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HIV/AIDS epidemic writings and ephemera

Identifier: MS-1019

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains writings and ephemera related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic dated 1983-2021. The majority of the items were created in the 1980s and 1990s by HIV and AIDS activist and public health organizations in San Francisco. Many items are educational, such as an AIDS education activity book published in collaboration between the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and 18th Street Services, and “Recommended Standards for the Operation of Sex Clubs, Bathhouses, and Commercial Sex Establishments” by the Coalition for Healthy Sex. The collection also includes essays, poetry, and other creative writing by people living with or impacted by HIV and AIDS in effort to raise awareness and destigmatize the disease. Such items include the uncorrected proof Poets for Life: Seventy-Six Poets Respond to AIDS (1989) and a booklet produced by the Kiki Gallery in San Francisco on the occasion of their corresponding exhibition titled Sick Joke (1992). The collection also includes materials produced by organizations abroad, specifically two booklets which document public health projects by the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) in 2017-2018 and a booklet which features excerpts of oral history interviews titled Suma tu voz: historias orales de personas que viven con VIH (2012), published in Bogotá.


  • Creation: 1983 - 2021
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1989 - 1993


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.


0.38 Cubic Feet (1 letter-size document box)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Gerard Koskovich in October 2021.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in April 2024 by Kristen Diehl.

Guide to the HIV/AIDS epidemic writings and ephemera
Kristen Diehl
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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