Scrapbooks, communication books, head nurses' files, correspondence, videotapes, publications, and memorabilia collected by
the nursing staff of AIDS Ward 5B/5A at San Francisco General Hospital, the first dedicated AIDS hospital ward in the U.S.
The collection documents daily life on the ward among patients, their families and friends, nurses, and volunteers. Of note
are the photos of public events and celebrations, minutes of nursing staff meetings, and copies of the "Best Hospitals" issues
US News and World Report, 1991-1997. The collection also reflects the changing role of nursing, as 5B/5A nurses were critical to the development of
the multidisciplinary model of AIDS care that came to be known as the "San Francisco model."
San Francisco General Hospital's Ward 5B, the first dedicated AIDS hospital ward in the United States, opened with twelve
beds on July 25, 1983 and included both AIDS and hospice patients. Cliff Morrison, a former Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatry,
was the first nurse manager. Capacity quickly proved to be inadequate, so on Jan. 17, 1986, the ward was moved to the 20-bed
Ward 5A. In the mid-1990s, with the availability of new drugs called protease inhibitors, the number of AIDS patients decreased
sufficiently that the ward began admitting non-AIDS-related oncology patients. With its interdisciplinary approach, Ward 5B/5A
set a new standard in AIDS-related medical care.
10 vols., 12 boxes, 2 cartons, 1 flat box
(13.6 cubic feet)
Copyright has been assigned to the San Francisco Public Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts
must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public
Library as the owner of the physical items and the copyright.
The collection is open for research, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours.