Coll. 058: Fenway Community Health Collection


Coll. 058: Fenway Community Health Collection


Fenway Community Health Center started in 1971 when a group of students and community activists started a weekly drop-in health clinic serving the diverse population of the Fenway neighborhood: gay men, the elderly, students, and low-income tenants. In 1973, the Center moved to the basement of 16 Haviland Street and incorporated as a free-standing health center. The Center became fully licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in 1978. A forum created in 1982 to discuss the medical and psycho-social issues surrounding AIDS would later become the AIDS Action Committee, which split from the Center in 1986. In 1991, the Center moved to a new state-of-the-art facility at 7 Haviland Street.

In 2009, the Center shortened its operating name to Fenway Health and moved into a new facility at 1340 Boylston Street. It provides medical, dental and eye care along with STD testing and a variety of services addressing violence recovery, substance abuse and LGBT family/parenting. It has become internationally known for its work on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and research.

(Above excerpted from 1996 25th Anniversary Timeline and the Fenway Health website,

The collection consists of newspaper clippings and publications donated by Stewart Landers relating to Fenway Community Health Center. Included are copies of newsletters dating back to 1985, such as Fenway Health, Frontlines, Healthy Outlook and Fenway Connections, as well as newspaper and magazine articles from The Boston Globe and Bay Windows. There are also pamphlets for events held by the Fenway Community Health Center, including the 1989 groundbreaking ceremony and the official 1991 opening ceremonies/ribbon cuttings for its new facility at 7 Haviland Street.

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