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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 013527824

ACT UP Oral History Project Digital Collection, 2002-2015.


The ACT UP Oral History project is a collection of interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, New York.


  • 2002-2015.


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


15 boxes
Each person interviewed was recorded on videotape, some digital photos were taken and interview transcripts were generated. Edited versions of each interview were created from archival footage. HCL is acquiring all the materials, including archival footage. Fifteen boxes of tapes are stored at the Harvard Depository, and electronic content is stored in the Harvard Digital Repository Service.

Biographical / Historical

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 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.

Tapes and transcripts for the ACT UP Oral History Project are archived at Harvard University, under the stewardship of the Western Languages Division, Widener Library.


The collection is organized as a series of interviews, arranged chronologically by interview date.
ACT UP Oral History Project. ACT UP Oral History Project digital collection: A Finding Aid
Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University Repository

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