While visiting the GSU Archives, we exercised the collection of data through the Women’s/Gender and Sexuality Collections. Each artifact was able to bring forth various modes of information regarding AIDS as well as the fight for rights.
Archival research includes primary sources found in a place that houses artifacts from certain events or time periods. Things found in an archive might include apparel, audio recordings, newspaper, records, etc. Archival research is essential in the way that it provides for various primary sources that aid in further collection of data. These primary sources bring forth first hand accounts such as manuscripts, documents, and other materials from said event. In conducting this research, an essential step is to ask questions. Although it may be easy to just google general topic ideas, primary sources give more efficiency as well as context. So, one might begin by asking where an artifact was found, going on to ask who held the artifact, and so on. Asking questions leads to the gathering of more detailed information. Furthermore, metadata, is also a vital part of the research process. Seeing various types of sources that all account for a specific event makes the world of a difference.
This artifact is a poster held by a woman in an AIDS protest, saying “Women Don’t Get Aids. They Just Die From It” This powerful message is meant to voice the way in which women typically end up dying from aids because their voices go unheard.
This article was written in San Francisco -1990, it displays the typical reaction to AIDS at the time. This gives a first hand look into the past, allowing for researches to draw conclusions about the time, place, and people of the newspaper article.