[UCSF Library] No More Silence: A Workshop for Digital Community Histories of AIDS/HIV

August 11, 2020


No More Silence is an ongoing project of the University of California, San Francisco’s Archives & Special Collections. The project extracts text from digitized archival materials related to HIV/AIDS—including documents from individuals, activist and community-support organizations, medical institutions and government agencies—for use in digital-humanities projects, with the aim of bridging the gap between the empirical, scientific study of the disease and the lived experience of people with AIDS.

UCSF has organized a three-part workshop from August 12 to 14 that introduces participants to basic computer-programming skills to perform work in digital history (no prior experience is necessary). Participants will apply these skills to historical documents in the collections of the UCSF archives and the GLBT Historical Society.

The workshop opens on August 11 at this joint event organized by the GLBT Historical Society and the UCSF Archives that provides an overview of the No More Silence project. A panel discussion will discuss the ways that archives and digital-humanities initiatives can support community-history efforts related to gender and sexual orientation, illuminating digital tools and techniques that can further uncover hidden narratives in these histories. The event will also serve as an orientation to the workshop, which begins the following day. More information on the workshop and registration is available at https://calendars.library.ucsf.edu/event/6852291.


Anirvan Chatterjee (he/him) is a South Asian organizer and community historian from Berkeley, California. He co-curates the monthly Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour, which shares stories of 100 years of South Asian resistance movements in Berkeley. Anirvan is spending his time in lockdown trying to document every South Asian immigrant living in Berkeley before 1920, using only free online data sources; so far, he’s identified 129 people, including railroad workers, college students and anti-colonial revolutionaries.

Kelsi Evans previously served as project archivist for the AIDS History Project at the University of California, San Francisco Archives and Special Collections. Prior to UCSF, she worked at NYU’s Fales Library and Special Collections and the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami. Kelsi holds an M.A. in archives and public history from New York University and an M.A. in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Clair Kronk is a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical informatics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her research interests lie in the linguistic aspects of LGBTQ data collection and their utility in biomedical research and patient-centered care. To this end she created the Gender, Sex, and Sexual Orientation (GSSO) ontology, a controlled vocabulary of over 10,000 LGBTQ terms. She also serves on the board of the Homosaurus project; she is a member of the AMIA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force as well as the SNOMED Mental and Behavioural Health Clinical Reference Group; and she also was recently named co-director of Transgender History at OutHistory.

Charles Macquarie is the digital archivist at the UCSF Library, Archives & Special Collections and the project manager for the No More Silence project to provide computational access to the data from digitized AIDS History Project collections in the UCSF Archives. Charlie also works on expanding the concept of library as creative platform with PLACE TALKS, a visual lecture series on location which is based in San Francisco’s Prelinger Library; and the Library of Approximate Location, an artist project about land and resource use in the Western United States that installs small libraries at remote locations throughout the west.

Krü Maekdo (pronounced “make-do”) (she/her) is a multimedia artist known for her work as an archivist with the Black Lesbian Archives, an ongoing archival herstory project that aims to uplift the voices of Black lesbians and to educate, preserve and bridge intergenerational gaps between communities. She is a kosmic rootwork astrologist at Aranae Storm and is the chief executive officer CEO of Maekdo Productions, a multimedia production company producing media and event programming that serves women’s arts, community and culture in the LGBTQ community.

K. J. Rawson is associate professor of English and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Northeastern University. He is also the founder and director of the Digital Transgender Archive, an award-winning online repository of trans-related historical materials, and he is the co-chair of the editorial board of the Homosaurus, an international LGBTQ linked data vocabulary.


This event will take place online. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and instructions on how to join the Zoom webinar as an attendee. The event will also be livestreamed on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GLBTHistory/ and then archived on our YouTube page at https://bit.ly/2UyGVbG.


Free | Suggested donation of $5.00

Register online here: https://bit.ly/2O8Iau8

The event is limited to 500 attendees.


ASL interpretation provided upon request. Please write at least three days in advance of event to [email protected]


Become a member of the GLBT Historical Society for free museum and program admission, discounts in the museum shop and other perks: www.glbthistory.org/memberships.



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