The Archives and Special Collections department of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library, in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, was awarded a $315,000 implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2017. The collaborating institutions are digitizing about 127,000 pages from 49 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area and make them widely accessible to the public online. In the process, collections whose components had been placed in different archives for various reasons will be digitally reunited, facilitating access for researchers outside the Bay Area.
The 24-month project, “The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing, Reuniting, and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records” will commence on July 1, 2017. The 127,000 pages from the three archives range from handwritten correspondence and notebooks to typed reports and agency records to printed magazines. Also included are photographic prints, negatives, transparencies, and posters. The materials will be digitized by the University of California, Merced Library’s Digital Assets Unit, which has established a reputation for digitizing information resources so that they can be made available to the world via the web. All items selected for digitization will be carefully examined to address any privacy concerns. The digital files generated by this project will be disseminated broadly through the California Digital Library, with the objects freely accessible to the public through both Calisphere, operated by the University of California, and the Digital Public Library of America, which will have an AIDS history primary sources set.
“A digital repository of 127,000 pages from 49 collections from these three institutions not only allows the collections to ‘speak’ to one another in novel ways, but makes them accessible to a broad array of audiences. Within academia, historians of medicine and public health will be joined by sociologists and historians of gender, sexuality, and journalism, for starters. They will be eager to make such remarkable primary source materials available to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students alike. But such materials have a far wider potential audience,” said Scott H. Podolsky, M.D., Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.
Haipeng Li, University Librarian, University of California, Merced Library stated that “the UC Merced Library is very pleased to be partnering on this project, which builds upon our long-standing collaboration with UCSF Library to digitize rare and unique materials in the health sciences. Our students and researchers, especially those involved in UC Merced’s growing public health program, will benefit from wider access to the AIDS history materials and I am sure the experience and expertise of our staff will enable them to contribute significantly to the success of the project.”
Bolan (Robert K.) papers
Dr. Robert Bolan was a community doctor and served as President of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF). He was also active in Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights (BAPHR), the National Coalition of Gay Sexually Transmitted Disease Services (NCGSTD), and consulted with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Campbell (Robert) diary
Diary of Robert (Bobbi) Campbell, nurse and self-identified “AIDS Poster Boy.” Campbell was one of the first and most public People with AIDS (PWA). The diary runs from July 1983 through February 1984 and is a frank description of his life and activities during this time. Numerous snapshots are also included.
Conant (Marcus A.) papers
Marcus A. Conant, MD, professor of dermatology at UCSF, helped lead San Francisco’s first coordinated medical response to the AIDS epidemic. Material, dated 1981-1993, relates to the UCSF Kaposi’s Sarcoma (K-S) Clinic, AIDS research pursued by Conant, and the K-S (later San Francisco AIDS) Foundation.
Deeks (Steven) papers
Dr. Steven G. Deeks is a Professor of Medicine in Residence at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a faculty member in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. The collection documents his involvement in the controversial baboon bone marrow transplant to an AIDS patient in 1995.
Dritz (Selma) papers
Selma K. Dritz, MD, MPH played a seminal role in the early AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. As assistant director of the Bureau of Disease Control of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, she tracked cases of what by mid-1982 was known as AIDS, collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and UCSF in helping to establish the etiology and epidemiology of the disease, and educated the gay and straight communities about AIDS recognition and prevention.
Francis (Don) papers
Dr. Donald Francis has over 30 years of experience in epidemic control and vaccines, and has worked on HIV/AIDS since its emergence in 1981. He initially directed the AIDS laboratory at the CDC and worked closely with the Institut Pasteur. His early efforts were chronicled by Randy Shilts in the book, And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic. In 1992, he joined Genentech to develop vaccines and later co-founded VaxGen.
GAPA Community HIV Project
Records of GAPA Community HIV Project (GCHP), which grew out of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) HIV/AIDS Committee, dated 1989-1995. GCHP was one of the first organizations in the country to provide a spectrum of culturally appropriate direct services for Asians and Pacific Islanders living with AIDS and HIV.
Garrett (Laurie) papers
Laurie Garrett is a noted science journalist and public health and policy advocate who has written extensively on global health systems, chronic and infectious diseases, and bioterrorism. She has authored several books, including the best-selling The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance.
Greenspan (John) papers
John S. Greenspan is, among other titles, UCSF Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Oral Pathology, former UCSF School of Dentistry Associate Dean for Global Oral Health, Director-Emeritus of UCSF AIDS Research Institute, and founding director of the UCSF Oral AIDS Center and UCSF AIDS Specimen Bank. He discovered the lesion hairy leukoplakia, its association with EBV, and the significance of this and other oral lesions in the natural history of HIV/AIDS related diseases.
Institute for Health Policy Studies - AIDS Resource Program
Material collected by the AIDS Resource Program of UCSF’s Institute for Health Policy Studies to use as reference materials to meet their goal of providing information and education on the San Francisco Model of HIV/AIDS services and to assist in their analysis of other HIV/AIDS health and social services policies and programs.
Jacobson (Mark) papers
Dr. Jacobson is a clinician, educator, and researcher who has specialized in HIV/AIDS and its complications since joining the UCSF faculty in 1986. The collection includes calendars, index cards with patient symptoms and medication, electronic records (including his PalmPilot), photographs, Triomune 30 box, and other materials.
Levy (Jay) papers
Jay Levy is an AIDS and cancer researcher at UCSF. He discovered xenotropic viruses, or retroviruses do not infect their species of origin, in the early 1970s, and also independently discovered the AIDS virus, HIV, in 1983. The collection includes Levy’s lab notebooks and grant files.
Lewis (Angie) papers
Material donated by Carole Angela “Angie” Lewis after she was interviewed by Sally Smith Hughes as a part of the oral history series, The AIDS Epidemic in San Francisco. It consists primarily of conference materials, correspondence and writings by Lewis concerning her educational work on HIV and AIDS from 1982-1991.
Mobilization Against AIDS
Documents the founding, administration and work of Mobilization Against AIDS also known as MOB. MOB was a California-based national advocacy and lobbying organization working against anti-AIDS initiatives and governmental policies, promoting the testing of new AIDS drugs, and generally drawing attention to the AIDS epidemic around the world.
Multicultural AIDS Resource Center
The Multicultural AIDS Resource Center (MARC) was a subsidiary project of the Multicultural Training Resource Center (MTRC). MTRC was created in 1984 in the Bay Area by Sala Udin, an experienced community organizer. MARC was created to train the statewide contractors that serve people of color about multicultural approaches to AIDS education and prevention.
National Lawyers Guild AIDS Network
Consists of publications, position papers, correspondence, and files on particular issues with which the National Lawyers Guild AIDS Network had been involved. The two main issues documented in this collection are HIV in prisons and immigration of persons with HIV/AIDS.
National Task Force on AIDS Prevention
Documents the establishment, development, and growth of the National Task Force on AIDS Prevention (NTFP), which grew out of the National Black and White Men Together AIDS Committee, to address education and prevention issues within multi-cultural and minority communities. The collection also contains material from the Center for Positive Care and the CARE Council.
Newmeyer (John) papers
John Newmeyer is an epidemiologist at the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic in San Francisco. In 1983, Newmeyer instituted a needle exchange and bleach distribution program to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS among intravenous drug users. Collection includes Newmeyer manuscripts, publications, and reports, as well as research files, ephemera, and artifacts.
Rappoport (Claire) papers
Claire Rappoport serves as community liaison to the International Network for Strategic Initiatives in Global HIV Trials (INSIGHT) Clinical Trials Network. Collection includes various AIDS-related materials collected and produced by her, including ephemera, audiovisual and computer media.
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Records from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF), originally the Kaposi’s Sarcoma Research and Education Foundation (KSREF), from its founding in 1982 through 1995. The mission of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) is to hasten the end of the AIDS epidemic and its impact on society, through education, advocacy, and client services.
Shanti Project Records
The Shanti Project was founded in 1974 by Dr. Charles Garfield, to provide emotional support for people with life-threatening illnesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. The project’s focus on one-to-one peer support provided by trained volunteers became a new standard in the care of the terminally ill. This collection includes materials dating from both before and after the Shanti Project changed its focus from life-threatening illness in general to AIDS exclusively in 1984.
Sixth International Conference on AIDS
Material related to the Sixth International Conference on AIDS that was held in San Francisco, California from June 20-24, 1990. The University of California, San Francisco was the primary sponsor, with the World Health Organization, the City and County of San Francisco, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the International AIDS Society as co-sponsors.
Stoller (Nancy E.) papers
Research and writing files of sociologist Nancy Stoller (who also worked under the name Nancy Shaw), as well as posters, a large pamphlet file, and other ephemera. The bulk of the collection focuses on Stoller’s AIDS research for the book, Lessons from the Damned: Queers, Whores and Junkies Respond to AIDS and Women Resisting AIDS: Feminist Strategies of Empowerment. Additional material related to healthcare for prisoners and Latinas and breast cancer.
Third World AIDS Advisory Task Force
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, founded approximately 1985. Principal founders included Ernest Andrews, Calu Lester, Larry Saxon, and other early leaders like Norm Nickens and Pat Norman.
UCSF AIDS Health Project records
The UCSF AIDS Health Project was founded in 1984. The AIDS Health Project was among the first manifestations of a community that had committed to respond, to treat itself, and it became among its most enduring. It was a manifestation that turned out to be a productive response, a treatment. Now known as the UCSF Alliance Heath Project, their mission is to support the mental health and wellness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities in constructing healthy and meaningful lives.
UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) records
The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) was established in 1986 as a program of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). CAPS mission was “to conduct rigorous theory-based research that will have maximum impact on the theory, practice, and policy of AIDS prevention.”
Volberding (Paul) papers
Paul Volberding is a UCSF oncologist and AIDS researcher who helped found the first inpatient ward for persons with AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital in 1983. In addition to patient care, he has also focused on the development of antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS, and serves as co-director of the UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research, and director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure, and Director of Research for UCSF Global Health Sciences. Collection includes photographs, publications, and records regarding Volberding’s HIV/AIDS research and advocacy efforts.
Wofsy (Constance) papers
Constance Wofsy, MD, (1943-1996) was a prominent UCSF and SFGH physician, researcher, and leader in the HIV/AIDS field. The collection contains correspondence, research papers, journal articles, travel arrangements, teaching material, and audio/visual material, dated 1981-1991.
Women's AIDS Network (WAN)
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.
Ziegler (John L.) papers
Correspondence, grant and project proposals, notes, research papers and ephemera connected to Dr. Ziegler’s work dealing with AIDS related cancers, particularly Kaposi’s Sarcoma, and his work as co-chair of the Sixth Annual International AIDS Conference, which was held in San Francisco in 1990.