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Bates Center Welcomes ANAC Records to the Archive

The Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing is pleased to announce an agreement with the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care to preserve its rich history in an archival repository for scholarly historical research.

Founded in 1987, ANAC is the leading nursing organization responding to HIV/AIDS. ANAC’s mission is to promote the individual and collective professional development of nurses involved in the delivery of health care to persons infected or affected by HIV as well as to promote the health and welfare of infected persons.

ANAC comprises a dedicated group of nurses, healthcare professionals and others from around the world who are committed to HIV/AIDS nursing. These affiliate members include social workers, pharmacists, physician assistants, lawyers and doctors; i.e. anyone involved in the care and support of people with HIV and/or AIDS.

“Nurses have been leaders, clinicians and researchers in the fight against HIV since the first recognized cases were identified,” says ANAC president Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, ANP-BC, FAAN, AACRN. “Their efforts coalesced in the formation of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the world’s largest HIV nursing-centric organization now with over 2,000 global members across more than 60 countries.  The collection submitted to the Bates Center will ensure that ANAC’s rich, diverse and inspiring history and the history of HIV nursing is preserved.”

As ANAC approached its 30th anniversary, discussions around archiving and housing the collection at the Bates Center culminated in summer of 2017. The main task of moving the collection to the Bates Center has been completed. The Center’s next phase is preserving and developing an archival repository of ANAC’s significant paper records, documents, and publications. While the major donation of materials has concluded, the Center and ANAC will continue to work together to locate remaining historical records. An inventory of the materials currently held by the Center can be found online.

“The Bates Center faculty and staff are thrilled the ANAC trusts us to be stewards of its rich history of activism, education, treatment, and research in the care of people, families, and communities struggling to comprehend the dimensions of HIV/AIDS epidemic,” says Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, the director of the Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing. “ANAC’s papers will be a rich source of data and a testament to the ability of nurses to mobilize to address an infectious disease that had once seemed unimaginable.”

The ANAC collection will greatly enhance the history of HIV/AIDS care and nursing education present in other Center collections, particularly Dr. Ellen Baer’s work in creating Penn Nursing’s first HIV/AIDS care course.

Consider making a donation to help preserve the legacy of ANAC.