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Andrew P. Wood papers

Identifier: Q121

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Andrew P. Wood papers, 1987-2014 (bulk 1988-1990) consist of flyers, newspaper clippings, correspondence, t-shirts, bumper stickers, as well as extensive materials relating to the Atlanta chapter of ACT-UP. Most of the materials cover protests to highlight the plight of the gay community during the height of the AIDS crisis.


  • Creation: 1987-2014
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1988 - 1990


Restrictions on Access

Access to some items restricted for 75 years from the date of creation.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Andrew Wood

Andrew Wood is a graphic designer and gay activist. Born in Atlanta in 1962, the son of two doctors, Wood's early years were filled with art, books, and culture. He attended public schools in DeKalb County and worked in public radio. In 1980, Wood moved to San Francisco for art school and to join the thriving gay organization, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. This charitable group of gay men dressed in nuns habits performed activism and street theater informed with the pagan spirituality of the Radical Faerie movement. While in San Francisco, Wood experienced the AIDS epidemic which caused him to return to Atlanta. After the Democratic National Convention in 1988, he and a handful of fellow protesters started an Atlanta Chapter of ACT/UP. ACT/UP practiced aggressive tactics, civil disobedience, and direct action to bring attention to the plight of AIDS sufferers. Wood moved to New Orleans in 1990 and stayed there until 2004 when he returned to Atlanta to care for his elderly mother.


4 Linear Feet (in 3 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Andrew P. Wood papers consist of flyers, newspaper clippings, correspondence, t-shirts, bumper stickers, as well as extensive materials relating to the Atlanta chapter of ACT-UP, 1987-2014. Andrew Wood is a graphic designer and gay activist.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in three series: 1. Manuscript materials, 1973, 1982-1991, 2012-2014; 2. Artifacts; 3. Textiles.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Andrew P. Wood, March and August, 2014.

Online Availability:

Several items, including all the manuscript materials have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Separated Materials

Separated to the Gender and Sexuality Periodicals Collection (Q-GS-Periodicals) see finding aid for access

  1. Etcetera, Vol. 4, No. 45, November 11-17, 1988.
  2. Etcetera, Vol. 5, No. 2, January 13-19, 1989.
  3. Etcetera, Vol. 5, No. 3, January 20-26, 1989.
  4. Etcetera, Vol. 5, No. 6, February 10-16, 1989.
  5. Etcetera, Vol. 6, No. 1, January 5-1, 1990.
  6. Gazette, Vol. 2, No. 7, February 12-18, 1981.

Collection Transfer Note

This collection was previously designated W121, but was assigned collection number Q121 with the formationĀ of the Gender and Sexuality Collection in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Kendra Goins at the file level, June 2014.


Andrew P. Wood:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Kendra Goins
June 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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