Guide to the Brent Nicholson Earle papers,
1986-2003

Collection Number: 7457

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

Contact Information:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
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Compiled by:
Date completed:
EAD encoding:
Andrea Hektor
Peter Martinez, June 2003
Rima Turner, April 2007
Ezra Corral, July 2008

© 2003 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Brent Nicholson Earle papers, 1986-2003.
Collection Number:
7457
Creator:
Brent Nicholson Earle
Quantity:
.3 cubic feet
Forms of Material:
Manuscripts, printed materials, ephemera.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Informational and publicity materials about the 1986 American Run for the End of AIDS, the 1990 Rainbow Run for the End of Aids, and the 1994 Ranbow Roll, plus Earle's Christmas letters and cards sent to friends and supporters; occasional announcements and letters regarding ongoing activities of A.R.E.A; obituaries and a eulogy for Marion Nicholson; a copy of an article by Earle in New York Newsday about Magic Johnson; 2 A.R.E.A. t-shirts; a broadside; and other material related to his AIDS activism.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

In 1985, Earle planned The American Run for the End of AIDS (A.R.E.A.), a 10,000 mile run around the perimeter of the United States, which he ran from March 1986 to October 1987. On June 7, 1990 he set off from San Francisco and arrived in Vancouver, Canada on August 4 for the beginning of the third Gay Games held there that year. He was assisted in his AIDS activism by his mother, Marion Nicholson, until her death in 1991. On April 29, 1994, he left San Francisco, this time leading a 7-person team on the Rainbow Roll, a trek on rollerblades, carrying a rainbow flag through 22 cities and ending up in New York City on June 16 for the start of the fourth Gay Games. On each trek, Earle worked to raise awareness and knowledge about AIDS and to raise money for AIDS service organizations. In 1990, People Magazine named Earle one of its "20 individuals who shaped the 80's." He has continued work as an AIDS activist.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Informational and publicity materials about the 1986 American Run for the End of AIDS, the 1990 Rainbow Run for the End of Aids, and the 1994 Ranbow Roll, plus Earle's Christmas letters and cards sent to friends and supporters; occasional announcements and letters regarding ongoing activities of A.R.E.A; obituaries and a eulogy for Marion Nicholson; a copy of an article by Earle in New York Newsday about Magic Johnson; 2 A.R.E.A. t-shirts; a broadside; and other material related to his AIDS activism.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Earle, Brent Nicholson.
Nicholson, Marion.

Subjects:
AIDS (Disease)
AIDS (Disease)--Political aspects.
Gay athletes.
Sports--Political aspects.
Gay men--Family relationships.
Parent and child.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Brent Nicholson Earle papers, #7457. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Collecting Program: Human Sexuality Collection.

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
Poster: A.R.E.A., The American Run for the End of AIDS
Mapcase
Mar. 1, 1986-Oct. 31, 1987
T-shirt: A.R.E.A., The American Run for the End of AIDS
Box 1
Jun. 7-Aug. 4, 1990
T-shirt: Rainbow Run for the End of AIDS
Box 1
T-shirt: A.R.E.A., The American Run for the End of AIDS, 10th Anniversary
Box 1
1985-1987
Gay Games II Program and Brochure about A.R.E.A.
Box 2 Folder 1
1990
Press Packet
Box 2 Folder 2
1991
Brent Nicholson Earle, article in New York Newsday
Box 2 Folder 3
1991-1992
Marion M. Nicholson memorials
Box 2 Folder 4
1988-1990
Advocate article, World AIDS Day flyer
Box 2 Folder 5
1992
Annotated "Circus for Life" Program
Box 2 Folder 6
1994
Rainbow Roll
Box 2 Folder 7
1996
A.R.E.A. Mailing: Tenth Anniversary of A.R.E.A.
Box 2 Folder 8
1999
A.R.E.A. Mailing
Box 2 Folder 9
2001
A.R.E.A. Mailing
Box 2 Folder 10
2003
Brent Nicholson Earle, family and friends letter
Box 2 Folder 11