Slightly belatedly, I thought it would be good to do a blog post on some of our HIV/AIDS collections, to mark last week’s World AIDS Day.
Lisa Power is an activist for lesbian and gay rights, and also the policy director for the Terrence Higgins Trust. A founder member of Stonewall, her papers include many articles on gay rights, as well as diaries, photographs and papers from the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) and the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, among many others.
The collection has been briefly listed and is open to researchers. Although the overall theme of the collection is campaigning, there are some files on HIV/AIDS such as HCA/POWER/20, which contains a diary from a World AIDS conference, and HCA/POWER/17, papers from the Investment in Health meeting in Latvia in 1993. There may well be further material that could be revealed with more detailed cataloguing, so if you’re interested in using this collection then do let us know.
The AIDS Care Education Project (ACE) began in south-west London in 1988, as a response to the AIDS epidemic of the time. A membership organisation intended to help those with HIV/AIDS and prevent the spread of infection, it was also designed so that those affected by HIV/AIDS would have control over the policy and practice of the organisation, without having their HIV/AIDS status revealed. In the 1990s it became evident that HIV/AIDS was not exclusive to gay men, and the ACE project recognised this by extending their services to other communities, notably African refugee women.
We hold the company records of ACE, such as annual reports, constitution, committee papers and staff records (currently closed). We also have some legacy born-digital material in this collection, including some databases (HCA/ACE/3/5) that could potentially have great research value.
Similar to ACE, Body Positive was set up in 1985 to provide support, particularly counselling, to individuals with HIV. This included a telephone service, a hospital visiting group and a drop-in centre, as well as awareness-raising and advocacy. The papers include committee minutes, newsletters and publications, and correspondence.
Simon Watney, gay activist and art historian, has dedicated much of his working life to the fight against AIDS. Since 1986, when he left academia to concentrate on campaigning, he has chaired the Policy Group and the Health Education Group of the Terrence Higgins Trust, and was a founder-Trustee of The National AIDS Manual and of Gay Men Fighting AIDS. He has also written several books and articles on the subject.
The Watney archive is one of the largest in our Hall-Carpenter collection. Within the collection is Watney’s research materials and notes; articles, speeches and reports written by Watney; organisations with which Watney was involved, such as the GLF, OutRage! and the Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust; and a large number of materials regarding AIDS and art.
For more information about World AIDS Day please do look at the very informative http://www.worldaidsday.org. More information on our Hall-Carpenter collections can be found at http://www2.lse.ac.uk/library/archive/holdings/lesbian_and_gay_archives.aspx.