This collection was assembled from a number of different audio/visual (mostly VHS and
other video format) material donations, acquired by the Library as a part of the AIDS History Project. Materials
range from Public Service Announcements (PSAs), television and radio news clippings, professional and amateur
documentaries and features, to rough cuts. All deal with the medical and social aspects of AIDS and HIV, with a
focus on prevention and correcting misconceptions about the disease.
UCSF AIDS History Project was started in 1987 to promote the preservation of historically significant resources
relating to the beginning of the AIDS Epidemic, focusing on the responses by community-based organizations
(CBOs) within San Francisco. In 1991 a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant was
received to fund the AIDS History Project Records Survey. More than 50 agencies were surveyed to identify the
records that should be permanently preserved. A second two-year NHPRC grant funded an extended survey of
collections and development of an acquisition plan. A major part of the project was providing instruction in
records management practices to the CBOs. A third NHPRC grant was received in 1993 for another two years for the
records acquisition and processing project phase; this grant lasted until July 1995, later extended to December
Number of containers: 10 Cartons
Linear feet: 12.5
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.
Collection is open for research.