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Finding Aid to the San Francisco General Hospital, Ward 84/86 Records, 1981-1991
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Record Group I Administrative Records 1981-1993

Physical Description: 9 Series, 138 Folders.

Carton 1, Folders 1/1-1/20

Carton 2, Folders 2/1-2/20

Carton 3, Folders 3/1-3/24

Carton 4, Folders 4/1-4/24

Carton 5, Folders 5/1-5/44

Carton 6, Folders 6/1-6/36

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of administrative records stem from Paul Volberding's office. Volberding, founder of one of the earliest AIDS Clinics and director of a program which has consistently had high media visibility, has been a well-known public figure since 1983. Thus he attracted a large volume of correspondence—from physicians with questions or referrals, Persons with AIDS (PWAs) requesting help, scientists and pharmaceutical companies wanting to collaborate, health care and educational organizations pursuing presentations, students, residents and working physicians seeking jobs or learning experiences, and an array of individuals writing with unsolicited messages. Over one third of the total collection is composed of Volberding's correspondence files. This correspondence begins in 1981 and contains information on numerous subjects. Beyond the documentation of the early history of AIDS and course of the disease, these letters also record the evolution of the clinic, scientific advances in AIDS research and treatment of its sequelae, and a host of social and political issues that materialized. The "Crank Letters" files are a particularly fascinating series that contains letters offering miraculous "cures", strange visions, and hate messages.
Another sizeable series is composed of the correspondence of Dr Constance Wofsy, a well known AIDS practitioner who was one of the first physicians in San Francisco to care for young men with severe immune dysfunction. A handful of her earliest letters pre-date the June 1981 CDC report on the newly recognized syndrome affecting gay men. Additional Wofsy files relate to her lectures, a PCP study group that met at SFGH during the mid 1980s, and the development of Project AWARE, an outreach to women with, or at risk of, HIV infection.
Correspondence from Dr. Donald Abrams can also be found in this record group, as well as administrative records documenting the activities of San Francisco General Hospital's AIDS Ward, such as meeting minutes, contract information, budget and financial information, and other AIDS related materials.
The record group is organized into nine series:
  • Correspondence, Dr. Paul Volberding
  • Correspondence, Lectures, and Conferences, Dr. Donald Abrams
  • Correspondence, Lectures, and Activities, Dr. Constance Wofsy
  • Contracts
  • Budgets and Finances
  • Staff Meetings
  • Committees
  • SFGH Ward 84 Documents
  • Other AIDS Related Documents.
 

Series 1 Correspondence, Dr. Paul Volberding 1981-1991

Physical Description: 70 Folders.

Carton 1, Folders 1/1-1/20

Carton 2, Folders 2/1-2/20

Carton 3, Folders 3/1-3/24

Carton 4, Folders 4/1-4/6
Carton 1, Folder 1

Letters to Volberding 1981

Carton 1, Folder 2

Letters from Volberding 1981

Carton 1, Folder 3

Letters to Volberding 1982

Carton 1, Folder 4

Letters from Volberding 1982

Carton 1, Folder 5

Letters to Volberding 1983

Carton 1, Folder 6

Letters from Volberding 1983

Carton 1, Folder 7

Letters to Volberding January-March 1984

Carton 1, Folder 8

Letters from Volberding January-March 1984

Carton 1, Folder 9

Letters to Volberding April-June 1984

Carton 1, Folder 10

Letters from Volberding April-June 1984

Carton 1, Folder 11

Letters to Volberding July-September 1984

Carton 1, Folder 12

Letters from Volberding July-September 1984

Carton 1, Folder 13

Letters to Volberding October-December 1984

Carton 1, Folder 14

Letters from Volberding October-December 1984

Carton 1, Folder 15

Letters to Volberding January-February 1985

Carton 1, Folder 16

Letters from Volberding January-February 1985

Carton 1, Folder 17

Letters to Volberding March-April 1985

Carton 1, Folder 18

Letters from Volberding March-April 1985

Carton 1, Folder 20

Letters to Volberding May-June 1985

Carton 2, Folder 1

Letters from Volberding May-June 1985

Carton 2, Folder 2

Letters to Volberding July-August 1985

Carton 2, Folder 3

Letters from Volberding July-August 1985

Carton 2, Folder 4

Letters to Volberding September-October 1985

Carton 2, Folder 5

Letters from Volberding September-October 1985

Carton 2, Folder 6

Letters to Volberding November-December 1985

Carton 2, Folder 7

Letters from Volberding November-December 1985

Carton 2, Folder 8

Letters to Volberding January-February 1986

Carton 2, Folder 9

Letters from Volberding January-February 1986

Carton 2, Folder 10

Letters to Volberding March-April 1986

Carton 2, Folder 11

Letters from Volberding March-April 1986

Carton 2, Folder 12

Letters to Volberding May-June 1986

Carton 2, Folder 13

Letters from Volberding May-June 1986

Carton 2, Folder 14

Letters to Volberding July-August 1986

Carton 2, Folder 15

Letters from Volberding July-August 1986

Carton 2, Folder 16

Letters to Volberding September-October 1986

Carton 2, Folder 17

Letters from Volberding September-October 1986

Carton 2, Folder 18

Letters to Volberding November-December 1986

Carton 2, Folder 19

Letters from Volberding November-December 1986

Carton 2, Folder 20

Letters to Volberding January-May 1987

Carton 3, Folder 1

Letters from Volberding January-March 1987

Carton 3, Folder 2

Letters to Volberding June-December 1987

Carton 3, Folder 3

Letters from Volberding April-June 1987

Carton 3, Folder 4

Letters from Volberding July-September 1987

Carton 3, Folder 5

Letters from Volberding October-December 1987

Carton 3, Folder 6

Letters to Volberding 1988

Carton 3, Folder 7

Letters from Volberding January-June 1988

Carton 3, Folder 8

Letters from Volberding July-December 1988

Carton 3, Folder 9

Letters to Volberding 1989

Carton 3, Folder 10

Letters from Volberding January-August 1989

Carton 3, Folder 11

Letters to Volberding 1990

Carton 3, Folder 12

Letters to/from Volberding and Persons with AIDS (Restricted) undated

Carton 3, Folder 13

Correspondence log undated

Carton 3, Folder 14

Memos from Volberding July 1985-February 1986

Carton 3, Folder 15

Memos from Volberding February-May 1986

Carton 3, Folder 16

Memos from Volberding June-October 1986

Carton 3, Folder 17

Memos from Volberding November 1986-April 1987

Carton 3, Folder 18

Memos to Volberding July-December 1985

Carton 3, Folder 19

Memos to Volberding January-April 1986

Carton 3, Folder 20

Memos to Volberding May-September 1986

Carton 3, Folder 21

Memos to Volberding October 1986-April 1987

Carton 3, Folder 22

Crank Letters 1981-1982

Carton 3, Folder 23

Crank Letters 1983-1984

Carton 3, Folder 24

Crank Letters 1985

Carton 4, Folder 1

Crank Letters 1986

Carton 4, Folder 2

Crank Letters 1987

Carton 4, Folder 3

Crank Letters 1988

Carton 4, Folder 4

Crank Letters 1989

Carton 4, Folder 5

Crank Letters 1990

Carton 4, Folder 6

Crank Letters 1991

 

Series 2 Correspondence, Lectures, and Conferences; Dr. Donald Abrams 1982-1985

Physical Description: 6 folders

Carton 4, Folders 4/7-4/12
Carton 4, Folder 7

Letters To Abrams 1984

Carton 4, Folder 8

Letters From Abrams 1984

Carton 4, Folder 9

Lectures & Conferences, Abrams 1982

Carton 4, Folder 10

Lectures & Conferences, Abrams 1983

Carton 4, Folder 11

Lectures & Conferences, Abrams 1984

Carton 4, Folder 12

Lectures & Conferences, Abrams 1985

 

Series 3 Correspondence, Lectures, and Activities; Dr. Constance Wofsy 1982-1991

Physical Description: 31 Folders

Carton 4, Folders 4/13-4/24

Carton 5, Folders 5/1-5/19
Carton 4, Folder 13

Letters and Memos 1982

Carton 4, Folder 14

Letters and Memos 1983

Carton 4, Folder 15

Letters and Memos 1984

Carton 4, Folder 16

Letters To Wofsy 1985

Carton 4, Folder 17

Letters From Wofsy 1985

Carton 4, Folder 18

Letters & Responses 1985

Carton 4, Folder 19

Letters To Wofsy 1986

Carton 4, Folder 20

Letters From Wofsy 1986

Carton 4, Folder 21

Letters To Wofsy 1987

Carton 4, Folder 22

Letters From Wofsy 1987

Carton 4, Folder 23

Letters To Wofsy 1988

Carton 4, Folder 24

Letters From Wofsy 1988

Carton 5, Folder 1

Letters To/Responses from Wofsy 1988

Carton 5, Folder 2

Letters To Wofsy 1989

Carton 5, Folder 3

Letters From Wofsy 1989

Carton 5, Folder 4

Letters From Wofsy 1990

Carton 5, Folder 5

Letters To Wofsy 1991

Carton 5, Folder 6

Letters From Wofsy 1991

Carton 5, Folder 7

Lectures, Wofsy December 1982-December 1983

Carton 5, Folder 8

WHO Sponsored APEX Training of Eastern European Physicians 1991

Carton 5, Folder 9

PCP Study Group 1987-1988

Carton 5, Folder 10

PCP Study Group 1989-1990

Carton 5, Folder 11

PCP Study Group, Members 1988-1990

Carton 5, Folder 12

AWARE 1985-1987

Carton 5, Folder 13

AWARE 1988-1989

Carton 5, Folder 14

AWARE, Status Report June 1987

Carton 5, Folder 15

AWARE, Specimen Processing undated

Carton 5, Folder 16

"AIDS and Prostitution: A Brief Summary" outline, C. Wofsy January 1986

Carton 5, Folder 17

"Control of Perinatally Transmitted [HIV] Infection; Care of Mothers, Infants and Children" February 1986

Carton 5, Folder 18

"Outpatient Treatment of PCP: Guidelines for Ward 86 Providers" undated

Carton 5, Folder 19

"Pulmonary Infection in AIDS", John Mills and Constance B. Wofsy circa 1985

 

Series 4 Contracts 1981-1987

Physical Description: 4 Folders

Carton 5, Folders 5/20-5/23
Carton 5, Folder 20

Contract: UCSF and City of SF Setting Up Outpatient AIDS Clinic at SFGH undated

Carton 5, Folder 21

Grant Proposal to NIH/NCI for Cooperative Study of AIDS October 1982

Carton 5, Folder 22

Supplemental Application to NIH/NCI for Cooperative Study of AIDS September 1983

Carton 5, Folder 23

Continuation Documents to NIH/NCI for Cooperative Study of AIDS 1984-1985

 

Series 5 Budget and Finances 1981-1987

Physical Description: 6 Folders

Carton 5, Folders 5/24-5/29
Carton 5, Folder 24

Funding Applications 1981-1982

Carton 5, Folder 25

AIDS Supplemental August 1984

Carton 5, Folder 26

Ward 86 Budget 1983-1984

Carton 5, Folder 27

Ward 86 Budget 1984-1985

Carton 5, Folder 28

Ward 86 Budget 1985-1986

Carton 5, Folder 29

Ward 86 Budget 1986-1987

 

Series 6 Staff Meetings 1987-1993

Physical Description: 5 Folders

Carton 5, Folders 5/30-5/34
Carton 5, Folder 30

Executive Staff Meeting Minutes 1987

Carton 5, Folder 31

Executive Staff Meeting Minutes 1988

Carton 5, Folder 32

Executive Staff Meeting Minutes 1989

Carton 5, Folder 33

Executive Committee Meeting Minutes 1992

Carton 5, Folder 34

Executive Committee Meeting Minutes 1993

 

Series 7 Committees 1983-1990

Physical Description: 10 Folders

Carton 5, Folders 5/35-5/44
Carton 5, Folder 35

Tissue Committee: Minutes and Correspondence September 1982-July 1984

Carton 5, Folder 36

Tissue Committee: Collaborative Studies Requesting Specimens December 1982- May 1984

Carton 5, Folder 37

Tissue Committee: Additional Requests for Specimens January 1984-March 1985

Carton 5, Folder 38

Task Force on AIDS; University Wide Task Force on AIDS 1983-1984

Carton 5, Folder 39

Advisory Committee for the AIDS Center October 1985- January 1986

Carton 5, Folder 40

Ad Hoc Committee for Public Policy on AIDS, Irwin Memorial Blood Bank; Minutes May 2, 1985

Carton 5, Folder 41

CMA Committee on AIDS and STDs; Minutes and other Documents January 27, 1986

Carton 5, Folder 42

CMA Committee on AIDS and STDs; Minutes and other Documents May 19, 1987

Carton 5, Folder 43

CMA Committee on AIDS and STDs; Documents on Propositions 96/102 1988

Carton 5, Folder 44

Mayor's HIV Task Force, Minutes and other Documents 1988-1990

 

Series 8 San Francisco General Hospital Ward 84 Documents 1982-1993

Physical Description: 17 Folders

Carton 6, Folders 6/1-6/17
Carton 6, Folder 1

Ward 86 and SFGH, Various Documents and Proposals 1982-1983

Carton 6, Folder 2

AIDS Registry: Entry Form and Screening circa 1983

Carton 6, Folder 3

Infection Control; Various Documents 1983

Carton 6, Folder 4

Summary of AIDS Activities at SFGH circa January 1984

Carton 6, Folder 5

Nurse Practitioner Protocols—changes 1985-1986

Carton 6, Folder 6

Handouts, SFGH Workshop; "Comprehensive Care of the AIDS Patient" September 1986

Carton 6, Folder 7

AIDSFILE Volumes 1-8 1986-1994

Carton 6, Folder 8

Landscaping, Memorial Garden near Ward 86 1987, 1990

Carton 6, Folder 9

AIDS Program Reorganization 1987-1988

Carton 6, Folder 10

AIDS Clinic Systems Analysis Report 1988

Carton 6, Folder 11

Handouts, SFGH AIDS Program Update August 1988

Carton 6, Folder 12

AIDS Program Newsletter, Issue #1-#4 November 1988- May 1989

Carton 6, Folder 13

Mission of AIDS Program at SFGH circa 1990

Carton 6, Folder 14

Future Plans for AIDS Program at SFGH, P Volberding Summer 1993

Carton 6, Folder 15

Overview of Current Knowledge on AIDS (Volberding) December 1986

Carton 6, Folder 16

SFGH AIDS Services: Official Histories, Descriptions 1992, 1993

Carton 6, Folder 17

Photos and Slides of Ward 86 Staff undated

 

Series 9 Other AIDS-Related Documents 1981-1990

Physical Description: 19 Folders

Carton 6, Folders 6/18-6/36
Carton 6, Folder 18

Research Subjects; Consent Forms, 1981-1983

Carton 6, Folder 19

Conant's Testimony to Rep H Waxman's Subcommittee; Los Angeles April 13, 1982

Carton 6, Folder 20

New Patient Protocol & Staging Protocol for KS Patients, KS Clinic June 1982

Carton 6, Folder 21

Mt Sinai/NYU Conf on Epidemic KS and Opportunistic Infections March 1983

Carton 6, Folder 22

Kaposi's Sarcoma Research & Education Foundation, Documents 1983

Carton 6, Folder 23

New York Academy of Sciences Conference on AIDS November 1983

Carton 6, Folder 24

"Confidentiality & AIDS Research" Draft Guidelines, AIDS Medical Advisory Committee (New York) December 1983

Carton 6, Folder 25

Blood Donor Information 1983

Carton 6, Folder 26

Bay Area Oncologists Malignant Lymphomas, Study Design circa 1983

Carton 6, Folder 27

AIDS Infection Control & General Info Packet for Health Care Providers circa 1983-1984

Carton 6, Folder 28

Laser Therapy of KS April 1984

Carton 6, Folder 29

Bathhouse Issue, Various Documents 1984

Carton 6, Folder 30

Research Studies in, or related to, San Francisco 1984

Carton 6, Folder 31

Dickinson versus Home Insurance, Deposition Dr Stephen Walters 1984

Carton 6, Folder 32

Report, AIDS Fact Finding Mission; NYC Delegation to SF January 1985

Carton 6, Folder 33

Alternative Therapies & Holistic Resources October 1988

Carton 6, Folder 34

Letters in Support of Jim Geary (Shanti Exec Dir) 1988

Carton 6, Folder 35

Controversy over Research Use of Placebos in Children, UCSF 1989

Carton 6, Folder 36

Joint Article by Volberding, Dobson and Thorne (of ACTUP) 1990

 

Record Group II Records of the 6th International Conference on AIDS 1990

Physical Description: 4 Series, 49 Folders.

Carton 6, Folders 6/37-6/48

Carton 7, Folders 7/1-7/37

Scope and Content Note

Records of the 6th International Conference on AIDS are included primarily because Volberding, along with UCSF's John Ziegler, was Co-Chair of this Conference, and nearly everyone in the AIDS Program was involved in planning and conducting the conference. The records preserved here document the planning, development, and course of the convention, with particular emphasis on the San Francisco community's involvement and the immigration issue which hung over the entire conference (series 4).
The record group is organized into four series:
  • Planning by Committees
  • Other Planning, Administration, and Execution
  • Primary Conference Staff
  • United States Immigration Ban on Persons with AIDS.
 

Series 1 Planning by Committees 1988-1990

Physical Description: 2 Folders

Carton 6, Folders 6/37-6/48

Carton 7, Folders 7/1-7/10
Carton 6, Folder 37

International Steering Committee; Meeting Minutes and Correspondence August 1988-May 1990

Carton 6, Folder 38

Administrative (Executive Committee); Meeting Minutes 1989

Carton 6, Folder 39

Administration (Executive Committee); Meeting Minutes undated

Carton 6, Folder 40

Administration; Various Documents undated

Carton 6, Folder 41

Program Committee; Minutes, Correspondence, and Other Documents September 1988-December 1989

Carton 6, Folder 42

Program Committee; Minutes, Correspondence, and Other Documents January 1990-August 1990

Carton 6, Folder 43

Program Committee; Track A (Basic Science) undated

Carton 6, Folder 44

Program Committee; Track B (Clinical Science & Trials) undated

Carton 6, Folder 45

Program Committee; Track C (Epidemiology & Prevention) undated

Carton 6, Folder 46

Program Committee; Track D (Social Science & Policy) undated

Carton 6, Folder 47

Program Committee; Reviewers undated

Carton 6, Folder 48

Program Committee; Plenaries and Introductory Seminar undated

Carton 7, Folder 1

Program Committee; Afternoon Session Speakers undated

Carton 7, Folder 2

Program Committee; Opening & Closing Ceremonies—Correspondence undated

Carton 7, Folder 3

Local Organizing Committee; Meeting Minutes January 1988-April 1990

Carton 7, Folder 4

Local Organizing Committee; Correspondence, Lists and Other Documents December 1987-August 1989

Carton 7, Folder 5

SFGH Planning Committee Spring 1990

Carton 7, Folder 6

Community Relations Advisory Committee; Correspondence 1989-1990

Carton 7, Folder 7

Community Task Force; Meeting Minutes and Reports July 1989-January 1990

Carton 7, Folder 8

International Visitors Committee undated

Carton 7, Folder 9

Communications Committee; Meeting Minutes and Correspondence October 1989-February 1990

Carton 7, Folder 10

Communications Committee; Report on Needs, Jim Bunn Spring 1990

 

Series 2 Other Planning, Administration, and Execution, 1988-1990 undated

Physical Description: 14 Folders

Carton 7, Folders 7/11-7/24
Carton 7, Folder 11

Financial Planning 1988

Carton 7, Folder 12

Legal Counsel undated

Carton 7, Folder 13

Lessons from Montreal; Advisory Letters and Reports undated

Carton 7, Folder 14

Logistics: City of San Francisco March 1989-April 1990

Carton 7, Folder 15

Security undated

Carton 7, Folder 16

Satellite Conferences Published in Advance Program undated

Carton 7, Folder 17

Other Satellite Conferences undated

Carton 7, Folder 18

Volunteer Program undated

Carton 7, Folder 19

Exhibits; Commercial undated

Carton 7, Folder 20

Exhibits; Non-Profit undated

Carton 7, Folder 21

Advance Program undated

Carton 7, Folder 22

Registrants by Country undated

Carton 7, Folder 23

Ephemera; Invitations, Passes, Tickets, Badges undated

Carton 7, Folder 24

Final Reports (Post Conference) 1990

 

Series 3 Primary Conference Staff undated

Physical Description: 4 Folders

Carton 7, Folders 7/25-7/28
Carton 7, Folder 25

Staff: William O'Conner, Conference Manager undated

Carton 7, Folder 26

Staff: Robert Wachter MD, Program Director undated

Carton 7, Folder 27

Staff: Lucy Felicissmo, Assistant Program Director undated

Carton 7, Folder 28

Staff: Director of Communications, Jim Bunn; Media Consultant, Dana Van Gorder undated

 

Series 4 United States Immigration Ban on Persons With AIDS 1989-1990

Physical Description: 9 Folders

Carton 7, Folders 7/29-7/37
Carton 7, Folder 29

Internal Discussion by Steering Committee & Conference Organizers January 1989-June 1990

Carton 7, Folder 30

Press Releases by Steering Committee & Conference Organizers May 1989-June 1990

Carton 7, Folder 31

Background on Ban, From National Lawyer's Guild & San Francisco AIDS Foundation undated

Carton 7, Folder 32

Correspondence; International AIDS Community April 1989-August 1990

Carton 7, Folder 33

Correspondence; Immigration & Naturalization Service and Dept of Justice April 1989-April 1990

Carton 7, Folder 34

Correspondence; U.S. Congress April 1989-June, 1990

Carton 7, Folder 35

Correspondence; Dept of Health and Human Services June 1989-April 1990

Carton 7, Folder 36

Correspondence; President Bush, State Dept, Agency for International Development May 1989-April 1990

Carton 7, Folder 37

Correspondence; National Commission on AIDS November 1989-December 1989