Exhibition on the Rise and Response to the AIDS Epidemic

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

Beginning November 25, the UCSF Library will host an exhibition from the National Library of Medicine that explores the rise of AIDS in the early 1980s and the evolving response to the epidemic over the last 30 years.  

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

This banner exhibition utilizes a variety of historic photographs, pamphlets, and publications to illustrate how a group of people responded, or failed to respond, to HIV/AIDS. The title Surviving and Thriving comes from a book written in 1987 by and for people with AIDS that insisted people could live with AIDS, not just die from it. Jennifer Brier, the exhibition curator, explains that “centering the experience of people with AIDS in the exhibition allows us to see how critical they were, and continue to be, in the political and medical fight against HIV/AIDS.” Surviving and Thriving presents their stories alongside those of others involved in the national AIDS crisis. For more information, view the official exhibition website.

UCSF AIDS History Project: Documenting the Epidemic

The UCSF Archives and Special Collections organized a companion exhibit that showcases materials from the AIDS History Project (AHP). The AHP began in 1987 as a joint effort of historians, archivists, AIDS activists, health care providers, and others to secure historically significant resources of the response to the AIDS crisis in San Francisco. This collection includes selected records from numerous AIDS-related agencies and community-based organizations in the Bay Area, diaries from AIDS activists, papers of clinicians, health care workers, and researchers working at SFGH and UCSF, as well as materials collected by social scientists and journalists. AHP continues to grow and its collections remain the most heavily used among Archives' manuscript holdings.


November 25, 2013 - January 4, 2014
UCSF Library, Parnassus Campus, main floor [location and hours]
Free, UCSF community and general public welcome 

Surviving and Thriving was produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Curated by Jennifer Brier, PhD, University of Illinois.

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