ACT UP Oral History Project

The ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) Oral History Project digital collection is a series of 186 oral history interviews, undertaken between 2002 and 2015, pertaining to AIDS activism in New York. The project was coordinated by Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman, with camera work by James Wentzy (in New York) and (on the West Coast) S. Leo Chiang and Tracy Wares. The Harvard Library has provided funding and expertise to make this material available to researchers.

The purpose of this project is to present comprehensive, complex, collective, and individual pictures of the people who have made up ACT UP/New York. The ACT UP activist organization originated in New York City late in the 1980s in response to the AIDS epidemic and crisis. ACT UP developed an approach and engaged in activities that had major impact upon AIDS-related therapies and research, the Gay/Lesbian community, the performative and expressive arts, human rights, and American activists and activism.

To view the complete collection, please see the HOLLIS record:

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