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Finding Aid for the
ACT UP, ALBANY (N.Y.) CHAPTER
RECORDS, 1983-1992
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Finding Aid Compiled by
Gyuok Kim
June 2003



 
 
 
 
 
 

M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935


VOLUME: 2.47 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by the Social Justice Center in October 2000.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative History

Scope and content note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:


ACT UP, Albany Chapter
Administrative History

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In March 1987, ACT UP, AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power, was formed in New York City by a group of people as a diverse, nonpartisan organization of individuals united in anger and committed to ending the AIDS crisis.

ACT UP is a national and international nonpartisan activist group whose mission is to fight for "an end to the AIDS crisis." The goals of ACT UP's direct action include: explicit prevention education (such as distribution of condoms and sex education in schools), information about and access to treatments for AIDS, an end to discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS, including the loss of jobs and benefits, and an "emergency" effort to find a cure for the disease.

Since its inception in March 1987 at the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center in downtown Manhattan, the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power grew to thousands of members in more than 70 chapters in the U.S. and worldwide. ACT UP's non-violent direct action, often using vocal demonstrations and dramatic acts of civil disobedience, focuses attention on the crucial issues of the AIDS crisis.

On June 17, 1989, the Albany Chapter of ACT UP called for the city to distribute clean needles to drug users and reintroduce and pass a homosexual rights ordinance. In addition, ACT UP, a group whose purpose is to educate American youth about AIDS prevention, opened its first college chapter at the University at Albany, SUNY in 1990. The Albany Chapter was affiliated with the New York City ACT UP Chapter. A main goal of the group was to educate students and young people about AIDS.


ACT UP, Albany Chapter
Scope & Content Note

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The collection documents the activities of ACT UP, Albany New York Chapter, and other chapters from its creation in 1987 to 1992. The collection consists of administrative files such as handbooks for activists, activism in various chapters, the AIDS Curriculum Lesson for the City of Albany, AIDS education and preventive guides and programs, correspondence, minutes, and papers of the Health Systems Agency of Northeastern New York, Inc., from 1990 to 1991. It also includes several legal documents related to human rights, penal law, and public health law, and meeting notes.

Also included in the collection is a videotape, programs and fliers from Albany and other chapters, workshop programs, a boycott fact package, activism related to prisons and AIDS, board of education policies of Massachusetts, New York, and San Francisco. In addition, the collection includes materials from HIV regional forum, numerous news clippings and news releases, draft plan for HIV/AIDS services, and public comments on AIDS. The collection also includes publications about budget funding for AIDS in New York State, reports and research papers, journals, and newsletters published by other organizations.

The strengths of this collection are the posters, fliers, and other activism material from ACT UP chapters. In addition, most of the materials in this collection are in good condition. The collection's lack of administrative records for the Albany chapter is a weakness.

The inactive records of ACT UP/NY were deposited in the New York Public Library in 1996 and the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn also hold materials related to ACT UP activities in New York.


ACT UP, Albany Chapter
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Administrative Files, 1989-1992, .20 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically by subject.

This series contains records about the ACT UP Albany Chapter and other ACT UP chapters' materials dating from 1989 to 1992. It includes a handbook about ACT UP Chapter activism, AIDS education programs and lessons, correspondence and minutes, laws, and meeting notes.

Series 2: Subject Files, 1983-1984, 1987-1991, .83 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically by subject.

This series includes a VHS videotape titled A First Step: AIDS Prevention for Drug Abusers, material related to activism in Albany and other chapters, the annual report of the Albany County Department of Health including budget funding of AIDS programs, Board of Education policies, news clippings and news release from 1986 to 1991, and other materials from across the U.S.

Series 3: Publications, 1988-1992, 1.44 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically by subject.

This series documents many reports and publications relating to AIDS published by various organizations. Some of these organizations include the New York State Department of Health, Office of the Attorney General, and the New York African American Institute. Various newsletters and magazine, journals, and handbooks are also included.


ACT UP, Albany Chapter
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Administrative Files, 1989-1992

Box 1
Folder

1. A Handbook for Activists, ACT UP, 1991
2. Activism, ACT UP Chapters, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Philadelphia, and Shreveport, 1991-1992
3. AIDS Curriculum Lesson, City School District of Albany, no date
4. AIDS Education and Preventive Guides and Programs, no date
5. Correspondence, Albany Chapter, 1990-1991
6. Correspondence, New York State, 1989-1991
7. Draft of Personnel Policies for Regular Employees, Social Justice Center, 1990
8. Health Systems Agency of Northeastern New York, Inc., Correspondence, Minutes, and Papers, June 1990-June 1991
9. Health Systems Agency of Northeastern New York, Inc., Correspondence, Minutes, and Papers, June 1991-October 1991
10. Laws, Human Rights, Penal, and Public Health, no date
11. Meeting Notes, Albany Chapter, 1990


ACT UP, Albany Chapter
Box and Folder List

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Series 2: Subject Files, 1983-1984, 1987-1991

Box 1
Folder

1. A First Step: AIDS Prevention for Drug Abusers, VHS Tape, no date
2. Activism, ACT UP Chapters, Programs and Fliers, 1989-1992, no date
3. Activism, Albany Chapter, Programs, Fliers and Drafts, 1989-1990, no date
4. Activism, Cornell Cooperative Extension Workshop, 1990
5. Activism, Miller Brewing Company Boycott Fact Packet, 1990
6. Activism, Prisons and AIDS, 1991
7. Annual Report of Albany County Department of Health, 1988
8. Board of Education Policies, Massachusetts, New York, and San Francisco, 1988, 1990-1991
9. Department of Social Services and the AIDS Institute, HIV Enhanced Fees for Physicians Program (HIV-EFD), no date
10. Exhibition of Brothers' Keepers Foundation, Russell Sage College Gallery, 1990
11. HIV Regional Forum, State of New York Department of Health, 1991
12. News Clippings, 1983-1984, 1987-1991, and no date
13. News Release, 1989-1990, and no date
14. Plan for HIV/AIDS Services in Northeastern New York, Draft, 1990-1991
15. Public Comments on AIDS, Public Forum, 1990

Oversized Box 1
Folder

1. Activism, Albany Chapter, Posters, no date
2. Activism, Posters and Fliers, no date


ACT UP, Albany Chapter
Box and Folder List

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Series 3: Publications, 1988-1992

Box 1
Folder

1. A Guide to HIV Counseling and Testing, New York State, March 1988, February 1990 and February 1991
2. Albany County Health Assessment, 1988
3. AIDS Directories, New York State, 1990-1991br
4. AIDS in New York State, New York State Department of Health, 1987-1989
5. AIDS New York's Response, 1989
6. AIDS Surveillance Monthly Update, New York State, June, July, September, November, and December 1990
7. AIDS Update, New York State Department of Social Services, Newsletters, 1991
8. Budget of New York State, 1990-1991
9. Focus on AIDS in New York State, Newsletters, 1990-1991
10. Handbooks, 1989-1991
11. HIV Regulations 1070 and 1072, New York State Division of Substance Abuse Services, 1989
12. Icons and Actions; ACT UP and the Construction of a Nemesis, Research Paper, 1991
13. Journals, 1990-1992
14. Living with AIDS: United Church of Christ Perspectives, 1988
15. Magazines, 1991
16. National Commission on AIDS, HIV Disease in Correctional Facilities, Reports, 1991
17. Newsletters, 1990-1991
18. PWA Support, Newsletters, 1989-1990
19. Reports, 1987, 1989-1991, and no date
20. Reports, ACT UP, 1991
21. Report, Commission on Racial, Ethnic, Religious, and Minority Violence, 1990
22. Report, Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, no date
23. Reports, The Coalition for Safe Health Care, 1991
24. Report, The VII AIDS Conference Report, no date
25. Research Papers, 1991 and no date

Oversized Box 1
Folder

3. Gay Community News, Newsletters, February 1988-November 1989
4. Gay Community News, Newsletters, July 1990-May 1991
5. Gay Community News, Newsletters, May 1991-August 1991


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