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Durham Council on Alcoholism Records

Title: Durham Council on Alcoholism Records
Inclusive Dates: 1958-1988
Extent of Materials: 1 box
Location: Shelf 80
Date of Accession: October 2007
Donor: Howard M. Fitts and Robert S. Peake
Relationship of donor or materials to the DCL/NCR The Durham Council on Alcoholism (now the Durham Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) has been one of Durham’s primary resources for education on and treatment of alcoholism since its founding in 1958. Several prominent members of the Durham and Chapel Hill communities served on the organization’s Board of Directors or Executive Committee.
Subject Headings: Alcoholism–North Carolina–Prevention
Alcoholism–United States–Prevention–Societies, etc.
Alcoholism–Rehabilitation–North Carolina–Durham County.
Alcoholism–Treatment–North Carolina–Durham County.
Alcoholism counseling–North Carolina–Durham County.
Alcoholism education–North Carolina–Durham County.
Durham (N.C.)–History.
Public interest–Societies, etc.–North Carolina–Durham County.
Scope and Content: Meeting minutes, administrative and financial materials, correspondence, and clippings document the activities of the Durham Council on Alcoholism from its founding in 1958 through 1988, although the bulk of materials date from the 1970s through the early 1980s. A small number of photographs of the organization’s leadership is included.
Restrictions: The collection is open for research
Biographical/Historical Note: Now the Durham Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the Durham Council on Alcoholism was founded in 1958 to provide county-wide services for education on and prevention of alcoholism, as well as for the treatment and rehabilitation of alcoholics. The council’s primary activities are conducted through the Alcoholism Information Center, and have included community and school education and industry programs and court advocacy. Olga Davis served as the first executive director of the center, and Dr. Thomas T. Jones served as the organization’s first president.
Organization of Collection: 1. Administrative and Historical Materials, 1955-1975 and undated
2. Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1958-1981
3. Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, 1969-1982
4. Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, 1982-1987
5. Executive Committee and Board of Directors Rosters, 1960-1980 and undated
6. Annual Reports, 1971, 1975, 1987-1988
7. Programs, 1968-1983 and undated
8. Financial Records, 1958-1983 and undated
9. General Correspondence, 1964-1986
10. Clippings, 1971-1991
11. Photographs, 1964, 1966, and undated
Container List: 1. Administrative and Historical Materials, 1955-1975 and undated
Materials include copies of the Durham Council on Alcoholism’s constitution, early statement of purpose, and affiliate agreement with the National Council on Alcoholism (dated 1975).
2. Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1958-1981
The Board of Directors met annually to review the activities of the council. Meetings included a presentation on some aspect of alcoholism by a guest speaker, and a large portion of each meeting’s minutes is dedicated to a description of the content of these presentations. Minutes regularly record attendance and the election of members.
3. Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, 1969-1982
4. Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, 1982-1987
5. Executive Committee and Board of Directors Rosters, 1960-1980 and undated
6. Annual Reports, 1971, 1975, 1987-1988
7. Programs, 1968-1983 and undated
The programs of the Durham Council on Alcoholism center on the Alcoholism Information Center. Materials include documentation of community and school education programs; a program designed to provide counseling to those charged with alcohol-related crimes; and an industrial outreach program designed to
8. Financial Records, 1958-1983 and undated
Materials include annual budgets and documentation of expenditures (including correspondence relating to financial matters). Budgetary information does not exist for every year in the span. Further documentation of the organization’s finances may be found in the meeting minutes of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee and in the Annual Reports.
9. General Correspondence, 1964-1986
Loose correspondence not pertaining to any other subseries is gathered here. Correspondence includes letters of resignation, telegrams of congratulations from the National Council on Alcoholism, and memoranda on various administrative activities. One letter of resignation includes a completed application for nomination to the organization’s Board of Directors.
10. Clippings, 1971-1991
Materials include the 1991 obituary of Dr. Thomas T. Jones, the organization’s first president.
11. Photographs, 1964, 1966, and undated