Finding aid to the San Francisco General Hospital AIDS Ward 5B/5A Archives, 1983-2003

Finding aid prepared by C. Stephen Keith, R.N.; revised by Wendy Kramer
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
(415) 557-4567
July 2003, revised 2012, 2018

Title: San Francisco General Hospital AIDS Ward 5B/5A Archives
Date (inclusive): 1983-2003
Collection Identifier: SFH 12
Creator: San Francisco General Hospital (Calif.). AIDS Ward 5B/5A.
Physical Description: 10 vols., 12 boxes, 2 cartons, 1 flat box (13.6 cubic feet)
Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4567
Abstract: Scrapbooks, communication books, head nurses' files, correspondence, videotapes, publications, and memorabilia collected by the nursing staff of AIDS Ward 5B/5A at San Francisco General Hospital, the first dedicated AIDS hospital ward in the U.S. The collection documents daily life on the ward among patients, their families and friends, nurses, and volunteers. Of note are the photos of public events and celebrations, minutes of nursing staff meetings, and copies of the "Best Hospitals" issues of US News and World Report, 1991-1997. The collection also reflects the changing role of nursing, as 5B/5A nurses were critical to the development of the multidisciplinary model of AIDS care that came to be known as the "San Francisco model."
Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.


The collection is open for research, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours.

Publication Rights

Copyright has been assigned to the San Francisco Public Library. 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 and the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], San Francisco General Hospital AIDS Ward 5B/5A Archives, 1983-2003 (SFH 12), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.


Gift from the AIDS Ward at San Francisco General Hospital, c/o Gillian Otway, Head Nurse, May 31, 2002, Accession number 2002-44.

Related Materials

Researchers are encouraged to view the following related books: Ronald Bayer and Gerald M. Oppenheimer. AIDS Doctors: Voices from the Epidemic (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000); Carol Pogash. As Real as it Gets (New York: Carol Publishing Group, 1992); and Randy Shilts, And The Band Played On (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1987).

Separated Materials note

Some artwork, photos, memorabilia, a book listing patients who died, and an autograph book remain on the ward until transfer to San Francisco Public Library.

Organizational History

San Francisco General Hospital's Ward 5B, the first dedicated AIDS hospital ward in the United States, opened with twelve beds on July 25, 1983 and included both AIDS and hospice patients. Cliff Morrison, a former Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatry, was the first nurse manager. Capacity quickly proved to be inadequate, so on Jan. 17, 1986, the ward was moved to the 20-bed Ward 5A. In the mid-1990s, with the availability of new drugs called protease inhibitors, the number of AIDS patients decreased sufficiently that the ward began admitting non-AIDS-related oncology patients. With its interdisciplinary approach, Ward 5B/5A set a new standard in AIDS-related medical care.
5B The First AIDS Ward
Ward 5B at San Francisco General Hospital opened on July 25, 1983, as the new staff moved equipment into an area that had previously been used as residents' sleeping quarters. The next day, the first few patients were transferred from other units. They included both AIDS and hospice patients.
Prior to the opening of 5B, most AIDS patients were treated on wards 5C and 5D, which were general medical units. Throughout 1982, as the numbers of patients began to rise and the level of fear about the contagiousness of this new disease began to rise-- both in the general public and in hospital staff-- a decision was made by the Nursing Department, the Department of Medicine, and hospital administration to open a separate, special-care unit for the treatment of AIDS and hospice patients.
Notices were posted throughout the hospital in early 1983 soliciting interested staff. Interviews were held in the spring. Eleven nurses and two unit clerks were selected by Cliff Morrison, a former Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatry, who was the first nurse manager.
From the beginning, psychological support of patients, friends, and families was included in the treatment plan with the help of three counselors on staff through a grant to the Shanti organization. A hospital psychiatrist facilitated regular staff support groups.
Social workers, dieticians, physical and occupational therapists, and chaplains were included in the interdisciplinary team that provided care.
With the number of AIDS cases in San Francisco rising dramatically, 5B (with only 12 beds) was deemed inadequate and, on January 17, 1986, the hospital moved its AIDS ward to the 20-bed 5A. At the height of the epidemic (late 1980s - early 1990s), there were often as many patients with AIDS off of 5A as there were patients on the ward, all waiting for available beds. Throughout this period, 5A remained the preeminent center of excellence in AIDS care in the country, recognized in the U.S. News and World Report "Best Hospitals" issues 1991-1997. Visitors, students, and the media were welcomed as others tried to implement the "San Francisco model" in their areas.
5B/5A was self-labeled a "ward without walls," inviting community groups to help furnish a more comfortable space. A large group of loving volunteers provided weekly assistance for the staff and patients. Actors and politicians came by to show their concern. Mother Theresa’s signature is probably the most cherished in the ward's guestbook.
In the mid-1990s, with protease inhibitors reducing the numbers of AIDS inpatients, 5A had empty beds. Because the staff had already been treating AIDS-related cancers, a decision was made to open the ward to the treatment of other oncology patients. By 2002, the number of AIDS inpatients had dropped to the point where the average census of 5A was one-third AIDS patients, one-third oncology patients, and one-third general medical patients from the emergency room. On the day of the ward's twentieth anniversary, there were four patients with HIV on 5A.

Scope and Contents

This collection documents memorabilia collected by the nursing staff of AIDS wards 5B/5A at San Francisco General Hospital from 1983 to 2003. Current materials continue to be collected by staff and are periodically added to this collection.
This archive reflects the evolution of thought that the nurses put into the saving of their history. It starts with what quickly became a tattered old, red scrapbook and became the collection that is documented in these pages. Because the culture of 5B/5A was created by the nurses, this archive reflects what was primarily of interest to them. Therefore, the contributions of the Shanti counselors, social workers, chaplains, and others get brief mention. Their archives are yet to be collected. The contributions of the many volunteers over the years are documented well because their program was created and overseen by the nursing staff.
Strongly represented in the photo collection are the public events and celebrations that staff and volunteers were part of -- parades, union demonstrations, holiday parties, nursing awards dinners, etc. There are several photo groups by professionals who came to the ward and photographed staff and patients.
The written records are strongest in the day-to-day details of communication books and the monthly concerns of staff meetings. Extensive Head Nurse files were primarily saved by the first three nurse managers.
George Jalbert, Bill Walker, and Steve Keith organized the early 5B/5A archives. After Walker's departure, Steve Keith and Adrienne Kernan were primary contributors to the photo archive and Steve became Nurse/Archivist for the ward.


This material has been arranged into six series: Series 1: Scrapbooks; Series 2: Communication Books; Series 3: Head Nurse Files; Series 4: Correspondence; Series 5: Videotapes; and Series 6: Publications/Articles.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

AIDS (Disease)--Patients--Care--California--San Francisco
Hospitals--California--San Francisco
Public health nursing--California--San Francisco


Series 1 Scrapbooks, 1983-2003

Physical Description: 11.0 volumes
General Physical Description note: Vol. 1 is the original red volume with the necrology. Volumes 2-11 are in individual green archival boxes.

Scope and Contents

This series represents the heart of the first AIDS ward, while the communication books, staff meeting minutes, and head nurse files may represent the brains. In these photos, letters, articles, and drawings, we can get a visual sense of important moments in the life of 5B/5A. This series also shows a recognition by the staff that their contribution to medical/nursing history needed to be documented and preserved.
Volume 1 was begun by George Jalbert, a member of the original staff who solicited the red scrapbook as a donation from Mendel's Art Supply in the Haight. From the first week, he encouraged the staff to write the names of patients who died in the front of this book along with comments about them. One of the most moving parts of this collection is the necrology that fills the beginning pages of this book. After several years of use, this scrapbook was retired because it was starting to show significant wear. The necrology was transferred to separate books and that tradition continues to this day. A local bookbinder donated the recovering of the book in the early 1990s.
Volumes 2 - 11 represent a heightened awareness of archival preservation needs brought to the staff by Bill Walker, a nurse, archivist, historian, and librarian who joined the staff in the 80s. Housed in archival-quality, individually-boxed albums, they were assembled by Walker and Steve Keith, one of the original nurses, from a central photo/archive box that was kept on the ward.
Volume 11 remains on 5A and is periodically updated.


Arranged chronologically.
Volume 1

Volume 1, 1983-1987

Volume 2

Volume 2, 1983-1984

Volume 3

Volume 3, 1985-1986

[Diane Jones and colleagues share food]: [ca. 1989]
[Diane Jones]: [ca. 1986]
[Diane Jones with patient]: [198-?]

Volume 4

Volume 4, 1987-1988

[San Francisco General Hospital AIDS Ward staff in Gay Pride Parade on Market Street]: [1988]

Volume 5

Volume 5, 1988

Scope and Contents

Fifth anniversary event.
Volume 6

Volume 6, 1989-1990

Volume 7

Volume 7, 1991-1992

Volume 8

Volume 8, 1993-1994

Related Materials

See also folder #23.
Volume 9

Volume 9, 1995-1996

Volume 10

Volume 10, 1997-1998

Volume 11

Volume 11, 1999-2003


Series 2 Communication Books, 1983-1999

Physical Description: 16.0 volumes

Scope and Contents

This series, more than any other, reveals the day-to-day life of the ward. These books were used to pass messages to other staff or volunteers. They record thoughts, feelings, changes in policy, heartfelt moments, and angry tirades. They chronicle births, deaths, weddings, babies, as well as frustrations over administrative mandates and the bedside commode that never got emptied.


Arranged chronologically into four subseries: Subseries 2.1: Nursing; Subseries 2.2: Volunteers; Subseries 2.3: Interdisciplinary; and Subseries 2.4: Nursing/AIDS Consult Team.

Subseries 2.1 Nursing

Box 2, Volume 1

July 7, 1983 - July 13, 1987

Box 2, Volume 2

July 13, 1987 - March 3, 1989

Box 2, Volume 3

March 3, 1989 - July 12, 1990

Box 2, Volume 4

July 4, 1990 - August 4, 1991

Box 2, Volume 5

August 5, 1991 - November 3, 1992

Box 2, Volume 6

November 11, 1992 - October 14, 1994

Box 2, Volume 7

October 17, 1994 - February 2, 1997

Box 2, Volume 8

January 31, 1997 - February 25, 1999

Box 2, Volume 9

March 1, 1999 - June 21, 2001


Subseries 2.2 Volunteers

Related Materials

See also Series 3, folders #116-118.
Box 3, Volume 1

May 20, 1985 - January 20, 1988

Box 3, Volume 2

January 21, 1988 - March 31, 1990

Box 3, Volume 3

March 2, 1990 - December 17, 1992

Box 3, Volume 4

December 31, 1992 - April 10, 1993

Box 3, Volume 5

April 23, 1993 - December 6, 1996

General Physical Description note: Binder.
Box 3

Subseries 2.3 Interdisciplinary - All staff, volunteers, January 31, 1991 - November 9, 1998

Box 3

Subseries 2.4 Nursing/AIDS Consult Team, September 21, 1989 - December 19, 1990


Series 3 Head Nurse Files, 1983-1999

Physical Description: 118.0 folders

Scope and Contents

Most of these folders were saved and labeled by the first three nurse managers: Cliff Morrison, Alison Moed, and Diane Jones. Several of the folders were grouped and labeled by Steve Keith, the nurse/archivist who organized this collection, from loose material in the archive box on the ward.
Of note are folders #70-77. The minutes of nursing staff meetings give a topical overview of the items of most concern to the group in these monthly sessions.
Folders #115 - 118 document the strong volunteer program that was created on 5B/5A.


Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 4, Folder 1

5A Description

Box 4, Folder 2

5A Grapevine (ward newsletter)

Box 4, Folder 3

5A Move and Later Expansion 1985–1996

Box 4, Folder 4

5A Unit-based Policies

Box 4, Folder 5

5B AIDS In-services 1983-1984

Box 4, Folder 6

5B AIDS Ward Proposals, 1983

Box 4, Folder 7

5B First Year Information, 1983-1984

Box 4, Folder 8

5B Interviews for New Nurses, 1983

Box 4, Folder 9

Admission/Discharge/Transfer Criteria

Box 4, Folder 10

AIDS 101 Training

Box 4, Folder 11

AIDS/ARC Update Conferences 1985-1989

Box 4, Folder 12

AIDS Archive Project for 5A

Box 4, Folder 13

AIDS Archive- UCSF Project

Box 4, Folder 14

AIDS Case Definitions/Revisions, AIDS Case Definitions/Revisions

Box 4, Folder 15

AIDS Consult Service

Box 4, Folder 16

AIDS Data Task Force, 1988-1989

Box 4, Folder 17

AIDS General Information, 1983-1984

Box 4, Folder 18

AIDS Foundation Photo Exhibit

Box 4, Folder 19

AIDS and People of Color

Box 4, Folder 20

AIDS Prevention Program for San Francisco, 1983

Box 4, Folder 21

AIDS Statistics, 1983-1998

Box 5, Folder 22

Anniversary Event (3rd), 1986

Box 5, Folder 23

Anniversary Event (10th), 1993

Box 5, Folder 24

APEX Program

Box 5, Folder 25

Art/Writing of Patients

Related Materials

See also Box #15.
Box 5, Folder 26

BALIF Award to 5A

Box 5, Folder 27

Bathroom Bulletin Board

Box 5, Folder 28

Bilingual Services

Box 5, Folder 29


Box 5, Folder 30


Box 5, Folder 31

Census Statistics, Inpatient, 1988-1999

Box 5, Folder 32


Related Materials

See also Box #15.
Box 5, Folder 33

Clinical Trials

Box 5, Folder 34

Community Events

Box 5, Folder 35

Death/Memorial Service Notices

Box 5, Folder 36

Desert AIDS Project Honors 5A, 1998

Box 5, Folder 37

Dementia Resources Committee, 1988-1999

Box 5, Folder 38

Jane Doe Case, 1988-1989

Box 5, Folder 39

Forensic AIDS Policy

Box 5, Folder 40

Fortunio Estate Donation

Box 5, Folder 41

Giants in the Community Award

Box 5, Folder 42

Gladstone Institute, 1993

Box 5, Folder 43

Godfather Service Fund

Box 6, Folder 44

Heterosexual Transmission, Press Release, 1984

Box 6, Folder 45

History of 5A, UCSF Class, Dr Risse

Box 6, Folder 46

HIV and Civil Rights

Box 6, Folder 47

HIV Coordinating Council, HIV Coordinating Council, 1994-1995

Box 6, Folder 48

HIV, Disclosure of Status

Box 6, Folder 49

HIV Education by SFGH

Box 6, Folder 50

HIV and Healthcare Workers

Box 6, Folder 51

HIV and Immigration Issues, 1992

Box 6, Folder 52

HIV Managed Care Committee, 1995

Box 6, Folder 53

HIV and Women, class, 1991

Box 6, Folder 54


Box 6, Folder 55

Infection Control, early challenge to policy

Box 6, Folder 56

International AIDS Conference, 1990

Box 6, Folder 57

Interns Handout, 1988

Box 6, Folder 58


Box 6, Folder 59

Media Relations

Box 6, Folder 60

Nursing, 5A Philosophy

Box 6, Folder 61

Nursing, AIDS Scholarship Fund

Box 6, Folder 62

Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist for AIDS

Box 6, Folder 63

Nursing, Clinical Practice Committee, 1992-1995

Box 6, Folder 64

Nursing, Continuity of Care Committee, 1990

Box 7, Folder 65

Nursing Committees, other

Box 7, Folder 66

Nursing Goals and Objectives

Box 7, Folder 67

Nursing Orientation, 1985

Box 7, Folder 68

Nursing Orientation, 1989

Box 7, Folder 69

Nursing, RN Job Description

Box 7, Folder 70

Nursing Staff Meeting Minutes, 1990

Box 7, Folder 71

Nursing Staff Meeting Minutes, 1991

Box 7, Folder 72

Nursing Staff Meeting Minutes, 1992

Box 7, Folder 73

Nursing Staff Meeting Minutes, 1993

Box 7, Folder 74

Nursing Staff Meeting Minutes, 1994

Box 7, Folder 75

Nursing Staff Meeting Minutes, 1995

Box 7, Folder 76

Nursing Staff Meeting Minutes, 1996

Box 7, Folder 77

Nursing Staff Meeting Minutes, 1997

Box 7, Folder 78

Nursing Staff Phone Rosters

Box 7, Folder 79

Nursing Staff Retreat, 1989

Box 7, Folder 80

Nursing Staff Retreat, 1991

Box 7, Folder 81

Nursing Staff Retreat, 1992

Box 8, Folder 82

Nursing Staff Retreat, 1995

Box 8, Folder 83

Nursing Staff Retreat, 1996

Box 8, Folder 84

Nursing Staff Retreat, 1998

Box 8, Folder 85

Nursing Staffing

Box 8, Folder 86

Papers by Students who Visited 5A

Box 8, Folder 87

Patient Handbook

Box 8, Folder 88

Patient Care Fund #1

Box 8, Folder 89

Patient Care Fund #2

Box 8, Folder 90

Patient Care Fund #3

Box 8, Folder 91

Patient Care Fund #4

Box 8, Folder 92

Patient Satisfaction Survey, 1985

Box 8, Folder 93


Box 8, Folder 94

Quarterly Summaries, Quality Assurance, 1985

Box 8, Folder 95

Research, Linda Aiken Study, 1989-1992

Box 8, Folder 96

Research, Assisted Suicide Study, 1995

Box 8, Folder 97

Research, Healthworkers Study

Box 8, Folder 98

Research, Holzemer Study, 1990-1992

Box 8, Folder 99

Research, Holzemer/Henry Studies, 1991-1994

Box 8, Folder 100

Research, Medical Protocols

Box 8, Folder 101

Research, Gwen van Servellen Study, 1990

Box 8, Folder 102

Research, Holly Wilson, Quality of Life Study, 1993-1996

Box 8, Folder 103

Rita Rockett

Related Materials

See also folders #136,137.
Box 9, Folder 104

Screening Protocols, mid-80s

Box 9, Folder 105

SFGH Annual Reports, 1994-1996

Box 9, Folder 106

SFGH/UCSF AIDS Workshop, 1983

Box 9, Folder 107


Box 9, Folder 109

Staff Items

Box 9, Folder 109

Staff Meeting Minutes, Interdisciplinary, 1990-1997

Box 9, Folder 110

Staff Support Group

Box 9, Folder 111

Surveillance Study

Box 9, Folder 112

Tours of 5A, 1985-1997

Box 9, Folder 113

Travel Fund

Box 9, Folder 114

T-Shirt Designs

Box 9, Folder 115

Volunteers, 1984-1997

Related Materials

See also Box #3 communication books.
Box 9, Folder 116

Volunteers, Individual Items

Box 9, Folder 117

Volunteers, Massage

Box 9, Folder 118

Volunteer Orientation Handbooks, 1987, 1988, 1992


Series 4 Correspondence, 1983-1990s?

Physical Description: 22.0 folders

Scope and Contents

The six folders from patients, families, and friends are an outpouring of gratitude for the care received by them and their loved ones. They document the many lives that were changed as a result of passing through 5B/5A.
The General Correspondence folders represent the ripple effect of 5B/5A as visitors, students, elected officials, and media from around the world came to see "the San Francisco model." The last four folders document the response to two major media pieces: Rita Rockett in a 1987 People magazine article and 5A nurses in a 60 Minutes segment in 1990.


Arranged in two subseries: Subseries 4.1: Correspondence from Patients, Families, and Friends; and Subseries 4.2: General Correspondence.

Subseries 4.1 Correspondence from Patients, Families, and Friends

Box 10, Folder 119

Letters from Patients

Box 10, Folder 120

Cards from Patients #1

Box 10, Folder 121

Cards from Patients #2

Box 10, Folder 122

Letters from Families, Friends

Box 10, Folder 123

Cards from Families, Friends #1

Box 10, Folder 124

Cards from Families, Friends #2


Subseries 4.2 General Correspondence

Box 11, Folder 125

Early Letters to 5B, 1983-1984

Box 11, Folder 126

"Crazy" Correspondence

Box 11, Folder 127

Thank You Letters from 5A for Community Donations

Box 11, Folder 128

Letters from other Healthcare Settings

Box 11, Folder 129

Letters from Elected Officials

Box 11, Folder 130

Letters from School Groups

Box 11, Folder 131

Letters/Cards from Visitors/Students

Box 11, Folder 132

Letters/Cards from SFGH Staff

Box 11, Folder 133

Letters/Cards from 5A Staff

Box 11, Folder 134

Letters from Staff to Administration, Health Commission, Newspapers

Box 11, Folder 135

Letters from Volunteers

Box 11, Folder 136

Letters from Others, 1987-1994

Box 11, Folder 137

Cards to Rita Rockett from 3/87 People article

Box 11, Folder 138

Letters to Rita Rockett

Box 11, Folder 139

Preparations for 60 Minutes piece, 1989-1990

Box 11, Folder 140

Public Response to 60 Minutes piece, 1990-1991


Series 5 Videotapes, 1985-2003

Physical Description: 10.0 videotapes

Scope and Contents

Two of these tapes are copies of various local and national news programs and a San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) educational piece. Most important among these are the 1985 KRON piece, which gives an overview of the ward and includes an interesting history of previous epidemics in San Francisco, and the 1990 60 Minutes piece. Six tapes document the 10th anniversary of the ward, which was celebrated in 1993 with a large event at City Hall. The most important of these includes the filmed stories or reminiscences of thirty-six staff members and volunteers. They poignantly tell how lives were changed as a result of passing through 5B/5A. The final two tapes are memories recorded at the 20th anniversary celebration on July 25, 2003 by Kirk Read.
Box 12, VHS_tape 1

KRON, San Francisco, May 28, 1985

Physical Description: 28 minutes

Scope and Contents

Roz Abrams reporting general piece about 5B. "In the Midst of Life."
Box 12, VHS_tape 1

"AIDS: An Incredible Epidemic" by San Francisco General Hospital, Dept. Of Medicine, 1985

"AIDS: An Incredible Epidemic" by San Francisco General Hospital: 1985

Physical Description: 17 minutes
Box 12, VHS_tape 1

CBS News/ 60 Minutes, 1990

Physical Description: 15 minutes

Scope and Contents

"Ward 5A"
Box 12, VHS_tape 1

Channel 2 News, San Francisco, 1995

Physical Description: 5 minutes

Scope and Contents

Bob McKenzie reporting general piece about 5A.
Box 12, VHS_tape 1

WB/Channel 20, San Francisco, 1999

Physical Description: 2 minutes

Scope and Contents

5A and Sojourn chaplains marching in LGBT Pride Parade.
Box 12, VHS_tape 2

ABC, Good Morning America, unknown year

Physical Description: 4 minutes

Scope and Contents

Piece about 5A former volunteer Jason Dilley and his Project Face to Face.
Box 12, VHS_tape 3

10th Anniversary event at San Francisco City Hall, 1993

Physical Description: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Scope and Contents

Filmed comments, stories from the following participants: Diane Jones, J.B. Mologhan, Connie Wofsy, Paul Volberding, Donald Abrams, Mary Rathbun, Coralie Persse, Richard Locke, Alison Moed, Adrienne Kernan, Jan Boddie, Paul Shearer, Armand Kreft, Rita Rockett, Alan Selby, Gary Carr, Mary McGee, Cheryl Stachan, Ed Wolf, Diana Hartman, Jay Egger, Gary Davis, James Kahn, Roberto Garcia, Steve Keith, Sandy Ramadanoff, Ron Henderson, Joellen Sheerin, Tim Otto, Sandra Orr, Maggie Hallahan, Micaela Salort, Mark Higgins, Lucky, and Rita Silverberg.
Box 12, VHS_tape 4

10th Anniversary Event, 1993

Physical Description: 30 minutes

Scope and Contents

Entertainment at beginning of event.
Box 12, VHS_tape 5

10th Anniversary Event, 1993

Physical Description: 60 minutes

Scope and Contents

Plenary program featuring J.B. Mologhan, Diane Jones, Connie Wofsy, Paul Volberding, Donald Abrams, Merv Silverman, Gayling Gee, Cliff Morrison, and the original staffs of 5B and Ward 86.
Box 12, VHS_tape 6

10th Anniversary Event, 1993

Physical Description: 60 minutes

Scope and Contents

Plenary (cont.) featuring Shanti staff, massage volunteers, Brooks Linton, Ann Hughes, J.B. Mologhan, Marcy Fraser, Merle Sande.
Box 12, VHS_tape 7

10th Anniversary Event, 1993

Physical Description: 60 minutes

Scope and Contents

Crowd shots, dancing.
Box 12, VHS_tape 8

10th Anniversary Event, 1993

Physical Description: 60 minutes

Scope and Contents

Box 12, VHS_tape 9

20th Anniversary Event, July 25, 2003

Box 12, VHS_tape 10

20th Anniversary Event, July 25, 2003


Series 6 Publications / Articles

Physical Description: 15.0 folders


Arranged by subject.

Scope and Contents

These folders comprise newspaper and magazine articles about 5B/5A and the staff, patients, and volunteers. Of note is the file for the "Best Hospitals" issues of US News and World Report which listed San Francisco General Hospital as best in the AIDS category for 1991-1997.
There are three folders about book projects about 5B/5A.
Box 13, Folder 141

Pre-5B Articles

Box 13, Folder 142

Family Research Institute, Inflammatory Articles, 1985-1987

Box 13, Folder 143

Newspaper/Magazine Articles about 5A

Box 13, Folder 144

General Articles with References/Photos about 5A

Box 13, Folder 145

Articles about 5A Volunteers

Related Materials

See also folders #116, 117.
Box 13, Folder 146

Articles/Papers by 5A Staff

Box 14, Folder 147

5A Patient Peter Siegel

Box 14, Folder 148

5A Patient "Daisy Chainsaw"

Box 14, Folder 149

5A Patient Warren Johnston

Box 14, Folder 150

5A Patients, others

Box 14, Folder 151

AIDS Quilt Panel List

Box 14, Folder 152

Carol Pogash's book As Real as it Gets, 1989

Box 14, Folder 153

US News Best Hospitals Issues, 1991-1997

Box 14, Folder 154

Rebecca Ransom Book Project, 1984-1986

Box 14, Folder 155

Cecilia Worth Book Project


Oversize Items, mid-1980s-2003

Box 15



Boston Globe, 1985


Life, undated, mid-80's


Nurseweek, April 27, 1992


Nurseweek, May 4, 1992


Life, May 1992


Nurseweek, July 12, 1993


Desert Sun, Palm Springs, February 14, 1998


San Francisco Chronicle, June 27, 2000


San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, August 12, 2001

Box 15

Oversize photo of unidentified 5A patient

Box 15

Working copy of 10th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet

Box 15

Tarot Deck Designed by 5A Patient Michael Goepferd

Box 15

Rita Rockett Brunch Bunch cabinet sign

Box 15

Additions File - Articles, etc. collected post-7/25/03


Items Remaining on Ward 5A

Scope and Contents

The following items of archival significance remain on 5A. In the event that the ward is disbanded at some point in the future or if the historical preservation of these items is deemed in jeopardy, they should be delivered to the San Francisco History Center at the Main Library.

Awards/Honors, 1991-1995


Plaque from National Association of Health Care Recruiters, 1991


City and County of San Francisco Award of Merit, signed by Mayor Jordan, 1992


Certificate from Neighbors for Neighborhoods, signed by Mayor Jordan, 1992


Saints Alive plaque from Metropolitan Community Church, 1994


Certificate commemorating 5A workday at AIDS Memorial Grove, 1995


Bronze heart sculpture from Desert AIDS Project, Palm Springs, 1998


Standing glass award from Godfather Service Fund, 1995-1999


Photographs, 1983-2002


Group photos, 1983-2002

Physical Description: 14.0 images

Three poster-sized enlargements used at 10th anniversary celebration, 1993


5th Anniversary group photo, 1988


Group of 5A volunteers


Steve Keith, RN and patient


Photo of Jess McVey, volunteer, and patient


Photo of Noreen Dunleavy, RN and patient


Artwork By/About Former 5A Patients


Print of two men embracing by Richard Roesner


Painting of cowboy by Daniel Ross


Collage of tarot cards designed by Michael Goepferd


Medicine Stick sculpture By Kevin Cada


Two still-life prints by Edwin Meyer


Abstract ink drawing by Bruce Logan


Large plexiglass-framed portrait of former patient




Seventeen framed 5A/5B T-shirts


Memorial Plaque - 4-part wood, brass commemorating staff/volunteer deaths


The Thousand Cranes - plexiglass-framed origami donation with letter from creator and response from 5A volunteer


San Francisco Giants jersey - signed by 5A staff


Rita Rockett Lounge signs - two, carved wood


First anniversary tribute - framed comic art with signatures of employees of local restaurant


Necrology - book where names of 5B/5A patients who have died are written by staff


Autograph Book - visiting dignitaries are encouraged to sign