukakis Campaign Rhetoric 1988