Ann Arbor Anti-Substance Abuse Task Force records: 1987-1992
Summary Information
Title: Ann Arbor Anti-Substance Abuse Task Force records
Creator: Ann Arbor Anti-Substance Abuse Task Force.
Inclusive dates: 1987-1992
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Task Force established by the Ann Arbor City Council on May 16, 1988 in response to a perceived growth in drug use and abuse in Ann Arbor. Letters and memoranda of Terry Martin, Task Force Chair, agendas and meetings of minutes, collected data and final report to council, and other assorted clippings and documents.
Call number: 0639 Bj 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
Home Page:
Finding aid created by Aaron Kahn, 2006

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The record group was created by Terry Martin, Task Force Chair, then given to Bradley Spencer, co-founder of the Community Action on Substance Abuse (donor no. 8076), who in 2005 donated the files to the Bentley Historical Library. Additional records were received in 2007.

Access Restrictions:

The record group is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Ann Arbor Anti-Substance Abuse Task Force records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


The Anti-Substance Abuse Task Force was established by the Ann Arbor City Council on May 16, 1988 in a resolution submitted by Republican council member Terry Martin. The task force was established in response to a perceived growth in drug use and abuse among residents, especially minors, of Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas, and as a reaction to a believed Ann Arbor drug "malaise." The organization collected data from a wide variety of sources before submitting a final report of recommendations to the Ann Arbor City Council and disbanding in 1990. Throughout its existence, the group, and Martin in particular, also pursued a number of policies to be put in place by the Ann Arbor City Government. Most notable among these, were attempts to amend the city's five-dollar "pot law," in response to feelings that Ann Arbor was too favorable environment for marijuana use.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The documents in this record group detail the creation, development, organization, and work of the Ann Arbor Anti-Substance Abuse Task Force. Also featured are documents, which provide insight into the events leading to the formation of the organization, as well as materials that chronicle the immediate effects of their recommendations. These papers are divided into five series: Correspondence, Committees, Data Collection, Report to City Council, and Topical Files.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Drug abuse -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Substance abuse -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Prevention.
  • Youth -- Drug use -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Ann Arbor Anti-Substance Abuse Task Force.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.). Common Council.
  • Martin, Terry.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Correspondence [series]

The Correspondence series consists of both letters and memoranda sent to and from Terry Martin and other task force members. The materials are organized chronologically into six folders with a seventh folder of undated letters beginning the series. In the cases of form letters used by the task force, the original blank letter has been kept with an attached list of recipients, when available.

Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
January-June, 1989
Box   1  
July-December, 1989
Box   1  
January-June, 1990
Box   1  
July-December, 1990
Box   1  
Committees [series]

The second series, Committees, is made up of materials from meetings and other documents, which concern related groups that are not the central task force itself. These include: The Ann Arbor City Council Anti-Substance Abuse Policy Committee, focus groups established as a means of data collection by the Task Force, the Task Force subcommittees, and the Task Force Video Ad-Hoc Committee. There are four task force subcommittees: Enforcement, Data Collection, Supply Reduction, and Prevention.

Box   1  
Ann Arbor City Council Anti-Substance Abuse Policy Committee
Box   1  
Task Force Focus Groups
Box   1  
Task Force Subcommittees

(Enforcement, Data Collection, Supply Reduction and Prevention Subcommittee documents)

Box   1  
Task Force Video Ad-Hoc Committee
Data Collection [series]

The Data Collection series consists of only two folders. The first is a collection of surveys, which provide an idea of the types of questions and methods used by the task force. The second folder is made up of statistics, survey results, charts, and other documents containing the raw data collected by the organization.

Box   1  
Surveys (2 folders)
Box   1  
Data collection forms
Box   1  
Preliminary Analysis of Substance Abuse Survey February 6, 1990 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Raw Data
Report to City Council [series]

The Report to the City Council features an assortment of materials used in, and regarding, the presentation given to the Ann Arbor City Council upon the completion of the task force's findings. Also included is the actual final report, and the community-wide survey supplement.

Box   1  
Report Materials
Box   1  
Final Report
Box   1  
Final Report additions
Topical Files 1987-1992 [series]

The Topical File series is a wide variety of items, sorted into alphabetical order, unrelated to the other series of the collection, and expansive enough to warrant their own folder. Of particular interest will be the minutes and agendas of the task force meetings, the file regarding the resignation of several task force members, and materials related to efforts to change the city's marijuana legislation.

Box   1  
Ann Arbor City Council Resolutions
Box   1  
Ann Arbor Five Dollar "Pot Law"
Box   1  
Domestic Violence Project 1990
Box   1  
Financial Documents
Box   1  
Housing and Urban Development Program
Box   1  
Meeting Minutes and Agendas (2 folders)
Box   2  
Membership List
Box   2  
Organizational Documents
Box   2  
Peace Neighborhood; include study "Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programming Low Income Situations Ann Arbor, Michigan
Box   2  
Press Releases and Clippings
Box   2  
Program and Staff Proposals
Box   2  
Short History of Ann Arbor's Marijuana Drug Trade June 1989
Box   2  
Task Force Member Resignation Incident
Box   2  
Miscellaneous: Pat Duford working files (6 folders)