Phoenix House Oral History Collection Ready for Research

The Phoenix House Oral History Collection joins other resources at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library regarding addiction and controlled substances. The images above are from pamphlets found in the Carnegie Corporation Of New York Records (CCNY III.B, Box 48, Folder 48.4)

 

The Columbia Center for Oral History Archives at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library is pleased to announce that a finding aid is now available for the Phoenix House Foundation Oral History Collection. These interviews were taken between 2014 and 2015 by the archives’ partner, the Columbia Center for Oral History Research.

Since 1967, Phoenix House has been a prominent institution in the treatment of addiction. The collection’s narrators include Phoenix House founders, former residents, employees (resident directors, regional directors, clinical directors, public relations professionals, directors of human services, and more), and collaborators such as journalists, politicians, philanthropists, legal counsel, and public servants. They discuss the origins and growth of the organization, the therapeutic community model of addiction treatment, and changes at the organization over the years.

Please contact oralhist@library.columbia.edu for more information about accessing the materials at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Digital transcripts and audio for the collection can also be accessed through the website of Columbia Center for Oral History Research.

-David A. Olson, Archivist for the Columbia Center for Oral History Archives

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