NNLM PSR recently awarded the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), $138,370 for a subaward titled The San Francisco Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic: Digitizing and Providing Universal Access to Historical AIDS Records.
UCSF’s project supports a priority area for NLM and NIH by digitizing approximately 43,000-45,000 pages from 15 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area with the goal of making them widely accessible to the public. This project will chronicle the experience and struggles of communities of color and other marginalized communities during the onset of the AIDS epidemic.
The materials that will be digitized range from hand handwritten correspondence and notebooks to typed and printed reports and agency records. Photographic prints, negatives, transparencies, and posters will also be digitized. They will be added to a growing digital collection documenting the AIDS crisis established by UCSF on Calisphere and publicly accessible around the world. The materials will be digitized by the University of California, Merced Digital Assets unit that has been partnering with UCSF on successful collaborative digitization projects for more than 10 years. All materials selected to be digitized will be carefully examined for privacy concerns and the archivists will consult with an existing Advisory Board.
UCSF plans to partner with NLM’s History of Medicine Division and DPLA to create a collaborative AIDS history primary source set on the Digital Public Library of America in order to disseminate the project results and enable their educational use. UCSF will also promote the availability of this resource to organizations in the San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland, CA area. This project will be led by Polina Ilieva and Edith Escobedo will serve as a project archivist.
PSR is looking forward to the execution of this project!