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Annemarie Madison Papers, 1978-2007
GLC 53  
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  • Title: Annemarie Madison Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1978-2007
    Date (bulk): 1985-2007
    Collection Identifier: GLC 53
    Creator: Madison, Annemarie, 1920-2010
    Physical Description: 6 cartons + 1 oversized box (6.0 cubic ft.)
    Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    Abstract: Madison was an AIDS volunteer and educator. The collection contains correspondence and photographs of the many "boys" hospitalized with AIDS for whom Madison cared. The collection also includes posters, and audio- and videotape on the subject of AIDS in the United States and abroad, including some lectures by Madison.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English, with some material in German.


    The collection is open for research, with photographs available for viewing during Photo Desk hours: Tuesday: 1-5; Thursday: 1-5; Saturday: 10-12, 1-5.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Annemarie Madison Papers (GLC 53), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Donated by Annemarie Madison in March, 2004. Additions received in 2008 and 2009.

    Conservation Note

    During processing, the entire collection was re-foldered and re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Metal fasteners were removed and replaced with plastic clips when necessary. Photos were separated by Permalife bond paper and moved to the Historical Photograph Collection.

    Materials Transferred

    Photographs have been transferred to the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection. Books have been removed from the collection. Some were added to the San Francisco Public Library's collection (Appendix A); others were donated to the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library (Appendix B).

    Biographical note

    Annemarie Madison was born on November 21, 1920 in Jakarta, Indonesia. She moved back to Holland with her family after her mother contracted malaria. Annemarie met Lou Madison in 1950 and married him in 1956; their son, Michael was born in 1958.
    When the AIDS epidemic began, Madison asked the Public Health director of San Francisco how she could help. He referred her to Shanti and Coming Home Hospice, where she applied to be a volunteer and was accepted by Coming Home. Gradually more and more of her patients came as referrals through friends, rather than through hospice. Madison guided these men through the dying process, helping them to pass on with dignity and love.
    In 1985 Madison spoke at the Arts for Life benefit for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Shanti, and the AIDS program of Hospice of San Francisco, describing her work and encouraging attendees to support AIDS research and assistance organizations.
    In 1995, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded Madison the Order of Merit, First Class, of the Federal Republic of Germany, for her work in the AIDS crisis.
    In 1996, at the 5th AIDS Conference in Munich Germany, the Kuratorium for Immune Deficiency created the Annemarie Madison Award to honor those who contribute to improving care for AIDS.
    Since 1985, Madison has traveled Europe speaking about dealing with the AIDS crisis and humane treatment of patients. She has been a major liaison between German-speaking countries and San Francisco, humanizing the crisis for Europe and bringing together experts on both sides of the Atlantic to look for solutions to the AIDS crisis.
    Annemarie Madison died on January 30, 2010 in San Francisco. Her son Michael maintains a website dedicated to her work and vision at: www.annemariemadison.com.

    Scope and Contents

    The Papers contain correspondence, documentation of patient cases, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, videos, books, posters, ephemera, and an oral history relating to Annemarie Madison's work as an AIDS volunteer and educator in the earliest days of the epidemic. Kaley Terwilliger conducted the oral history with Madison and added it to the collection.


    Madison arranged the files originally. The collection is arranged into six series and then arranged alphabetically. Press Coverage was arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.
    Series 1. Patients of Annemarie Madison; Series 2. Friends Who Died of AIDS; Series 3. AIDS Volunteer Papers; Series 4. Clippings and Press Coverage; Series 5. Audiovisual Materials; and Series 6. Photographs.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Madison, Annemarie, 1920-2010--Archives.
    AIDS (Disease)--California.
    AIDS (Disease)--Patients--Care--California--San Francisco.
    Community health services--California--San Francisco.
    Gay men and AIDS--California--San Francisco.