MNHS Library Custom Header

AIDS Crisis in Minnesota

Online Resources

The Age of AIDS.  Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).  
Two-part Frontline documentary about the worldwide AIDS epidemic.  Includes historic timeline, additional interviews, maps, and other resources for understanding the history of this disease.  

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture.  U.S. National Library of Medicine.  
Digital collections and online exhibit, which takes its name from the 1987 book by and for people with AIDS that insisted people could live with AIDS, not just die from it. This exhibition presents their stories alongside those of others involved in the national AIDS crisis. 

Collections Outside of MNHS

AIDS History Project Collections, University of California San Francisco Library
The AIDS History Project holds the papers of some of the UCSF faculty members who were pioneers in AIDS research, patient care, and public health policy. Other major holdings include the records of Ward 84/86 at SFGH—the outpatient AIDS Clinic that formed the nucleus of what became the “San Francisco model” of AIDS care—and early records of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Other collections, such as the Bobbi Campbell Diary, are frank descriptions of the life and activities of PWAs (People with AIDS). Materials comprising the AIDS History Project are diverse, ranging from handwritten correspondence and notebooks to typed and printed correspondence and agency records to ephemera, printed magazines, and books. 

Quatrefoil Library, Minneapolis
The mission of Quatrefoil Library is to collect, maintain, document and circulate gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer materials and information in a safe and accessible space. Search "AIDS disease" in the library catalog to find a wealth of resources including biographies of AIDS patients, history of AIDS advocacy and activism, and more.   ​

Search Elsewhere

Gale Family Library • Minnesota Historical Society • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300
Tuesday: 9am to 8pm • Wed. to Sat.: 9am to 4pm • Sunday & Monday: Closed • Holiday Hours