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Name of Creator:Fenway Community Health Center.
Title:Fenway Community Health Center records
Date:n.d., 1972-2007
Reference Code:M172
Location Code: 56/4, 55/1, 55/2, FF5/D8, RS11/52
Extent:12.50 cubic ft. (14 boxes; 2 rolls)
Scope and Content Abstract: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 and of Boston in general. Topics documented include HIV testing and clinical 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. Records include minutes, memoranda, correspondence, annual reports, event programs and invitations, newsletters, newspaper clippings, banners, posters, VHS tapes, photographs, negatives, contact sheets, and a T-shirt and baseball cap.
Historical Abstract:The Fenway Community Health Center was founded in 1971 by David Scondras, Linda Beane, and nursing students from Northeastern University to serve the elderly, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities of the Fenway area of Boston. The aim of the Center since its founding has been to provide health care as a right rather than as a privilege. The Center started on a part-time basis, with women's health, gay health, and elder health groups operating the clinic at different times. Fees were instituted after 1973 and deliberately kept low. During the 1980s, the Center expanded its services and began a formal research program, largely in response to the rise of HIV infection. Center staff regularly presented their research work at national and international HIV, AIDS, and gay health conferences, and the Center was responsible for the first official diagnosis of AIDS in New England in 1981. In 1983, the AIDS Action Committee was formed as a discussion group at the Center and later became an independent organization. During the 1990s, the Center began formal fundraising and community outreach efforts, hosting the first Women's Dinner Party event in 1992 and founding the Color Me Healthy initiative to provide HIV and safe sex education to gay men of color in Boston. The Center became more involved in area events, including the Boston to New York AIDS Ride, Boston Pride, and AIDSWalk Boston. In the early 2000s, the Center started a capital campaign to fund construction of a new building and, in 2009, the Center moved to Boylston Street, bringing together all its services in one building and changing its name to Fenway Health.
Language and Scripts:The collection is mainly in English; some material is in Spanish.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in 4 series: 1. Administration; 2. Events and Outreach; 3. Research Programs and Services; and 4. Audio-Visual and Memorabilia.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Fenway Community Health Center
  • Fenway Health

  • Fenway Community Health Center
  • Fenway Community Health Center -- Victim Recovery Program
  • Fenway Health
  • Fenway Institute

  • Clinical studies
  • Community health clinics
  • Fundraising
  • Healthcare
  • HIV / AIDS Awareness
  • LGBTQ people

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:The material was donated to the Archives by Fenway Community Health Center in 2009.
Finding Aids:
Related Archival Materials:

AIDS Action Committee (M61).

The Archives and Special Collections Department capture the website content of the Fenway Community Health Center, which is accessible at:*/

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Hanna Clutterbuck, June 2010