Finding aid of the Bay Area Physicians For Human Rights Records

Amy Gilgan
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 Bay Area Physicians For Human Rights Records

Collection number: 1998-44

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

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

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bay Area Physicians For Human Rights Records
Dates: 1979-1995
Collection number: 1998-44
Creator: Bay Area Physicians For Human Rights
Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Abstract: Internal documents, activities, and correspondence document BAPHR's health care advocacy for gay, lesbians and bisexuals from 1979-1995.
Physical location: Stored at the Archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco, California.
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Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.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], Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights Records, 1998-44, The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Library by Chuck Meltzer, 19 January 1999. Meltzer obtained BAPHR organizational material through his long-term association with the organization and as president of the BAPHR Board of Directors.

Organizational History

The Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights (BAPHR) is a physicians' organization devoted to improving health care for gays, lesbians and bisexuals. Founded in the homophobic climate of 1977, BAPHR also provides support and information to health care professionals. BAPHR spawned a national organization, American Association of Physicians for Human Rights (AAPHR) in 1981. AAPHR then came to be called the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA).
In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, BAPHR offered free information and HIV screening at their annual Health Fair. BAPHR works in conjunction with other health advocacy groups on a local and national level. In 1989, BAPHR joined forces with the AIDS Task Force of the San Francisco Medical Society to advocate a needle exchange program for the city of San Francisco.

Scope and Content of Collection

Meeting notes, BAPHR publications, reports, awards, BAPHR Health Fair documents, fundraising letters, photo, banner, correspondence and documents from related organizations, 1980-1995 (1.5 linear feet) chronicle the activities of the Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights (BAPHR). This collection illustrates how BAPHR worked with other Bay Area AIDS advocate groups to influence AIDS policy.
The collection is divided into 5 series: INTERNAL DOCUMENTS, BAPHR HEALTH FAIR, CORRESPONDANCE, RELATED ORGANIZATIONS, ACTIVITIES. BAPHR banner and awards plaques are located in Box 3. Each folder is listed within the appropriate series in the container list.
The series Internal Documents (1979-1995)includes meeting notes, publications, awards, bylaws, a photo, BAPHR banner and budget information. The banner and award plaques are located in Box 3.
The series BAPHR Health Fair (1982-1985) includes the Health Fair planning documents, fundraising letters, programs, and exhibitor information. The Health Fair was an annual event where participants could get free health screening (including but not limited to HIV tests) in addition to health related information from local groups.
The series Correspondence (1986-1994)includes incoming and outgoing correspondence ordered chronologically in descending order. BAPHR corresponded with legislators, advocacy groups, media affiliates and individuals. This series includes the ACT UP Golden Gate correspondence with California State Senator Kopp (1991) over his refusal to meet with non-profit health advocacy groups, including BAPHR.
The series Related Organizations (1988-1995)includes information on other organizations affiliated with BAPHR.
The series Activites (1983-1991)includes activities, proposals, and reports that BAPHR was involved with.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
AIDS (Disease)
San Francisco (Calif.)
Human Rights
Physicians

Related Material

ACT UP/Golden Gate, 1991, periodicals collection
Edward Zold Papers, 1993-1997.
League for Individual Freedom and Equality (L.I.F.E.), 1994, periodicals collection.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Internal Documents 1979-1995

Physical Description: 8 folders

Series Description

This series includes meeting notes, publications, awards, bylaws, a photo, BAPHR banner and budget information.
Box: Folder 1/ 8

BAPHR Photo 1979

Box: Folder 1/ 2

Bylaws Revision 1992

Box: Folder 1/ 3

Sexual Orientation Report 1982

Box: Folder 1/ 4

Budget 1985

Box: Folder 1/ 5

Awards 1980-1992

Box: Folder 1/ 6

Symposium 1984

Box: Folder 1/ 7

Meeting Notes 1984-1995

Box: Folder 1/ 1

Publications 1989-1994

 

Series 2 BAPHR Health Fair 1982-1985

Physical Description: 8 folders

Series Description

This series includes the Health Fair planning documents, fundraising letters, programs, and exhibitor information. The Health Fair was an annual event where participants could get free health screening (including but not limited to HIV tests) in addition to health related information from local groups.
Box: Folder 1/ 14

Planning and Donation Letters 1984

Box: Folder 1/ 13

Donations and Letters of Appreciation 1983

Box: Folder 1/ 12

Donation Requests and Grant 1983

Box: Folder 1/ 11

Exhibitors 1983

Box: Folder 1/ 15

Booklet 1984

Box: Folder 1/ 9

1982

Box: Folder 1/ 16

1985

Box: Folder 1/ 10

Planning 1983

 

Series 3 Correspondence 1986-1994

Physical Description: 8 folders

Series Description

This series includes incoming and outgoing correspondence ordered chronologically in descending order. BAPHR corresponded with legislators, advocacy groups, media affiliates and individuals. This series includes the ACT UP Golden Gate correspondence with California State Senator Kopp (1991) over his refusal to meet with non-profit health advocacy groups, including BAPHR.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically in descending order.
Box: Folder 1/ 18 - 2/ 2

1992

Box: Folder 2/ 3 - 2/ 5

1991

Box: Folder 2/ 6

1986-1990

Box: Folder 1/ 17

1993-1994

 

Series 4 Related Organizations 1988-1995

Physical Description: 3 folders

Series Description

This series includes information on other organizations affiliated with BAPHR.
Box: Folder 2/ 7

Lobby for Individual Freedom and Equality (LIFE)

Box: Folder 2/ 8

California Association of AIDS Agencies (CAAA)

Box: Folder 2/ 9

Lesbian Gay and Bisexual People in Medicine (LGBPM)

 

Series 5 Activites 1983-1991

Physical Description: 5 folders

Series Description

This series includes activities, proposals, and reports that BAPHR was involved with.
Box: Folder 2/ 10

NHSC Orientation Guide 1983

Box: Folder 2/ 14

Needle Exchange Proposal 1991

Box: Folder 2/ 13

San Francisco AIDS Incidence Report 1988-1990

Box: Folder 2/ 11

International Conference on AIDS 1989

Box: Folder 2/ 12

San Francisco Needle Exchange Program 1989

 

Series 6 Artifacts 1982-1992

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Description

This series includes a banner and award plaques.
Box: Folder 3

California Medical Association Accreditation in continuing medical education 1982

Box: Folder 3

BAPHR banner

Box: Folder 3

1992 Cable Car Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Well Being 1992

Box: Folder 3

1992 Achievement Award of American Association of Physicians for Human Rights (AAPHR) August 1992