Vault A45, Lambert, Unit 1
EXTENT: .21 linear ft. (one container)
ORGANIZATION: Five series. I. Biographical ; II. Concord Town Forest Committee, 1958-1965; III. Concord Natural Resources and Conservation Commission, 1966- 1978; IV. Concord Recreational Commission, 1955-1963; V. Map [undated]. Arrangement within series is chronological.
BIOGRAPHY: John H. “Jack” Lambert, Jr. was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on March 8, 1906, to Dr. John Lambert Sr. and Mabel F. (Forrest) Lambert. He attended the University of Maine, from which he received a B.S. in Forestry, and Yale Forestry School, where he obtained a degree in Forest Management. After graduating, he worked in the forestry department of the Hollingsworth and Whitney Paper Company in Waterville, Maine. He began work for the state of Massachusetts in 1932. From 1932 to 1942 he worked as Forest Supervisor for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation, with responsibility for a number of forests in the Berkshires. From 1942 to 1944 he worked as District Fire Warden for the northern half of Worcester County and the eastern half of Franklin County. He moved to Concord, Massachusetts, when he was transferred to Boston in 1944 and worked as Forester for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation or Natural Resources until 1962. From 1962 to 1975 he worked as Chief Forester for the Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources. In 1963 and 1975 he served six-month terms as Acting Director of the Massachusetts Division of Forests and Parks and in 1976 he was appointed Director. He retired from state service in 1976 and practiced consulting forestry to Massachusetts forest landowners from 1976 to 1982. While residing in Concord, John Lambert was a member of the Concord Recreation Commission, the Concord Town Forest Committee (serving as Chairman from 1963-1967), and the Concord Natural Resources and Conservation Commission (serving as Chairman from 1970-1972). He was the recipient of many awards, including the title of “Fellow of the Society” from the Society of American Foresters. His first wife, Althea Clark Lambert, predeceased him. They had three sons, Clark, Steven, and Roger. His second wife was Amy (Campbell) Burk Lambert. In 1982, Mr. Lambert moved to Dover, New Hampshire, where he remained until his death on January 27, 1998.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: Collection consists of documents related to John H. Lambert’s community service in Concord, Massachusetts from 1955-1978. Town offices represented are the Concord Town Forest Committee, the Concord Natural Resources and Conservation Commission, and the Concord Recreation Commission. Materials include maps, survey information, meeting minutes, appointments, correspondence, pamphlets, and miscellaneous other organizational records.
SOURCE OF ACQUISITION: Donated by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Archives; received 2008 August 20.
NOTES/COMMENTS: Accessioned 2008 August 26; AMC 166.
ASSOCIATED MATERIALS: the Hapgood Wright Town Forest, by Edith Sisson; Collection of materials issued by or relating to the Recreation Commission, both in Concord Free Public Library Special Collections.
PROCESSED BY: RR, finding aid completed 2010 November 18.
Series I. Biographical :
--Biographical document including educational background, professional positions held, awards, list of materials written by Mr. Lambert, and community service, 1980.
Series II. Concord Town Forest Committee, 1958-1965:
--League of Women Voters booklet, Town Government: Concord, Massachusetts, 1958.
--Concord Town Forest Committee appointment, 1960 July 28.
--Survey request and survey documentation related to fire-damaged property of Mr. Richard Eaton, 1961 August 8.
--Copy of Concord Journal article about Town Forest Committee, 1962 September 13.
--Handwritten meeting minutes, 1964 September 14.
--Handwritten meeting minutes, 1964 October 21.
--Handwritten meeting minutes, 1965 June 28.
--Handwritten annual report, 1965.
Series III. Concord Natural Resources and Conservation Commission, 1966-1978:
--Three maps related to proposed Millbrook conservation lands and proposed corridor of Route 62, 1966-1967.
--Copy of deed for town forest, 1935 June 9, with accompanying letter, 1967 December 19.
--Natural Resources Commission appointment, 1971 March 30.
--Existing conservation lands fact sheet, 1973 March.
--Concord Natural Resources Commission Conservation Land Use Advisory Committee questionnaire, with accompanying map and letter, 1974 January 8.
--Guide to Concord conservation lands (two copies), 1975.
--Massachusetts conservation restrictions booklet, 1976 March.
--Town of Concord conservation restrictions application booklet, 1976 June.
--Letter from Eleanor Horwitz to John H. Lambert, 1976 June 3, inquiring about employment possibilities.
--Curriculum vitae for Eleanor Horwitz.
--Letter from Eleanor Horwitz to John H. Lambert, 1976 June 17, thanking Lambert for letter.
--Massachusetts Farm Bulletin, 1976 September 23 – October 6.
--Richardson land acquisition fact sheet with accompanying map, 1976 December.
--Town of Concord Natural Resources Commission contact list, 1977 January.
--Natural Resources Commission warrant articles 15 and 16, 1978.
--Concord Town Forest plot data, 1978.
--Financial records related to land [undated].
Series IV. Concord Recreation Commission, 1955-1963:
--Letter from Archibald H. Ferran, Chairman, Town of Concord Board of Selectmen, to John H. Lambert, 1955 November 28, notifying Lambert of his election to the Concord Recreation Commission.
--Postcard to John H. Lambert, 1956 February 22 (reminder for pre-Town Meeting warm-up).
--Concord Recreation Committee appointment, 1956 February 28, with accompanying letter, 1956 March 9.
--Concord Recreation Commission appointment (with duplicate copy), 1962 April 1.
--Recreation Department contact list, 1963.
Series V. Map [undated]:
--Map of Concord, Massachusetts, presented by the Concord office of the Harvard Trust Company.
Mounted 23 November 2010. rcwh.