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Archives and Special Collections Finding Aids
|Name of Creator:
|| AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP / Boston).
|| ACT UP / Boston (Raymond
Schmidt and Stephen Skuce) collection
||1987-2007 (bulk 1988-1995)
||57/1, FF4/D1-2, RS11/51
||12.35 cubic ft. (11 boxes, 2 flat file drawers, 1 rolled tube)
|Scope and Content Abstract:
||The material, dating from 1987-2007, documents the organization's
founding; the work of the Treatment Issues Committee, particularly
its efforts to improve the treatment and prevention of HIV-related
opportunistic infections; the planning of demonstrations and campaigns
targeting pharmaceutical and insurance companies, hospitals and medical
schools, and the Catholic Church; collaborations with other AIDS groups;
and clinical trial reviews and protocols. Subjects such as women and
AIDS, AIDS prevention, clinical trials, insurance coverage reform,
and community activism are documented, in addition to issues pertaining
to accelerated approval of experimental drugs, compassionate-use protocols
for drugs in development, needle exchange programs, and demonstrations.
The records comprise meeting minutes, notes, correspondence, ACT UP
/ Boston publications, newspaper clippings, flyers, clinical trial
reviews and protocols, and articles from medical and scientific journals.
The collection also contains fact sheets, statistics, newsletters
from other AIDS organizations, photographs, banners, buttons, posters,
||The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP / Boston) was founded
in 1987 by activists Raymond Schmidt, Stephen Skuce, Donald Smith,
and Paul Wychules to focus local efforts to speed up the development
of AIDS treatments, educational programs, and prevention strategies.
The membership was a diverse, nonpartisan group of people united in
anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis in Boston
and throughout the country. The organization was most active from
1988 1994 during which time it held demonstrations, die-ins,
sleep-ins, and vigils to increase public awareness of the AIDS epidemic.
Through its efforts, Astra, a major pharmaceutical manufacturer was
persuaded to allow expanded access to its experimental drug outside
the clinical trial setting, and the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance
Company changed its policy to cover the cost of off-label use of a medication
for people with AIDS. Moreover, ACT UP / Boston was responsible for
making the City of Boston one of the first cities in the country to
institute a needle exchange program for IV drug users.
|Language and Scripts:
||The material is mainly in English with the exception of some documents
|System of Arrangement:
||Arranged in five series: 1. Administration; 2. Campaigns
and Demonstrations; 3. Clinical Trial Protocols; 4. Collaborations;
and 5. Audio-visual material and Memorabilia.
|Subjects and Contributors:
- AIDS (Disease) -- Massachusetts -- Boston Metro Area
- Clinical trials -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United
- Drug approval -- United States
- AIDS (Disease) in women -- Massachusetts
- AIDS activists -- Massachusetts
- Health care reform -- Massachusetts
- Safe sex in AIDS prevention -- Massachusetts
- Intravenous Drug Users -- Massachusetts -- Boston Metro Area
- HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection
- People Living With HIV (PLWH) -- Massachusetts -- Boston Metro
|Conditions Governing Access:
|| The collection is unrestricted.
|Immediate Source of Acquisition:
||Received from Raymond Schmidt and Stephen Skuce of Cambridge, MA
in two installments on 29 November 2007 and 5 February 2008.
|Related Archival Materials:
Leno, Harry W. Personal Papers Collection at the Boston Public
||Finding aid prepared by Kimberly Reynolds, February 2008; updated
by Hanna Clutterbuck, July 2009. Funding for the processing of this
collection was provided by Raymond Schmidt and Stephen Skuce.