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Finding Aid to the AIDS Community-Based Organizations Records, 1989-1993
MSS 98-49  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: AIDS community-based organizations records
    Date (inclusive): 1989-1993
    Collection Number: MSS 98-49
    Collector : AIDS History Project
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 carton Linear feet: 1.25
    Repository: The UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management, Archives and Special Collections
    University of California, San Francisco
    530 Parnassus Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94143-0840
    Phone: (415) 476-8112
    Fax: (415) 476-4653
    Email: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collres/archives/contactform.html
    URL: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collres/archives/
    Abstract: This collection consists of information from 26 different Community based AIDS Organizations, collected by Willie Walker as part of the University of California San Francisco's AIDS History Project.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/ .

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Library & Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Archives & Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Library & 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 reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], AIDS Community-Based Organizations Records, MSS 98-49, The UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management, Archives and Special Collections, University of California, San Francisco.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Separated Material


    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    AIDS (Disease)
    AIDS (Disease) in children
    AIDS Religious response
    AIDS Health Project
    Adolescent HIV Coalition
    African-American Men's Caucus
    AIDS Educators Network
    AIDS Health Project
    Communidad Unida en Respuesta AL SIDA (CURAS)
    HIV Educators Group
    HIV Housing Network
    HIV Treatment Advocate
    Interfaith Conference on AIDS and ARC (1987 : San Francisco, Calif.)
    Interreligious Coalition on AIDS
    Instituto Famliar de la Raza
    KAIROS House
    Latino Coalition on AIDS/SIDA
    Most Holy Redeemer Parish (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Latino Coalition on AIDS/SIDA
    National Minority AIDS Council
    Needle Exchange Community Task Force
    San Francisco Medical Society
    STOP AIDS Project
    Urban Indian Health Board (San Francisco)
    Visiting Nurses and Hospice of San Francisco
    AIDS Intervention Training Center

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The University of California, San Francisco acquired these files as a part of the AIDS History Project, an NHPRC sponsored project that took place between 1987 and 1995.

    System of Arrangement

    Folders are arranged alphabetically by name of organization.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Julia Bazar, March 2005

    Organizational Histories

    UCSF AIDS History Project was started in 1987 to promote the preservation of historically significant resources relating to the beginning of the AIDS Epidemic, focusing on the responses by community-based organizations (CBOs) within San Francisco. Nancy Zinn, Head of Archives and Special Collections at the UCSF Library, was the Principal Investigator for the project until her retirement. She was subsequently replaced by Robin Chandler, who became the Principal Investigator for the project in April 1995. Bill (aka Willie) Walker was the Archivist for the project. In 1991 a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant was received to fund the AIDS History Project Records Survey. More than 50 agencies were surveyed to identify the records that should be permanently preserved. A second two-year NHPRC grant funded an extended survey of collections and development of an acquisition plan. A major part of the project was providing instruction in records management practices to the CBOs. A third NHPRC grant was received in 1993 for another two years for the Records Acquisition and Processing Project (RAPP) phase; this grant lasted until July 1995, later extended to December 1995.
    The organizations represented in this collection cover a range of starting dates and structures, from the AIDS HIV Nightline, a project of the San Francisco Suicide Prevention, which was started around 1986, to the HIV Educators Support Group, which was organized in 1991 by David Baker. The HIV AIDS Housing Network was a coalition of other AIDS and social service organizations, such as: Catholic Charities, Homeless Advocacy Project, AIDS Foundation, BCA, Hope House, Harvey Milk Club, Red Cross Homeless Prevention, DSS, Mayor's Office, Larkin Street, and Shanti.
    Some of the organizations targeted ethnic or special-needs communities. The Adolescent HIV Coalition, the Children's AIDS Network, and the Youth Environment Study focused on children and teenagers. Latino issues were addressed by CURAS (Communidad Unida en Respuesta Al SIDA or Community United in Response to AIDS/SIDA), the Latino Coalition on AIDS/SIDA, the Latino Commission on AIDS, the Latino Service Needs within the SF AIDS Service System report and, Instituto Familiar de la Raza. Native American AIDS issues are addressed by the Urban Indian Health Board. African American organizations are represented by the African-American Men's Caucus and the Black Coalition on AIDS. The National Minority AIDS Council draws on several different minority-based organizations.
    There are two broad religious coalitions, the Interfaith Conference on AIDS and the Interreligious Coalition on AIDS, and one congregationally based organization, the Most Holy Redeemer Support Group, in the collection. Medical and treatment issues are represented by the AIDS Educators Network, the AIDS Health Project, the San Francisco Medical Society AIDS Task Force, the VNA (Visiting Nurses Association) of San Francisco, and the HIV Treatment Advocate. The other organizations in the collection are KAIROS House, the Needle Exchange Community Task Force, and the Stop AIDS Project.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection was created as part of the University of California San Francisco's AIDS History Project (1987 to 1995). Willie Walker, the archivist for the project, acquired one folder of institutional records from each of 26 Community-Based Organizations. Some of these folders have since been separated into two to four folders primarily due to size, but the Stop AIDS Project was also divided thematically.
    The organizations represented within this collection cover a wide variety of subject matters from race, religious groups, and AIDS educators, to crisis lines, medical responses, and treatment issues, to adolescents and children, housing, and intravenous drug users. These folders contain minutes, newsletters, grant proposals, procedural manuals, teaching manuals, training manuals, fundraising documents, budgets, flyers, and other organizational materials.