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AIDS Action Foundation records

Identifier: MS2212

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, reports, articles, videocassettes, memos, meeting minutes, photographs, financial records, press releases, and early organizational records such as by-laws. The records in this collection present to researchers the varied methods and actions taken by AIDS Action to advocate on a national level for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and the organizations that serve these individuals. AIDS Action has four main strategies including informing through policy positions, connecting diverse organizations in a shared focus on HIV/AIDs, advocating to members of the United States Congress, and promoting a call to action of the nation’s leaders. The records in this collection provide opportunities for researchers to observe all four strategies and analyze these efforts for the past twenty years. These records date from 1984-2006.


  • 1984-2006
  • Majority of material found within 1993 - 2005


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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.

Historical note

AIDS Action is a national organization dedicated to the development, analysis, cultivation, and encouragement of sound policies and programs in response to the HIV epidemic. Their methods include the dissemination of information and the building and use of advocacy on behalf of all those living with and affected by HIV.

AIDS Action has been instrumental in the development and implementation of major public health policies to improve the quality of life for the estimated 850,000 - 900,000 Americans who are HIV positive. The AIDS Action Council collaborates with the greater public health community to enhance HIV prevention programs and care and treatment services; and to secure comprehensive resources to address community needs until the epidemic is over. In 1984, three years into the U.S. HIV epidemic, elected officials on Capitol Hill were inactive and silent as the epidemic’s impact grew from affecting gay men in New York and San Francisco to affecting every population and community in the United States. In response to the federal government’s seeming indifference, groups of volunteers organized at the local level to educate their communities on HIV prevention, to care for those living with the virus, and to grieve for those lost to AIDS-defining conditions. Yet the need remained for a national voice of authority, compassion, and reason to engage and motivate our elected officials and our country. With this in mind, a handful of the nation’s first and largest community-based AIDS service organizations came together to create this voice, which they called AIDS Action.


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This collection contains correspondence, reports, articles, videocassettes, memos, meeting minutes, photographs, financial records, press releases, and early organizational records. These materials together relate the work of the AIDS Action organization both the Foundation and the Council. These records date from 1984-2006.


Organized into 9 series: Committee and Board of Directors, History, National Organizations Responding to AIDS (NORA), Ryan White Care Act and Ryan White Foundation, Legislation, Newspaper articles and other press, Graphics, Audio and visual materials, Other AIDS organizations

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Aids Action Foundation, 2007 (Accession 2007.019)

Preliminary Guide to the AIDS Action Foundation records, 1984-2006
Finding aid prepared by Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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

2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America