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Fenway Community Health Center Historical Records, Available for Research

Sunday, August 1, 2010
Archives and Special Collections Department
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Archives and Special Collections

Fenway Community Health Center Historical Records, Available for Research

Members of the Fenway Community Health Center outside the basement clinic at 16 Haviland Street, ca. 1980.

Northeastern University Libraries is pleased to announce the completed processing of the historical records of the Fenway Community Health Center. This material contributes to the University Archives and Special Collection Department's collecting focus on records of private, non-profit, community-based organizations that are concerned with social justice issues. For a list of the Department's special collections, view the Manuscript Collections online.

The Fenway Community Health Center was established in 1971 to serve the elderly, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities of the Fenway area of Boston. Founded by David Scondras, Linda Beane, and nursing students from Northeastern University, the aim of the Center is to enhance the physical and mental health of its community, which includes those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), the people who live and work in the Fenway neighborhood, and beyond. The Center has been involved in HIV / AIDS research since the early 1980s and was the first medical center in Massachusetts to make an official diagnosis of the disease. The Center has been involved in local LGBT events including Boston Pride, the Boston->New York AIDS Ride, and the PrideFest street fair. In 2009, Fenway Community Health Center shortened its name to "Fenway Health." The collection documents the work and expansion of the Fenway Community Health Center in serving the lesbian and gay, elderly, and low-income population of the Fenway area and of Boston in general. Topics documented include HIV testing and clinical drug trials, anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender violence in the Boston area, artificial insemination, recreational drug use in the Boston LGBT community, and outreach to LGBT youth.

The 12.25 cubic feet of material date from 1972 to 2007 and include minutes, memoranda, correspondence, annual reports, event programs and invitations, newsletters, newspaper clippings, banners, posters, VHS tapes, photographs, and memorabilia.

The Fenway Community Health Center records are open for research Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., in Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Department, 92 Snell Library, Boston, Massachusetts. View the guide for the Fenway Community Health Center records collection online.

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