The records of the AIDS Action Committee document the organization's founding and programs; the long–term strategies and goals of the board and administration; its involvement with other AIDS–related organizations and political entities, and the history of the AIDS disease in New England and nationwide. The collection spans 1975–2000, with the bulk of the material falling between 1987 and 1996. Relatively few records from 1983–1984 are present in this collection.
Highlights of the collection include materials on the AIDS Action Committee's education and prevention campaigns, such as posters from their subway advertising campaigns, and materials on the AIDS Education at Work program. Also of note are the Events files in Series 6, which illustrate the activities of the AIDS Action Committee sponsored to raise funds and to heighten awareness of the Committee and AIDS. Notable among these are the ARTcetera art auction, the From all Walks of Life AIDS walk, and the Aid & Comfort benefit. The Public Policy program files provide an interesting look at the AIDS Action Committee's role in political advocacy, and Client Services program files offer valuable information on the Committee's efforts to support persons with HIV/AIDS and their families and friends.