Friday, November 9, 2007

CHCS Records in the Bangor Special Collections

This Wednesday Community Health and Counseling Services (CHCS) donated its records from 1883 to 1966 to the Bangor Public Library. CHCS was originally founded in 1883 as Associated Charities, a coalition of churches and volunteer organizations. In 1922 it changed its name to the Bangor Welfare Society. The collection includes a broad range of materials including meeting minutes, committee reports, correspondence, financial accounts. We have the original records, however, in the interest of preservation the public will only be allowed to use the microfilm version. A finding aid to the collection is available at the reference desk.

The Bangor Daily News had an article about the donation in the November 8 edition of the paper. One thing the article did not mention was that because these records are from CHCS they fall under the HIPAA Privacy Rules. Any person wishing to look at this collection will have to fill out a waver like the one to the right. These wavers are available at the reference desk and in special collections. If you have any questions contact Bill Cook, the Special Collections Librarian, at 947-8336 ex 103. Or email me, Jim Riordan at

Bangor Public Library

Bangor Public Library
Bangor Public Library,
145 Harlow Street,
Bangor ME 04401