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Guide to the Alan Klein Papers
ca. 1980-1995
 MSS 118 MSS 118

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Collection processed by Processed by: Matt Moore, 2001.

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Alan Klein Papers
Dates: ca. 1980-1995
Abstract: The Alan Klein Papers represent Klein's, a New York based public relations consultant and long-time gay activist, collection of materials that chronicle the Gay-rights movement. The collection includes correspondence, flyers, periodicals, press clippings, T-shirts and other materials which focus on the activities of Act Up (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), and Queer Nation, among others.
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS 118

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Historical/Biographical Note:

Alan Klein, a New York based public relations consultant, has been a long-time gay activist and was recently the Communications Director at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (  GLAAD). He collected these materials which chronicle the gay-rights struggle through the 1980's and early 1990's.

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    Scope and Content Note

    The Alan Klein Papers are a part of the Downtown Collection at the Fales Library, New York University. The Fales Library is the primary special collections division of the NYU Libraries, housing nearly 200,000 volumes of English and American literature from 1700 to the present. Strengths of the collection include the development of the English and American novel, with an emphasis on the Gothic and the Victorian novel, and the post-1975 Downtown New York scene.

    The Alan Klein Papers are a diverse collection of materials, including correspondence, fact sheets, flyers, healthcare reports, minutes, periodicals, press clippings, T-shirts and other materials, which collectively document the activities of Act Up (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and Queer Nation, as well as the social and political issues central to their causes. Throughout the processing of these papers, Klein's original folder groupings and titles were maintained as much as possible. These folders were then filed alphabetically under the series titles Act Up, Queer Nation, AIDS, and General Files based on the content of their materials.

    Arrangement

    Folders are arranged alphabetically.

    The files are grouped into six series.

    1. Series I: Act Up
    2. Series II: Queer Nation
    3. Series III: AIDS
    4. Series IV: General Files
    5. Series V: Periodicals
    6. Series VI: T-Shirts

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    Access Points

    Subject Names

    • Klein, Alan

    Document Type

    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Correspondence.
    • Fliers (printed matter)
    • Magazines (periodicals)
    • Minutes.
    • Official reports.
    • Reports.
    • T-shirts.

    Subject Organizations

    • ACT UP (Organization).
    • Queer Nation (Organization).
    • United States. Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic.

    Subject Topics

    • AIDS (Disease) and mass media.
    • AIDS (Disease) -x Social aspects -- New York (State) -- New York.
    • Gay liberation movement.

    Subject Places

    • New York (N.Y.)

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    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Access Restrictions

    Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival materials.

    Use Restrictions

    Collection use is subject to all copyright laws. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Director of Fales Library and Special Collections. Please contact fales.library@nyu.edu. or call 212 998 2596.

    Preferred Citation

    Published citations should take the following form:

    Identification of item, date (if known); Alan Klein Papers; MSS 118 ; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections
    , New York University Libraries.

    Separated Material

    There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials but that have been physically separated or removed.

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    Container List

    Series I: Act Up

    Scope and Contents note

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 1 Folder : 1 Action Committee
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 2 Act Now
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 3 Act Now-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 4 Act Up Report
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 5 Administrative Files (Calendars, Agendas, Proposals)
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 6 AIDS Drugs Now, 5/2/1989
    1989
    Box: 1 Folder : 7 Albany March, 1990
    1990
    Box: 1 Folder : 8 Chapters (other than New York City)-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 9 Church Action-Stop the Church
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 10 Contact Lists
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 11 Coordinating Committee
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 12 Coordinating Committee Proposals
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 14 "Did You See?" Files
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 15 Election 1988-Clippings
    1988
    Box: 1 Folder : 16 Fact Sheets
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 17 Fact Sheets
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 18 Fact Sheets
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 19 Fact Sheets
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 20 Fact Sheets re: Other Groups
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 21 FDA Action
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 22 Features re: Act Up
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 23 Features re: Act Up-Radical America, vol. 20, no. 6, Nov./Dec. 1986
    1986
    Box: 1 Folder : 24 Flyers
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 25 Gay Freedom Ride
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 26 Gay Pride '89
    1989
    Box: 1 Folder : 27 General (Membership Packet, Minutes, Proposals, Administrative Files)
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 28 Housing Issues re: People with AIDS (PWAs)
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 29 Leaflets
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 30 Leaflets (Other Groups)
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 31 Media Committee
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 32 Media Committee Press Releases
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 33 Montreal International Conference on AIDS, June 1989
    1989
    Box: 1 Folder : 34 Montreal Manifesto-A National AIDS Treatment Research Agenda
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 35 National March on Washington, October 1987
    1987
    Box: 1 Folder : 36 New Jersey Chapter
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 37 New Jersey Chapter
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 38 New Jersey Chapter-Outcry
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 39 New York City
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 40 New York Post Editorial by Karl Soehn re: Article Entitled "The Man Who Gave Us AIDS"
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 41 Outreach Committee
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 42 Republican and Democratic Conventions
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 43 Speakers Bureau Subcommittee
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 1 Target City Hall
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 2 Target City Hall: An AIDS Activist's Guide to New York City in 1989
    1989
    Box: 2 Folder : 3 Target City Hall-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 4 Target City Hall-Flyers
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 5 Target City Hall-Mayor Ed Koch's Response
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 6 Target City Hall-Press Packets
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 7 Wall Street
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 8 Wall Street-Criminal Court Case
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 9 Wall Street-Criminal Court Case
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 10 Weekly Reports
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 11 Zaps/Actions
    undated

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    Series II: Queer Nation

    Scope and Contents note

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 2 Folder : 12 Chronology
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 13 Contacts
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 14 Correspondence
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 15 Demonstrational Graphic Designs
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 16 Flyers and Fact Sheets
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 17 Minutes/Agendas
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 18 Press Clippings
    undated

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    Series III: AIDS

    Scope and Contents note

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 2 Folder : 19 Addiction (Drugs)
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 20 Advocates-Pride Guides
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 21 American Foundation for AIDS Research
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 22 Antibody Testing-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 23 Art and AIDS
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 24 Articles
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 25 ATEU (AIDS Treatment Evaluation Units)
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 26 Clippings
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 27 Community Based Clinical Trials
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 28 Correspondence
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 29 Demonstrational Graphic Designs
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 30 Demonstrational Graphic Designs
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 31 Discrimination
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 32 Discrimination-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 33 Education
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 34 Education-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 35 Editorials
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 36 Experimental Drugs
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 37 Experimental Drugs
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 38 Gays and the Catholic Church
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 39 General Information
    undated
    Box: 2 Folder : 40 General Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 1 Global Perspective-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 2 Glossary of AIDS Drug Trials, Testing, and Treatment Issues
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 3 Healthcare Reports
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 4 Healthcare System-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 5 HIV Antibody Testing
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 6 HIV/Syphilis Connection-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 7 IV Drug Use-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 8 Klein, Alan. AIDS and the Media for the AIDS Seminar, 12/17/1986
    1986
    Box: 3 Folder : 9 Legislation
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 10 Legislation-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 11 Media-Critiques of Media Representation of AIDS
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 12 Meyers, Woody-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 13 Minorities and AIDS-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 14 Name Project Quilt
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 15 New York City AIDS Budget
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 16 Presidential Commission on AIDS
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 17 Presidential Commission on AIDS
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 18 Presidential Commission on AIDS
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 19 Press Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 20 Prevention
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 21 Prison-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 22 Quarantine/Drastic Measures--Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 23 Report of the Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic, 6/1988
    1988
    Box: 3 Folder : 24 Right-wing Reaction-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 25 Spending Budgets City/Federal
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 26 Spending/Funding-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 27 St. Patrick's-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 28 Television and AIDS
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 29 Transmission-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 30 Treatment/Care-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 31 Treatment and Data Updates
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 32 Treatment Facts
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 33 Women and AIDS
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 34 Women and AIDS
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 35 Women and AIDS-Handbook
    undated

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    Series IV: General Files

    Scope and Contents note

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 3 Folder : 36 Civil Rights/Federal Government-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 37 Domestic Partnership-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 38 Gay Rights/Homophobia
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 39 Gay Rights/Homophobia-Clippings
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 40 Klein, Alan-Personal Correspondence
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 41 Klein, Alan-Resume
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 42 Outing Articles
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 43 Notebook-Labeled "Jewish American Writers"
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 44 Notebook-Labeled "Pop Culture"
    undated
    Box: 3 Folder : 45 Note Cards
    undated

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    Series V: Periodicals

    Scope and Contents note

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 4 Folder : 1 The Advocate: no. 455, 7/16/1986 no. 461, 12/9/1986 no. 557, 9/14/1990.
    1986-1990
    Box: 4 Folder : 2 Artforum International, Oct. 1989
    1989
    Box: 4 Folder : 3 Capital Gay, no. 415, 10/20/1989.
    1989
    Box: 4 Folder : 4 Guardian Supplement on Lesbian and Gay Liberation. Summer, 1989.
    1989
    Box: 4 Folder : 5 Gay Community News: vol. 15, no. 4, Aug. 2-8, 1987, vol. 15, no. 27, Jan. 24-30, 1988, vol. 15, no. 31, Feb. 21-27, 1988
    1987-1988
    Box: 4 Folder : 6 Gay Community News: vol. 15, no. 40, April 24-May 7, 1988, vol. 16, no. 13, Oct. 9-15, 1988, vol. 16, no. 47, Jun. 18-24, 1989 vol. 17, no. 48, Jun. 24-30, 1990
    1988-1990
    Box: 4 Folder : 7 The Face, no. 98, June, 1988.
    1988
    Box: 5 Folder : 1 The New Common Good. 4/1988.
    1988
    Box: 5 Folder : 2 Newsweek: 1/13/1986, 8/10/1987, 3/12/1990.
    1986-1990
    Box: 5 Folder : 3 New Youth Connections, Dec., 1987.
    1987
    Box: 5 Folder : 4 New York: 8/11/1986, 5/14/1990, 11/12/1990, 2/17/1992.
    1986-1992
    Box: 5 Folder : 5 Next, vol. 1, no. 48, 11/16/1988.
    1988
    Box: 5 Folder : 6 Outrage, no. 63, Aug., 1988.
    1988
    Box: 5 Folder : 7 People, 11/5/1990.
    1990
    Box: 5 Folder : 8 Queers, Read This
    undated
    Box: 5 Folder : 9 Rolling Stone, no. 483, 9/25/1986; no. 573, 3/8/1990.
    1986-1990
    Box: 5 Folder : 10 Spin vol. 3, no. 7, Nov.-Dec., 1987 vol. 4, no. 10, Jan., 1989.
    1987-1989
    Box: 5 Folder : 11 The Volunteer, vol. 3, no. 6
    undated

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    Series VI: T-Shirts

    Scope and Contents note

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 6 Folder : Five T-Shirts
    undated

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