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ACT UP, AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, ACT UP/Portland, AIDS, HIV, AID Awareness, Public Health Campaigns, Safe Sex Education, Safe Sex Education for High School Students



ACT UP/ Portland, established in the 1990s, was a chapter of the national organization, ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) that focused on AIDS issues. ACT UP/ Portland sponsored several local youth organizations, had a cooperative partnership with Public Health agencies, leafleted extensively, and held media campaigns. The organization emphasized direct action in communities and an open democratic process within the group. The Archives consists of administrative files, programs/activities, and resource materials from the group and its affiliates. Dates range from 1984 to 1996, with the bulk of materials either undated or 1991-1996.

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3.25 ft.



The ACT UP/Portland Archives was donated in December 1998 by OUTRIGHT, an organization providing a safe and supportive environment with and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & questioning people 22 and under.

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

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