Skip to Main Content

Special Collections: HIV/AIDS Resources: Archival Material

This guide will help you navigate the HIV/AIDS-related collections in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP)

Cover Image

Photo of a handwritten letter

Searching for Archival Material

Archival material includes unpublished records such as letters, diaries, financial records, and photographs. Information about our archival collections may be found online in the Subject Guide to the Collections. You can also browse the A-Z list of archival collections (the link is below). Our finding aids are processed at different levels. Some include item-by-item level descriptions and others are processed at the folder or box level. 

Archival HIV/AIDS-related Collections

RBSCP is home to one of the largest collections of HIV/AIDS Education posters in the world. Over 8,000 posters from 130 countries, in over 75 languages and dialects are available to view both in the department, as well as freely available online in a searchable database at  The collection was donated to the University of Rochester's Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation beginning in 2007 by the late Dr. Edward C. Atwater. 

In addition, a vast collection of AIDS ephemera, and archival materials relating to the building of the collection are available for research and teaching.

The AIDS Education Posters collection can be approached from several disciplines and viewpoints, including activism and social justice, public health, LGBTQI history, graphic design, art, language, and visual literacy.  

The AIDS Education Collection Finding Aid

Exhibits and Special Projects Manager, RBSCP

Profile Photo
Jessica Lacher-Feldman
Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, Rush Rhees Library, 2nd Floor