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Guide to the AIDS Resources, Information & Services (ARIS) Records
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Series I :  Administration Materials 1989-2001

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The material in this series primarily documents the organizational system and administrative operations of ARIS. The bulk of this collection consists of volunteer training manuals, resource directories and internal policies and procedures. The volunteer training manuals were instrumental to the daily operations of the organization and document the procedures and processes of outreach, assistance, and publicity of the organization.


This series is arranged by format then subject.
Box 1

Volunteer manuals, resource directories, newspaper clippings 1989-2000

Box 2

Clippings, manuals, pamphlets, website print-outs 1991-2001

Box 3

Manuals, pamphlets, clippings 1993-2001


SERIES II : Photographs 1988-2003

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consist of photographs depicting ARIS volunteers and events. The subject matter of the photographs represent volunteer training programs and events, community outreach events, local gay and queer celebrations including San José Pride, and AIDS awareness events. Also included in this series is digital media in CD-ROM format featuring digital copies of photographs of ARIS sponsored community events. The majority of the photographs are labeled by year and event, and occassionally identify individuals.


This series is loosely arranged by subject matter.
Box 4

Photographs, slides, negatives 1989-2001

Box 5

Photo albums, CD-ROMs 1994-2003

Box 6

Photo albums, photographic slides, negatives 1988-2001


SERIES III :  Newsletter 1986-2002

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The ARIS newsletter entitled Pages, was first published in 1986 which ran until shortly before the organization's dissolution in 2003. Pages provided important community updates, information about the organization, local and national trends in AIDS/HIV prevention and assistance, reports on recent events and outreach programs, as well as donation and volunteer opportunities. Pages served ARIS clients, volunteers, family members and community members. Pages also functioned as the primary publicity arm in soliciting financial donations and volunteers.


This series is arranged chronologically.
Box 7

Newsletters 1986-1996

Box 8

Newsletters 1987-2002


SERIES IV : Media 1986-2000

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consist of VHS tapes focused on local ARIS programs as well as national documentaries about AIDS. The content of the VHS collection present stories and documentaries focused on AIDS and its impact, and media coverage of ARIS activities within the Santa Clara County community.


This series is arranged chronologically by format.
Box 9

VHS tapes 1986-1990

Box 10

VHS tapes 1987-1996

Box 11

VHS tapes 1990-2000

Box 12

VHS tapes 1996-1997


SERIES V : Ephemera 1987-2001

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The materials in this series consist of community outreach programs, publicity campaigns for AIDS education and prevention, ARIS produced textiles, commendations for ARIS, which comprise the majority of this series, as well as framed and unframed posters used iin various publicity campaigns.
This series includes three-dimensional objects and textiles that document the hands-on activities of ARIS locally and nationally. Interesting textiles in this series include promotional t-shirts produced by ARIS, an American flag that was flown over Capitol Hill in ARIS' name with certificate of authenticity, and banners that were held during ARIS participation in LGBTQ parades. Some banners and poster slogans documenting ARIS participation in a myriad of AIDS-related communities included in this series are "African-American Men against AIDS: Brothers United", "Names Project" and "ARIS: Caring People sharing Lives". Included in this series are a guest sign-in book from ARIS sponsored events as well as a memorial book dating from 2003.
The original donations also included three-dimensional objects, frames, posters, plaques and artwork that have been deaccessioned from this collection. Digital surrogates of these deacessioned materials are located in box 13.


This series is loosely arranged by format.
Box 13

Textiles, framed photograph, commendations, American flag, publicity materials, digital surrogates 1989-2001

Box 14

Textiles, printed materials, guestbook 1990-2002

Box 15

Banners n.d.

Box 16

Banners n.d.

Box 17

Banners n.d.

Box 18

Banners n.d.