Joanne Loynd Papers Relating Primarily to West Concord, Massachusetts, 1830-2010 (bulk 1990-2010)

Concord Rotary
Concord Rotary, ca. 1999 -- Click on image for a larger view

Vault A45, Loynd Unit 1

Extent: .75 linear feet (2 containers and 1 oversized folder)

Organization and arrangement: Organized into three series: Series I. History of Concord and West Concord, 1830-2010; Series II. Initiatives, upgrades, and projects, 1960-2009; Series III. Personal, 1923-2010.

Biography: Joanne Edwardsen Loynd (1941-2010) was a resident of West Concord, Massachusetts, and an active member of the community.  An advocate for the preservation and conservation of West Concord, she was involved in and ran many community based activities.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of Theodore Andrew Edwardsen and Lucille Kennedy.  She was raised, educated, and spent her entire adult life in Concord.  She married Francis (Rod) Loynd about 1960 and had four children, Lesley E. LeClair, Francis R. Loynd III, Paul A. Loynd, and Michael D. Loynd. 

Scope and content: The papers in this collection document the history and life of Concord, and particularly of West Concord, Massachusetts.  There is extensive material on initiatives for zoning and housing development, the preservation of Warner's Pond in West Concord, activities like Function in the Junction and West Concord Village Day, and transportation planning. Series I (History of Concord and West Concord, 1830-2010) contains manuscripts, Internet articles, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, brochures, correspondence, photographs, and maps.  It includes information on some local residents (for example the Damon family).  Series II (Initiatives, Upgrades & Projects: 1960-2009) contains information on West Concord projects in which Joanne Loynd was involved: Warner's Pond preservation; zoning and development relating to Warner Woods housing; Function in the Junction street fair; Junction Initiative Project; Transportation Planning Committee.  Series III (Personal, 1923-2010) contains documents, photographs, and one artifact.  It includes cemetery plot purchase information, newspaper articles, family photographs, an obituary of Joanne Loynd, and a felt pennant.
In dating photocopied material for descriptive purposes, the date of the original document has been used rather than the date of photocopy.

Provenance: Passed by Joanne Loynd to Marian Wheeler for transmission to the Concord Free Public Library (2010).

Source of acquisition: Presented to the Concord Free Public Library by Francis Loynd via Marian Wheeler, January 24, 2011.

Notes and comments:  Accession number AMC 192; accessioned January 25, 2011.

Processed by: Bethany Hirsch; finding aid completed March 30, 2011.

Container List

Series I. History of Concord and West Concord, 1830-2010:

Box 1, Folder 1:
Historical materials, 1943-2010, including: typescript, History of West Concord, author unidentified; typescript, Westvale, Warnersville, and Prison Village, by Laurence Eaton Richardson; Colonial Concord: A Study in Pen and Ink by James J. Dee, Jr., copyright 1951, printed 1968, autographed; Concord Fire Department Street Directory, 1994, owned by Roddy Loynd Jr.; program, “Dedication of Kenneth J. Dunn Square,” 1943; Bluine Manufacturing Company advertisement, 1884? (photocopy); Harvey Wheeler School Song;West Concord Woman's Club, The Scholarship Afghan, 1996; materials relating to the closing of Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 2004; program from the Seventh Annual River Fest, 2008; historical items printed from Internet, including pieces from the online Concord Magazine and the Concord Free Public Library website.

Box 1, Folder 2:
West Concord newspaper articles, 1994-2007, including series by Robert I. Felch.

Box 1, Folder 3:
People, 1984-2010, plus undated: materials relating to Father John J. Pierce, the Damon family, and Hapgood Wright.  Some Damon material printed from the Concord Free Public Library website.

Box 1, Folder 4:
Photographs, circa 1914-2008: Concord postcards postmarked 1914-1916; illustrated Concord calendar, 1985; illustrated West Concord calendar, 2000; copy photographs of buildings, landscapes and people (Littleton Common; Derby homestead; Thoreau birthplace; West Concord buildings, including post office; Adams & Bridges; West Concord 5 & 10; West Concord train station; Commonwealth Avenue, West Concord; Patriots' Day, 2009; the Midway Store/Jeff's Store, with description; school bus/train crash; Pail Factory Bridge; water tanks at prison; Tom Prendergast; Laurie Baker of 1998 women's gold medal Olympic hockey team; Concord rotary. (For large photos see Oversized Folder)

Oversized Folder:
Photographs of prison, undated.

Box 1, Folder 5:
West Concord maps, 1830-2000, including hand-drawn, zoning, street, and topographical maps and engineering/architectural specs. (For large maps see Oversized Folder)

Oversized Folder:
Maps of Concord, 1946-1984

Series II. Initiatives, upgrades, and projects, 1960-2009:

Folder 6:
Warner's Pond, 1960-2009: correspondence; watershed maps; zoning maps; fliers; logo.

Folder 7:
Junction Initiative Plan, 1990.

Folder 8:
Village Center Study, 2007 (paginated incorrectly and possibly pages missing).

Folder 9:
Warner Woods and other housing/zoning projects, 2002-2009, plus undated:  A Planners' Guide, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Massachusetts) and Citizens' Guide Supplement; newspaper articles: Warner Woods editorials and articles; West Concord Task Force meeting minutes; proposal for Concord Environmental Council.

Folder 10:
Transportation Planning Committee, 1977-2009: New Directions for West Concord Traffic, 1977; Transportation Planning Committee final report, 2000; The West Concord Study Committee: Phase III Report: A Working Document for Planning and Action, 1993;  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Long-Range Transportation Plan, table of contents; Memorandum on Rt. 2 Concord Rotary Construction Project, 2008;  Fitchburg Commuter Rail Improvement Project information, 2007; materials relating to renovation of West Concord train station 2007-2008, including Bedford, Mass. and Maynard, Mass. railroad and street railway information; material relating to A Call to Action Task Force, including directory, email, and editorial comments by Mary Wilinsky; material relating to Bruce Freeman Rail Trail; and newspaper articles relating to roadway project information.

Folder 11:
West Concord Village Day, 2008-2009: correspondence; vendor reservations; list of vendors.

Folder 12:
West Concord Villages Improvement Association/Function in the Junction, 1974-2009.

Series III. Personal, 1923-2010:

Folder 13:
File includes cemetery plot purchase information, newspaper articles, family photographs, obituary of Joanne Loynd, and felt pennant. (Pennant located in Box 2)

Box 2:
Pennant 1923, 26th Division, Camp Devens.

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