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Finding aid of the Bay Area Physicians For Human Rights Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bay Area Physicians For Human Rights Records
    Dates: 1979-1995
    Collection number: 1998-44
    Creator: Bay Area Physicians For Human Rights
    Repository: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
    San Francisco, California 94105
    Abstract: Internal documents, activities, and correspondence document BAPHR's health care advocacy for gay, lesbians and bisexuals from 1979-1995.
    Physical location: Stored at the Archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco, California.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights Records, 1998-44, The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated to the Library by Chuck Meltzer, 19 January 1999. Meltzer obtained BAPHR organizational material through his long-term association with the organization and as president of the BAPHR Board of Directors.

    Organizational History

    The Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights (BAPHR) is a physicians' organization devoted to improving health care for gays, lesbians and bisexuals. Founded in the homophobic climate of 1977, BAPHR also provides support and information to health care professionals. BAPHR spawned a national organization, American Association of Physicians for Human Rights (AAPHR) in 1981. AAPHR then came to be called the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA).
    In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, BAPHR offered free information and HIV screening at their annual Health Fair. BAPHR works in conjunction with other health advocacy groups on a local and national level. In 1989, BAPHR joined forces with the AIDS Task Force of the San Francisco Medical Society to advocate a needle exchange program for the city of San Francisco.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Meeting notes, BAPHR publications, reports, awards, BAPHR Health Fair documents, fundraising letters, photo, banner, correspondence and documents from related organizations, 1980-1995 (1.5 linear feet) chronicle the activities of the Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights (BAPHR). This collection illustrates how BAPHR worked with other Bay Area AIDS advocate groups to influence AIDS policy.
    The collection is divided into 5 series: INTERNAL DOCUMENTS, BAPHR HEALTH FAIR, CORRESPONDANCE, RELATED ORGANIZATIONS, ACTIVITIES. BAPHR banner and awards plaques are located in Box 3. Each folder is listed within the appropriate series in the container list.
    The series Internal Documents (1979-1995)includes meeting notes, publications, awards, bylaws, a photo, BAPHR banner and budget information. The banner and award plaques are located in Box 3.
    The series BAPHR Health Fair (1982-1985) includes the Health Fair planning documents, fundraising letters, programs, and exhibitor information. The Health Fair was an annual event where participants could get free health screening (including but not limited to HIV tests) in addition to health related information from local groups.
    The series Correspondence (1986-1994)includes incoming and outgoing correspondence ordered chronologically in descending order. BAPHR corresponded with legislators, advocacy groups, media affiliates and individuals. This series includes the ACT UP Golden Gate correspondence with California State Senator Kopp (1991) over his refusal to meet with non-profit health advocacy groups, including BAPHR.
    The series Related Organizations (1988-1995)includes information on other organizations affiliated with BAPHR.
    The series Activites (1983-1991)includes activities, proposals, and reports that BAPHR was involved with.

    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)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    Human Rights

    Related Material

    ACT UP/Golden Gate, 1991, periodicals collection
    Edward Zold Papers, 1993-1997.
    League for Individual Freedom and Equality (L.I.F.E.), 1994, periodicals collection.