New acquisitions: personal papers

19 December 2012

Collections of personal papers can reveal a lot about the hearts and minds of individuals in their professional and community engagements and their everyday lives. ALGA has received three such collections in the past few months.

Eddy Hackenberg was an artist, photographer and theatre worker, who died from an AIDS-related illness in 1987, age 32. His papers, documenting his personal and artistic life as well as the work of the Gay Theatre Company in the late 1970s, were bequeathed to the Archives.  The papers have been rehoused and listed at the file title level. Future work on the papers will include some digitisation of videos, photos and slides and development of a finding aid to navigate this large collection. ALGA would like to acknowledge the generosity and patience of the executor of Eddy Hackenberg’s estate for holding the collection in trust over a long period, and for funding the freight.

D Day Protests 1991 – A photo album and choreography notes relating to one of ACT UP Melbourne’s D‑Day events in 1991 were received from Andrew Hansen.

This supplements ALGA’s collection of material about ACT UP in Australia, which includes papers from Glenn Collier and Robert Stainsby about ACT UP Sydney (recently rehoused), the papers of Bill Hathaway, documenting his involvement with ACT UP Melbourne, and other ACT UP material in the ephemera, periodicals, badge and poster collections.

Dennis Altman has added to his collection of photographs, t‑shirts, books and a thesis documenting Dennis’ involvement in the international AIDS movement during the 1980s and 1990s.