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Special Collections and Archives Public Health Subject Guide: HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS: Manuscript Collections

Franklin Abbott Papers, 1907-1910; 1933; 1942; 1950-2014 (Q108)
Franklin Abbott, who has practiced psychotherapy in Atlanta since 1979, is a writer, poet, artist, and gay activist. His papers include correspondence, writings and poetry, printed material, photographs, audio-visual recordings, and sound recordings that relate to Abbott's friendships and family, his creative works and his relationships with other artists, his exploration of spirituality, leadership in the Atlanta gay community, work as a psychotherapist, and activism.

Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Center Records, 1996-2002; undated (Q124)
The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Center, formerly The Atlanta Gay Center, served Atlanta's LGBT community from 1976 into the early 2000s.  Services of the Center included a helpline, HIV/STD clinic, library, publications, and space for programs and support groups. The Center's records, 1996-2002, undated, contain helpline call logs and printed material including flyers, handbooks, and training materials.

Maria Helena Dolan Papers (Q134)
Maria Helena Dolan is an activist, author and columnist. She helped to expand Atlanta's Pride March during the 1970s, and received national recognition for her "Defiant Dyke" speech at Atlanta's 1978 Anita Bryant protest. Her papers include newspaper clippings, reports, publications, textiles and artifacts, and they thoroughly document LGBTQ+ history locally, nationally and internationally.

Joining Hearts, Inc. Records, 1990-2014 (Q137)
Joining Hearts, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3), all volunteer, non-profit organization that has provided housing support to people living with HIV and AIDS in Atlanta since 1987. The group first worked with AID Atlanta to help raise funds enabling people with AIDS to remain in their homes. Since then, Joining Hearts, Inc. annually holds large fundraising events, with 100% of every dollar raised donated to the beneficiaries. The two main beneficiaries of the organization are AID Atlanta and Jerusalem House.

LGBTQ Institute's Jim Allen Papers, 1956-2016 (Q149)
The LGBTQ Institute's Jim Allen papers, 1956-2016 (bulk 1989-1993), includes articles, clippings, correspondence, flyers, petitions, and protest ephemera and photographs of the many protests ACT UP organized in Atlanta. The materials relate to the many challenges posed to people with HIV during the height of the AIDS crisis.

Gil Robison Papers (Q168)
The Gil Robison papers (1973-2011) consist of publications, legislative materials, pamphlets, handbooks and other materials relating to Gay life and AIDS in Atlanta.

Terri Wilder Papers, circa 1996-2007 (Q085)
Terri Wilder is an activist, HIV/AIDS advocate, and social worker who has worked in HIV patient services for over twenty years.

Andrew Wood Papers, 1987-2014 (bulk 1988-2014) Q121
Andrew Wood is a graphic designer and gay activist. His papers consist of flyers, newspaper clippings, correspondence, t-shirts, bumper stickers, as well as extensive materials relating to the Atlanta chapter of ACT-UP.

HIV/AIDS: Oral Histories

Franklin Abbott, September 30, 2011 (Q101)
Franklin Abbott was both in 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Buffalo, New York and Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Mercer College in Macon County in the 1960s, and later attended graduate school where he qualified as a therapist. For decades, Abbott has been associated with the Radical Fairies adn Gay Spirit Visions, both spiritual gay men’s groups. In addition to serving the community through spiritual practices and therapy, he is a writer and co-founder of the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival. Abbott's books include Boyhood: Growing Up Male, Men and Intimacy: Personal Accounts, and Pink Zinnia: Poems and Stories. Abbott continues both his literary work and therapy practice.

Franklin Abbott, December 14, 2015 (Q101)

Mr. Charlie Brown,  March 26, 2019 (Q101)
Mr. Charlie Brown is one of Atlanta's best-know and most beloved drag queens.

Susan Cornutt, October 2, 2019 (Q101)
Susan Cornutt has been living wih AIDS since 1987.

Maria Helena Dolan, August 14, 2019 (Q101)
Maria Helena Dolan is an activist, author and columnist. She helped to expand Atlanta's Pride March during the 1970s, and received national recognition for her "Defiant Dyke" speech at Atlanta's 1978 Anita Bryant protest. Her papers include newspaper clippings, reports, publications, textiles and artifacts, and they thoroughly document LGBTQ+ history locally, nationally and internationally.

David Garner, May 6, 2019; August 26, 2019 (Q101)
David Garner is an AIDS survivor.

Jeff Graham, August 8, 2014 (Q101)
Jeff Graham served as media coordinator for ACT UP/Atlanta. From 1994-2005, he served as the executive director of AIDS Survival Project, and he has been the Director of Georgia Equality since 2008.

Jeff Graham, September 25, 2014 (Q101)

Hallelujah Heroes Panel on AIDS, November 21, 2013
Panelists include Dave Hayward, Julie Rhoad, Dr. Jesse Peel, and Craig Washington

Allen Jones, September 21, 2010
Allen O. Jones (1937-) graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1960 and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve until 1965. He was chairman of the Georgia Federation of Young Republicans from 1963 to 1965. While working as an investment banker in the 1970s and 1980s, he owned and operated Shelly's Bar and Restaurant and organized the AIDS fundraising group Helping Hands of Atlanta. In 1992 he founded the Atlanta Executive Network (now the Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals) and served for five years as its first president.

Susan Levy, April 21, 2017
Psychotherapist and friend of Franklin Abbott, Levy worked with AIDS sufferers.

Sarah Lopez, September 5, 2014
An early responder to the mental health needs of the AIDS epidemic, she has co-facilitated a weekly pro bono HIV/AIDS therapy group for 21 years.

Gert McMullin, November 6, 2019 (Q101)
Gert McMullin has worked with the AIDS Memorial Quilt since the 1980's. 

Jesse Peel, January 17, 2010
Peel was an Atlanta-based psychotherapist. Witnessing the toll of the AIDS epidemic, he co-founded many of the major AIDS service organizations in Atlanta and Georgia, including AID Atlanta and Positive Impact, a mental health program for people with HIV and their friends, family and caregivers.

Tonya Poteat, June 6, 2008
AIDS activist and educator, Tonia Poteat has worked for the Global AIDS Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she helped to monitor HIV treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa and to develop guidelines that low income countries could use to initiate and improve their programs.

Ariane Reeves, September 30, 2019 (Q101)
An AIDS survivor, Reeves also nursed infected individuals.

David Reznik, October 1, 2019
Dr. Reznik is the director of the Oral Health Center of Grady's Infectious Disease Program, and serves as chief of the dental medicine service for the Grady Health System.

Julie Rhoad, August 12, 2019 (Q101)
Prior to joining The NAMES Project Foundation, Julie Rhoad enjoyed a successful career as a creative director, producer, and owner of Candler Creative, Inc., a firm providing innovations in communications strategy, and special event planning. She was also instrumental in bringing the Lesbian and Gay Welcome Center to Atlanta during the 1996 Olympic Games. Julie joined the NAMES project in 2002, and has served as its President and CEO since that time.

Julie Rhoad, September 5, 2019 (Q101)

Gil Robison, October 4, 2019 (Q101)
Gilbert C. (Gil) Robison was born in 1947, and moved with his parents from Scooba, Mississippi, to Atlanta in 1958. In the late 1960s, he moved to San Francisco and became active in the anti-war and civil rights movements. Founder of the original Atlanta Gay Center in 1976, Robison won election the Fulton County Democratic Party Executive Committee in 1977. He ran for the Georgia House of Representatives in 1988, the first openly gay political candidate in the state. He worked on LGBTQ issues and cases related to the AIDS epidemic as an attorney.

Jamey Rousey, November 6, 2019 (Q101)
Jamey Roussey is an AIDS survivor, and was actively involved with Atlanta's Buyer's Club

Rickie Smith, March 10, 2017 (Q101)
Rickie Smith has been President of In The Life Atlanta since 2012.

Craig Washington, May 29, 2019
Craig Washington is a well-known Atlanta-based activist

Roddy Williams, August 31, 2018 (Q101)
Roddy Williams has worked for the NAMES Project since ???

Andrew Wood,  June 24, 2014 (Q101)
When he moved to San Francisco to attend art school in 1980, Wood joined the thriving organization, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Affected by the AIDS epidemic, he returned to Atlanta and started an Atlanta Chapter of ACT/UP.

Andrew Wood, August 19, 2018 (Q101)

HIV/AIDS: Periodicals

Gender and Sexuality Periodicals

  • AID Atlanta Newsletter (Atlanta, GA), Fall 1984
  • Art & Understanding: the Journal of Literature and Art about AIDS (Albany, NY), Fall 1991; Winter, Spring 1992
  • The Body Positive: A Magazine About HIV/AIDS (New York, NY), Jan 1992; Jun 1999
  • Bridges / Dignity? (San Francisco, CA), 1983; 1987; 1989; 1991
  • Deliveries: THe Newsletter from Project Open Hand Atlanta (Atlanta, GA), 2000
  • The Drumbeat: Black Voices on AIDS (Los Angeles, CA), 2003
  • The Healthy Closet October 1978; March 1981 June/ July 1981
  • Hepatitis (Sugar Land, TX), Oct-Dec 2003
  • HIV Plus (Los Angeles, CA), Oct/Nov 2002; Apr, Nov 2004; Aug 2005; Dec 2006; Mar/Apr, Jul/Aug 2007
  • Hope Scope: The Hope Clinic -- News and Events (Atlanta, GA), Spring 2002
  • The Journal Of AID Atlanta (Atlanta, GA), January 1986
  • Kujisource (Los Angeles, CA), 1999-2003
  • Positive Impact Journal (Atlanta, GA), Summer 1998
  • Positively Aware: The Monthly Journal of Test Positive Aware Network (Chicago, IL), 1991-1995
  • Poz: Health, Life, HIV (New York, NY), Aug 1998; Jun-Jul, Sep- Dec 1999; Jan-Jul, Sep-Dec 2000; Jan-Apr, Jun 2001; Spring 2002;
    Summer 2003; Jan/Feb 2014
  • Quilt News: The Newsletter of the NAMES Project Foundation (San Francisco, CA), Winter 1999/2000
  • Survival News (Atlanta, GA), 2001-2003
  • Volunteers: The Newsletter for Volunteers and Supporters (New York, NY), Jan/Feb 1992; Jul/Aug 1993
  • Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures (Bainbridge Island, WA), Winter 1998

Women's Printed Collections: Periodicals

  • LoveNotes (Atlanta, GA: SisterLove, Inc.), 1995-1996

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