Finding Aid to the Women's AIDS Network (WAN) Records, 1985-1992 MSS 95-04

Finding Aid written by Julia Bazar
Funding for processing this collection was provided by The National Historical Records and Publications Commission
University of California, San Francisco Archives & Special Collections
© 2007
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Room 524
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Contributing Institution: University of California, San Francisco Archives & Special Collections
Title: Women's AIDS Network (WAN) records
Creator: Women's AIDS Network
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 95-04
Physical Description: 1 carton 1.25
Date (inclusive): 1985-1992
Abstract: This collection contains minutes, correspondence, drafts and published articles, bylaws, and other legal documents illustrating the work of the Women's AIDS Network (WAN) from 1986-1992. WAN was the first women's organization among the community service organizations that sprung up around the AIDS crisis.
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog: .
Language of Material: Collection materials are in English


Finding Aid Written By:
Julia Bazar
Date Completed:
April 2007


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Women's AIDS Network (WAN) Records, MSS 95-04, 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.

Related Collections

MSS 2000-06 Nancy (Shaw) Stoller Papers
MSS 94-60 San Francisco AIDS Foundation Records
MSS 96-31 Angie Lewis Papers

Acquisition Information

The Women's AIDS Network (WAN) Records were donated to the library in 1995.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Processing Information

Julia Bazar, June 2005

Organizational History

The Women's AIDS Network (WAN) was informally established in June of 1983 at the second National AIDS Forum in Denver. In March of 1984, women involved in AIDS services in the Bay Area began meeting as a support group. From this initial support group, WAN evolved into an advocacy organization and informational resource, both for women affected by HIV and for the providers who serve them. WAN provided a forum for information exchange among members who included women in the medical, mental health, and social services fields, along with community activists and social and political advocates and women living with HIV. WAN held regular information sharing meetings for Bay Area members and sent regular informational mailings to members.
WAN sponsored major educational forums and numerous speaking engagements; advocated and organized to support a legislative climate responsive to HIV-affected women's needs; provided informal technical assistance and review to other agencies; distributed information worldwide in response to hundreds of direct requests; developed a model policy on perinatal AIDS antibody testing; sponsored social events; and maintained a resource library and referral service. WAN advocated for public policies, educational materials, and comprehensive services for all HIV-affected women, including women with children, women of all ethnic and economic backgrounds and sexual preferences, women working in the sex industry, and incarcerated women. A special Women's Fund provided small grants to women living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco. Still, in their own words WAN was "foremost, ... a support network for our members." Members of note include: Sue Williams, treasurer; Eileen Hansen, 1995 Board President; Susyn Almond, 1992 Board President; Angie Lewis (UCSF - Nursing School); Gloria Lockett (CAL-PEP); Ruth Schwartz (AIDS Foundation); Nancy Stoller (UC Santa Cruz); Moher Downing (PHEDRA); Elise Parker (Consortium); Barbara Garcia (CPC Board); and J. D. Bensen (AHP), some of whom are mentioned in the collection.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains minutes, correspondence, bylaws, grant information, project files, and educational files of the San Francisco chapter of the Women's AIDS Network (WAN). WAN started out meeting under the auspices of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and then reorganized as its own non-profit agency. This collection documents the activities of this organization from its founding in 1984 through 1991, with a few documents from 1992. Additional information on WAN, through 1998, can be found in the Nancy Shaw Stoller Papers (MS 2000-06).
These records document early and continuing advocacy work for women with HIV infection. WAN activities represented in this collection include: development and dissemination of educational materials, consulting, and advising other agencies and non-profits on the needs of HIV positive women, including creating a model policy statement on perinatal AIDS antibody testing.
The first four folders contain bylaws and other structure documents, as well as the "Relationship with San Francisco AIDS Foundation" folder and correspondence. Minutes of the monthly meeting often include flyers for events, articles, and other materials of interest. A membership list is included with the July 1986 minutes, and attendance sheets with names and organizations can be found with many of the later minutes. The October 1986 minutes include an article, "Women and AIDS" by Julie Murphy. A program for the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference can be found with the September 1987 minutes.
Testimony to the Democratic Party Platform Meeting can be found with both the December 1987 minutes and the "Testimony of WAN Members" folder later in the collection. Other material in that folder includes testimony to the SF Human Rights Commission [and an unidentified piece]. Two more folders document WAN's suggestions to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. WAN's Legislative activities are represented by the Legislative Summary with the February 1988 minutes, as well as the "Legislative and Public Policy" folder with the correspondence.
Financial information includes a folder from the Finance Committee and grant requests. The first folder of RWJ Foundation grant request includes the original Letters of Support; the copies that were attached to the actual application are found in the second folder. WAN's own small grant program, the Special Women's Fund, is represented by a single page describing the project. The articles and information files consist primarily of copies of journal and magazine articles, but some files also include original information. There are also a few folders of information on other WAN chapters/WAN activities in other cities and other related Women's and AIDS organizations. These organizations include Perinatal HIV Reduction and Education Demonstration Activity (PHREDA), a project associated with WAN member Moher Downing, flyers for Project AWARE, and educational materials from the Women's Action Alliance.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

AIDS (Disease) in women--United States
AIDS (Disease)--Social aspects
AIDS( Disease)--Political aspects
AIDS (Disease)--Patients--Services for
AIDS (Disease)--Law and legislation
Women's AIDS Network. San Francisco

carton 1, folder 1

"Strategizing and Structure" - founding and review of purpose documents 1984-1988, 1990

carton 1, folder 2

Structure Committee 1988, undated

carton 1, folder 3

Goals Brainstorming 1988

carton 1, folder 4

By-laws 1988, 1991

carton 1, folder 5-47

Membership Meeting Minutes

carton 1, folder 5

September, October, December 1984

carton 1, folder 6

February - October, December 1985

carton 1, folder 7

January 1986

carton 1, folder 8

February - March, May - September 1986

carton 1, folder 9

October 1986

carton 1, folder 10

November 1986

carton 1, folder 11

December 1986

carton 1, folder 12

January 1987

carton 1, folder 13

February 1987

carton 1, folder 14

March 1987

carton 1, folder 15

April 1987

carton 1, folder 16

May 1987

carton 1, folder 17

June 1987

carton 1, folder 18

July 1987

carton 1, folder 19

August 1987

carton 1, folder 20

September 1987

carton 1, folder 21

October 1987

carton 1, folder 22

November 1987

carton 1, folder 23

December 1987

carton 1, folder 24

January 1988

carton 1, folder 25

February 1988

carton 1, folder 26

March 1988

carton 1, folder 27

April 1988

carton 1, folder 28

May 1988

carton 1, folder 29

June 1988

carton 1, folder 30

July 1988

carton 1, folder 31

August 1988

carton 1, folder 32

September 1988

carton 1, folder 33

October 1988

carton 1, folder 34

November 1988

carton 1, folder 35

December 1988

carton 1, folder 36

January 1989

carton 1, folder 37

February 1989

carton 1, folder 38

March 1989

carton 1, folder 39

April 1989

carton 1, folder 40

May 1989

carton 1, folder 41

June 1989

carton 1, folder 42

August 1989

carton 1, folder 43

September - October 1989

carton 1, folder 44

November - December 1989

carton 1, folder 45

January - March, May - December 1990

carton 1, folder 46

January - December 1991

carton 1, folder 47

January - December 1992

carton 1, folder 48

Board Meeting Minutes February - April 1992

carton 1, folder 49

Membership Retreats 1988-1991

carton 1, folder 50

Board Nominations 1986-1988

carton 1, folder 51

Board Election - Final Ballots 1988

carton 1, folder 52

Board Resignations 1990

carton 1, folder 53

Meeting Time Survey January, 1988

carton 1, folder 54-58


carton 1, folder 54

Official 1986-1990, undated

carton 1, folder 55

Internal 1987, 1990

carton 1, folder 56

Relationship with San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) 1987

carton 1, folder 57

Cross-Cultural Training - Polaris Research and Development 1988

carton 1, folder 58

Legislative and Public Policy Correspondence 1988

carton 1, folder 59

Descriptive Literature 1991, undated

carton 1, folder 60

Policy Statement - Perinatal HIV Antibody Testing 1988

carton 1, folder 61

Testimony of WAN Members 1986-1987

carton 1, folder 62

Input to San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) Reports 1986, 1987

carton 1, folder 63

SFDPH - Five Year Plan Questionnaire 1987

carton 1, folder 64

Finance Committee 1989

carton 1, folder 65

Special Women's Fund 1992

carton 1, folder 66

State Contract Bids 1987

carton 1, folder 67-69

Grant Requests

carton 1, folder 67

Junior League 1987

carton 1, folder 68-69

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2 folders) 1988

carton 1, folder 70

Administrative Assistant Job Description 1989

carton 1, folder 71

Resources for HIV Positive Women undated

carton 1, folder 72-73

Women and HIV Resource Materials Packets

carton 1, folder 72

Folder 1 circa 1990

carton 1, folder 73

Folder 2 1987

carton 1, folder 74

World AIDS Day 1990

carton 1, folder 75

Photographic Shows and Cleis Press Call for Submissions 1987

carton 1, folder 76-87

Articles/Information Files

carton 1, folder 76

Breastfeeding - What are the Choices 1987

carton 1, folder 77

Childcare Issues and AIDS 1987

carton 1, folder 78

AIDS in Children (technical) 1986

carton 1, folder 79

Perinatal Transmission - Mother & Infant 1987

carton 1, folder 80

Pregnancy and AIDS (Question and Answer) 1987

carton 1, folder 81

Prostitutes and AIDS 1987

carton 1, folder 82

AIDS and Lesbians 1986-1991

carton 1, folder 83

Impact of AIDS on Women 1986-1987

carton 1, folder 84

AIDS and Women at Risk 1987-1991

carton 1, folder 85

Women and AIDS Books 1988, 1990

carton 1, folder 86

Health Care Workers and Their Patients 1986

carton 1, folder 87

Family Planning Clinics and AIDS 1986

carton 1, folder 88-90

Other WAN chapters/activities

carton 1, folder 88

Sacramento, California 1986, undated

carton 1, folder 89

Seattle, Washington (Health Information Network) 1988

carton 1, folder 90

New York and New Jersey 1987

carton 1, folder 91-93

Other Organizations

carton 1, folder 91

PHREDA (Perinatal HIV Reduction and Education Demonstration Activity) undated

carton 1, folder 92

Project AWARE (Association for Women's AIDS Research and Education), UCSF at San Francisco General 1989, undated

carton 1, folder 93

Women's Action Alliance - Educational Materials (Catalog) 1988