Part of a series of interviews with drug addicts conducted by Ralph Tefferteller, associate director of the Henry Street Settlement in New York. Selections from the interviews were published in 1965 as The Addict in the Street, edited by Jeremy Larner.
The name used in the title is a pseudonym created by Ralph Tefferteller. Identifying information was removed from the recording by the Archives.
The subject is in his mid-twenties and has been using drugs for over 10 years. These six interviews take place over the course of more than a year, in some cases between periods of incarceration. Some interviews take place directly after the subject was released from jail, some discuss “kicking” the habit and declare the intent to do so. The “Tombs” jail in New York City and Hart’s Island prison are described. It is implied in these interviews that Mr. Tefferteller had known subject since he was a child, and, on occasion, provided him with money.