AIDS History Project

Location: University of California San Francisco Library and Center for Knowledge Management
Archives and Special Collections
AIDS History Project
530 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94123-0840

Phone: (415) 476-8112

Contact: Lisa Mix, Manager, Archives and Special Collections


Internet address:

Hours: Tue-Wed, by appointment only.

Wheelchair Access: yes


The AIDS History Project (AHP) is a collaboration of historians, archivists, AIDS activists, and others, to preserve the history of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. The current phase is sponsored by the University of California, Library and Center for Knowledge Management, Archives and Special Collections. Cooperating partners in the project include the San Francisco Public Library and the Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California. These institutions, along with UCSF, will preserve and maintain the materials collected as a result of this phase of the project.

The primary objective of this phase of the AIDS History Project is to secure documentation of the response to the AIDS crisis in the city of San Francisco during the first thirteen years, particularly the development and effect of community based organizations and activist coalitions. It is our intent to acquire, arrange, and describe the most fertile and most vulnerable records from these agencies, and deposit them in local cooperating repositories open to all researchers. In addition, AHP encourages preservation of records that cannot be accessioned during the project's lifetime. Additional phases of the AIDS History Project are currently being considered. A natural area in which the AIDS History Project could expand is documentation of the community research effort.

Information about holdings

  • Manuscripts: yes
  • Organizational records: yes
  • Printed material: yes
  • Objects/ephemera: yes
  • Film/Video/Sound: yes
  • Photographs: yes
  • Other holdings/notes: 132.5 cubic ft. including items marked above.

Time periods/geographical regions documented:

The AIDS History Project spans the first 13 years of the AIDS epidemic, ca.1981-1994, within the San Francisco Bay Area.
Significant People/organizations/subjects documented:

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health, AIDS Office (at SFPL)
  • AIDS Treatment News, AIDS Service Providers Association
  • Bay Area HIV Support & Education Services
  • GAPA Community HIV Project
  • Healing Alternatives Foundation
  • Mobilization Against AIDS
  • Multicultural Training Resource Center
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • National Task Force on AIDS Prevention
  • San Francisco AIDS Foundation
  • San Francisco General Hospital AIDS Program
  • Third World AIDS Advisory Task Force
  • Women's AIDS Network
  • AIDS/ARC Vigil Records (at GLHS)
  • AIDS Healing Alliance (at GLHS)
  • ACT-UP San Francisco (at GLHS).

Individuals (indirectly documented):
  • Sandra Hernandez, M.D.
  • Paul Volberding, M.D.
  • Constance Woofsy, M.D.
  • John Ziegler, M. D.

Collecting interests

Additional phases of the AIDS History Project are currently being considered. A natural area in which the AIDS History Project could expand is documentation of the community research effort.

Use requirements

[None noted.]
Comments about access/use:

Certain categories of documentation carry restrictions on access. Certain researchers are required to pay reading room and other fees.


Research space, copying, audiovisual facilities, reference assistance on site, telephone reference, Internet reference (email/web), and loan agreements for exhibits.
Other services/notes:

Special services associated with the reproduction and use of rare and unique materials.

Indices, finding aids, collection descriptions

Finding aids exist for all of the AIDS History Project Collections and are available in the department and online through our web site. MARC records available in the UCSF catalog and MELVYL (UC system-wide catalog).

News about collections

Collection updates will be available on the web site.