Charnow (David) Upper Westsider papers Edit

Summary

Identifier
Coll2013-004
Finding Aid Author
Loni Shibuyama
Finding Aid Date
(c) 2013
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of Description
Description is in <language langcode="eng" scriptcode="Latn">English.</language>
Sponsor
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Dates

  • 1987 – 1990 (Creation)

Extents

  • 0.7 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 archive carton.

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  • Abstract

    Electronic bulletin board printouts from The Backroom, 1987-1990, a New York-based computer bulletin board service (BBS) co-moderated by David Charnow. Known as the Upper Westsider, Charnow was instrumental in establishing and maintaining "Survivors," a section of the The Backroom BBS that served as a discussion forum for people with HIV/AIDS.

  • Biography

    Born on March 18, 1942, David Aaron Charnow received his Bachelor's degree in Comparative Religion and his Master's degree in Special Education from Columbia University and Teachers College, respectively. His special interest was in learning-disabled students and students with dyslexia in particular. From 1968 until 1971, Charnow was a teacher, supervisor and principal in schools for learning disabled students in New York and Washington, DC. In 1973, he went to Korea as a Peace Corps volunteer to teach. In addition, he occasionally lived and worked in Kibbutz in Israel during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1982, Charnow returned to Teachers College as a doctoral student in the Department of Family and Community Education.

    Charnow was instrumental in establishing and maintaining "Survivors," a discussion forum for people with AIDS posted on The Backroom electronic bulletin board service (BBS). Under the name "Upper Westsider," Charnow co-moderated the electronic BBS, providing supportive words and information for people with AIDS and their friends and families. A curated collection of these BBS messages, which Charnow entitled "Survivors, Conversations with Upper Westsider, 1987," was reprinted (or re-posted) by The Backroom BBS in 1988, and includes messages from thousands of persons sent anonymously through the electronic BBS. As he wrote, "You will find many of [the messages] informative, emotional, gut wrenching, happy, sad, etc., but most of all you will find them educational. They will teach you about AIDS from the perspective of people that either have it or are involved with it in 'real life' on a regular basis."

    Charnow died of AIDS-related illness on July 23, 1990.

    Source: [Box 1, folder 1] David Charnow Papers, Coll2013-004, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

  • Acquisition

    Donated by Susan Charnow Richards, September 10, 2000.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] David Charnow Papers, Coll2013-004, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Processing Information

    Formerly housed in box 103-311. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, January 2013.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection comprises printouts from The Backroom, 1987-1990, a New York-based computer bulletin board service (BBS) co-moderated by David Charnow. Known as the Upper Westsider, Charnow was instrumental in establishing and maintaining "Survivors," a section of the The Backroom BBS that served as a discussion forum for people with HIV/AIDS. The collection consists of a curated selection of messages posted to the electronic BBS entitled "Survivors, Conversations with Upper Westsider, 1987," as well as transcripts from conference proceedings and interviews, including discussions with Dr. Joyce Wallace, Dr. Michael Lange, Griffin Gold and Michael Hirsch.

  • Arrangement

    The David Charnow Biography folder is at the beginning of the collection. The remaining folders are arranged chronologically.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

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