The Yale AIDS Memorial Project is hard at work documenting the lives, accomplishments, quirks and characters of Yale community members who lost their lives to AIDS. The Project recently relaunched their website, so I spent some time browsing the “profiles” section. The loss is palpable.
Imagine what we might now know, if we still had them all.
From YAMP’s website:
The memorial goal: to provide a space for communities to mourn the deaths and celebrate the lives of affiliates lost toAIDS
The narrative goal: to tell the story of the epidemic to a national audience—and to convey its incredible scope—by tracing its impact on a single institution
The archival goal: to build an archive of primary source material to help historians reconstruct the history of the plague before it fades from memory
The public-health goal: to help prevent the virus from spreading by educating current and future students aboutHIV/AIDS
The technological goal: to demonstrate the role technology can play in elucidating and memorializing the past