The materials in this collection present many opportunities for study and classroom use. University of Rochester students and faculty are encouraged to contact us in order to arrange for classroom presentations of the original physical materials, or to coordinate independent study and internship opportunities.

The work of University of Rochester graduate and undergraduate students has been an integral part of many Rare Books and Special Collections digital projects; the first contribution to the AIDS Education Collection is an essay by Alexander Brier Marr (UR Visual and Cultural Studies PhD student): Introduction to the AIDS Education Poster Collection at the University of Rochester Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, & Preservation.


EXHIBIT: Over the last 30 HIV/AIDS has spread unevenly across the globe. In the process it has altered bonds of intimacy, scientific knowledge, and diverse beliefs about morality and life. Constellations of imagery from awareness campaigns form alongside global networks of transmission and treatment. Drawing from the Atwater Collection of AIDS educational posters, Picturing AIDS and Its Publics shows the changing look of AIDS. The posters communicate diverse ideologies and visual strategies, showing how various groups around the world conceive of the virus.

The exhibit was  curated by Berin Golonu and Alexander Brier Marr and was mounted in conjunction with the Humanities Project, "Looking at AIDS 30 Years On."

The exhibit was on view  January 26 to May 21, 2012 in the Friedlander Lobby (1st floor Rush Rhees Library) and in Rare Books and Special Collections Department (2nd floor of Rush Rhees Library).