Norma Juarez and Guy Greenberg, the founding directors, would like to thank the individuals, institutions, and organizations that have supported the project. Kerri Lanoue was an original partner in the project when we conceived it during the spring semester of 2013. Kerri was instrumental in establishing our project scope and researching both paper documents and ACT UP Oral History Project interviews at the Manuscript and Archives Division of The New York Public Library. Kerri established the priciple that this work be designed with students in mind, particularly young people in high school who are unaware of the history of the AIDS epidemic, ACT UP, and LGBTQ communities. We want to thank Kerri for her hard work and wish her the very best as she completes her graduate studies in social work.
The United States of AIDS is due in large part to the existing work of the ACT UP Oral History Project. We’d like to thank Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman for access to and guidance in their collection, as well as the opportunity to talk through ideas. Jim had us proof transcripts the first year of our project. This painstaking labor turned out to be an incredible way of learning the collection itself. Included in AUOHP is Dan Cacace, an assistant to Jim and Sarah and student of library science. He has collaborated on, encouraged, and advocated for our work with OHMS.
The Manuscript and Archives Division of the New York Public Library has been indispensable to our project, providing us with access to documents, feedback, and encouragement for further digging in other archives. We are grateful for their support and for their generosity in answering even the smallest question we have had. A very special thanks to: John Cordovez, Nassima Hasnat, Thomas Lannon, and Tal Nadal. Many thanks and be sure to follow them on Twitter @NYPL_Archives!
Dean Laura Auricchio of the School of Undergraduate Studies at The New School has been supporter of the Digital Humanities Initiative, the home to our project. She has given our Professor Claire Bond Potter the opportunity and resources to oversee our research and carry the project into the future. We are thankful to have Dean Auricchio leading our program, both for her support of digital humanities and her advocacy of student-led projects.
United States of AIDS has an investment in narratives belonging to people of color, women, and other minorities within AIDS activism. The work of Julian De Mayo, a graduate student in Media Studies at The New School, helped us to develop that investment. His research on ACT UP’s Latino Caucus demonstrates how minority voices within the greater ACT UP were and still are marginalized, helping us imagine strategies to reverse that.
Winston Ford has been instrumental in the construction of our site. His help was necessary in integrating the OHMS viewer with our WordPress platform. Winston was able to negotiate hard coding, provide technical support, and experiment with mobile device compatibility.
The design of this website is due mostly to the creative work of Lynn del Sol. She has as much a skill for implementing our requests as she does for saying no when it’s needed. A former classmate of ours at The New School, Lynn has provided us with support and mentoring from the very beginning of the project. She’s a taskmaster who focuses us on what is most needed for the site. Lynn, your tough love is the best kind. We would also like to thank Diego del Sol, Lynn’s husband and a video editor, who helped us early on to work through audio-visual issues with OHMS. Thank you does not begin to describe how much we owe the both of you.
From viewing interviews and reading records in the archives to meeting former members of ACT UP in person, our work on AIDS activism would have been impossible without ACT UP’s New York Chapter. We admire the effort many living and deceased members went through and the countless contributions not just to the medical community but to social activism, political radicalism, and being there at the forefront, fighting the AIDS epidemic.
The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation funds art projects based or inspired by LGBTQ history. In September 2014, we were honored to receive a seed grant by the foundation to support our project and begin the process for our site to go live by Spring 2015. Having the foundation’s support allows helps assure our overall mission to preserving LGBTQ history in the digital age. We cannot thank the Arch and Bruce Brown for accepting us as a grantee and putting their trust in us to make this project accessible to all.
The Fund for the City of New York provides both fiscal and technical support for emerging, non-profit organizations. It continues to serve as a sponsor to our home organization, OutHistory.org. We would like to thank FCNY for working with OutHistory and incorporating our project.