AIDS Emergency Fund records

Finding aid created by GLBT Historical Society staff using RecordEXPRESS
GLBT Historical Society
989 Market Street, Lower Level
San Francisco, California 94103
(415) 777-5455

Descriptive Summary

Title: AIDS Emergency Fund records
Dates: 1985 - 2019
Collection Number: 2019-29
Creator/Collector: AIDS Emergency Fund
Extent: 13 linear feet (4 cartons, 3 oversized wooden cutout stands, 2 oversize rolls)
Repository: GLBT Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94103
Abstract: The AIDS Emergency Fund provides a variety of services to those affected by HIV/AIDS. The records include photographs, promotional materials, news clippings, artifacts and clothing representing the work of the organization from its early days in the 1980s until its merging with Positive Resource Center (PRC) in 2016.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright to material created/owned by Positive Resource Center (PRC) has not been transferred to the GLBT Historical Society. All requests for reproductions and/or permission to publish or quote from material must be submitted in writing to the GLBT Historical Society Archivist. Permission for reproductions and/or permission to publish or quote from material is given on behalf of the GLBT Historical Society 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.

Preferred Citation

AIDS Emergency Fund records. GLBT Historical Society

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the GLBT Historical Society in March 2019 by Brett Andrews, CEO of PRC.

Biography/Administrative History

The AIDS Emergency Fund was established in 1982 as a non-profit organization that provided critical financial assistance to eligible persons with AIDS and disabling AIDS-related conditions. Based in San Francisco, the AEF provided direct grants to cover clients’ medical and living expenses through a variety of fundraising efforts, from several annual benefit dinners and events to the Every Penny Counts fund, which in cooperation with local businesses and schools collected change donations for over a decade. The AEF merged in 2016 with PRC (formerly Positive Resource Center), an organization that assists San Francisco Bay Area residents living with HIV/AIDS, addiction, or mental health issues.

Scope and Content of Collection

The AIDS Emergency Fund collection consists primarily of materials related to the AEF, though some of the collection is related to other AIDS-related charities, including the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and PRC. The collection spans the years 1985 – 2019, with the bulk of the material dating from 1985-1999. The AEF’s history is documented through its quarterly newsletter, Heart to Heart, and through invitations, programs, and clippings related to its fundraising activities. Particular focus is given to the fundraising campaign Every Penny Counts, represented through internal communications, publications, photographs, clippings, awards, and fundraising materials, including two standees designed in the style of artist Keith Haring; and to the annual Bare Chest Calendar, represented by a nearly complete catalog and promotional materials. GSSO linked terms:

Indexing Terms

AIDS (disease)
NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

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