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Name of Creator:Boston Living Center
Title:Boston Living Center records
Reference Code:M209
Location Code:92/8-9
Extent: 19.80 cubic feet (23 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Boston Living Center records document the administration, fundraising, publications, programs, and events of the Center from its inception in 1988 to 2011, prior to its merger with Victory Programs. Records include advertisements, Board of Directors meeting minutes, contracts, development records (solicitation letters, donation tracking, and grant proposals), event programs, memorabilia, newsletters, photographs, and press coverage.
Historical Abstract:The Boston Living Center began in 1988 as a peer-run community center and meals program for individuals with HIV/AIDS. The Center expanded its outreach activities and now offers daily meals as well as many events, workshops, and fundraisers for the AIDS community. Its two largest events are their annual Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner and annual fundraiser Dinnerfest. Originally located in the Claredon Street YWCA, the Center moved to 29 Stanhope Street in 1995. In 2012, the Boston Living Center merged with Victory Programs, a Boston organization dedicated to the needs of the city's homeless.
Language and Scripts:Collection is predominantly in English, material in Spanish is indicated at the file level.
System of Arrangement:The collection is organized into six series. Series 1. Administrative; Series 2. Development; Series 3. Public Relations and Publications; Series 4. Programs and Events; Series 5. Audio-Visual: and Series 6. Memorabilia.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Bennett, Timothy
  • Camhi, Leah
  • Atteratta, David 
  • Bennett, Timothy
  • Camhi, Leah
  • D'Alessandro, Sheila
  • Morales, Cathy

  • Boston Living Center
  • Boston Living Center
  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Massachusetts. HIV/AIDS Bureau
  • Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (U.S.)

  • AIDS (Disease) -- Education
  • AIDS (Disease) -- Massachusetts
  • AIDS (Disease) in women -- Massachusetts
  • AIDS activists -- Massachusetts
  • HIV infections
  • HIV-positive persons -- Massachusetts
  • Nonprofit organizations -- Massachusetts
  • Safe sex in AIDS prevention -- Massachusetts

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Technical Access:The collection includes a ¼” reel-to-reel tape, 1” reel-to-reel tape, Maxwell Betacam, iomega 100 zip drive, Sony QD2120 data cartridge, SyQuest 5.25” data cartridge, and Verbatim DC2120-Extra and MC2000 data cartridges. The Archives does not have the equipment to view these formats. The six floppy disks comprising the Boston Living Center Development Fulfillment Database in the Series 2: Development are not readable.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Received from Jonathan Scott, Executive Director, Victory Programs on January 6, 2014.
Accruals:Further accruals are expected.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Jessica Bennett, August 2015.