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Edith Escobedo
Edith Escobedo
Edith is a Project Archivist for Archives and Special Collections. Contact Edith with questions about UCSF’s physical archives, digital collections, or with research questions pertaining to archival materials.

New Historical HIV/AIDS Records Now Online

In collaboration with UC Merced Library’s Digital Assets Unit, UCSF Archives and Special Collections digitized over 45,000 pages from 14 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area. The digitized material is now accessible via the California Digital Library platform, Calisphere and includes correspondence, brochures, reports, notebooks, negatives, newspaper clips, and photographic prints. Several new digital collections have been added to our digital holdings related to AIDS history including:

New material has also been added to digital collections already in the digital library including:

penny project brochure
African- Americans, AIDS history project
— ephemera collection, MSS 2000-31, box 1, folder 3
AIDS Events group photo
AIDS Events Photos, San Francisco General Hospital Historical Documents, SFGH 2015-002, box 11, folder 32
Lesbians and AIDS brochure
Lesbians, San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) records, MSS 94-60, carton 22, folder 27
Latinos AIDS brochure
Latinos, AIDS history project — ephemera collection, MSS 2000-31, box 1, folder 4
Native Americans AIDS poster
Native Americans, AIDS history project — ephemera collection, MSS 2000-31, box 1, folder 1
Asian-Americans AIDS brochure
Asian-Americans, AIDS history project — ephemera collection, MSS 2000-31, box 1, folder 2

NNLM PSR subaward project

These new records are a result of completion of a project titled The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records. This project chronicles the stories of marginalized communities and communities of color during the AIDS epidemic and was made possible by a subaward from the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region.

AIDS history primary source set

Another accomplishment of the project was the development of an AIDS history primary source set in collaboration with Aimee Medeiros, Associate Professor of History of Health Sciences at UCSF. The primary source set titled “BIPOC Activism” highlights BIPOC activism and AIDS outreach campaigns to communities of color during the early days of the AIDS epidemic. This new educational resource and tool can be used by students, teachers, and researchers.

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