Finding Aid for the ACT UP/Los Angeles records, 1990-1992 LSC.2224

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UCLA Library Special Collections
Online finding aid last updated 18 September 2017.
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Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: ACT UP/Los Angeles records
Creator: ACT UP Los Angeles (Organization)
Identifier/Call Number: LSC.2224
Physical Description: 1.4 Linear Feet (1 record carton and 1 document box)
Date (inclusive): circa 1980s-1990s
Abstract: ACT UP is an international direct action advocacy group focused primarily on improving the access to and quality of AIDS healthcare services, as well as coalition building with a broad range of other activist communities. This collection contains ephemera and promotional materials from ACT UP Los Angeles.
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Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], ACT UP/Los Angeles records (Collection 2224). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Acquisition Information

Provenance unknown, 2014.

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UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9973991333606533 


Meeting for the first time in West Hollywood in 1987, the Los Angeles chapter of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was inspired by the activities of ACT UP New York which had been active throughout that year.
The Los Angeles chapter focused primarily on improving the access to and quality of AIDS healthcare services, as well as coalition building with a broad range of other activist communities. They advocated for non-violent direct action as a means to draw media attention. The group provided training in civil disobedience and conflict resolution, and support teams were formed to track and respond to confrontations and arrests.
The Los Angeles chapter defined their organization as a "grass-roots, democratic, militant, direct action organization dedicated to creating positive changes around AIDS in federal and local government, the media and medical industries through non-violent public protests."

Scope and Content

This collection contains ephemera, such as t-shirts, buttons and stickers from ACT UP Los Angeles, as well as publications by the national organization and some organizational documents.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials in this collection have been arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

AIDS activists -- California -- Los Angeles
ACT UP Los Angeles (Organization) -- Archives
June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives
June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive at UCLA

box 2, folder 1-4, box 1

Buttons circa 1980s-1990s

box 1

Stickers circa 1980s-1990s

box 1

T-shirts and hat circa 1980s-1990s

box 2, folder 5

Mock-ups and fliers 1990

Scope and Content

Fliers, handouts and mock-ups providing information about AIDS exposure and symptoms that is geared towards women and lesbians.
box 2, folder 6-7

Women, AIDS and Activism 1990

Scope and Content

Two copies of the publication Women, AIDS and Activism (1990) by the ACT UP/New York Women and AIDS Book Group
box 2, folder 8

Women and HIV: Women's Treatment Research Agenda 1991

Scope and Content

Research paper compiled by ACT UP consisting of an introduction and overview of women and HIV/AIDS, description of clinical manifestations of HIV in women, standard care recommendations, critique of research and policy and transmission issues.
box 2, folder 9

The Immune System, HIV and AIDS by Vic Hernandez 1992

Scope and Content

Contains information on the background biology on HIV and AIDS as well as information on the immune system, vaccines, treatments and testing.
box 2, folder 10

Treatment Issues 1992

Scope and Content

Summer/Fall 1992 issue of the the Gay Men's Health Crisis Newsletter of Experimental AIDS Therapies. Volume 6, Number 7 is a special edition on women's treatment issues.