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Milton Marks AIDS files, 1983-1992
SFH 42  
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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Archival Collections

  • Title: Milton Marks AIDS files,
    Date (inclusive): 1983-1992
    Collection Identifier: SFH 42
    Creator: Marks, Milton, 1920-1998
    Physical Description: 1 carton, 1 box (1.5 cubic feet)
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    info@sfpl.org
    Abstract: Milton Marks' files on the AIDS epidemic, accumulated during his tenure as California State Senator from San Francisco, including correspondence, newsletters, clippings, brochures, fliers, reports, workshop materials, minutes, press releases, briefings, project proposals, strategic plans, legislative drafts, and other publications and papers.
    Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

    Access

    The collection is open for use during the San Francisco History Center's open hours.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been assigned to the San Francisco Public Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items and the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Milton Marks AIDS Files (SFH 42), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

    Acquisition information

    Provenance uncertain.

    Biographical Note

    Milton Marks served as California State Assemblyman (1958-1966) and State Senator (1967-1996) from San Francisco for over thirty years.
    As a senator representing a district where AIDS had an early impact, Marks was an advocate for AIDS legislation, funding, and other government action at the State level. He co-authored SB-910, which created the California AIDS Advisory Committee in 1983 that was mandated to create a comprehensive statewide AIDS prevention, education, and information program in cooperation with the Department of Public Health.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of Milton Marks' files on the AIDS epidemic, accumulated during his tenure as California State Senator from San Francisco. The collection provides a view onto communications between the Senator's office and AIDS-related committees and task forces, local community-based organizations, the medical and academic communities, and city, state, and federal agencies and offices; as well as documenting the Senator's role in addressing the emergence of AIDS. Types of material include correspondence, newsletters, clippings, brochures, fliers, reports, workshop materials, minutes, press releases, briefings, project proposals, strategic plans, legislative drafts, and other publications and papers.
    Most documents are addressed to Marks and/or to Chris Bowman (Christopher L. Bowman), Marks' administrative aide from 1983-1986. A few are to Marks' wife, Carolene Marks, who was also active in responding to the issue.
    The amounts of material found under each folder heading varies widely; some headings contain one item, while others span two or more folders. Larger file headings represented are: "SF AIDS Foundation" and "Centers for Disease Control."

    Arrangement

    Folders are variously organized by organization or agency, topic, or type of data, as labeled by Marks' office and arranged in the order in which they were received by the San Francisco History Center. A few folder headings have been shortened or edited for clarity, and where dates given did not match folder contents, they have been replaced by actual dates of material. Items within folders are also arranged in the order in which they were received by the San Francisco History Center.
    One folder, labeled AIDS Services: Jewish Family & Children’s Services, was empty and has been removed from the collection.

    Related Archival Collections

    San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Office records (SFH 4), People vs. Owen Bathhouse Closure Litigation Records (SFH 31), San Francisco General Hospital AIDS Ward 5B/5A Archives (SFH 12).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Marks, Milton, 1920-1998 -- Archives
    AIDS (Disease)-- Government policy--California.
    AIDS (Disease)-- Law and legislation--California.
    AIDS (Disease)-- Political Aspects--California.
    AIDS (Disease)--California.
    California -- Politics and government
    San Francisco (Calif.)-- Politics and government.