ACT UP New York records

Collection Data

Description
The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) was founded in March 1987 at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center in New York City's Greenwich Village as an organization devoted to direct action (demonstrations and civil disobedience) to call the attention of government officials, scientists, drug companies and other corporations, and the general public to the severity of the AIDS crisis and its impact on the lives of individuals. Records of the organization consist of administrative files, minutes, correspondence, records of demonstrations, financial documents, chapter and committee records, subject files, conference notes and programs, published and near-print materials, ephemera, fliers and handbills, photographs, artifacts, posters and placards documenting the organization's efforts.
Names
ACT UP New York (Organization) (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1969 - 1997 (Approximate)
Place: New York
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 10
Topics
AIDS (Disease)
Gays -- New York (State)
Sexual behavior
Sexually transmitted diseases
AIDS activists
Lesbians -- New York (State)
AIDS (Disease) and the arts
AIDS (Disease) in mass media
AIDS (Disease) -- Political aspects
AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects
Gay activists -- New York (State) -- New York
Genres
Posters
Ephemera
Photographs
Documents
Correspondence
Notes
Biographical/historical: The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) was founded in March 1987 at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center in New York City's Greenwich Village as an organization devoted to direct action (demonstrations and civil disobedience) to call the attention of government officials, scientists, drug companies, other corporations, and the general public to the severity of the AIDS crisis and its impact on the lives of individuals. ACT UP New York gained thousands of members in its first four years and expanded to more than 70 chapters worldwide. Through the years ACT UP orchestrated numerous demonstrations that contributed to changes in public policy regarding AIDS. As ACT UP developed, their members advised and informed in addition to participating in demonstrations. A large and important committee, Treatment and Data, grew to be vital to this mission. Out of ACT UP other noteworthy AIDS organizations arose, including the Silence = Death Project, the anonymous group of men that created the Silence = Death poster that became a rallying point for the early AIDS movement. ACT UP New York was at its peak of activity during the early 1990s. By 1996, the radically democratic organization harbored internal divisions over tactics and its relationship to both the AIDS and gay/lesbian movements. Divided, and with declining membership due to death and burnout, the coalition endured financial troubles, left their longtime workspace on West 29th Street, and donated their records to the New York Public Library. This end of an era for ACT UP coincided with a diminishing sense of crisis. In America, the combination of new treatments and greater availability, coupled with greater public education, made it possible to have AIDS and live.
Physical Description
Extent: 97.4 linear feet (234 boxes, 4 oversize folders, 4 tubes, 1 oversize item)
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16864445
MSS Unit ID: 10
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 56def7a0-c6bb-012f-77d1-58d385a7bc34
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