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.
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.
The collection is organized into the following series:
All series are arranged alphabetically by subject
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.
Processed by: Gyuok Kim in 2012.
Collection record created by: Ian Banker
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Act Up Albany (N.Y.) Chapter Records, 1983-1992. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).
|1||1||A Handbook for Activists, ACT UP||1991|
|1||2||Activism, ACT UP Chapters, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Philadelphia, and Shreveport||1991-1992|
|1||3||AIDS Curriculum Lesson, City School District of Albany||Undated|
|1||4||AIDS Education and Preventive Guides and Programs||Undated|
|1||5||Correspondence, Albany Chapter||1990-1991|
|1||6||Correspondence, New York State||1989-1991|
|1||7||Draft of Personnel Policies for Regular Employees, Social Justice Center||1990|
|1||8||Health Systems Agency of Northeastern New York, Inc., Correspondence, Minutes, and Papers||1990-1991|
|1||9||Health Systems Agency of Northeastern New York, Inc., Correspondence, Minutes, and Papers||1991|
|1||10||Laws, Human Rights, Penal, and Public Health||Undated|
|1||11||Meeting Notes, Albany Chapter||1990|
|1||1||A First Step: AIDS Prevention for Drug Abusers, VHS Tape||Undated|
|1||2||Activism, ACT UP Chapters, Programs and Fliers||1989-1992, Undated|
|1||3||Activism, Albany Chapter, Programs, Fliers and Drafts||1989-1990, Undated|
|1||4||Activism, Cornell Cooperative Extension Workshop||1990|
|1||5||Activism, Miller Brewing Company Boycott Fact Packet||1990|
|1||6||Activism, Prisons and AIDS||1991|
|1||7||Annual Report of Albany County Department of Health||1988|
|1||8||Board of Education Policies, Massachusetts, New York, and San Francisco||1988, 1990-1991|
|1||9||Department of Social Services and the AIDS Institute, HIV Enhanced Fees for Physicians Program (HIV-EFD)||Undated|
|1||10||Exhibition of Brothers' Keepers Foundation, Russell Sage College Gallery||1990|
|1||11||HIV Regional Forum, State of New York Department of Health||1991|
|1||12||News Clippings||1983-1984, 1987-1991, Undated|
|1||13||News Release||1989-1990, Undated|
|1||14||Plan for HIV/AIDS Services in Northeastern New York, Draft||1990-1991|
|1||15||Public Comments on AIDS, Public Forum||1990|
|Oversized 1||1||Activism, Albany Chapter, Posters||Undated|
|Oversized 1||2||Activism, Posters and Fliers||Undated|
|1||1||A Guide to HIV Counseling and Testing, New York State||1988, 1990, 1991|
|1||2||Albany County Health Assessment||1988|
|1||3||AIDS Directories, New York State||1990-1991|
|1||4||AIDS in New York State, New York State Department of Health||1987-1989|
|1||5||AIDS New York's Response||1989|
|1||6||AIDS Surveillance Monthly Update, New York State||1990|
|1||7||AIDS Update, New York State Department of Social Services, Newsletters||1991|
|1||8||Budget of New York State||1990-1991|
|1||9||Focus on AIDS in New York State, Newsletters||1990-1991|
|1||11||HIV Regulations 1070 and 1072, New York State Division of Substance Abuse Services||1989|
|1||12||Icons and Actions; ACT UP and the Construction of a Nemesis, Research Paper||1991|
|1||14||Living with AIDS: United Church of Christ Perspectives||1988|
|1||16||National Commission on AIDS, HIV Disease in Correctional Facilities, Reports||1991|
|1||18||PWA Support, Newsletters||1989-1990|
|1||19||Reports||1987, 1989-1991, 1983-1992|
|1||20||Reports, ACT UP||1991|
|1||21||Report, Commission on Racial, Ethnic, Religious, and Minority Violence||1990|
|1||22||Report, Committee on Children, Youth, and Families||Undated|
|1||23||Reports, The Coalition for Safe Health Care||1991|
|1||24||Report, The VII AIDS Conference Report||Undated|
|1||25||Research Papers||1991, Undated|
|Oversized 1||3||Gay Community News, Newsletters||1988-1989|
|1||4||Gay Community News, Newsletters||1990-1991|
|1||5||Gay Community News, Newsletters||1991|