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AIDS Legislative Committee Records

 Collection
Identifier: R0173-ALC

Scope and Content Note

The collection documents the work of the AIDS Legislative Committee (ALC), a non-profit advocacy organization, between 1989-2007. The collection contains subject files, reports, legislative bills and bill tracking information, ephemera, advocacy materials, meeting minutes, planning documentations, and other materials from Deborah Weimer and Liza Solomon related to their work as members of the ALC. The collection documents Maryland bills and testimony in the House and Senate related to AIDS/HIV reporting, exposure, testing, patient and provider rights, needle exchange program, discrimination, standby guardianship, and other topics. The collection also contains materials related to the AIDS Partnership Council and other related committees and task forces. This collection is mainly textual, but also includes HIV/AIDS information pamphlets and brochures, ALC stickers, reports, and VHS tapes documenting AIDS and HIV related topics in Maryland.

Dates

  • 1989-2007

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. This collection contains audio-visual materials that may need further processing or special equipment to allow use. Please contact Special Collections and Archives staff for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, the donor has assigned the copyright of this collection to the University Foundation. However, copyright for some items in this collection are held by their respective creators. Contact Special Collections and Archives staff for more information.

Biographical / Historical

The AIDS Legislative Committee (ALC) formed in 1989 was a state non-profit grass-roots advocacy and lobbying organization in Maryland. The ALC educated and advocated for state legislation that supported the needs of citizens with HIV/AIDS. The organization was composed of a steering committee including volunteers, and also hired a lobbyist and a community coordinator.

The ALC provided testimony in support and opposition of bills in the Maryland legislature, provided information on legislation, and lobbied law-makers and relevant organizations on issues related to HIV/AIDS. The ALC was active in the late 1980s until the early 2000s.

Deborah Weimer, was an active ALC member who provided legislative testimony between 1988 and 2004 regarding numerous bills related to healthcare, HIV and AIDS, and standby guardianship in the Maryland legislature. Weimer received her J.D. Degree in 1978 from the New York University School of Law. She was a Law Professor at University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland between 1988-2019 where she taught courses on healthcare law and other topics, and taught in the HIV Law Clinic.

Liza Solomon, was a founding member of AIDS Legislative Committee in Maryland, a former ALC President in 1990-1995 and again circa 2004-2007, and an AIDS/HIV legislative advocate. Solomon received her doctorate of public health (Dr. P.H.) from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1988, and was the Director of the AIDS Administration, State of Maryland, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in 1995-2004.

[Some of this information was taken in part from the ALC 1994 Annual Report, which can be found in the collection.]

Extent

2.6 Linear feet (4 boxes)

Overview

This collection documents the advocacy work of the AIDS Legislative Committee (ALC), a grassroots non-profit organization in Maryland, between 1989 and 2007. It documents the administration of the ALC, the ALC's positions regarding Maryland HIV/AIDS legislation, the advocacy work and testimonies provided by the ALC, and other materials related to HIV/AIDS in Maryland.

Arrangement

Collection is organized into two series: the Weimer Files, 1989-2006; and the Solomon Files, circa 1988-2007.

The Weimer Files (1989-2006) are arranged into three subseries. The subseries include: Legislative Materials and Bill Tracking Charts, 1989-2002; Task Forces and Committees Files, 1990-2006; and Audiovisual Materials, circa 1988-2001.

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore Foundation by Deborah J. Weimer and Liza Solomon on October 10, 2019. Additional transfers of records occurred in November 2019.

Appraisal

Weeded items include VHS tapes created by commercial third party entities related to AIDS/HIV and education, and other VHS tapes unrelated to the AIDS/HIV crisis in Baltimore or Maryland or ALC.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Laura Bell, processing archivist. Completed in January 2020.
Title
AIDS Legislative Committee Records
Status
Completed
Author
Laura Bell, processing archivist
Date
February 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Regional Studies Archives Repository

Contact:
H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA
410-837-4253