swamp brook preservation association records, 1970-1977
VAULT A40, UNIT 2
EXTENT: ca. 48 items (2 containers)
ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGMENT: Organized into three series: I. General records, 1970-1977; II. Transcripts of hearing before Massachusetts Departement of Natural Resources, May-June, 1974; III. Donations (Lists of donations; Correspondence accompanying donations), 1972-1977.
history: Citizens’ organization of Concord, Mass., devoted to the conservation and management of the wetland area surrounding Swamp Brook. The Association fought and won a major battle in 1974 against the Concord Home Owning Corporation (CHOC), which sought to build a low and moderate income housing complex on five acres of Wheeler land in the Swamp Brook area. In May and June of 1974, Edith Sisson appeared for the Association at a hearing before the Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources. Attorney Paul L. Counihan represented the Concord Home Owning Corp., Attorney C. Thomas Swaim Concord’s Dept. of Natural Resources (which opposed the CHOC plan). In 1977, Concord’s Natural Resources Commission received approval at town meeting to purchase 5.32 acres of land abutting Swamp Brook from Frederick and Alice Wheeler.
Scope and Content: Records include: informational notices and reports (typescript); memorandums from Edith Sisson (to Concord’s Board of Appeals, Planning Board, and Natural Resources Commission, and to the Massachusetts Department of Owning Corp.; typescript remarks before the Natural Resources Commission; four volumes of transcripts of hearing before the Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources, and draft and final versions of closing statement to the Department of Natural Resources; Concord Natural Resources Commission’s “Proposed Conservation Land Acquisitions, 1977”; bill for legal services; lists of donations and correspondence accompanying donations.
SOURCE(S) OF ACQUISITION: Gift of Edith A. Sisson.
PROCESSED BY: LPW; finding aid prepared 12/9/95. Prepared for the internet by Peter K. Steinberg, 03/08/06.
BOX 1, Folder 1:
SERIES III. DONATIONS, 1972-1977:
BOX 1 , Folder 2:
(a) Lists of donations, 1972 and 1974-1975
BOX 1, Folder 3:
(b) Correspondence accompanying donations, 1975 and 1977 (arranged chronologically)
SERIES II. TRANSCRIPTS OF HEARING BEFORE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, MAY-JUNE, 1974