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Julian Taber Collection on Gambling Addiction (MS-00578)

Abstract

The Julian Taber Collection on Gambling Addiction (1977-1988) includes papers, proposals, internal reports, memoranda, and newspaper articles chronicling the work of Julian Taber, an early specialist in the field of gambling addiction. The majority of the collection relates to Taber’s work and pilot programs at the Brecksville Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Brecksville, Ohio, with select materials pertaining to an alcohol dependency treatment program he coordinated at the VA hospital in Reno, Nevada.

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Date
1977-1988
Extent
1.51 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)
1.48 Linear Feet
Resource Type
Collection
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Collection is open for research, with the exception of materials that are restricted to protect personally identifiable information. Restrictions are noted at the file level of this inventory and will be open for research use on January 1, 2063.

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The Julian Taber Collection on Gambling Addiction (1977-1988) includes papers, proposals, internal reports, memoranda, and newspaper articles chronicling the work of Julian Taber, an early specialist in the field of gambling addiction. The majority of the collection relates to Taber’s work and pilot programs at the Brecksville Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Brecksville, Ohio, with select materials pertaining to an alcohol dependency treatment program he coordinated at the VA hospital in Reno, Nevada.

Biographical / Historical Note

Julian Ingersoll Taber was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1930. Taber received his PhD in Psychology in 1961 from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He spent several years as a professor of psychology before becoming the coordinator for the psychiatric inpatient program at the Brecksville Veterans Administration (VA) hospital in Brecksville, Ohio. In 1978, he began coordinating a gambling treatment program at the same facility. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Taber instituted several pilot programs and new therapeutic strategies in the emerging field of gambling addiction, including meditation therapy, group therapy, and autobiographical testimonials, most of which became staples of Gamblers Anonymous.

In 1985, Taber moved to Reno, Nevada where he worked as the chief of the addictive disorders treatment program at the Reno VA hospital from 1985 to 1990. In 1986, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) awarded him the Herman Goldman Award for his work with problem gamblers. He then moved to White City, Oregon, where he served on the alcohol and drug unit at the local VA Domiciliary.

Upon retiring, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada for five years and then finally to Washington. In 2001, Taber wrote In the Shadow of Chance, a book which aimed to explore gambling addiction from the mindset of the addict. In 2005, the NCPG awarded him the Dr. Robert L. Custer Lifetime Award for Direct Service.

Julian Taber passed away May 30, 2009.

Source:

“Julian Taber.” South Whidbey Record. May 30, 2009. Accessed October 29, 2018. http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/obituaries/julian-taber/

Arrangement

Material is arranged alphabetically.

Related Materials

The following resource may provide additional information related to the materials in this collection:

Peter Collins Papers on International Gaming, 1974-2010. MS-00785. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Preferred Citation

Julian Taber Collection on Gambling Addiction, 1977-1988. MS-00578. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

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US::NvLN::MS00578
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated in 1990 by Julian Taber; accession number 90-83. Additional materials were donated in 2011 by Lori Rugle; accession number 2011-012.

Processing Information

In 2014, as part of a legacy finding aid project, Ian M. Baldwin created an ArchivesSpace record. In 2017, Joyce Moore added an earlier accession of Julian Taber and processed the collections together. In 2018, as part of an archival backlog elimination project, Christina Lamoureux rehoused the materials and revised the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards.

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