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Guide to the Richard Berkowitz Papers MSS.421

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 28, 2019
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 Item-level records for five films added to Subseries II.A Updated by Kelly Haydon to reflect digitized access copies available for Subseries II.A  , September 2018 , July 2019

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Creator: Berkowitz, Richard, 1955-
Title: Richard Berkowitz Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1925, 1944-2016, undated
Dates [bulk]: 1982-2015
Abstract: Richard Berkowitz (b. 1955) is a gay American author, AIDS activist, and a former sex worker. In 1983, Berkowitz and Michael Callen wrote the first safe sex guide, How to Have Sex in an Epidemic: One Approach. Berkowitz continued to write about and advocate for safe sex through the 1980s into the 2000s. The Richard Berkowitz Papers date from 1944 to 2015, with the bulk being between 1982-2015, and document his work as a writer, AIDS activist, and sex worker, as well as his family, his education, his medical history, and Daryl Wein's documentary about Berkowitz's life,  Sex Positive. The papers contain correspondence, manuscripts, published material, clippings, programs, photographs, a scrapbook, audiovisual material, and a website.
Quantity: 22.7 Linear Feet in 12 record cartons, 7 flat boxes, and 1 half manuscript box.
Quantity: 47 film reels
Quantity: 1 videoreels (1/2 inch)
Quantity: 131 audiocassettes
Quantity: 24 videocassettes
Quantity: 2 videodiscs (dvd)
Quantity: 3.02 Gigabytes in 18,824 computer files.
Quantity: 1 websites
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact fales.library@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MSS.421