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The Dallas Metroplex Chapter of the NAMES Project Foundation Records, 1988-2003 | University Archives

By Emily Aparicio and Hailey LaRock

Collection Overview

Title: The Dallas Metroplex Chapter of the NAMES Project Foundation Records, 1988-2003Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Predominant Dates:1990s
ID: 01/AR0765
Primary Creator: Dallas Metroplex Chapter of the NAMES Project Foundation
Extent: 27.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged into four series according to material type. Paper resources are organized alphabetically, artifacts are housed in flat storage boxes, and the photographs present are stored in their original binder.
Date Acquired: 10/00/2013. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English

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Abstract

The Dallas Metroplex Chapter of the NAMES Project Foundation Collection is composed of the organization's papers, artifacts and textiles, as well as photographs of organizational events and of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection can be broken down into four segments, each of which contain different materials that illuminate the actions and events of the Dallas Metroplex Chapter of the NAMES Project. The paper materials in the collection include, correspondence, chapter guidelines and information, various HIV/AIDS informational handouts and programs, materials related to the AIDS Memorial Quilt, newsletters, educational documents, national conference binders, and membership records. The Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters of the NAMES Project Foundation were integral in keeping the issue of HIV/AIDS at the forefront of public attention, particularly in the late 1980s-early 2000s; these materials give insight to exactly what the Dallas Metroplex Chapter stands for and how they spread their message.

Artifacts in the collection provide a tangible resource for tactile and visual researchers. Awards, certificates, t-shirts, hats, quilt panels, buttons and pins, coffee mugs, keychains, magnets, NAMES Project banners, stickers, postcards, and stationary all convey a very personal side to the collection. Media and photographs in the collection provide a deeper look into the affect the AIDS Memorial Quilt had on the nation. Photos of quilt panels, Dallas Metroplex chapter members, outreach events, and quilt displays allow researchers to put lives and faces to the names of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. With an epidemic that has continuously reduced people to statistics, this collection provides an outlet for remembrance and compassion as well as a reminder that while HIV/AIDS affects millions worldwide, there are communities fighting back.

Biographical Note

The NAMES Project is national organization for recognizing the lives lost and the families affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic through the creation and display of quilt panels, referred to as the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The organization was founded in 1987 by Cleve Jones who also created the Quilt’s first panel to honor the friends he lost to HIV/AIDS. During the first display of the Quilt, 1,920 panels were shown; panels created by friends and family not only to grieve their loved ones, but to place their loved one’s names that were either painted, stitched, or collaged onto the panels into the nation’s collective memory and into the memory of all who viewed the Quilt.

After the first display in 1987, the Quilt grew to over 8,000 panels in 1988, and then to 10,848 panels in 1989. The quilt continues to grow to this day, underlining the need to remember those who have lost their lives to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The NAMES Project and their mission – providing a constructive and creative outlet to grieve a loss from HIV/AIDS, exemplifying the immensity of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as becoming a fundraising organization by encouraging the support of those afflicted with HIV/AIDS – established the charge for putting the statistics to a name. Soon after the founding of this national organization, regional and area chapters began to identify service areas and provide support to those affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Dallas Metroplex Chapter of the NAMES Project Foundation was chartered in September 1991. It was begun by a committed group of volunteers which later became the chapter’s steering committee. Along with its sister chapter in Fort Worth, the Dallas Metroplex chapter focused on addressing the needs of the service area; fundraising for support of HIV/AIDS educational outreach, holding panel making events, and adhering to the mission of the NAMES Project Foundation. The call for remembrance as well as awareness is stressed in the organization’s rallying cry: NO MORE NAMES!

Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Accruals: 2013-38
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note:

Portions of this collection are stored off-site and require a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use. Boxes 1-11 are housed in the Research Collections Library.

Selected photographs are available in The Portal to Texas History.

Acquisition Source: Douglas Shaffer
Acquisition Method: Gift
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Preferred Citation: The Dallas Metroplex Chapter of the Names Project Foundation Records, University of North Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was revised in September 2017 by Hailey LaRock to clarify the collection content, amend spelling errors and dates, and add other missing information.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 4: PhotographsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
This series contains photographs of organizational events and of the AIDS Memorial Quilt panels.
Sub-Series 1: AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels from the Dallas Metroplex Chapter, undatedAdd to your cart.
This series contains AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels from the Dallas Metroplex Chapter. Photographs of individual quilt panels are mounted on index cards and identified with personal or organizational names. Original arrangement of photographs kept intact.
Box 12: C-H, undatedAdd to your cart.
Quilt Panels ranging from letters C-H. Photographs of individual quilt panels are mounted on index cards and identified with personal or organizational names.
Barcode: 706636
Box 13: L-Z, undatedAdd to your cart.
Quilt Panels ranging from letters L-Z. Photographs of individual quilt panels are mounted on index cards and identified with personal or organizational names.
Barcode: 706633
Box 14: Unfiled Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 706635
Sub-Series 2: Titled Albums, undated-1998Add to your cart.
Photographs in albums include photos of quilt panels, of events, and of quilt outreaches. Original arrangement of albums kept intact.
Box 15: The NAMES Project Tour - Dallas, TX, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 706634
Box 16: The Quilt in the Capital, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photographs in albums include photos of quilt panels, of the quilt display in Washington, and of visitors to the display.
Barcode: 706644
Box 17: Washington, 1988Add to your cart.
Photographs in albums include photos of quilt panels, of the quilt display in Washington, chapter members in Washington, and of visitors to the display.
Barcode: 706648
Box 18: The NAMES Project, 1993Add to your cart.
Photographs in albums include photos of quilt panels, of events, and of the chapter members at events.
Barcode: 706639
Box 19: The NAMES Project, 1991-07-02-1991-07-06Add to your cart.
Photographs in albums include photos of quilt panels, of events, and of the chapter members at events.
Barcode: 706645
Box 20: AIDS Memorial Quilt - Dallas Chapter - Washington, D.C., 1992Add to your cart.
Photographs in albums include photos of quilt panels, of the quilt display in Washington, chapter members in Washington, and of visitors to the display.
Barcode: 706642
Box 21: The NAMES Project, 1992-1994Add to your cart.
Photographs in albums include photos of quilt panels, of events, and of the chapter members at events.
Barcode: 706641
Box 22: The NAMES Project - Dallas, 1994-10-28-1994-10-30Add to your cart.
Photographs in albums include photos of quilt panels, of events, and of the chapter members at events.
Barcode: 706638
Box 23: Quilt Outreaches, 1994-09-20-1994-12-03Add to your cart.
Photographs in albums include photos of quilt panels, of outreaches, and of the chapter members at the outreach events.
Barcode: 706640
Box 24: Quilt Outreaches, 1995Add to your cart.
Photographs in albums include photos of quilt panels, of outreaches, and of the chapter members at the outreach events.
Barcode: 706647
Box 25: The NAMES Project, 1997-1998Add to your cart.
Photographs in albums include photos of quilt panels, of events, and of the chapter members at events.
Barcode: 706646
Sub-Series 3: Loose Photographs Not Affliated with Albums and Undated Albums, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photographs in series include photos of quilt panels, of events, and of the chapter members at events. Original arrangement of photographs kept intact.
Box 26: Loose Photographs and Undated Albums, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photographs in box include photos of quilt panels, of events in Dallas and in Washington, as well as photos of the chapter members at events.
Barcode: 706637
Sub-Series 4: Large Format Photographs and Photographic Artifacts, undatedAdd to your cart.
Contains large format panoramic photographs of quilt panels, photographic artifacts such as photo buttons and iron-on fabric photos for quilt panels, and a framed photo of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington, D.C.
Box 27: Large Format Photographs and Photographic Artifacts, undatedAdd to your cart.
This box contains large format panoramic photographs of quilt panels; photographic postcards of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, iron-on fabric photos for quilt panels ( packets of original photos and iron fabric photos for Terry Greenlee, David Lyke, and Bob Sharer); photos removed from the papers series; and a framed photo of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington, D.C.
Barcode: 706649

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