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De Martini (Father Rodney J.) Papers
MSS.2020.17  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Accruals
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Content Description
  • Separated Materials
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: University of California, San Francisco Archives & Special Collections
    Title: Father Rodney J. De Martini papers
    source: De Martini, Rodney J.
    Creator: De Martini, Rodney J.
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2020.17
    Physical Description: 4.42 Linear Feet (2 cartons, 1 box, and 1 oversize box)
    Date (inclusive): 1986-2007
    Abstract: Audiovisual materials, pamphlets, brochures, correspondence and ephemera related to AIDS education in Catholic schools and parishes collected by Father Rodney J. De Martini, a Catholic priest from San Francisco, California who was also a vocal AIDS educator and lobbyist. The collection also includes training materials, self-published prayers and liturgies, and personal notes belonging to De Martini, as well as transcripts of speeches given by Father De Martini, who successfully lobbied the National Catholic Educational Association to include AIDS education in its elementary and secondary school curriculum.
    Condition Description: Condition of AV material requires further processing to determine, but all other materials appear to be in good condition.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Accruals

    No future additions are expected.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was donated to UCSF Archives and Special Collections by Father Rodney J. De Martini in 2021.

    Arrangement

    Collection is unprocessed, and has been minimally arranged by the archivist.

    Biographical / Historical

    Father Rodney J. De Martini is a Catholic priest and AIDS advocate and educator born in San Francisco, CA in 1947. He holds Masters degrees in both Liturgical Studies and Counseling Psychology, and served as Director of AIDS Education for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and was one of the founders and also served as Director of the National Catholic AIDS Network (NCAN). He is the author of a 2005 book of prayers for the sick.
    A vocal advocate for compassionate care and for AIDS education in Catholic schools, De Martini was also an advocate for the efficacy of condoms in AIDS prevention - a controversial stance in religious communities. He successfully lobbied the National Catholic Educational Association to include AIDS education in its elementary and secondary school curriculum, and this collection contains a variety of pamphlets, ephemera, and VHS tapes related to this cause, and to others that De Martini was passionate about. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Food for Thought food bank in Sonoma, CA.

    Preferred Citation

    Father Rodney J. De Martini papers, MSS 2020-17. Archives and Special Collections, University of California, San Francisco.

    Processing Information

    Collection is unprocessed, but was accessioned and minimally arranged by Erin Hurley in 2021.

    Content Description

    Audiovisual materials, pamphlets, brochures, correspondence and ephemera related to AIDS education in Catholic schools and parishes collected by Father Rodney J. De Martini, a Catholic priest from San Francisco, California who was also a vocal AIDS educator and lobbyist. A number of pamphlets also deal with topics such as comforting the sick and teaching children about HIV/AIDS, and the collection also contains children's books about AIDS. There are also transcripts of speeches given by Father De Martini, who successfully lobbied the National Catholic Educational Association to include AIDS education in its elementary and secondary school curriculum.

    Separated Materials

    3 carton of books were removed from the collection to be reviewed and cataloged separately.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the UCSF Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from material must be submitted in writing to the Head of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of UCSF Library 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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Priests -- San Francisco (Calif.)
    AIDS (Disease)--Activists--United States
    AIDS (Disease)--Patients--Mental health
    De Martini, Rodney J.