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Finding Aid to the Bobbi Campbell Diary, 1983-1984
MSS 96-33  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Bobbi Campbell diary
    Date (inclusive): 1983-1984
    Collection Number: MSS 96-33
    Creator : Campbell, Robert
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 box Linear feet: .25
    Repository: The UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management, Archives and Special Collections
    University of California, San Francisco
    530 Parnassus Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94143-0840
    Phone: (415) 476-8112
    Fax: (415) 476-4653
    Email: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collres/archives/contactform.html
    URL: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collres/archives/
    Abstract: The diary of Bobbi Campbell, nurse, nurse practitioner student, and self-identified "AIDS Poster Boy." Campbell was one of the first, and most public People with AIDS (PWA's), speaking at numerous conferences and other events. The diary runs from July 1983 through February 1984 and is a very frank description of his life and activities during these seven months. Numerous snapshots are also included in the collection.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/ .

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manager of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
    Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bobbi Campbell Diary, MSS 96-33, The UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management, Archives and Special Collections, University of California, San Francisco.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Related Collections

    MSS 96-31 Angie Lewis Papers
    MSS 98-39 Marcus A. Conant Papers
    MSS 2000-31 AIDS History Project Ephemera Collection
    MSS 2000-32 AIDS History Project Audio/Video Collection

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Campbell, Bobbi
    Kaposi's sarcoma
    AIDS (Disease)--Nursing--United States
    AIDS (Disease)--Patients
    AIDS (Disease)--Political aspects
    AIDS (Disease)--Social Aspects--United States
    Social Action--United States
    Gay culture
    University of California San Francisco

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Bobbi Campbell's diary was given to Sally Smith Hughes by Angie Lewis, in connection with interviews for The AIDS Epidemic in San Francisco: The Response of the Nursing Profession, 1981-1984, Volume II, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1999. Sally Smith Hughes then donated the diary to the UCSF Library in 1996.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Julia Bazar in 2006.

    Biographical Information

    Bobbi Campbell was born January 29, 1951. He was "thirty-one and a half" when he started this journal on July 28, 1983. He was one of the early men diagnosed with AIDS. Bobbi Campbell worked as a nurse and then sought further training as a nurse practitioner. Campbell also lectured and appeared at conferences and symposia as the "AIDS Poster Boy," and was active with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists of a handwritten diary kept by Bobbi Campbell, nurse, nurse practitioner student, and self-identified "AIDS Poster Boy." Campbell was one of the first, and most public People with AIDS (PWA's), speaking at numerous conferences and other events. The diary runs from July 1983 through February 1984 and is a very frank description of his life and activities during these seven months. Numerous snapshots are also included in the collection.
    The diary chronicles his life during this period, including speeches to various groups about living with AIDS and the concerns of People with AIDS (PWA's), his other travels and recreational activities, and his relationship with his partner, Bobby Hilliard. Besides date, Campbell also noted the time of his entries using a 24 hour clock, for example, the first entry starts 17:20 July 28, 1983, corresponding to 5:20 p.m. of that day, sometimes several different times are recorded under one date, meaning that he made multiple entries at various times during that day. The diary includes many frank references to drug and alcohol use and sex.
    In addition to the diary itself, the collection contains two folders of loose material removed from the diary. First are 5 pieces of paper including menus from two dinner parties, an announcement of a Radical Fairies gathering, and a spoof of the announcement. The other folder contains the snapshots that were stashed between many of the journal's pages. Only a few are identified and they appear to have been randomly placed or to have been moved, since the photos of identifiable events are often nowhere near the corresponding written description. Photographs removed from between the same pages have been kept together in photo envelopes within the folder. Where identification is obvious it is noted on the envelope.