Guide to the Division of Science, Medicine and Society HIV/AIDS Reference Collection, 1979-2006
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1134
Creators:
Kondratas, Ramunas A.
Science, Medicine and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).
Dates:
1979-2006
bulk 1987-1993
Languages:
English
Some material is in Haitian Creole, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, and Spanish.
Physical Description:
3.5 Cubic feet
12 boxes, 3 oversized folders
Repository:
This collection consists of pamphlets, books, and a wide variety of printed matter and ephemera relating to HIV/AIDS. The collection was principally assembled by National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution curator Ramunas Kondratas.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Division of Science, Medicine, and Society HIV/AIDS Reference Collection contains a large amount of printed material representing how HIV/AIDS was depicted in popular culture, in the medical sciences, by activist groups, and by government agencies principally during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Most of the collection consists of pamphlets, brochures, reports, and other educational material designed to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the general public.
This collection includes correspondence and conference proceedings related to the history of HIV/AIDS. The materials were collected by NMAH curator Ramunas "Ray" Kondratas, working together with the AIDS history group that was part of the American Association for the History of Medicine. A number of bibliographies and resource guides to literature related to HIV/AIDS are included in the collection. Geographically, the material is primarily from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, with New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the general United States, as well as Lithuania and London, also represented in the collection.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is organized into five series.
Series 1, Educational Material and Advertisements, 1984-2004
Subseries 1, American Red Cross, 1986-1993, undated
Subseries 2, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Incorporated, 1985-1994, undated
Subseries 3, New York State Health Department, 1984-1991, undated
Subseries 4, Government of the District of Columbia, 1990-1996, undated
Subseries 5, United States Department of Health and Human Services, 1984-1995, undated
Subseries 6, Whitman-Walker Clinic, Washington, D.C., 1988-1996, undated
Subseries 7, Various Organizations, 1984-2004, undated
Subseries 8, Posters, Newspapers, and Ephemera, 1986-1994, undated
Series 2, Reports, Commissions and Bibliographies, 1981-1999
Subseries 1, Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Epidemic, 1987-1989
Subseries 2, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1981-1999
Subseries 3, National Library of Medicine (NLM), 1986-1993
Subseries 4, Other Organizations, 1987-1988
Series 3, Ramunas Kondratas, Correspondence and Collected Materials, 1979-1994, undated
Series 4, AIDS/HIV Related Press Clippings and Periodicals, 1982-2006
Series 5, Audiovisual Material, 1988

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The HIV/AIDS crisis that began in the 1980s is a defining event of the latter half of the 20th century. Once thought to be a disease affecting homosexual men only, the epidemic spread to the broader population of the United States and the world at large. The response to the epidemic came from many public and private organizations, some internationally known like the Red Cross and some at the local level such as the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C. Many organizations produced a variety of pamphlets, studies, and reports dealing with all aspects of the disease.
This collection consists of material collected by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Division of Science, Medicine, and Society. The bulk of the collection was assembled by curator Ramunas "Ray" Kondratas during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Noah Lenstra (intern), March, 2009; supervised by Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., archives technician.
Author
Noah Lenstra
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Ramunas Kondratas, curator, Division of Science, Medicine, and Society.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Researchers must use reference copies of audio-visual materials. When no reference copy exists, the Archives Center staff will produce reference copies on an "as needed" basis, as resources allow. Please ask staff to remove any staples before copying.
Preferred Citation
Division of Science, Medicine, and Society HIV/AIDS Reference Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Science, Medicine, and Society, 2008.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Political activists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lithuania Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pamphlets -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
HIV/AIDS awareness Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Leaflets Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Epidemics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gay activists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
AIDS (Disease) -- Prevention Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
AIDS (Disease) -- Lithuania Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Advertisements -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Science, Medicine and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI). Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives