VICTORY DEFERRED 

HOW AIDS CHANGED GAY LIFE IN AMERICA

SMITHSONIAN

In 2008, the Archive Center of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History created “The John-Manuel Andriote Victory Deferred Collection.” It contains all the audiotape interviews and other research materials I used to develop the book, and serves as a valuable resource for historians, journalists, and others interested in American, LGBT, and medical history.

“This donation provides the National Museum of American History with one of the most comprehensive HIV/AIDS archives, including the reaction to the disease in America,” said Brent D. Glass, director of the museum, in the news release announcing the collection. “It will be a rich resource of primary information for researchers interested in the medical, social, cultural and political issues of HIV/AIDS.”

OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Materials from the collection comprised a major portion of a 2011 Smithsonian exhibit marking the 30th anniversary of the first reported AIDS cases. The exhibit was reprised in 2012 for the 19th International HIV/AIDS Conference, held that year in Washington, D.C.

I visited the exhibit in 2012, while I was in Washington, D.C. to report on the 19th International AIDS Conference for The Atlantic and the Huffington Post.

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