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Finding Aid to the Third World AIDS Advisory Task Force Records, 1985-1992
MSS 94-49  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Third World AIDS Advisory Task Force records
    Date (inclusive): 1985-1992
    Collection Number: MSS 94-49
    Creators : Third World AIDS Advisory Task Force
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 cartons Linear feet: 2
    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: Materials from the Third World AIDS Advisory Task Force, and other similar organizations, consisting of meeting minutes, organizational records, and correspondence. Materials from other organizations were compiled by members of TWAAFT.
    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], Third World AIDS Advisory Task Force Records, MSS 94-49, 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

    Multicultural AIDS Resource Center, MSS 94-19 [finding aid to the collection] 
    Bay Area HIV Support & Education Services, MSS 93-18
    National Task Force on AIDS Prevention, MSS 94-59 [finding aid to the collection] 
    GAPA Community HIV Project, MSS 95-02 [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)--Social aspects--United States
    AIDS (Disease)--United States--History
    AIDS (Disease)--California--San Francisco
    Minorities--Health and hygiene--United States
    Third World AIDS Advisory Task Force

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Third World AIDS Advisory Task Force Records were donated to UCSF in 1995.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Nancy Zinn and Josue Hurtado

    Organizational History

    The Third World AIDS Advisory Task Force (TWAATF) was the first organization in San Francisco to focus on the needs of people of color affected by AIDS. The actual founding date was never recorded, but it appears to have been in the later part of 1985. Principal founders were Ernest Andrews, Calu Lester, and Larry Saxon, and other early leaders included Norm Nickens and Pat Norman. One of its first accomplishments was the organization of a Conference on Ethnic Minorities and AIDS, held at UCSF in 1986. That conference drew more people into active involvement, including Hank Tavera, who was later elected Chair of TWAAFT.
    TWAAFT activities primarily involved advocacy for people of color with AIDS, as well as lobbying for support of agencies that served and supported people of color. This collection documents how TWAAFT - and other coalitions that subsequently evolved - pressured the Health Commission, the San Francisco AIDS Office, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Shanti Project, and other AIDS organizations to deal with issues of race and the need for a multicultural approach to education and treatment. Among the results of this campaign was the formation by the San Francisco AIDS Office of a Minority AIDS Advisory Committee (renamed people of color HIV Advisory Committee in 1990). While TWAAFT was primarily a watchdog and advocacy organization, key members were also active in the AIDS/ARC Vigil and other groups, as well as needle exchanges, immigration rights, and numerous other social issues. TWAATF representatives also sat on the initial Ryan White Care Council. With the growth of other organizations serving people of color with AIDS however, the original role that TWAATF served had diminished, and its final meetings were held in 1991.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection provides a good overview of the evolution of a multicultural perspective in the response to AIDS in San Francisco. The materials consist of meeting minutes, organizational records, and correspondence. There are also materials from other organizations, compiled by members of TWAAFT, found in the second series. This collection is organized into two series: "TWAAFT Records" and "Information Regarding other AIDS Related Agencies and Services." The second series has been further organized into four subseries, by subject matter.