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Newspaper and magazine clippings are generally focused on the AIDS epidemic in Canada and the United States, starting from the early period of the epidemic in 1982 until 1996. Some of the aspects of the epidemic that these clippings document include activism in the gay and lesbian community, medical research, human interest stories about people living with AIDS, and discrimination against AIDS patients. There are also a small number of clippings on other topics, such as discrimination within and towards the gay community, visibility of gay men and lesbians in media and history, and anti-pornography activism. The bulk of these date from 1980 to 1984.
Subject files, dated from 1838 to 1996, bulk 1970-1996, consists of materials pertaining to Bert Hansen’s research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activism, medical history and academia, and the intersection of both fields. It includes magazines, news clippings, annotated research papers, conference schedules, correspondence, academic journals, and informational pamphlets. Topics covered in the subject files include the history of the gay rights movement, sociology and sexuality, and portrayals of the gay community in the media. Additionally, these subject files contain personal testimonials of and news clippings documenting discrimination against members of the gay and lesbian community.
- 1838 - 1998
- Majority of material found within 1970 - 1996
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5.58 Linear Feet (13 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
Bert Hansen was born on February 5, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Columbia College in 1965 and earned his doctorate in the history of science from Princeton University in 1974. Hansen received a Mellon Fellowship at Harvard University in 1978 and taught medical history courses there until 1979. His academic work focuses on the history of medicine and the history of science, such as the relationship of magic and science in the Middle Ages and the medicalization of homosexuality. Hansen held academic appointments in multiple institutions including Binghamton, State University of New York, the University of Toronto, New York University, and Baruch College, City University of New York. In 1973, Hansen and several other colleagues founded the Gay Academic Union, an organization which brought together gay and lesbian and allied academics across the country. He was also a founding member of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and served as their first chair in 1983. Hansen worked with ACT from 1983 to 1984 and returned to the United States in 1985.
Hansen's publications include a 2009 book entitled Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America and his doctoral dissertation: Nicole Oresme and the Marvels of Nature: A Study of His De Causis Mirabilium. In 2015, Hansen retired from Baruch College. He continues to present at academic conferences across the country, and his current research projects include the American Pasteur Institutes, nineteenth century homosexuality in New York City, and gay and lesbian scientists.
AIDS Committee of Toronto
The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) was founded in 1983. The first Canadian organization of its kind, the ACT has its roots in a public health forum on AIDS and Hepatitis B held on April 5, 1983 at the Hassle Free Clinic in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Some of the people who participated decided to form an "ongoing AIDS committee." On July 19, 1983 the Toronto AIDS Committee held their first press conference to announce their organization and their work. They changed their name to the AIDS Committee of Toronto soon after. Their services have two major focuses: supporting people living with HIV and AIDS, and educating the community at large in Toronto on HIV and AIDS, especially the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. ACT projects that support people living with HIV and AIDS include counseling, social events, meals, support groups, and programs that provide job training and placement. Educational programming includes substance abuse counselling, community health forums, and outreach activities at bars, night clubs, festivals, bath houses, and online.
- Guide to the Bert Hansen Papers
- Edited Full Draft
- compiled by Christy Tomecek and Emily Komornik
- October 2016
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- Finding aid written in English.
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