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AIDS and Substance Abuse Speakers Network (ASASN) Records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of West Georgia
Creator: AIDS and Substance Abuse Speakers Network.
Title: AIDS and Substance Abuse Speakers Network (ASASN) Records
Dates: 1990-2004
Quantity: 5.19 Linear feet (9 boxes, 2 tubes, and 1 OV folder)
Abstract:The AIDS and Substance Abuse Speakers Network (ASASN) was a non-profit organization formed in 1990 to provide a network of speakers to publicize issues surrounding AIDS and substance abuse and disbanded in 2010. Its founder, Lee Kearney, lost her son, Kevin, to AIDS in 1993.
Identification: MS-0041

Biographical/Historical Note

The AIDS and Substance Abuse Speakers Network (ASASN) was founded in 1990 by Lee Kearney while she was living in Cobb County. In 1983, Kearney began volunteer work in the area of substance abuse and in 1989 she became a counselor for the Anchor Hospital/Talbott-Marsh Recovery Campus in Atlanta. Her interest in helping the AIDS community came about because her son, Kevin Kearney, suffered with AIDS and substance abuse. She began to volunteer with AID Atlanta as a speaker in 1987, which led her to found ASASN, a nonprofit organization, in 1990. Kearney earned a master's degree in psychology in 1991 at UWG. For the first three years of the organization's existence, it was based out of Kearney's home. The organization would gradually attract many speakers who had been affected by HIV/AIDS and/or drug abuse. In 1993, the year Kevin Kearney died, the ASASN obtained its first grant and opened an office in Atlanta on West Peachtree Street.

The purpose of ASASN was to obtain speakers connected with HIV/AIDS and/or drug abuse and have them speak to the public about their personal experiences, as well as provide facts on risky behaviors in order to further the prevention of the AIDS epidemic. ASASN talks were conducted at multiple schools, universities, and clinics across the north Georgia area, as well as regional locations. Audiences included various groups ranging from middle school students to current addicts seeking counseling. Through their involvement within the community, many people would be educated on risky behaviors and the likelihood of contacting the HIV/AIDS epidemic or other sexually transmitted illnesses. ASASN was involved in the AIDS community in Atlanta, participating in World AIDS Day, the AIDS Walk, the Jim Howell Park Project, and the Braves "Stepping Up to the Plate with PWA's."

By 2010, Kearney had published a book about her experiences with her son's illness and death, and her work with the organization. At that time, she disbanded ASASN. Kearney lives in Waleska, Georgia.


Scope and Content Note

The organizational records of ASASN consist of books, VHS tapes, presentation slides, oversized posters, an unbound scrapbook, plaques, and various documents detailing the purpose and impact of the AIDS and Substance Abuse Speakers Network within the communities surrounding Atlanta.


Arrangement

Organized in four series: 1. Manuscripts; 2. Audio Visual Media; 3. Artifacts; 4. Books.


Index Terms

AIDS (Disease)
AIDS and Substance Abuse Speakers Network.
Counseling.
Substance abuse.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

AIDS and Substance Abuse Speakers Network (ASASN) records. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, University of West Georgia.

Provenance

Collection donated by Lee Kearney, President and Founder of the AIDS and Substance Abuse Network, in February 2011 and April 2013. Kearney donated a small addition to the records in November 2013.

Processed By

Processed by Candice Larson, 2013.

Sponsorship

Finding aid converted with funds from a UWG FY14 Presidential Assistance Grant.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users; no restrictions

User Restrictions

As stipulated by U.S. copyright laws


Container List

 

Series I:: Manuscripts

This series contains information concerning the creation and activities of the ASASN. This information includes background on Lee Kearney and other prominent members of ASASN, schedules and feedback on various presentations, grants which ASASN applied for, statistics and background on the AIDS epidemic and risky behaviors, and the organization's overall involvement within the AIDS community. There is also included a first draft of Kearney's book, which was then titled A Gentle Spirit.

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11Fundraiser, 1993
2ACLU, 1992
3Addiction Counseling, undated
4 A Gentle Spirit Drafts, undated
5 AIDS 101 Awareness and Action Seminar, July 24, 1993
6AIDS and Religion Articles, undated
7AIDS epidemic updates, undated
8AIDS Handbooks [1 st half], undated
9AIDS Handbooks [2 nd half], undated
10AIDS In Africa, undated
11AIDS Memorial Quilt, undated
12AIDS Newspaper Articles, undated
13AIDS Transparencies, undated
14AIDS Walk Atlanta, September 8, 1991
15American Red Cross Handouts, undated
16America Response To AIDS, undated
17Atlanta AIDS Fund, undated
18Atlanta Gay Center Funding, 1993
19Board Meeting Minutes, January 2001-2002
20Board Member Responsibilities, 1999
21Braves Grant, 2000-2003

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21Center for Disease Control Handouts, undated
2Center for Disease Control Statistics, 2003
3Certificate of Awards, undated
4Citizen Ambassador Program, undated
5Cobb Citizens Coalition, 1994
6Community Education Programs, undated
7Correspondence, 1990-1998
8Correspondence, Congress, 1992
9Correspondence, Letters of Thanks, 1990-1993
10Correspondence, Letters of Thanks, 1993-1997
11Correspondence, Letters of Thanks, 1998-2003
12DeKalb Addiction Clinic (DAC), 1992
13Department of Veteran's Affairs, 1993
14DHHS/PSC/AOS/DAM Work Quote, 2002
15Emory CBA Mini Grant, 2000
16Event Letter of Agreement, undated
17Fliers, undated
18Fulton County Grants, 1993
19General Drug Information, undated
20Georgia Department of Corrections, 1992
21Georgia EAP Professionals, 1993
22Georgia Secretary of State Certificate, undated
23Georgia State University, 1993
24Grant Proposals, 1999-2001
25Grant Proposals, Denied, undated
26Grant Proposals, Unanswered, 1992
27Grants Received, 2001
28Handouts on AIDS Family Caregiving, undated
29Handouts on Contacting HIV/AIDS, undated
30Handout on Drug Abuse, undated
31Handouts on Safe Sex, undated

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31Harm Reduction Model, undated
2Health Access America Grant Application, 1991
3HIV Treatment Guidelines Program, undated
4HIV Youth Education, undated
5Howley, Jim, undated
6Hypothetical Case Histories, undated
7Incorporation Mission Minutes, undated
8Information Used for Grants, undated
9Internal Revenue Code for Corporation, undated
10Internal Revenue presentation, 1994
11Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Update, undated
12Internet Sources about AIDS, undated
13Johnathon Mann Memorial Lecture, undated
14John Howell Park Project Donation, 1995
15Kearney, Lee, undated
16Kearney, Lee, Notebook, undated
17Kearney, Lee, Women and HIV, undated
18Kennesaw State University, 1995
19Mailing List, undated
20Mill Springs Academy, 1993
21Narrative, ASASN, undated
22National Organization of Black County Officials, 1993
23Native American AIDS Prevention, undated
24Needle Exchange Articles, undated
25Obituaries, undated
26Overman, William. Persons with AIDS and the Right of Self Determination, undated
27Parties and Meetings, 1992-1998
28Photograph Album (1 of 2), undated

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41Photograph Album (2 of 2), undated
2Photographs, Miscellaneous, undated
3Poems About HIV/AIDS, undated
4Positively Aware: The Journal of Test Positive Aware Network, May/June 1997, January/February 2001
5Presentations, 1990-1995
6Program Evaluations, Completed (1 of 3), undated
7Program Evaluations, Completed (2 of 3), undated
8Program Evaluations, Completed (3 of 3), undated
9Project Outlines for Regional Trips, undated
10Public Health HIV Prevention Subcontract Pre-Application, 1995
11Retarded Citizens /Atlanta, 1991
12Request for Funding/Prospect Worksheet, undated
13Risky Cocktails Presentations, undated
14Rotary Club, 1 st ASASN Presentation, August 17, 1990
15SAFE Recovery, 1993
16Sample High School Letters, 1993
17SECAD Handouts, 1993-2001

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51SECAD Handouts, 2001-2003
2Sevananda Community Change, 2001
3Signage, undated
4Speakers, undated
5Speaking Engagement Worksheet, undated
6State of Georgia Administrative Services Proposal Letter, undated
7Statement of Purpose, undated
8Statistics, ASASN, 1990-1992
9Sternberg, Steve. When AIDS Comes Home, undated
10Talks, 1990-1992
11Talks, 1993-1994
12Talks, 1994-1996
13Talks, 1996-2000
14Talks, 2001-2003

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61Thank You Cards, undated
2United Way Grants, undated
3U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1994
4U.S. Department of Labor Letter, 1992
5Volunteer Application and Code, undated
6West Georgia College, 1992
7Wheeler High School, 1992
8Work Logs, 1993
9World AIDS Day, December 1, 2004
 

Series II:: Audio Visual Media

This series contains VHS tapes and slides that were used for instructional purposes. Many of the videos deal with AIDS or drug abuse and most of them were created by ASASN. Included within these videos are lectures or presentations by ASASN speakers, coverage of World AIDS Day, and the Braves "Stepping Up to the Plate with PWA's."



Sub-series:: VHS Tapes

Box

7---. Addicted, 1999
---. AIDS in the Black Community, undated
---. Common Threads, October 15, 1989
---. Dawn of Hope: The Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, A CINEMARK Production, 1987
---. HIV Update: Psychology of Treating Patients with HIV Disease, August 26, 1990
---. Shorter College Rome, Georgia, December 4, 1996
---. Soft Is The Heart of A Child, undated
---. Talbot Recovery Campus, undated
---. Talbot Recovery Systems: The Diagnosis Self Assessment Tape, Tape #6, undated
AIDS and Substance Abuse Speakers Network, Media Video, undated
AIDS and Substance Abuse Speakers Network, Media Video, undated
AIDS Atlanta. Don't Forget About Sherry, undated
ASASN Copy., undated
(Contains snippets of video interviews with media by speakers)
ASASN Copy., undated
(Contains snippets of video interviews with media by speakers)
ASASN Copy., undated
(Contains snippets of video interviews with media by speakers)
ASASN Media, undated
Atlanta Braves. Stepping Up to the Plate for PWA's, September 9, 2000
Braves, undated
Fox 5 News. Lee Kearney and AIDS Walk, October 15, 2000
Georgia Speakers Network, HIV/AIDS Presentation, undated
Kearney, Lee. Adolescent Drug Abuse and Addiction, Atlanta, May 1, 1992
Kearney, Lee. Back to Basics, undated
Lewis, Carl. AIDS Education: Employee's Version, March 1994
Lewis, Carl. AIDS Education: Manager's Version, March 1994
Lewis, Carl. IRS Presentation: Manager's Version, March 1994
Living Positive: Women & AIDS, directed by Karen R Hunte, undated
National Community AIDS Partnership. Heart Strings, October 12, 1993
Rick Porter, undated
World AIDS Day 1997, 1997
World AIDS Day 1997, 1997
World AIDS Day. Keynotes on Atlanta Interfaith Broadcast, December 1, 2000 and 60 Minutes, Death by Denial, undated



Sub-series:: Slides

Box

7 ASASN Miscellaneous, undated
U.S. Dot Maps of AIDS Cases 1997, 1997
 

Series III:: Artifacts

This collection contains various items from the ASASN office. Included are two plaques awarded to Lee Kearney and ASASN for their communal outreach, various signage, as well as multiple America Responds to AIDS posters along with oversized pictures of ASASN speakers and members. America Responds to AIDS posters were produced by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, circa 1990s. Also in this series is an unbound scrapbook containing newspaper clippings dealing with the AIDS epidemic.

Box

8Plaque to AIDS and Substance Abuse Speakers Network from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, December 1994
Statement of Purpose Signage, undated
Plaque to Lee Kearney for exemplary service and support dealing with "Summit IV: The Pandemic of AIDS and Other Infectious Diseases" from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., May 4, 1996
ASASN Signage, undated
Unbound Scrapbook with newspaper clippings, 1992-1999

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1ASASN Banner, undated

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1AIDS Walk Atlanta Poster, numbered print, first year of the Atlanta AIDS walk, 1991

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1Poster, Addictions: The most common habits can be the hardest to kick, undated

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2Two oversized, laminated pictures of ASASN staff, undated

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2Poster, You Use, You Lose, Georgia Governor's Commission on Drug Awareness and Prevention, undated

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2America Responds To AIDS poster, Why there's a connection between sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS, undated
(2 copies)

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2America Responds To AIDS poster, With AIDS around, gonorrhea, syphilis, & herpes are fair warning, undated

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2America Responds To AIDS poster, If you get the AIDS virus now, you and your license could expire at the same time, undated
(2 copies)

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2America Responds To AIDS poster, El SIDA también es un problema para los hispanos, undated

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2America Responds To AIDS poster, AIDS is also a problem for Hispanics, undated

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2America Responds To AIDS poster, It might take more than motherwit to tell my children what to do about AIDS, undated
 

Series IV:: Books

This series contains books that deal with drug abuse and AIDS. Many of these books were owned by Lee Kearney and used in her counseling services or owned by one of the other ASASN workers. Some of books are inscribed personally to Lee Kearney or other workers while others contain only Lee's name. The books have been arranged alphabetically by the author's last name.

Box

9Black, David. The Plague Years: A Chronicle of AIDS, The Epidemic of Our Times. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986
Callen, Michael. Surviving AIDS. New York: Harper Collins, 1990
Clark, Don. Loving Someone Gay. New York: New American Library, 1977
Cusack, James S. Always Aware: Back to Basics. New York: Brick Tower Press, 1995
Dilley, James W., Cheri Pies and Michael Helquist, eds. Face to Face: A Guide to AIDS Counseling. San Francisco: AIDS Health Project, 1989
Duda, Deborah. Coming Home: A Guide to Dying at Home with Dignity. New York: Aurora Press, 1987
Dwyer, John M. The Body At War: The Miracle of the Immune System. New York: Penguin Group, 1990
Fettner, Ann Giudici, and William A. Check. The Truth About AIDS: Evolution of an Epidemic. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1985
Fisher, Mary. My Name is Mary: A Memoir. New York: Scribner, 1996
Ford, Michael Thomas. 100 Questions and Answers About AIDS: A Guide for Young People. New York: New Discovery Books, 1992
Gottheil, Edward, ed. Effects of Substance Abuse Treatment on AIDS Risk Behaviors. Binghamton, New York: Haworth Medical Press, 1998
Jarvis, Debra. The Journey Through AIDS: A Guide for Loved Ones and Caregivers. Illinois: Lion Publishing, 1992
Kinsella, James. Covering the Plague: AIDS and the American Media. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1989
Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth. AIDS: The Ultimate Challenge. New York: Collier Books, 1987
Lindquist, Marie. In a Perfect World. N.P.: Hazelden, 1991
M., Earle. Physician, Heal Thyself! Minneapolis: CompCare Publishers, 1989
McFarlane, Rodger, and Philip Bashe. The Complete Bedside Companion: A No-Nonsense Guide To Caring for the Seriously Ill. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999
Morrison, Martha. White Rabbit: A Doctor's Story of Her Addiction and Recovery. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1989
Peabody, Barbara. The Screaming Room: A Mother's Journal of Her Son's Struggle with AIDS - A True Story of Love, Dedication, and Courage. New York: Avon Books, 1986
Shilts, Randy. And The Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987
Tilleraas, Perry. The Color of Light: Meditations for All of Us Living with AIDS. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988
White, Ryan and Ann Marie Cunningham. Ryan White: My Own Story. New York: Penguin Group, 1991
White, Ryan and Ann Marie Cunningham. Ryan White: My Own Story. New York: Penguin Group, 1991