Collection AEU-HVA - Historical HIV/AIDS Pamphlet Collection

General Audience General HIV and AIDS General AIDS Adolescents Caregivers Persons living with HIV/AIDS Sexuality Workplace Health Professionals MeSH Subject Headings
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Historical HIV/AIDS Pamphlet Collection

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  • Textual record

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  • 1984-1995 (Creation)

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469 items ; in 2 boxes 27 x 20 x 39 cm.

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Custodial history

Collected by Alberta Health Services.

Scope and content

This collection of health information is focused on pamphlets and fliers promoting primary prevention measures to the general public and, to a lesser degree, Health Professionals. The drop-down pages are organized as series level finding aids.

Most artifacts are in English and were produced in Canada or the United States of America. Also there are several artifacts in multiple versions by year, the changes in information between editions is both interesting and instructive.

Although primarily of interest for health researchers this collection may also be of interest to a variety of researchers; for example those interested in depictions of minorities including First Nations / Native Americans, Africans, Asians and sexual minorities. The collection may also be of interest to the following disciplines: Art (graphic design & illustration), Education, Counselling, Gender studies, Graphic novels, History, Linguistics (especially slang), Multiculturalism, Public Health policy, Social work, and Sociology.

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Gift; Alberta Health Services; 2012.


This collection has been arranged by intended target audience of the information items.

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There are many language represented in this collection: Amharic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrigna, Vietnamese, also French / English Bilingual, and Spanish /English Bilingual.

Location of originals

The Historical HIV/AIDS Pamphlet Collection is housed at the University of Alberta Library's Research and Collections Resource Facility (RCRF). It is available to students, staff, and the general public for use at a supervised reading room at RCRF or Bruce Peel Special Collections. To request items from this collection please use the links in the catalogue record.

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Materials may be under copyright. Contact staff for guidance on reproduction.

Finding aids

This finding aid was created by Alexandrea Flynn, for LIS 590 - Practicum, under the supervision of Sharon Farnel. This guide is a non-traditional finding aid to the Historic AIDS & HIV pamphlet Collection. The purpose of the guide is to promote the content of this unique collection to a broad range of researchers.

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Indexing guide:

The 'General Public' categories

Representing the largest portion of the collection, these series and sub-series are classified by GP + a letter representing one of the sub - series:
GPB – Both AIDS & HIV information: Box 1 Envelopes 1, 2, & 3 (Catalogs- Box 2 Envelope 11)
GPC – Information for Caregivers: Box 1 Envelopes 3 & 4
GPI – AIDS specific Information: Box 1 Envelopes 4, 5 & 6
GPP – Information for Persons living with HIV / AIDS: Box 2 Envelopes 5 & 6
GPA – Information for Adolescents: Box 2 Envelopes 1 & 2
GPS – Information for specific Sexualities: Box 2 Envelopes 8 & 9
GPW – Information for Workers or specific Workplaces: Box 2 Envelope 7
GPG – Government reports and facts: Box 2 Envelope 12

Health Personnel sub-series

HPO – Information by Occupations: Box 2 Envelope 10
HPB – Information regarding Blood supply or donation: Box 2 Envelope 10
HPC – Information regarding Complementary treatments: Box 2 Envelope 10
HPG – General information and guidelines for Health Personnel: Box 2 Envelope 10

NOTE - a highlighted copy of this information has been included in each box.

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Individual items within a sub-series have been indexed by sub-series followed by an underscore, then the number, for example GPI_01.

If there are various sets of editions or versions of the same brochure or booklet a lower case letter follows the number; GPI _01a.

Finally a notation of which box and envelope it belongs to; GPI_01a.B1E1

GPI_01a.B1E1 means this item is part of the General Public AIDS specific Information subseries, the 1st item, version- a, in Box 1 Envelope 1.

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