Information for Researchers
Scope and Content of Collection
Collection Title: Nancy Stoller papers
Date (inclusive): 1981-1995
Collection Number: MSS 2000-6
Stoller, Nancy E.
Number of containers: 9 cartons, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder
Linear feet: 14
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Abstract: This collection contains the research and writing files Nancy Stoller [who also worked under the name Nancy Shaw], as well
as posters, a large pamphlet file, and other ephemera. The bulk of the collection focuses on Stoller's AIDS research for
Lessons from the Damned: Queers, Whores and Junkies Respond to AIDS. There is also material connected to,
Women Resisting AIDS: Feminist Strategies of Empowerment, the book she co-edited with Beth E. Schneider. There are also some examples of her work on healthcare for prisoners and
Latinas and breast cancer.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog:
Information for Researchers
Collection is open for research.
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
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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.
[Identification of item], Nancy Stoller Papers, MSS 2000-6, 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.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
AIDS (Disease)--Political aspects--United States
AIDS (Disease)--Social aspects--United States
AIDS (Disease)--Psychological aspects
AIDS (Disease) in women
ACT UP New York (Organization)
Intravenous drug abuse--Prevention
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Stoller, Nancy E
The collection was given to the Library in two parts - The bulk of the material in October 1999, and the rest given in July
of 2002. Carton 9 and the oversize box were received in 2013. They are unprocessed.
System of Arrangement
Arranged to the folder level. Carton 9 and the oversize box were received as an addition in 2013 and are unprocessed and not
included in the finding aid.
Processed by Julia Bazar in January 2005
Nancy Elaine Stoller was born in 1942 in Newport News, Virginia. In 1960 she left Virginia to attend Wellesley College in
Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she earned an A.B. in Philosophy in 1963. She went on to earn her M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1972)
in Sociology from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. From 1978-1980 she was a Post-doctoral fellow at Yale University.
Stoller started her job at University of California (UC) Santa Cruz in 1973 and received tenure in 1987 after having filed
a gender discrimination suit against the University. Stoller worked and published under her married name, Nancy Shaw, for
many years before reclaiming Stoller in the 1990s. Along with her work on AIDS, Stoller's research has focused on women, prisoners,
and health care.
Stoller became involved with the civil rights movement during her first year of college. She was involved in local actions
in Wellesley and Boston during the school year and worked with the Washington D.CIRCA area Non-violent Action Group (DC-NAG)
during the summer. Later she became involved with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and did organizing
work in Maryland and Arkansas. Her activism continued throughout her life. In a recent, short, online biography she states:
I have been involved in various social change movements: anti-racism, feminism, anti-apartheid work, queer organizing, women's
health activism, working on changing prison conditions, prison abolition, and so on.
After a brief marriage to Kevin (Kwame) Shaw (1966-1972) and the birth of her daughter, Gwendolyn, in 1968, Stoller came out
as a lesbian. She was one of the first openly lesbian professors at UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) and was outed internationally during
her tenure fight.
Between her dismissal from UC Santa Cruz in 1984 and her reinstatement in 1987, Stoller worked as the Women's Program Development
Director within the Education Department of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) from 1984 to 1987. While there she was
involved with a number of projects including heterosexual focus groups, the drafting of a number of pamphlets, and the organization
of women's support groups. This work led to further interactions with a variety of community based AIDS organizations. She
did a formal participant/observer study of the New York City ACT-UP chapter in the fall/winter of 1989. She went to meetings
and demonstrations, including the St. Patrick's Cathedral demonstration held in the December of that year.
Stoller also spent significant time working with Cal-PEP, the California Prostitutes Education Project, an AIDS prevention
and education organization founded and run by prostitutes and former prostitutes to prevent the spread of AIDS within that
community. Stoller served as an advisor to the Executive Director of the organization, as well as doing a stint on the Board
of Directors. Other groups that she had contact with during this period include: Prevention Point, a Needle Exchange program
working with Intravenous (IV) Drug Users; the Women's AIDS Network (WAN), and Women's AIDS Risk Network (WARN).
Stoller translated her experience working for SFAF and her interest in other AIDS related community organizations into two
books on AIDS -
Lessons from the Damned: Queers, Whores and Junkies Respond to AIDS published in 1998 and
Women Resisting AIDS: Feminist Strategies of Empowerment (1995) co-edited by Stoller with Beth E. Schneider of UC Santa Barbara. Stoller wrote the chapter on "Lesbian Involvement
in the AIDS Epidemic: Changing Roles and Generational Differences" in
Women Resisting AIDS After returning to the UCSC campus she has taught classes in Transgressive Sexualities and Genders, Health and Human Rights
in Prison, and Theory and Practice of Sexual Politics. The majority of Stoller's ongoing research has been into the treatment
of women prisoners, especially in relation to medical care. She was also involved in an outreach study on breast cancer in
the Latina community. As of 2005 Stoller is still teaching at UCSC and living in San Francisco.
Scope and Content of Collection
This collection consists predominantly of the research files used by Nancy Stoller in the writing of two books and a number
of academic papers, and in teaching at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). A high percentage of the collection
is secondary source material including: newspaper and magazine articles, scholarly papers, documents (primarily minutes, publications,
and other administrative or publicity materials) from a variety of community based, AIDS related organizations; a few posters;
and a very extensive pamphlet collection. Primary documents include: drafts and published versions of papers written or co-written
by Stoller, drafts of chapters and correspondence from
Lessons from the Damned: Queers, Whores and Junkies Respond to AIDS, correspondence connected to
Women Resisting AIDS: Feminist Strategies of Empowerment (1995), various handwritten notes, and two participant-observer notebooks from her time with ACT-UP New York. The collection
also includes a small sampling of condoms and stickers, including some from Amsterdam, as well as dental dams and a leather
harness for the dams. A small amount of material documenting some of her other research topics, as well as her later career
at UCSC, can be found near the end of the collection. For material relating to Nancy Elaine Stoller (Nancy Stoller Shaw's)
tenure battle with UCSC see the Nancy Shaw collection at the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Historical Society.
Stoller's interest in AIDS, as shown by her subject files, ranged widely beyond the gay white male model of the early epidemicirca
Stoller collected popular and academic articles, pamphlets, clippings, organizational files, and other materials on Asian
Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, African Americans, multicultural, and international issues. South Africa is represented
by a series of posters and some other ephemera. Australia is represented by a number of research articles from Macquarie
University, and the Netherlands (Holland) is represented by stickers and condoms as well as conference materials. A significant
portion of the subject files concern women's issues including children and AIDS, education, heterosexual transmission, lesbians,
perinatal transmission and pregnancy, prostitution, and women and AIDS. Ethics, demographics and the religious response are
The collection contains significant amounts of material on a number of agencies and organizations. The big three are the
San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF); the California Prostitute Education Project (Cal-PEP); and ACT-UP New York. Other organizations
represented by multiple folders-worth of materials include: ACHA (American College Health Association - Task Force on the
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS); APHA (American Public Health Association); City of New York and City of San Francisco
Commissions on Human Rights; NSBC (National Skills Building Conference); WARN (Women and AIDS Risk Network); and University
AIDS Events (and papers) from UCSF, UCB, UCSC, SFSU, and Macquarie University in Australia.
Other agencies and organizations documented to a greater or lesser extent include: AAPCHO (Association of Asian/Pacific Community
Health Organization); AIDS Action Pledge, San Francisco; AIDS Health Project, San Francisco; California AIDS Project; SAMHA
(Substance Abuse and Mental Health in AIDS); Santa Cruz AIDS Project; the Stop AIDS Project, San Francisco; WORLD (Women Organized
to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases); AIDS Action Council; CARE AIDS (Prevention for Substance Abuse Treatment Programs,
New York); Gay Men's Health Crisis [New York]; the National Gay Task Force (NGTF); and the New York City Task Force on Women
The collection is divided into 5 Series, based primarily on Stoller's own division of materials, and most of Stoller's folder
headings and order have been retained, with occasional renaming of folders or subseries for clarity, and order imposed within
or between topics/series/subseries when the original order was absent or unclear.
The series are: Series I: AIDS Subject Files; Series II: Organizations; Series III: Writings; Series IV: Administrative,
Prison and Non-AIDS Files; Series V: Ephemera. Some of these series include subseries.