Finding aid to the Deaf AIDS Center Collection, 1987-2011

Finding aid prepared by Tim Wilson
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
(415) 557-4567

Title: Deaf AIDS Center (San Francisco, Calif.) Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1987-2011
Date (bulk): 1987-1996
Identifier/Call Number: SFH 71
Creator: Deaf AIDS Center (San Francisco, Calif.).
Physical Description: 2.0 boxes (4 photograph albums + 1 DVD)
Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4567
Abstract: The Deaf AIDS Center Collection documents the educational and social activities of the Center through photographs, flyers, and ephemera.
Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.


The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Deaf AIDS Center Collection (SFH 71), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.


Albums donated by Frank Lester, December 2011. DVD recording of the 16th annual Deaf AIDS Memorial (December 3, 2005) donated by Daniel Sonnenfeld in 2012.

Historical note

The Deaf AIDS Center was founded in 1986 by Darol Nance. The original team members included St. Benedict's Church, Deaf Service Network–-North, Interpreting Service at St. Benedict's, Father Ken Canedo, Father Tom Coughlin, Garet Stark, and other staff and volunteers. In the 1990s, the Deaf AIDS Center became part of the University of California, San Francisco, Center on Deafness.

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the activities of the Deaf AIDS Center through albums of photographs and ephemera. The Center organized educational workshops and conferences, retreats, an annual memorial for those who died of AIDS, and quilt panel sewing bees for the NAMES Project. There is a videorecording of the 16th annual Deaf AIDS memorial service from 2005.


The collection is arranged into two series: Series 1. Albums; and Series 2. Audiovisual Materials. The albums are arranged in chronological order.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Deaf AIDS Center (San Francisco, Calif.).--Archives
Deaf AIDS Memorial (16th : 2005 : San Francisco, Calif.).
Nance, Darol Frank, 1937-2012.
AIDS (Disease)--Prevention.
Deaf--Health and hygiene--Congresses.
Safe sex in AIDS prevention.


Series 1 Albums, 1987-2011, undated

Physical Description: 4.0 albums
Oversize box 1, Album 1

1987-1993, 2011 (bulk 1987-1993)

General note

Photographs and ephemera: "1988-1989 Main Accomplishments of DSN AIDS Task Force"; Dec. 1987 AIDS Task Force monitors at Names Project Quilt showing; AIDS Task Force meeting; KQED night volunteers to answer TDDs; Women's Rap Meeting on AID; HIV Treatment week, Saturday health fair; Retreat for the AIDS Task Force, July 1989; Living With AIDS poster and photos, May 14, 1988; Christmas bake sale 1989; "AIDS and the Deaf Community: Taking Responsibility" January 21-24, 1990 program booklet, newletter article, and photos; St. Benedict Deaf AIDS Information Center, 1990 open house photos and flyers; Shanti Project practical training, April 1990; 7th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, May 20, 1990; Darol Nance's speech, June 29, 1991 at Deaf Memorial service; Deaf AIDS Memorial at Hearing Society, November 2, 1991; The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Fort Mason Center, June 21-24, 1990; Honoring Dr. Werdegar; Darol Nance at Oklahoma City University; ODAS Conference; wedding invitation and photos for James Velasco and Robert Suniga, 1991; flyers and photos for "Memorial Service 'A Remembrance of Deaf Friends'" June 23, 1990 hosted by Deaf Community AIDS Project; 8th San Francisco AIDS Candlelight Memorial and Mobilization, [1991?]; Pride Party, June 23, 1990; DSN retreat, September 14-16, 1990; Rainbow Deaf Society; Deaf AIDS Information Center; New York; "Living Memorial" Time (October 26, 1992) clipping and photos of AIDS Quilt display in front of the Washington Memorial, Washington, D.C.; flyer for distribution at Castro Street Fair 1993; AIDS Quilt making; Darol Nance and Frank Lester reviewing albums, 2011.
Oversize box 1, Album 2


General note

Photographs of several individuals with family and friends. Also includes photos of AIDS quilt panels, memorial gatherings, a flyer to honor John Darcy Smith at the AIDS Candlelight March (1989), a flyer for the Julio Nunez Genao memorial gathering, and notes and postcards to Darol Nance.
Oversize box 2, Album 3

Obituaries, 1989-1995

Oversize box 2, Album 4


General note

"Names of our friends from the San Francisco Bay Area Deaf Community who are always remembered." Includes: photographs of Deaf AIDS Memorial 1994; flyers for Living With The AIDS Virus presentation by Daniel Langholtz, "I Remember..." Deaf AIDS Memorial 1995, and A Community Forum presented by Deaf AIDS Project at U.C.C.D. and Deaf AIDS Center in March 1995; photographs at the Names Project; program for the 2nd Annual Bay Area Deaf Lesbian & Gay Community Awards Night on May 6, 1995; program and poster for Hear No Scream: AIDS in the Deaf Community by Thomas Holcomb presented by Ohlone College Sign Theatre in April 1995; flyer: "HIV/AIDS Services for Person who are Deaf or have Hearing Loss"; flyer: "The Deaf AIDS Project at UCSF"; photos of information tables at [Castro?] street fair, AIDS quilt panels; photocopy of Certificate of Honor from the Board of Supervisors, City and County of San Francisco designating April 30, 1996 to be Deaf AIDS Awareness Day"; announcement of the "new Deaf AIDS Center at U.C.S.F. Center on Deafness"; flyer for "I Remember..." 3rd annual Deaf AIDS Memorial 1996; newspaper clipping: "SJSU hosts conference: conference combines HIV, disabilities with education" ( Spartan Daily, March 4, 1994).

Series 2 Audiovisual Materials, 2005

Oversize box 2

16th Annual Deaf AIDS Memorial (San Francisco, Calif.), December 3, 2005

General note

Produced by the Deaf AIDS Center, a member organization of Deaf Communities Together, Inc. Approximate running time 60 minutes.