San Francisco GLBT Historical Society & B.A.R. create on-line database of HIV/AIDS obituaties
November 29, 2009 12:06 PM Subscribe
San Francisco's Bay Area Reporter,
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together with the GLBT Historical Society, are making available all of the gay newspaper's AIDS obituaries in an on-line searchable database. The database
, to be unveiled on December 1, 2009, World AIDS Day, contains the obituaries for about 10,000 people.
Excerpt: Starting on World AIDS Day (Tuesday, December 1), every obituary that's appeared in the B.A.R. since 1980 is expected to be available through a searchable archive at http://www.glbthistory.org/obituaries. For years, especially in the late 1980s and early 1990s, people who had died from complications related to AIDS dominated the B.A.R. 's obituary pages. Tom Burtch, a volunteer at San Francisco's GLBT Historical Society, has spent about three years scanning the obituaries from the paper's archives, which are stored at the society's Mission Street facility. The site will enable users to share memories and could eventually let them upload photos – "sort of like a Facebook page for each person," said Burtch.