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Finding Aid for the Synanon Foundation records, ca. 1956-1987
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Description
Synanon was founded by Charles Dederich, Sr. in 1958. Synanon's detoxification therapy attracted wealthy drug and alcohol abusers with chapters in San Francisco, Tulare and Marin Counties, Detroit, and as far as Germany and Malaysia. The collection consists of correspondence, recordings, films, video tapes, photographs, and printed materials related to the Synanon Foundation.
Background
Synanon was founded by Charles Dederich, Sr. in 1958; originally named TLC (Tender Loving Care Club), the group was renamed Synanon and had its headquarters in Santa Monica, California; Synanon's detoxification therapy attracted wealthy drug and alcohol abusers, and eventually the organization became a $30 million nonprofit organization; chapters sprang up in San Francisco, Tulare and Marin Counties, Detroit, and as far as Germany and Malaysia; Dederich declared Synanon a religion in 1974; Dederich was forced to give up control of Synanon in 1979 after pleading no contest to conspiracy to commit murder; Synanon quickly lost its popularity thereafter.
Extent
341 linear ft. (564 boxes. 118 cartons. 32 boxes.)
Restrictions
No copying (except by hand notes and/or note taking with a personal computer) for any purposes, including publication, or use for commercial purposes permitted without prior written approval by the Trustees of the Synanon Archives Trust, which retains copyright to the Synanon records. The names of Synanon members or residents shall not be revealed or used, nor shall members or residents be contacted unless prior written approval has been granted by the Trustees of the Synanon Archives Trust.
Availability
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.