L.A., San Francisco Archives Document History of AIDS
Archives in San Francisco and Los Angeles are using federal funding to document the history of AIDS in California and nationwide, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco and UC-San Francisco's special collections library were awarded a $170,000 shared grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The federal agency also donated about $195,000 to the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles, which used much of the money for the AIDS project.
Over the past three years, the archives have compiled hundreds of thousands of documents and other materials that help document the history of AIDS. The information is catalogued for visiting scholars.
The materials include minutes of the Los Angeles County Commission on AIDS' first meetings in 1987 and posters encouraging condom use. All of the artifacts and records were donated by residents or public agencies (Gordon, Los Angeles Times, 1/2).