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Washingtonian Center for Addictions : Records, 1968-1980


22 cartons


The records of the Washingtonian Center for Addictions were given to the University of Massachusetts/Boston Archives by Leonard Blumberg, professor of Sociology at Temple University, in May 1988. LB was doing research in the records when the center went bankrupt and arranged with Goodwin, Procter, Hoar to save the records.

RESTRICTIONS. Researchers must agree not to write down the names of clients or health care workers.


Former members of the Washington Total Abstinence Society of Boston opened the Home for the Fallen in 1857 in Jamaica Plain, which became the Washingtonian Home in 1859. The home for men relied on moral suasion and advocated total abstinence. In 1939 it reorganized as the Washingtonian Hospital, was licensed by the Department of Mental Health, and became, by its own account, the first private non-profit alcohol addiction hospital in the country. Since a growing number of clients needed help for drugs other than alcohol, the hospital became the Washingtonian Center for Addictions in 1970. The center provided both in- and out-patient, medical and non-medical, care. It was devoted to treatment, education and training, prevention and research in the field of drug and alcohol addiction.

Scope and Content

The records consist of Board of Directors, administrative, personnel, finance, project, research, and program files, and include minutes, reports, correspondence, memoranda, collected data, and proposals. Several cartons probably contain files kept by Ruth Goldhaber.