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Phill Wilson papers

 Collection — Box: 1-3
Identifier: Coll2014-125

Scope and Contents

Applications, awards, calendars, clippings, correspondence, event records, fliers, mailing lists, manuals, meeting minutes and agendas, notes, pamphlets, programs, receipts, reports, speech transcripts, statistics, and writings of Phill Wilson, 1967-2000. The collection primarily documents Wilson's involvement in AIDS-related conferences, events, political campaigns, and organizations from 1987-1998, including those specifically serving the African-American community.


  • 1967-2000


Conditions Governing Access

The Administrative Records file is closed to researchers during Phill Wilson's lifetime. There are otherwise no access restrictions.

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.

Biographical / Historical

Phill Wilson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1977 from Illinois Wesleyan University. He was the HIV health commissioner co-chair for Los Angeles County (1990-1995), AIDS coordinator for the City of Los Angeles (1990-1993), and director of policy and planning for AIDS Project Los Angeles (1993-1996). He was a board member of AIDS Medicine and Miracles, board member emeritus of the National Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum (1986-1988), and director of the Southern California AIDS Social Policy Archives at the University of Southern California (1996-1998). He was involved in the founding of the National Minority AIDS Council (1988), National Task Force on AIDS Prevention (1988), Chris Brownlie Hospice (1988), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (1986), Los Angeles County Gay Men of Color Consortium, National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum (1987), and Cities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief. He has worked with AIDS organizations such as ACT UP, Harvard AIDS Institute, and the Treatment Action Group (TAG). Wilson was one of President Bill Clinton’s appointees to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) AIDS Advisory Committee (1995-1998). He was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) by President Barack Obama (2010). Wilson was a member of the United States delegation to the 1994 World AIDS Summit in Paris and has worked on HIV/AIDS policy, research, prevention, and treatment issues in Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Holland, Germany, France, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, India, Botswana and Mexico. He was the coordinator of the International Community Treatment and Science Workshop at the 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th International AIDS Conferences. Wilson has published articles in the AOL Black Voices, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Weekly, Essence, Ebony, VIBE, Jet, POZ, HIV+ and Arise. He is a recipient of the Delta Spirit Award and the Discovery Health Channel Medical Honor. He was named one of the Ford Foundation’s 20 recipients for the Leadership for a Changing World Awards (2001), one of Black Entertainment Television’s “2005 Black History Makers in the Making,” one of Essence Magazine’s top 25 most influential African Americans (2008), one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 150 (2009), and on the POZ 100 List of “the most dogged and downright effective AIDS fighters” working toward a cure (2010). As of 2014, Wilson was the president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on African Americans. Sources: Biographical materials, box 1, folder 8


3.7 Linear Feet (2 archive boxes + 1 archive flat box)

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Applications, awards, calendars, clippings, correspondence, event records, fliers, mailing lists, manuals, meeting minutes and agendas, notes, pamphlets, programs, receipts, reports, speech transcripts, statistics, and writings documenting Phill Wilson's involvement in AIDS-related conferences, events, political campaigns, and organizations, 1967-2000. Phill Wilson has worked on AIDS-related services and activism for the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, AIDS Project Los Angeles, AIDS Medicine and Miracles, ACT UP, National Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum, Southern California AIDS Social Policy Archives at the University of Southern California, National Minority AIDS Council, National Task Force on AIDS Prevention, Chris Brownlie Hospice, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Los Angeles County Gay Men of Color Consortium, Cities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief, Black AIDS Institute, Health Resources and Services Administration AIDS Advisory Committee, and President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, among others.


The records are arranged in alphabetical order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Separated Materials

Separated to the ONE Archives periodical collection:

Accountability Action, v.1, no.2; v.2, no.3, 1997-1998. The Active Voice, Spring 1998 AIDS, Medicine, & Miracles, v.7, no.2, Winter 1997. AIX, AIDS Information eXchange, v.13, no.4, October 1997. Art and Understanding, no.46, 48, August, October 1998. Aware, Veterans C.A.R.E., February-March 1988. California HIV/AIDS Update, v.10, no.3, July 1997. Catalyst, Public Policy at AIDS Project Los Angeles, v.2, no.2, 3; v.3, no.1, 2; v.4, no.2; v.5, no.1, 2, 3, 1993-1996. (Phil Wilson wrote a column called Insights from volumes 2-5) The Daily Ride, California AIDS Ride 4, day 3, 4, 7; California AIDS Ride 3, day 2, 3; Chicago AIDS Ride 2, day 3 Etcetera, no.827, October 29, 1997. Gay and Lesbian Times, no.518, November 26, 1997. The Guide, v.16, no.7, July 1996. Harvard AIDS Review, Spring 1997. HIV/AIDS Reporter, AmFAR, v.1, January 1997. HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, v.8, no.2. In Focus, Project Inform, no.2, Winter 1997. LAMS Newsletter, April 1997. Legislative Report Cards, AIDS Project Los Angeles, 1994, 1995-1996 (104th Congress) Medical Alert, The National Association of People with AIDS, no.1, 1998. NATAP Reports, National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project, v.1, no.1, 2, 3 1997-1998. Notes from the Underground, People with AIDS Working for Health Inc., no.39, Spring 1999. Perspective, Project Inform, no.23, November 1997. SIECUS Report, v.26, no.2, December 1997 – January 1998. Southern California HIV Treatment Directory, v.1, no.2, 4, 1991-1992. Treatment Review, no.21, April 1996. The Weekly Alternative, v.1, no.1, November 2-26, 1997. Whazzup! Magazine, v. 2, no.4, August 1997. Women’s TX News, Women’s Treatment Project, v.1, no.1, Winter 1999.

Separated to the Non-LGBT Newspaper and Magazine Front Page collections:

Daily News, Los Angeles Edition, “County’s AIDS crisis over, specialist says.” September 12, 1997. The New York Time Magazine, “When AIDS Ends,” November 10, 1996.

Separated to the ONE Archives catalog collection:

Catalog of HIV and AIDS Educational Resources, Spring 1994. SIECUS Sexuality Information Catalog, 1998.

Separated to the ONE Archives library:

Blasius, Mark and Shane Phelan (ed.). We Are Everywhere. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Separated to the ONE Archives pamphlet collection:

AIDS Project Los Angeles, Writers’ Workshop. Put into Words. 1995. AIDS Treatment Data Network. Should I Join an AIDS Drug Trial? Bobby Goldsmith Foundation Annual Report, 1996. California AIDS Ride 2, official rider’s map book. May 14-20, 1995. Los Angeles County Department of Health Services AIDS Programs. HIV/AIDS: A Guide to Services for Los Angeles County. January 1995. Markowitz, Martin. International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care. Protease Inhibitors: A New Family of Drugs for the Treatment of HIV Infection. The National Association of People with AIDS. Do you Know your Options? October 1996. People for the American Way. Hostile Climate: A State by State Report on Anti-Gay Activity. 1995. Ryan, Caitlin and Donna Futterman. Lesbian and Gay Youth: Care and Counseling. 1997.

Separated to the ONE Archives program collection:

8th International Conference for People Living with HIV/AIDS. “Basic Needs – Basic Rights.” Chiang Mai, Thailand. November 5-12, 1997. California AIDS Ride 2, 3, and 5. Presented by Tanqueray, 1995-1998. Christopher Street West, Los Angeles, 1986, 1987, 1990, and 1991. Deadly Diseases and People of Color: Are Clinical Trials and Option. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Howard University College of Medicine, Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, and D.C. Local Performance Site at Howard University. Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C. October 25, 1996. GNP and North America Regional Meeting, Toronto, Canada. September 4, 5, and 6, 1997. Leading for Life: The AIDS Crisis Among African Americans. A report from the first Leading for Life Summit, October 22, 1996. National Black Gay and Lesbian Conference. Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum. February 17-20, 1989. Spirit of Hope Awards. Being Alive, People with HIV/AIDS Action Coalition. 1996. Third International Conference on Nutrition and HIV Infection: Pathophysiology and Management. April 22-25, 1999. Washington, D.C. AIDS Ride. Presented by Tanqueray, June 19-22, 1997.

Separated to the ONE Archives sticker collection:

Blue text on yellow background: “THE COST IS TOO HIGH / NO ON 96 NO ON 102 / NO ON 96 & 102 P.O. BOX 794, LOS ANGELES, CA 90078 (213) 933-5881 DORIS S. STUBBLEFIELD, TREAS. ID 881407” (bumper sticker) White text on blue background with an outline of people holding hands in orange across the middle: “Hand in Hand. / Gegen AIDS. / Eine Initiative des Bayerischen Gesundheitsministeriums”

Separated to the ONE Archives poster collection:

A Forca Da Mudanca: Com Os Jovens Em Campanha Contra AIDS. UNAIDS. “Bons jogadores se protegem.”

Separated to the AIDS history project collection:

Advanced HIV Disease (AIDS) Surveillance Summary, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services HIV Epidemiology Program, July 15, 1997. Projections of the Numbers of Persons Diagnosed with AIDS and of Immunosuppressed HIV-Infected Persons, 1992-1994. United States Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. February 1993.

Processing Information

Part of the collection was formerly housed in record box #102-1.

Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2014.

  • Non-LGBT materials, including technical manuals, blank calendars, blank message books, USC fliers and announcements, USC human resources materials, and mass mailings. Non-LGBT periodicals included: The Assembled Voice, USC, Fall 1996; Summer, Fall 1997. bibliotech.usc, Winter 1998. Chronicle, USC, v.16, no.4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 27; v.17, no.1, 1996-1997. Congressional Archive of Craig Hosmer. Daily Trojan, v.132, no.29, 48, October 9, November 5, 1997. Los Angeles Times, Calendar, September 30, 1997. Newsweek, February 3, 1997. Networker, USC, v.8, no.4; v.9, v.3, 1998-1999 Raj, featuring the hit song “Stumble” (audiocassette). Time, August 18, 1997. USC Retired Faculty Newsletter, May-June 1999.
Finding Aid to the Phill Wilson Papers, 1967-2000
Kyle Morgan
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Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

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