National AIDS Archive Collection

The National AIDS Archive collection documents the history of AIDS education and prevention and related concerns in all Australian states, territories and nationally. It contains material from a wide range of government agencies, community-based organisations and individuals. It includes significant holdings of printed material, audio-visual material and ephemera.

As well as records of broad-ranging interest, the National AIDS Archive Collection contains records that are specifically oriented towards particular communities and concerns. Some of the targeted communities include the gay community, church groups, sex industry workers, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, Indigenous Australians, intravenous drug users, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Specific concerns addressed include women's health, haemophilia, workplace health and safety, prisons, and safe sex.

This is a list of material we hold in the National AIDS Archive Collection. Several deposits are restricted and you will need the depositor's permission to use them.


  •   Noel Butlin Archives Centre
      +61 2 6125 2219

Collection index

Deposit nameDeposit numberDate
Quantity in
shelf metres
General library reference materialH11985 - 19951.4General reference items on AIDS in Australia as a whole. Included are catalogue listings from libraries, chronologies, personal research work
and bibliographies of researchers. 
H21985 - 20089.3An artificial collection, mostly publications, plus posters and AV material produced by the
Commonwealth Health Department and successor agencies, AIDS Education Unit, Communicable Diseases Branch. A small number of publications
are from other Commonwealth agencies. All relate to the HIV/AIDS education campaign. 
Non Commonwealth Government Products H31986 - 199414.7An artificial collection of all forms of printed material including posters, plus AV material produced by non Commonwealth government bodies as part of the HIV/AIDS education campaign. 
Family Planning
Federation of Australia 
H41968 - 199220.1Minutes, files and papers relating to administration, policy, education, contraception, finance, statistics, publicity, committees and related bodies including the South Pacific Family Planning programs and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
Australian IV League
H51988 - 19922.25Minutes, reports, conference and workshop papers, correspondence, subject, and general files, press cuttings and publications.
Australian Federation
of AIDS Organisations
H6 and H241985 - 201439Policy records, minutes, project and subject files covering the major activities of the Federation, files from the Legal Rights Project Office and publications. Also includes
Foundation of
Australia (HFA)
includes predecessors 
H71977 - 19939.9Council Executive,and Conference papers, correspondence with interstate societies and overseas bodies, general and research files, AIDS related files and papers, publications, press cuttings, audio-visual items and records of predecessors of the Australian Federation of Haemophilia Societies and the Haemophilia Society of Victoria.
AIDS Action Council
of the ACT 
H81984 - 199415Board minutes, policy and project files, correspondence and printed material. Includes records of People Living with AIDS ACT and the National People Living with AIDS Coalition.
Phil Carswell PapersH9 and H181983 - 19933Personal papers of Phil Carswell documenting his membership of the Victorian AIDS Council, NACAIDS, ANCA, and other AIDS related
bodies from 1983. Papers relate to AIDS policy, programs and work in this field with Ggovernment
and community liaison. 
Geoffrey Harrison
H101973 - 19937.35Personal papers of Geoffrey Harrison covering his work as a publicist in the Performing Arts field and his involvement as a campaigner and advocate on
treatments, policy and education publicist in HIV/AIDS community and national organisations. Includes files, albums, diaries, posters, audiotapes and cassettes. 
Public Health
Association. (PHA) 
H111968 - 199810.65Meetings papers, annual reports, correspondence and publications files, conference papers, membership lists, publications and papers about workshops, special interest groups and related organisations. 
Magnus, Nankervis
and Curl 
H121985 - 19900.9Records relating exclusively to the contract this company held to devise Phase 2 advertising campaigns for the National AIDS Education
Program, 1987-1990. Includes general files, media proposals, questionnaires, scripts production documentation and research papers. 
ACTUP Melbourne
(AIDS Coalition to
Unleash Power) 
H131990 - 19930.45Files about Melbourne campaign, publicity and planning, inter-organisational campaign papers plus news and publicity material from overseas
organisations. This collection consists of copies of records retained by ACTUP.
AIDS Trust of
Australia (ATA)
H141987 - 19922Trustees meetings papers, correspondence and subject files re donations, fundraising, sales, agreements and various activities; press releases, press cuttings, AIDS information papers and reports. 
Scarlet AllianceH151988 - 19932.1Subject files covering all aspects of their activities, meetings and conference papers, reports and submissions; documentation relating to sex worker rights, other sex worker organisations, and HIV/AIDS here and overseas.
Churches AIDS
Pastoral Care &
Education Program
H161988 - 19932History of the program, Committee of Management records, papers re sub-committees, correspondence and subject files, Youth Conference papers, kits and publications. 
AIDS Society of ASIA
and the Pacific (ASAP)
H171989 - 19921.2Aims, rules, Executive Committee and conference papers and files re programs and activities. 
Bill Bowtell PapersH191984 - 19943.3

Files documenting Bill Bowtell's involvement in HIV/Aids policy and administration (1983-93). He was Senior Policy advisor to the Health Minister (1983-86), and involved with ANCA, AFAO and other bodies.

National Association
of People Living
with AIDS (formerly
H201991 - 19931.2Classified file series covering aspects of the work of this organisation.
Index to archived documents of Greg WeirH2119950.1An index to documents deposited in the National Library of Australia as MS 8915. MS 8915 comprises 25 files of correspondence, articles, cuttings, reports, minutes, posters and other papers assembled by Greg Weir during twenty years of political activism. A list of the contents of MS 8915 is at
Counselling notesH221983 - 19860.2Notes made by Terry Goulden during his work at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney.
AIDS in AustraliaH231980s - 1990s25Newspaper cuttings, research papers on AIDS in Australia compiled by Dr John Ballard.
Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations Deposit 2 H241985 - 201428Minutes of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations and affiliated members, correspondence files, National and International conference programs and papers, policy files, legal files, National and International project files, Government and Non-Government liaison, medical research and treatments programs, educational resources, publications, audiovisual and printed material.

Children living in a

world with AIDS poster

H2519970.1A poster from the New Zealand AIDS Foundation.