AIDS, Posters, and Stories of Public Health: A People’s History of a Pandemic

This exhibition explores how AIDS posters serve as highly adaptable, durable, cost effective, efficient tools in sharing public health messaging. Created by communities bonded together by illness and a desire to make change, these posters provide a gateway to AIDS history, illustrating how, in the face of illness, neglect, and, early on, the unknown, people came together to connect, create, and save one another's lives. Today, AIDS posters continue to be valuable resources for the ongoing epidemic. They teach us about community organizing processes and the ways that groups dealing with HIV heal, share fears, and strategize toward wellness together.

AIDS, Posters, and Stories of Public Health: A People's History of a Pandemic includes selected AIDS posters from Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture, the 2013 exhibition about the history of HIV/AIDS in the United States.

The Exhibition Program

By creating exhibitions about the social and cultural history of science and medicine, we encourage visitors of all ages to learn more about themselves and their communities. These exhibitions and supportive resources engage diverse audiences and connect visitors to National Library of Medicine trusted health information resources.

Patricia Tuohy

Head, Exhibition Program

Julie Botnick

Exhibition Technical Information Specialist

Jiwon Kim

Exhibition Educator

Carissa Lindmark

Traveling Exhibition Assistant

Erika Mills

Community Outreach Coordinator

Jane Markowitz

Traveling Exhibition Services Coordinator

Tannaz Motevalli

Exhibition Coordinator


Theodore (Ted) Kerr

Guest Curator
Writer, Organizer, and Founding Member of What Would an HIV Doula Do?

Creative Services

Link Studio

Website Design & Development

HealyKohler Design

Exhibition Design

Education Contributors

Eric W. Boyle, PhD

U.S. Department of Energy
Washington, DC

Special Acknowledgements

History of Medicine Division

Jeffrey Reznick, PhD

Chief, History of Medicine Division

Kenneth Koyle

Deputy Chief

Allison Cao

Web Program, Pathways Student

Lindsay Franz

Systems Librarian

Elizabeth Mullen

Manager of Web Development and Social Media

Ginny Roth

Manager of Prints and Photographs

Office of Computer and Communications Systems

Wei Ma

Chief, Applications Branch

Winston Churchill

Applications Branch

Joe Potvin

Applications Branch

Ying Sun

Applications Branch

Public Services Division

Jean (Bob) Edouard

Collection Access Section