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Finding aid of the AIDS/ARC Vigil Records
1991-05  
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Series 1. Founding Documents 1986-1990

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Description

This series contains drafts of the ARC/AIDS Vigil's by-laws, as well as documents providing an overview of the Vigil and the cause for which they were protesting. Also included is the Revocable Use Agreement the Vigil signed with the City of San Francisco.
Box: Folder 1: 1

By-Laws/rules 1986

 

Series 2. Meetings 1985-1989

Physical Description: 4 folders

Series Description

This series contain minutes, reports and notes from meetings of the organizing committee behind the Vigil. These materials provide a picture of the organizing that went into maintaining the Vigil over the several years of its existence. This series is organized chronologically.
Box: Folder 1: 2

1985

Box: Folder 1: 3

1986

Box: Folder 1: 4

1987

Box: Folder 1: 5

1988-1989

 

Series 3. Finances 1986-1989

Physical Description: 3 folders

Series Description

This series consists of materials relating to the financial and fundraising operations behind the vigil including receipts, lists of deposits, petty fund ledgers, IOUs, and summaries of weekly expenditures.
Box: Folder 1: 6

Weekly expenditure 1986

Box: Folder 1: 7

Weekly expenditure 1987

Box: Folder 1: 8

Weekly expenditure 1989

 

Series 4. Journals/Logs 1985-1987

Physical Description: 11 folders

Series Description

This series contains bound and unbound logs and journals that were kept at the Vigil site. The entries in these logs consist of messages for Vigil members, notes, suggestions, reflections, news clippings, and incident reports. These logs cover the years 1986 and 1987 and shed light on what it was like to be a part of the Vigil.
Box: Folder 1: 9

Large Red Record Book 1985

Box: Folder 1: 10

Blue Book 1986

Box: Folder 1: 11

Small Red Record Book 1986

Box: Folder 2: 1

ARC/AIDS Rally October 1986

Box: Folder 2: 2

ARC/AIDS Vigil Journal 1987

Box: Folder 2: 3

ARC/AIDS Vigil Family Journal 1987

Box: Folder 2: 4

Black Composition Book 1987

Box: Folder 2: 5

Journal ARC/AIDS Vigil 1986-1987

Box: Folder 2: 6

Yellow ARC/AIDS Vigil 1987

Box: Folder 2: 7

Loose Pages 1987

Box: Folder 2: 8

Small Notebooks n.d.

 

Series 5. Media Coverage 1985-1989

Physical Description: 3 folders

Series Description

This series consists of press releases, articles and clippings about the Vigil, as well as a "Reference Manual" providing background on the Vigil and its members.
Box: Folder 2: 9

Press releases 1985-1987

Box: Folder 2: 10

Articles 1985-1989

Box: Folder 2: 11

Reference Manual 1985-1986

 

Series 6. Lobbying 1986-1990

Physical Description: 5 folders

Series Description

This series consists of materials relating to lobbying, protests, and other activities carried out by Vigil members. Among the materials is a petition with hundreds of signatures calling for a "Manhattan Project" to find an AIDS cure, documents from the March 1986 march on Washington DC, and various materials relating to other AIDS-related causes such as needle exchanges, housing discrimination, and treatment.
Box: Folder 2: 12

Petition 1990

Box: Folder 3: 1

Washington DC March 1986

Box: Folder 3: 2

Needle exchange 1989

Box: Folder 3: 3

Housing discrimination 1987-1989

Box: Folder 3: 4

AIDS treatment 1989

 

Series 7. Correspondence 1985-1992

Physical Description: 8 folders

Series Description

This series is organized first topically, then chronologically. The first folder contains letters of support received from various individual and organizations from around the country. The next two folders contain correspondence from Project Director , William Davis, and Secretary, Lance Hunt. The Davis materials consist mostly of correspondence with city and state representatives, letters of support, and letters to the editor of various newspapers. Lance Hunt's materials also contain memorial lists of persons related to the Vigil who passed away, a note book with notes from meetings, and various items of ephemera, including a program from the 1992 inauguration of San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan. The remaining folders are arranged chronologically and contain a broad range of correspondence to and from the Vigil and its members, including letters from California Governor Deukmajian, Mayor of San Francisco Diane Feinstein, United States Senators Alan Cranston and Pete Wilson, California State Senator Roberti, and California State Assemblywomen K. Jacqueline Speier. There are also several letters addressed to Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush
Box: Folder 3: 5

Letters of Support 1985-1986

Box: Folder 3: 6

William Davis 1991-1992

Box: Folder 3: 7

Lance Hunt 1990-1993

Box: Folder 3: 8

1985-1986

Box: Folder 3: 9

1987

Box: Folder 3: 10

1988

Box: Folder 3: 11

1989

Box: Folder 3: 12

1990-1992

 

Series 8. Ephemera 1985-1991

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Description

This series contains flyers, posters, handbills, leaflets, and miscellaneous ephemera all produced by or related to ARC/AIDS Vigil. Many of these items were passed out at the Vigil site.
Box: Folder 3: 13

Ephemera 1985-1991

 

Series 9. Photographs/Audio 1986-1990

Physical Description: 2 boxes, 1 oversized box

Series Description

This series consists of color and black and white photographs taken between October 1985 and April 1990. Most of these photographs are from 1985 and 1986. The original order in which the albums were donated has been maintained.
The first photo album includes pictures of a demonstration at Los Gatos Christian Church during the peninsula march for Tom Nolan during his run for supervisor; the Vigil table and bed chained to the Federal Building; Gary Harmon at a special meal; the Vigil's participation in the 1986 Pride Parade; a Bikeathon's visit to the Vigil. The Second photo album contains pictures of the ARC/AIDS Vigil Rally for Life on December 7, 1985; a road trip to Los Angeles where Vigil members spoke in front of the Senate Health Committee; Holiday Pictures of the Vigil in 1985; the 1985 Hunger Strike outside the San Francisco Federal Building. The Third and fourth photo album contain black and white pictures of the memorial wall of names, as well as color photographs of the Vigils six month anniversary.
Among the rest of the photographs in this series are color and black and white images of the following: the Vigil site; protests; World AIDS Day; various Vigil members. Susan Liebhaber and Sheila Tully took many of the photographs.
Also included in the collection is an oversized (14" by 17") scrapbook created by Sheila Tully containing black and white 8" by 10", 11" by 14", and 11" by 17" photographs, as well as miscellaneous documents including the "Six Moral Appeals" of the Vigil. The photographs are mostly portraits of Vigil members, as well as pictures from the third anniversary of the Vigil. There are also photographs from the memorial service of John Belskus, the "Die In" on World AIDS Awareness Day on December 1, 1989, and the signing of the Use Agreement with the City of San Francisco on April 3, 1990.
In addition to these photographs there are three audiocassettes in which Gary Harmon describes the four photo albums. In interviews conducted by Bill Walker of the GLBTHS Harmon recounts detailed stories about his and other Vigil members' lives during the ARC/AIDS Vigil.
Box: Folder 4: 1

Photo Album #1 n.d.

Box: Folder 4: 2

Photo Album #2 n.d.

Box: Folder 4: 3

Photo Album #3 n.d.

Box: Folder 4: 4

Photo Album #4 n.d.

Box: Folder 4: 5

Night Vigil and March to Federal Building (black and white) 1985

Box: Folder 4: 6

Photos of Vigil Members Chained to Federal Building (8" by 10", black and white) 1985

Box: Folder 4: 7

World AIDS Day GSA Security Forces (8" by 10", black and white) 30-Nov-85

Box: Folder 4: 8

Vigil Table and Tent, (black and white, color, 8" by 10") 1985

Box: Folder 4: 9

Vigil Members (black and white, color, 8" by 10") n.d.

Box: Folder 4: 10

Signing of Revocable Use Agreement with the City of San Francisco (black and white, 3.5" by 5"), April 3, 1990 1990

Box: Folder 5: 1

Vigil Members (black and white, color, 8" by 10") n.d.

Box: Folder 5: 2

ARC/AIDS Vigil Protests (black and white, color, 8" by 10"), 1985 1985

Box: Folder 5: 3

ARC/AIDS Vigil Protests (color, 4" by 6"), 1986 1986

Box: Folder 5: 4

Negatives and Contact Sheet n.d.

Box: Folder 5: 5

Color Negatives n.d.

Box: Folder 5: 6 - 5: 8

Miscellaneous snapshots (color, 4" by 6") n.d.

Box: Folder 5: 9

Miscellaneous snapshots (color, 3.5" by 5") n.d.

Box: Folder 6: 1

Scrapbook n.d.

Box: Folder 6: 2

ARC/AIDS Vigil 5th Year Commemoration, Steven Russell center, Garth Ferguson right (black and white 8.5" by 12") 1990

Box: Folder 6: 2

Untitled photograph of protest (black and white 8.5" by 12") n.d.

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Untitled photograph of candle light vigil (black and white 8.5" by 12") n.d.

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Untitled photograph of candles (black and white 8.5" by 12") n.d.

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Steven Alves, Richard "Smokey Lorenzo, Garth Ferguson, and Ms. Brandy n.d.

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(black and white, 11" by 14") n.d.

Box: Folder 6: 3

Untitled photograph of candle light Vigil (black and white 11" by 14") n.d.

Box: Folder 6: 3

Untitled photograph of television crews conducting interviews (black and white 11" by 14") n.d.

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Audiocassettes n.d.

 

Series 10 Subject Files 1986-1990

Physical Description: 14 folders

Series Description

This series is arranged chronologically. This series consists of materials collected by Vigil members on AIDS, including memoirs, proposals, reports and studies. Subjects covered include funding, healthcare, legislation, the Presidential Commission on the HIV Epidemic, prisons and public policy. Researchers should note that this series may include some materials produced by Vigil members.
Box: Folder 7: 1

"Economic Impact of Proposition 64," and AIDS, Testing, and Privacy: An Analysis of Case Histories" 1986-1986

Box: Folder 7: 2

CDC Conference Notes: Issues and Conclusions 1987 February 26

Box: Folder 7: 3

Beck, D. Jan, "Death Is No Threat to My Survival: Contemplations of a Terminal AIDS Patient" 1987

Box: Folder 7: 4

University of California, San Francisco and City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health - AIDS and Health Care Services 1987

Box: Folder 7: 5

HIV/AIDS and Prisons 1987-1988

Box: Folder 7: 6

Presidential Commission on the HIV Epidemic 1987-1988

Box: Folder 7: 7

San Francisco AIDS Foundation - Education Campaigns, Survey, Annual Report 1987-1988

Box: Folder 7: 8

Miscellaneous - Community Service Providers, Counseling Benefits, Housing, Marches and Rallies, Newsletters 1987-1990

Box: Folder 7: 9

Tenderloin AIDS Network, "AIDS in the Tenderloin: Needs Assessment" 1988 March

Box: Folder 7: 10

Haight Ashbury Free Clinic - Proposal for Outreach Team to Provide Street-Based Health Care and AIDS Prevention Education 1988 June 1

Box: Folder 7: 11

San Francisco Department of Public Health, "AIDS in San Francisco: Status Report," and Projections of Service Needs and Costs 1988 April 22

Box: Folder 7: 12

Dannemeyer Initiative and Propositions 96 and 102 1988

Box: Folder 7: 13

Margolis, Eric, Ph.D., "Year One of the NIDA Demonstration Project: The Process Evaluator's Report, San Francisco 1988

Box: Folder 7: 14

State Senator David Roberts - Legislative Updates Related to AIDS 1988