- Call number
- MssCol 18095
- Physical description
- 1 folder, 1 videodisc, 2 film reels (8 mm)
- Preferred Citation
- Photographs and film regarding ACT UP New York and The Costas, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.Restrictions apply
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 other corporations, 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 after a 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 would often form for the purpose of organizing an action and were self-sufficient within the larger organization. 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 an affinity 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: V International Conference on AIDS, Montreal, Canada; Albany action, Albany, NY; and Target Bush: 30 Days of Action, Kennebunkport, ME.
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328
Access to materialsAdvance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Internet video must be used in lieu of the DVD and 8 mm. film.
Alternative form available
DVD contents available for viewing on the internet via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIr_KUnDe4Y