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Finding Aid for the Synanon Foundation Records, ca. 1956-1987
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Synanon Foundation Records,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1956-1987
    Collection number: 342
    Creator: Synanon (Foundation)
    Extent: 564 boxes (282 linear ft.) 118 cartons (59 linear ft.) 32 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    No copying (except by hand notes and/or note taking with a personal computer) for any purposes, including publication, or use for commercial purposes in 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.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of The Synanon Church, Incorporated, 1993.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Synanon Foundation Records (Collection 342). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    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.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of the records of the Synanon Foundation. Includes correspondence, recordings, films, video tapes, photographs, and printed materials.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Dederich, Charles.
    Synanon (Foundation)--Archives.
    Detoxification (Substance abuse treatment)--Archival resources.
    Group psychotherapy--Archival resources.
    Audiotapes.

    Related Material

    • Seven voices from Synanon [oral history transcript] / Charles Dederich, Charles Hamer, Bettye Coleman, Monte Morton, James Middleton, Arlene Hefner, and Reid Kimball, interviewees. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1962. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
    • S. Guy Endore Papers (Collection 279). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.