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San Francisco AIDS Foundation Magnet Program Records
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Acquisition Information
  • Additions
  • Processing Information
  • Organizational History
  • Content Description
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: University of California, San Francisco Archives & Special Collections
    Title: San Francisco AIDS Foundation Magnet Program Records
    source: San Francisco AIDS Foundation
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2019.20
    Physical Description: 5 cartons
    Physical Description: 1 box 1 OS box, 41" length
    Physical Description: 1 box 1 OS box, 37-38" length
    Physical Description: 20 Linear Feet
    Date (bulk): 2001-2018
    Abstract: Magnet has served the community since 2003. It is a sexual health clinic in the Castro.This collection includes posters, artifacts, photographs, audio/visual material, and newspaper clippings.
    Language of Material: English .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], San Francisco AIDS Foundation Magnet Program records, MSS 2019-20. Archives and Special Collections, University of California, San Francisco

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research. The UCSF Archives and Special Collections policy places access restrictions on material with privacy issues for a specific time period from the date of creation. Restrictions are noted at the folder level. This collection will be reviewed for sensitive content upon request. Contact the UCSF Archivist for information on access to restricted material.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Library and Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish or quote from material must be submitted in writing to the UCSF Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the 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 researcher.

    Acquisition Information

    Collection was donated to UCSF by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 2019.


    No future additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Edith Escobedo in 2020.

    Organizational History

    The Magnet is a health and wellness program located in the SFAF's Strut Center in the heart of the Castro District of San Francisco, offering community events, sexual health services, substance use counseling, PrEP, HIV and STI testing, learning events and rotating art displays from queer artists. In the spring of 2001, a Community Advisory Board comprised of community members, social workers and activists began meeting regularly to discuss how to proceed with the development of a new Gay Men's Health Center. The new Center needed to address gay men's' health in innovative ways instead of replicating existing programs in a new location. Since 2003, Magnet's overarching vision has been to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of gay men. Magnet activities are guided by the following core values of the agency: self-determination, access, sexual expression, diversity and leadership. Magnet provides individual STI/HIV services and community programs including book readings, art exhibits, town hall forums and other social events. They bring communities together in an affirming environment that embraces the diversity of gay male culture. In 2007 Magnet merged with the SFAF with their ultimate objective of increasing services to men throughout the Bay Area. Magnet also serves transgender, gender non-conforming, gender non-binary, and gender-queer people.

    Content Description

    Collection of records from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) Magnet Program. This collection includes founding documents, surveys of clients, assessments of services, marketing materials, advocacy campaigns, photographs, community art pieces and posters documenting the establishment and activities of the Magnet program.


    The collection is arranged in 6 series: I. Artifacts, ; II. Photographs, ; III. Audio/Visual material, ; IV. Photographs, ; V. Records, ; VI. Newspaper clippings, .

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    AIDS (Disease) San Francisco History
    AIDS (Disease)--Activists--United States
    San Francisco AIDS Foundation