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Finding Aid to the Healing Alternatives Foundation Records, 1986-1994
MSS 94-55  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Healing Alternatives Foundation records
    Date (inclusive): 1986-1994
    Collection Number: MSS 94-55
    Creators : Healing Alternatives Foundation Records
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 box Linear feet: .3
    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: Records of the Healing Alternatives Foundation, including meeting minutes, correspondence, planning documents, publicity, newsletters, design/artwork files, funding sources and strategies.
    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], Healing Alternatives Foundation Records, MSS 94-55, 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

    Guerilla Clinic Records, MSS 90-12

    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)--United States--History
    Community Foundations
    AIDS activists--United States
    Healing Alternatives Foundation

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Healing Alternatives Foundation Records were donated to the UCSF Library 1994.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Bill Walker, Robin Chandler, and Josue Hurtado.

    Organizational History

    Healing Alternatives Foundation (HAF) was formed as a "buyer's club" in April of 1987 in direct response to the need for access to treatment information and products. It was founded with the belief that HIV/AIDS can be a treatable, chronic disease requiring both early preventative measures and aggressive treatment of opportunistic infections. That philosophy is accompanied by the conviction that people with HIV should become informed about and involved with their own program of treatment and that treatment options should be both available and affordable.
    By pooling resources, founders were able to develop direct services to people with AIDS, who join HAF in order to purchase materials at bulk prices. By 1993, membership was around 6,000 and was growing steadily. Members come to HAF for information about treatments, access to various low-cost products, and the opportunity to share with other members. HAF also maintains an extensive library on HIV, human immunity, and alternative healing practices and therapeutics.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection documents both this particular organization and the phenomena of buyer's clubs, which have been a major source of unapproved medications and other treatment modalities since the mid-1980s. Among the documents in the first folder of the collection is one from 1986 titled "Federally Unapproved Medications for the Treatment of AIDS and ARC; How to Get Them, How to Bring Them Home, and How to Use Them." This is an overview of how these substances were originally obtained, with a description of how to buy drugs in Mexico and deal with border crossings ("...look as ordinary as possible; consider it a new type of drag").
    The folder titled "Photographs" contains eight snapshots of unidentified HAF members from about 1986 displaying products recently obtained on a run to Mexico. The folder labeled "FDA and 1992 ddC Incident" contains documentation of a 1992 FDA sampling and testing of ddC tablets purchased from HAF. These document a particular investigation and HAF's response to it, but they also reveal the attitude and approach of the FDA and its relationship with buyer's clubs in general. The final two folders indicate the range of products available in 1992 and how particular products were ordered.