Records documenting the activities of AIDS Action Now!, an AIDS and HIV activist organization in Toronto. The records were maintained by Tim McCaskell, a founding member of the organization. Included are the records of several committees, along with subject files on a variety of topics. There are also 102 photographs, some taken by David Adkin and Danny Ogilvie, the majority of which depict demonstratons organized by AIDS Action Now!
Records relate to: set design work for a 1991 Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus Christmas show, the design of a giant mask of Prime Minister Jean Chretien for an AIDS Action Now! march, his involvement with Gallery Without Walls, and “Nightbreed: an exhibition of fantasy/fetish costume”, held at Bar 501 in the Fall of 2002.
In F0083-02 Oral Histories, one can find all of the archived audio from the Foolscap Gay Oral History Project. In this series, there is a file for every interview conducted as part of the Foolscap Gay Oral History Project (spanning across both the 2016-034 and 2017-059 accessions). These files are ordered alphabetically based on last name of interview subject, from A to Z. In cases where an interview subject was interviewed on more than one date, these interviews are labelled and ordered as First, Second, Third, etc, and kept in seperate files in successive order. Each file contains all digital recordings from said interview, as well as hard-copy audio-cassette tapes where available. Each tape (and the audio recordings from both sides of said tape) is considered a single item within the file. In cases where a single interview spans more than one tape, the tape item’s title is suffixed with (tape # of #). Digital recordings of audio are lettered A, B, C, D based on which side of which tape they are from, ordered alphabetically based on the order in which they were originally recorded.. All tapes have been digitized, with both sides (where a recording was present) available digitally in both original audio and noise-reduced audio. The titles of noise-reduced digital audio files are suffixed with "NR".
In F0083-01 Project Documentation, one can find textual documentation from the Foolscap Gay Oral History project, including correspondence related to the Foolscap project and some of the release forms signed by Foolscap interview subjects. This series is divided into two files: F0083-01-001 Release Forms and F0083-01-002 Correspondence. All project documentation is available both digitally and in hard-copy.
In F0083-04 Supplementary Audio, one can find audio recordings donated by Lionel Collier which were found to pertain to the Foolscap Gay Oral History Project, but are not oral history interviews. This series includes a recording of a speech by John Grube (co-organizer of the Foolscap project), a recording of a speech by Barry Adams (a Foolscap interview subject), and a recording of a board meeting for the Tri-Aid House (which was mentioned in the interviews with Doug Chin).
In F0083-03 Transcripts, one can find all transcripts of Foolscap Gay Oral History Project interviews produced at the time of the project. The series is organized into files, arranged in alphabetical order based on the last name of interview subject. Each file contains both the hard-copy of the transcript and a digital scan of the transcript, available in both original and screen-readable format. The names of screen-readable scans are suffixed with “SR”. In addition to the transcripts donated as part of the 2016-034 accession, some transcripts of Foolscap interviews produced by Maureen Fitzgerald and her students in 2016 have been included. These are arranged as the final files in the series, under the 2019-003 accession.