Northeastern University to Preserve the Historical Records of Positive Directions, Inc.
Northeastern University Libraries is pleased to announce the acquisition of the historical records of Positive Directions, Inc. This material contributes to the University Archives and Special Collection Department's collecting focus on the records of private, non-profit, community-based organizations that are concerned with social justice issues and that serve the African American, Chinese, Latino, or gay and lesbian communities.
Positive Directions, Inc. was founded in 1987 to improve the quality of life and longevity for people living with HIV/AIDS. Staff and volunteers of the grassroots organization provided information, counseling, employment assistance, advocacy, and access to community resources for individuals with HIV or those directly affected by HIV. In addition, the organization actively monitored advances in medical treatment for HIV/AIDS. In 1996, Northern Lights Alternatives, which was founded in 1989 to improve the emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being of people affected by HIV/AIDS, merged with Positive Directions to from one organization.
The material acquired dates from the organization's inception in 1987 to its closing in 2002 and documents both the Positive Direction's programs and the state of HIV/AIDS treatment and advocacy in Massachusetts. The collection complements the records of AIDS Action Committee of Boston, Inc., which are also preserved at Northeastern University, and includes correspondence, board minutes, reports, photographs, video tapes, contracts, annual budgets, and newsletters among other types of material.