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Name of Creator: Aetna Life and Casualty Company.
Title: Aetna AIDS Collection
Date: 1986-1992 (bulk 1987-1990)
Reference Code: M162
Location Code: 56/1-2, FF6/D5
Extent: 5.75 cubic feet (6 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract: The records include photocopied newspaper and magazine clippings, journal articles, bibliographies, reports from research laboratories, pamphlets, brochures, and newsletters. While the majority of original publications are not included, full citations are noted in most cases. Topics include gay rights, discrimination against HIV-infected individuals, epidemiology, insurance, legal and legislative issues, surveys, Presidential politics, and medical research.
Historical Abstract: The Aetna Life and Casualty Company began collecting information on AIDS, HIV infection, and related issues in 1986 to stay abreast of the latest health care crisis. The collection was created and maintained by research staff at Aetna who made daily clippings from local, regional, and national newspapers and magazines and from national and international organization reports and conferences concerned with AIDS. Files were kept on AIDS, related issues, and key individuals concerned with the emerging epidemic until late 1991.
Language and Scripts: Materials mainly in English; some material in French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
System of Arrangement: The collection is organized alphabetically.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Center for Disease Control
  • Aetna Life & Casualty

  • AIDS (Disease)
  • AIDS activists
  • AIDS (Disease) -- United States -- Epidemiology
  • AIDS (Disease) -- United States -- Prevention
  • AIDS (Disease) -- Education
  • AIDS (Disease) -- United States
  • AIDS (Disease) -- United States -- Public opinion
  • AIDS (Disease) -- United States -- States
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Received from Paul Lasewicz, Archivist, Corporate Information Center, Aetna Life and Casualty Company.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Hanna Clutterbuck, June 2009; updated by Hanna Clutterbuck, June 2010.