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The ACT UP Milwaukee Collection documents the history and activism of the Milwaukee chapter of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power). This text corpus was derived from audio recordings in the collection documenting ACT UP demonstrations, AIDS Activist TV, and the Brand New Queer Program. The full finding aid for the ACT UP Milwaukee Records is found here:


This corpus was created as part of a project to develop workflows and best practices to use machine learning tools to extract text from archival AV materials, with a focus on the LGBTQ+ collections that are part of the UWM Archives. In addition to creating the corpus, the project also developed a prototype dashboard to demonstrate the teaching and research potential of the corpus using text analysis and engaging new modes of discovery.

Creation of this corpus was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the second cohort for Collections as Data: Part to Whole.