Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Bay Area Physicians For Human Rights Records
Collection number: 1998-44
Bay Area Physicians For Human Rights
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society
San Francisco, California 94105
Abstract: Internal documents, activities, and correspondence document BAPHR's health care advocacy for gay, lesbians and bisexuals from
Physical location: Stored at the Archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco, California.
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection open for research.
Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
[Identification of Item], Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights Records, 1998-44, The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical
Donated to the Library by Chuck Meltzer, 19 January 1999. Meltzer obtained BAPHR organizational material through his long-term
association with the organization and as president of the BAPHR Board of Directors.
The Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights (BAPHR) is a physicians' organization devoted to improving health care for gays,
lesbians and bisexuals. Founded in the homophobic climate of 1977, BAPHR also provides support and information to health
care professionals. BAPHR spawned a national organization, American Association of Physicians for Human Rights (AAPHR) in
1981. AAPHR then came to be called the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA).
In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, BAPHR offered free information and HIV screening at their annual Health Fair. BAPHR
works in conjunction with other health advocacy groups on a local and national level. In 1989, BAPHR joined forces with the
AIDS Task Force of the San Francisco Medical Society to advocate a needle exchange program for the city of San Francisco.
Scope and Content of Collection
Meeting notes, BAPHR publications, reports, awards, BAPHR Health Fair documents, fundraising letters, photo, banner, correspondence
and documents from related organizations, 1980-1995 (1.5 linear feet) chronicle the activities of the Bay Area Physicians
for Human Rights (BAPHR). This collection illustrates how BAPHR worked with other Bay Area AIDS advocate groups to influence
The collection is divided into 5 series: INTERNAL DOCUMENTS, BAPHR HEALTH FAIR, CORRESPONDANCE, RELATED ORGANIZATIONS, ACTIVITIES.
BAPHR banner and awards plaques are located in Box 3. Each folder is listed within the appropriate series in the container
The series Internal Documents (1979-1995)includes meeting notes, publications, awards, bylaws, a photo, BAPHR banner and budget
information. The banner and award plaques are located in Box 3.
The series BAPHR Health Fair (1982-1985) includes the Health Fair planning documents, fundraising letters, programs, and exhibitor
information. The Health Fair was an annual event where participants could get free health screening (including but not limited
to HIV tests) in addition to health related information from local groups.
The series Correspondence (1986-1994)includes incoming and outgoing correspondence ordered chronologically in descending order.
BAPHR corresponded with legislators, advocacy groups, media affiliates and individuals. This series includes the ACT UP Golden
Gate correspondence with California State Senator Kopp (1991) over his refusal to meet with non-profit health advocacy groups,
The series Related Organizations (1988-1995)includes information on other organizations affiliated with BAPHR.
The series Activites (1983-1991)includes activities, proposals, and reports that BAPHR was involved with.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
San Francisco (Calif.)
ACT UP/Golden Gate, 1991, periodicals collection
Edward Zold Papers, 1993-1997.
League for Individual Freedom and Equality (L.I.F.E.), 1994, periodicals collection.