Manuscripts and Archives Division
- 1 folder, 1 videodisc, 2 film reels (8 mm).
Advance notice required. Apply at http://www.nypl.org/mssref
Internet video must be used in lieu of the DVD and 8 mm. film.
The collection consists of photographs and film documenting ACT UP New York's involvement in the October, 1987 March on Washington and actions participated in by anaffinity group, The Costas. ACT UP New York members pictured in the March on Washington include Larry Kramer, Andy Humm, Douglas Crimp, Robert Getso, and others. The footage was shot by Robert Getso and Tim Landers. Photographs in this collection identify members of The Costas and their participation in the following actions: VInternational Conference on AIDS, Montreal, Canada; Albanyaction, Albany, NY; and Target Bush: 30 Days of Action, Kennebunkport, ME.
ACT UP was founded in March 1987 at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center in New York City's Greenwich Village as an organization devoted to direct action (demonstrations and civil disobedience) to call the attention of government officials, scientists, drug companies and othercorporations, and the general public to the severity of the AIDS crisis and its impact on the lives of individuals. The Costas was an affinity group of ACT UP New York, which formed circa 1989-1990 and was named aftera late member of ACT UP, Costa Pappas. Within ACT UP, affinity groups functioned as small support groups, where members could be well known and be responsible for one another during large demonstrations. Affinity groups wouldoften form for the purpose of organizing an action and were self-sufficient within the larger organization.
Controlled Access Terms
- ACT UP New York (Organization).
- AIDS activists.
- AIDS (Disease)
- AIDS (Disease) in mass media.
- AIDS (Disease) -- Political aspects.
- AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects.
- Gay activists -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Motion pictures (visual works).
Additional Creator Names
- Getso, Robert.
- Landers, Tim.