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Rest Stop Collection
GLC 128  
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  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
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  • Title: Rest Stop Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1978-2001
    Identifier/Call Number: GLC 128
    Creator: Rest Stop (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Physical Description: 2 boxes
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    Abstract: Rest Stop was an emotional support center for persons living with AIDS/ARC/HIV in San Francisco, California. It opened in 1987 and closed in 1992. The collection contains the Rest Stop newsletter, photographs, subject files, newspaper clippings, a small amount of correspondence, and three videotapes.
    Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Separated Materials

    An invitation to "The Great S.I.R. Reunion," a "S.I.R. Pocket Lawyer" (1971-revised edition), "Vector" (August 1972), and Homosexuality: A Contemporary View of the Biblical Perspective (San Francisco: Glide) by Robert L. Treese were separated and added to GLC 80 Society for Individual Rights Collection. Several buttons and pins were separated and added to the LGBTQIA Realia Collection: "Carnival '71. CMC [California Motorcycle Club]"; "Coronation 77. Empress XI de San Francisco. Flame"; "BWMT [Black and White Men Together] 81 First Annual International Convention, San Francisco"; "Convergence '97. hosted by GMDV, Philadelphia, PA. 8/29/97 thru 9/1/97. GMDV@USA.NET (609) 786-6987"; "The Advocate. Participation, Contribution, Fun"; "Roundup IV. Dave Valentine, S.F."; "San Francisco Gangway 10 [pin]"; "Wide Pride"; "Queer! Spiritual! 4Marriage! MCC Metropolitan Community Church San Francisco. www.mccsf.org"; "I Served the Community at Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners"; and "NABWMT [National Association of Black and White Men Together] Donor".

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Rest Stop Collection (GLC 128), LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Donated by Paul Peder Steindal, July 14, 2011. Rest Stop: The Newsletter, volume 2, issue 2 purchased from Bolerium, June 2016. Art exhibition postcard "finding our own healing" (1989) donated by Sharon Siskin, April 20, 2018.

    Biographical / Historical

    Rest Stop was an emotional support center for persons living with AIDS/ARC/HIV. Located at 134 Church Street, San Francisco, the center opened in 1987 and closed in 1992. Rest Stop was the brainchild of the Reverend James E. Sandmire, the pastor of Golden Gate Metroplitan Community Church, in response to the needs experienced by his son Dean. It was initially started to provide a clean, comfortable home-like facility that would be a "rest stop" for those affected by AIDS/ARC/HIV between appointments or errands. The needs of clients grew and additional support was obtained from local businesses, professional groups and associations. Due to the rejection, discrimination and self-esteem issues for its clients, Rest Stop fostered a program of positive, supportive social interaction. Paul Peder Steindal was a former co-director.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains the Rest Stop newsletter, photographs of activities at the center, subject files on volunteers and staff, newspaper clippings about its activities and community impact, a small amount of correspondence, and three videotapes.


    Arranged into 7 series: Series 1. Subject Files; Series 2. Correspondence; Series 3. Publications; Series 4. Newspaper Articles; Series 5. Photographs; Series 6. Videotapes; and Series 7. Buttons / Pins.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    AIDS (Disease) -- California.
    Community health services -- California -- San Francisco.
    Gay men and AIDS.
    Sandmire, James E.
    Kam, Crayne
    Siskin, Sharon
    Steindal, Paul Peder