Lynne Chabot

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ACT UP, AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, ACT UP/Maine, AIDS, HIV, AID Awareness, Public Health Campaigns, Safe Sex Education, AIDS Resource Center, Die-Ins, ACT UP Publications



ACTUP/ Maine, founded in 1990, was a chapter of the national organization, ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) that focused on AIDS issues. The goals of the organization were the empowerment of people with AIDS and the establishment of an AIDS Resource Center. The organization emphasized direct action in communities and an open democratic process within the group. The Archives holds organizational papers, books, photos, promotional materials, correspondence and publications, plus a significant number of publications/papers from ACT-UP chapters in the US and abroad. The bulk of the material spans the years 1990-1994, and there is a good deal of undated material.

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3.75 ft.



The ACT UP/Maine Archives was donated by Jim Wise, whose presence and involvement in the local chapter is noted in various documents throughout the different series (especially in the ACT ALERT! newsletters, where he is listed as “Newsletter Staff”).

Ownership and Literary Rights:

The ACT UP/Maine Archives are the physical property of the University of Southern Maine Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the creators or their legal heirs and assigns.

For further information, consult the Head of Special Collections,


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