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Finding Aid for the Synanon Foundation records, ca. 1956-1987
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  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Oral History
  • Related Material
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  • Title: Synanon Foundation records
    Collection number: 342
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 341 linear ft. (564 boxes. 118 cartons. 32 boxes.)
    Date: ca. 1956-1987
    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 Special Collections Reference Desk for paging 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 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.
    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of The Synanon Church, Incorporated, 1993.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Synanon Foundation Records (Collection 342). UCLA Library 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.

    Related Oral History

    The following oral history is available through the UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research:
    • 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 UCLA Library Special Collections, UCLA.
    • Synanon Foundation 

    Related Material

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 3222402 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Dederich, Charles.
    Synanon (Foundation)--Archives.
    Audiotapes.
    Detoxification (Substance abuse treatment)--Archives.
    Group psychotherapy--Archives.