From the New York Public Library
The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) was formed in 1987 to press for faster government approval of new, experimental AIDS drugs and for pharmaceutical companies to reduce the price of AIDS-related medications. Its demonstrations against the mayor, the cardinal, Wall Street, the National Institutes of Health, drug companies, and other targets mobilized thousands of people, drew extensive media attention, and led to dramatic changes in the way drug testing is organized in the United States.
The collection consists of memoranda, correspondence, ephemera, posters and placards, meeting minutes, and clipping files that document strategies, actions, demonstrations, and zaps. There is an extensive collection of medical and pharmaceutical information, including reports of clinical trials, testing and treatment, alternative and holistic counseling, drug development, and experimental treatment. International Conferences on AIDS, including AIDS in Africa, are well documented. There is an extensive collection of subject files on topics such as arts, education, legal issues, policy and law, AIDS in the workplace, records of the Latino caucus, life insurance, health insurance, human rights, safer sex campaigns, IV drug users, media, prison, public opinion polls, and women’s health issues. Included in the collection are newsletters and printed materials from other ACT UP chapters nationally and internationally.