This digital archive contains 37,091 pages of briefing books, hearing and meeting transcripts, reports, and press clippings, published between 1983 and 1994, that document the activities of the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (NCAIDS). Documents were sourced from the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine.
The archive is comprised of four series that support research in the history of medicine, American studies, public policy, government and politics, social history, human rights, and sociology. The four series include:
- Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic, 1987-1988
- Briefings and Transcripts of Hearings and Meetings, 1989-1992
- Press Coverage and Reports, 1989-1993
- Reports on AIDS from External Institutions and Government Agencies, 1983-1993
Of particular interest to researchers is the Commission's final report entitled AIDS: An Expanding Tragedy, which serves as a summary of the Commission's activities and includes a detailed chronology of its activities and provides an extensive list of all hearings, site visits, reports, and publications related to the Commission.