The iconic Manuscripts and Archives reading room along the Wall Street side of Sterling Memorial Library will be closed during much of 2017 for renovation. During the renovation—beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2017 through late November 2017—we will provide all public services to researchers in the Franke Family Room, off of the Nave in Sterling Memorial Library. See our Manuscripts and Archives Renovation Information website for additional information.
While many of the first reports of AIDS were coming out of the United States, Canada also began recording statistics of people falling ill with the syndrome. Bert Hansen, an American professor of the history of science and medicine then teaching at the University of Toronto, was among those concerned about the growing AIDS epidemic in the United States and Canada in 1982. His and others' efforts to help AIDS patients through the founding of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) is documented in the Bert Hansen Papers (MS 2042).