Collection MsC-203 - "The Legacy of Jon Gates" collection

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"The Legacy of Jon Gates" collection

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  • Textual record

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  • [ca. 1990-1999?] (Creation)
  • ? - 1992 (Creation)
    Gates, Jon

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4 cm of textual records
5 photographs : col. prints
1 optical disc : cd
7 videocassettes : VHS
3 videocassettes : betacam sp
6 videocassettes : Umatic
1 videocassette : ampex
6 videocassettes : betacam
2 optical discs : DVD

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(? - 1992)

Biographical history

Jon Gates was a Canadian-based activist committed to raising awareness of the AIDS-crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. He was involved with the International Committee for AIDS and liaised with multiple international health organizations to promote equal access and treatment options.
He is most well-known for a keynote speech delivered at the Canadian AIDS Society meeting in 1992 shortly before his death. It is this speech and other resources that were compiled by Villon Films to create “The Legacy of Jon Gates” in 1993, which is at the heart of this collection. The film chronicles the last two years of Jon’s life and his fight for recognition that people in the developing world deserve equal care to those in 1st world countries.

Custodial history

This collection was donated to Simon Fraser University jointly by Peter Davis and Harvey McKinnon in 2018.

Scope and content

This collection is split between three series: Textual Records ([1992-1999?]); Photographs ([ca. 1990-1992?]); Video recordings ([ca. 1992-1994?]). The textual records are comprised primarily of transcripts of interviews, some correspondence and a project proposal.

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Arrangement was primarily imposed by the archivist. Where titles were assigned by the archivist these are indicated by the presence of square brackets.

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  • English

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Entry created 02 Jan 2019

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  • Archival box - standard: MsC 203 - Boxes 1 & 2