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World AIDS Day

This guide links to relevant resources in honor of World AIDS Day, which is observed on December 1st each year.

Highlights from NYU Libraries' Special Collections

The AIDS Memorial Quilt at Bobst Library

About the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Nine panels from the NAMES Project Foundation’s AIDS Memorial Quilt are on display at Bobst Library until December 15 to close out New York University’s yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The 12x12 foot panels represent a cross-section of people lost to AIDS, including members of the trans community, incarcerated individuals, artists and activists who shaped New York’s downtown arts scene, and an NYU student. Visit the NYU News website for details about the exhibition at Bobst Library. 

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was started in 1987 by a small group of strangers who recognized the urgent need to document the lives lost to AIDS and help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. Today, the Quilt serves as a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic and consists of more than 48,000 individual 3x6 foot memorial pieces sewn together by friends, lovers, and family members. Visit the National AIDS Memorial website to learn more about the Quilt.