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Jim Graham papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS2013
This collection contains two distinct portions of records created by Jim Graham. The first series concerns his work as Executive Director of the Whitman/Walker Clinic. These records include personal files of Jim Graham, constitution and by-laws for Whitman-Walker Clinic, correspondence, financial records, photographs, videocassettes, audio cassette tapes, executive meeting minutes, annual reports and other publications of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, publications and materials of other AIDS-related organizations, scrapbooks, newspaper articles, brochures, conference publications, property information, posters, and buttons related to Whitman-Walker events.

The second series relates to Graham's work as a member of the District of Columbia Council. Part of this series is not yet processed. Please see staff for assistance.

An additional donation was added to the collection in 2015. This donation is divided between the two series with the boxes marked with both numbers and letters (Ex, Box 1A).

Dates

  • 1973-2012

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Series 2 also contains accordion files that are closed to researchers until such time as the Donor indicates in writing that this restriction may be lifted or until January 2018, whichever comes first.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Extent

73.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

Records include personal files of Jim Graham, constitution and by-laws for Whitman-Walker Clinic, correspondence, financial records, photographs, videocassettes, audio cassette tapes, executive meeting minutes, annual reports and other publications of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, publications and materials of other AIDS-related organizations, scrapbooks, newspaper articles, brochures, conference publications, property information, posters, and buttons related to Whitman-Walker events.

Biographical Note

James Graham (August 26, 1945 - June 11 2017) served as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia representing Ward One from 1999 to 2014. Prior to this service, he served as the Executive Director of the Whitman-Walker Clinic for almost fifteen years. Much of the Clinic's success can be attributed to Graham's high-profile leadership and tireless advocacy. In 1998, Graham was appointed to a three-year term on the first Board of Trustees of the new George Washington University Hospital.

In addition to his service to the Whitman-Walker Clinic, Graham has been a member of many other AIDS-affiliated organizations. Since 1983, he has been a member of the D.C. AIDS Task Force, a member of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Action Council and the National Lesbian and Gay Health Foundation. His advocacy of AIDS research has led to membership on the Coalition for Consumers Health and Safety, the Advisory Committee of the Washington AIDS Partnership, and the Advisory Board of Concerned Citizens on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Inc., a project of the Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church. He has also held the positions of Treasurer and Board Member for the National AIDS Network.

Graham's work with AIDS has taken him to Poland and Thailand, as well as to numerous national and international conferences. In 1989, he was invited to Cracow, Poland to discuss the gay community's response to AIDS at an HIV conference sponsored by Project Hope, the World Health Organization, and the Polish Ministry of Health. In 1991, he traveled to Thailand where he was able to gain another glimpse at the international state of AIDS.

The mission of the Whitman-Walker Clinic is ". . .a non-profit community-based health organization serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Established by and for the gay and lesbian community, the clinic is comprised of diverse volunteers and staff who provide or facilitate the delivery of high quality, comprehensive, accessible health care and community services. Whitman-Walker Clinic is especially committed to ending the suffering of all those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS."

In 1973 five men, known as the Gay Men's Venereal Disease Task Force, organized in response to the growing number of sexually transmitted diseases affecting gay men. They formed the Gay Men's VD Clinic (GMVDC) and affiliated themselves with the Washington Free Clinic to provide a place where gay men could receive testing and treatment. The success of the clinic in meeting the needs of gay men prompted its leaders to expand the scope of their services to include a wider range of health care services for gay men and lesbians. The GMVDC separated from the Washington Free Clinic in 1977 and in 1978 the Whitman-Walker Clinic was officially created.

The Whitman-Walker Clinic was named after Dr. Mary Walker and poet Walt Whitman, two individuals who volunteered their services to care for the wounded during the American Civil War. The Clinic's intent was to continue the tradition of providing volunteer health care services to those in need. The official charter states that the goals of the Whitman-Walker Clinic are to establish, develop, and operate in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area a nonprofit health service to promote the prevention and eradication of illnesses and diseases among gay people. The Clinic's first operating office was located at 1606 17th Street, NW. Over the next decade the services provided by the Whitman-Walker Clinic expanded in response to the growing needs of the gay community, and eventually to the needs of the larger society as a whole, as the AIDS epidemic spread throughout the general population.

In 1980, in response to growing financial difficulties the Clinic moved to a space on 18th Street in Adams Morgan. In 1987, the Whitman-Walker Clinic moved its location to a larger space on 14th and S Streets. The services it provided continued to grow, in particular into the areas of suburban Virginia and Maryland. The Whitman-Walker Clinic began to focus more on providing AIDS-related services and programs emphasizing education, prevention, and early testing for the HIV/AIDS virus were steadily developed as the Clinic moved into the 1990's. The Whitman-Walker Clinic has grown into one of the most respected AIDS service and gay and lesbian health organizations in the nation.

Jim Graham was the Executive Director of Whitman-Walker from 1984-1999.

Collection Organization

Organized into two series: Jim Graham/Whitman Walker Clinic records and Jim Graham/D.C. Council records

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jim Graham in three accessions. One in 1999, one in 2007, and the most recent in 2015.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Jim Graham papers, 1973-2012
Status
partially_processed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2015
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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Washington 20052 United States of America