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Finding Aid to the Bay Area HIV Support and Education Services Records, 1989-1993
MSS 93-18  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Bay Area HIV Support and Education Services records
    Date (inclusive): 1989-1993
    Collection Number: MSS 93-18
    Creators : Bay Area HIV Support and Education Services
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 carton, 1 box Linear feet: 1.75
    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: Planning processes, meeting minutes, client survey files, facilitators manuals, activity reports, correspondence, and other materials produced by this nonprofit AIDS education organization.
    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 UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manager of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCSF Library and 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.
    Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bay Area HIV Support and Education Services Records, MSS 93-18, Archives and Special Collections, UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Related Collections

    AIDS Service Providers Association Records, MSS 93-36 [finding aid to the collection] 
    Multicultural AIDS Resource Center Records, MSS 94-19 [finding aid to the collection] 
    National Task Force on AIDS Prevention Records, MSS 94-59 [finding aid to the collection] 

    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)--United States--History
    AIDS (Disease)--California--San Francisco
    Bay Area HIV Support and Education Services
    Minorities--Health and hygiene--United States

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was donated by Lee Woo to the UCSF Library in March 1993.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Nancy Zinn and Josue Hurtado

    Organizational History

    Bay Area HIV Support and Education Services (BAHSES) provided counseling, education, and advocacy to a multicultural population at risk of, or having, HIV infection. BAHSES was located at 625 O'Farrell, and though some clients came from elsewhere in the city, they were primarily residents of the nearby Tenderloin and Polk districts and the lower Nob Hill area. Most were people of color with limited incomes.
    The roots of BAHSES go back to 1985. That year the San Francisco chapter of Black and White Men Together, a social and political organization dealing with racism and interracial relationships among gay men, formed an AIDS Task Force (BWMT/ATF) to address the AIDS epidemic and its impact on people of color. In 1989 the BWMT/ATF name was changed to BAHSES and an effort began to secure a non-profit status. The first paid staff and structured educational programs began that same year.
    Other chapters of BWMT were also active or interested in AIDS. The National BWMT recognized the important work the San Francisco chapter was performing and wanted to use that model to help other chapters. In 1988, it formed the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention (NTFAP) to accomplish this goal. BAHSES helped NTFAP get started by providing office space and lending staff and administrative support. NTFAP grew rapidly, moved into a larger suite apart from BAHSES, and began seeking its own funding contracts. Competition between the sibling groups ensued. In 1992 the AIDS Office of the San Francisco Department of Public Health pulled a major contract away from BAHSES and gave it to NTFAP. BAHSES eventually folded in early 1993.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Planning processes and meeting minutes are particularly well-documented in this collection. Other notable files include those describing SWAT (Sex With A Twist) Teams, the Client Survey file, Facilitator's Manuals addressing women and transgendered people, and Activity Reports. BAHSES ran numerous safe sex workshops at the Steamworks in Berkeley, the nearest gay bathhouse to San Francisco. The file labeled Steamworks contains correspondence, an MOU, and reports of workshops.
    All files are labeled with original file numbers and descriptions. A five page general guide and a forty page detailed guide were used by BAHSES for filing. Copies of these guides are in folder 1/24, and researchers are urged to examine them in order to understand the original arrangement of this collection.