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Columbia: Dr. Mathilde Krim Papers Open at Health Sciences Library

The papers of Dr. Mathilde Krim (1926-2018), biomedical scientist, pioneer acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) activist, and philanthropist are now available in Columbia’s Health Sciences Library. Dr. Krim was on the faculty of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and a member of its Board of Overseers. Mailman’s Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Professorship of Global Health is named in her honor.

At the outset of the AIDS epidemic Dr. Krim recognized the urgent need to meet its devastating medical and social effects.  In 1983, she founded the AIDS Medical Foundation (AMF), the first private organization to support AIDS research.  Two years later AMF and the National AIDS Research Foundation merged to become the American Foundation for AIDS Research, popularly known as amfAR (it is now known as amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research).  It soon became the country’s leading non-profit organization devoted to supporting AIDS research, prevention, and scientifically sound public health policy. Besides being amfAR’s founding chair, Dr. Krim served as its Board chairman from 1990 to 2004.  In these roles she became one of the country’s most visible advocates for the need to adequately fund AIDS research as well as an outspoken champion of the human rights and dignity of persons with AIDS.

Dr. Krim’s papers cover her entire career, dating from circa 1948 to 2016 and include correspondence, reports, meeting materials, financial statements, grant applications, photographs, speeches, interviews, and congressional testimony.

To access information about the papers, link to Columbia’s online public access catalog.

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