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Finding Aid to the AIDS History Project Audio/Video Collection, 1983-1992
MSS 2000-32  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: AIDS history project audio/video collection
    Date (inclusive): 1983-1992
    Collection Number: MSS 2000-32
    Collectors: University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections

    Shanti Project (San Francisco, Calif.)

    San Francisco AIDS Foundation
    Extent: Number of containers: 10 Cartons Linear feet: 12.5
    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: This collection was assembled from a number of different audio/visual (mostly VHS and other video format) material donations, acquired by the Library as a part of the AIDS History Project. Materials range from Public Service Announcements (PSAs), television and radio news clippings, professional and amateur documentaries and features, to rough cuts. All deal with the medical and social aspects of AIDS and HIV, with a focus on prevention and correcting misconceptions about the disease.
    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


    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], AIDS History Project Audio/Video Collection, MSS 2000-32, 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

    AR 91-19 Sixth International Conference on AIDS Records
    MSS 94-60 San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) Records, 1982-1995
    MSS 98-48 Shanti Project Records

    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)
    AIDS (Disease)--Prevention
    AIDS (Disease)--Social aspects
    Shanti Project (San Fransicso, Calif.)
    San Francisco AIDS Foundation
    International Conference on AIDS (6th : 1990 : San Francisco)
    University of California San Francisco

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The materials in this collection were compiled from several donations over the years including a 1994 donation of 79 tapes from the Shanti Project, and other videos donated by Fawn Moran from Impact AIDS. The rest of the materials come from a variety of sources including the Multicultural AIDS Resource Center (MRTC) Library.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the item level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Julia Bazar, September 2005, and Josue Hurtado

    Organizational History

    UCSF AIDS History Project was started in 1987 to promote the preservation of historically significant resources relating to the beginning of the AIDS Epidemic, focusing on the responses by community-based organizations (CBOs) within San Francisco. In 1991 a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant was received to fund the AIDS History Project Records Survey. More than 50 agencies were surveyed to identify the records that should be permanently preserved. A second two-year NHPRC grant funded an extended survey of collections and development of an acquisition plan. A major part of the project was providing instruction in records management practices to the CBOs. A third NHPRC grant was received in 1993 for another two years for the records acquisition and processing project phase; this grant lasted until July 1995, later extended to December 1995.
    The video and audio materials came in several donations over the length of the project and were combined into a single collection. The single largest set of materials relates to the Shanti Project; there are also significant materials relating to the Sixth International Conference on AIDS. For more information on Shanti Project see MSS 98-48, and for the Sixth International Conference see AR 91-19. Other materials come from various television stations, amateur and professional production companies, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and other governmental and non-governmental agencies. The source of each tape is listed when known.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection was assembled from materials donated over the length of the AIDS History Project. The materials consist primarily of VHS tapes, though Betacam, U-matic, and other video formats, including one and two-inch reel-to-reel tapes, are also found in the collection. There is also a small slide collection, a number of audio cassette sets, and half-inch reel-to-reel format audio tapes.
    In order to facilitate access the collection has been divided into three series based primarily on format. Series 1: VHS Tapes; Series 2: Other Video Formats; and 3: Slide and Audio Formats. Within these series the tapes are arranged by producer or subject starting with the Shanti Project and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation – which account for the bulk of the materials. For the most part, the VHS tapes have been placed in the first series, since these items are the most accessible; playback devices do not exist on-site for other formats.
    In order to provide a clearer picture of America Responds to AIDS – public service announcement (PSA) materials that contain overlapping materials in a variety of formats – all of these items (including the VHS format and all the reel-to-reel audio tapes) have been placed together in Series 2. A number of tapes in the collection are marked a "property of the MTRC" Library, which appears to be the Multicultural AIDS Resource Center, which was founded in 1984 by Sala Udin. Series 3: Slide and Audio Formats, includes audio materials as well as slides.
    Titles have been taken from the tapes and/or their containers; producers and/or subjects of the videos are listed where known. Running times when known have been placed in square brackets at the end of the listing in the following format "[hours:minutes:seconds]."