Guide to the World AIDS Institute Collection
NMAH.AC.1266

Administrative Information

Repository Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, 2012

P.O. Box 37012
 Suite 1100, MRC 601
 Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
 Phone: 202-633-3270
 archivescenter@si.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with cotton 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.

Conditions Governing Use note

Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.

Accruals note

The World AIDS Institute continues to add to this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, by the World AIDS Institute in February 2012.

Processing Information note

Processed by Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., archives specialist, February 2012; supervised by Vanessa Broussard-Simmons, archivist.

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Summary Information

Repository
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Creator - Creator
Johnson, Chad, co-founder
Creator - Creator
Purdy, David, co-founder
Title
World AIDS Institute Collection
ID
NMAH.AC.1266
Date [inclusive]
1986-2012
Extent
1.00 Cubic feet; 3 boxes
Location note
As of October 2012 this collection is located off-site at the Garber Facility, Building 19, Suitland, Maryland.
Language
English
Abstract
The World AIDS Institute (WAI) Collection contains correspondence and publicity material of the WAI as well as educational materials, pamphlets, publications, and ephemera collected by them, "to document and preserve the global history of AIDS."

Preferred Citation note

The World AIDS Institute Collection, 1986-2012, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

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Biographical/Historical note

The World AIDS Institute (WAI) provides direction to AIDS organizations, assisting them in securing their own AIDS history. One of their core missions is preserving the history of the HIV and AIDS epidemic and the lives it has touched. The WAI motto is "Behind every statistic is a story."

From the WAI website: "The Mission of the World AIDS Institute is to document and preserve the global history of AIDS. As each day passes, establishing a comprehensive record of the fight against AIDS becomes more difficult, and more individual stories of personal devastation and triumphs of the human spirit are lost to us forever. The World AIDS Institute is dedicated to creating innovative projects designed to preserve that history. A substantial part of our commitment is to ensure the stories of those who led the fight against AIDS and the stories of those who we lost are never forgotten."

The World AIDS Institute (WAI) was founded by David Purdy and Chad Johnson. WAI's corporate entity, originally called the Friends of the AIDS Museum received it's 501(c)(3) status on June 5, 2001. WAI was re-launched on June 7, 2011--commemorating 30 years of AIDS (June 5, 1981 was the first government publication). Purdy, co-founder and chief executive officer dedicated over twenty years to educating about and destigmatizing AIDS. Purdy successfully fought his own battle with HIV while championing new science and technology protocols. During the 1980’s Purdy led the global campaign to encourage the acceptance of anabolic steroids as treatment for the AIDS-Wasting Syndrome along with Dr. Walter Jekot, with a focus on hormone therapies using anabolic steroids. Hormone testing and treatment is now standard care for all patients living with HIV. Purdy also created the magazine NUMEDX covering nutrition, medicine, exercise and alternative therapies. The magazine circulated to more than a half a million subscribers worldwide.

Chad Johnson, co-founder, chief operating officer and general counsel of WAI during the past 22 years, worked in a variety of capacities, including work for not-for-profit, political, and legal organizations, to promote social justice. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Johnson served as a federal law clerk and later as an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLC. He served as co-chair of the board of directors of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN); acted as national general counsel for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and AIDS PAC. In the 1990s, he volunteered at the Legal Aid Society of D.C. and the Whitman-Walker Clinic, Washington D.C.. Johnson served as the deputy national director for business leader outreach and deputy national director for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues for the presidential campaign of Vice President Al Gore. He was the executive director of the national LGBT Democrats organization, National Stonewall Democrats.

Reference: WAI website, accessed February and March 2012

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Scope and Contents note

The World AIDS Institute Collection contains correspondence and publicity material of the WAI as well as their collection of educational material, pamphlets, publications, and ephemera.

This collection is arranged into five series.

Series 1, Correspondence, 2001, undated, contains correspondence related to WAI as well as the HIV and AIDS community. It includes correspondence between the White House and DECAIDS, a committee created to fund a proposed AIDS Museum. It also includes a copy of a 2001 letter from George W. Bush to the HIV and AIDS community that was published in  Numedx.

Series 2, World AIDS Institute Publicity Materials, 2012, undated, contains materials generated by WAI in support of their mission. These include programs, fundraising materials, bookmarks, and a publicity brochure for the AIDS 2012 Reunion.

Series 3, Teaching Materials, 1987-1993, undated, contains material expressly developed to teach about HIV and AIDS, including teaching aids for junior high and high school from a variety of sources.

Series 4, Publications, 1986-1996

Series 5, Audiovisual, 1999

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged into five series.

Series 1, Correspondence, 2001, undated

Series 2, World AIDS Institute Publicity Materials, 2012, undated

Series 3, Teaching Materials, 1987-1993, undated

Series 4, Publications, 1986-1996

Series 5, Audiovisual, 1999

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Materials in the Archives Center

John Manuel Andriotte Victory Deferred Collection, 1901-2008, undated (AC1128)

Division of Science, Medicine, and Society, HIV and AIDS Reference Collection, 1979-2006, undated (AC1134)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Collection, 1942-2012, undated (AC1146)

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Records, 1877-2009, undated (AC1282)

Helping People with AIDS Records, 1989-2004, undated (AC1283)

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Audiovisual materials
  • Correspondence -- 20th century
  • Ephemera -- 20th century
  • Ephemera -- 21st century
  • Magazines (periodicals) -- 20th century.
  • Memorabilia -- 20th century

Subject(s)

  • HIV/AIDS awareness
  • Homosexuality
  • Medical care
  • Medical education
  • Medical innovations
  • Medical sciences
  • Medicine -- 1970-2000
  • Medicine -- Communication system
  • Medicine -- Research

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. This collection is currently located off-site at Building 19, Garber Facility, Suitland, Maryland.

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1: Correspondence, 2001

Box Folder

Correspondence, 2001, undated

1 1

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 Series 2: World AIDS Institute (WAI) Publicity Materials, 2012, undated

Box Folder

Publicity materials, 2012

1 2

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 Series 3: Teaching Materials, 1987-1993

Box Folder

"Me, My World, My Future", Teen-Aid for junior high school, 1987

1 3

"Sexuality, Commitment & Family", Teen-Aid for senior high school, 1989

1 4

AIDS Awareness Trading Cards (two packets), 1993

1 5

AIDS Awareness Trading Cards display box, 1993

3 5

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 Series 4: Publications, 1986-1996

Box Folder

Confronting AIDS, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science

1 6

The AIDS Cover-Up?, Antonio, Gene, 1987

1 7

AIDS is Looking for You, pamphlet, 1987

1 8

Gays, AIDS and You, Rueda, Enrique T. and Schwartz, Michael, 1987

2 1

AIDS and the Education of Our Children, United States Department of Education, 1988

2 2

The Nation Reacts to AIDS: A Report from Six Cities, Doble, John and Johnson, Jean, 1988

2 3

Covering the Plague AIDS and the American Media, Kinsella, James, 1989

2 4

Risky Times, Blake, Jeanne, 1990

2 5

AIDS Patient Care, 1993

2 6

AIDS: Rage & Reality: Why Silence is Deadly, (autographed) Antonio, Gene, 1993

2 7

Being Christian in the Age of AIDS, Bennett, Thaddeus and Robinson, Gene, 1996

2 8

Numedx, magazine, 1998

3 1

Numedx, magazine, 2000

3 2

Numedx, magazine, 2001

3 3

Numedx, magazine, 2003

3 4

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 Series 5: Audiovisual, 1999

Box Folder

"AIDS: Changing the Rules", 1999

3 6

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