Sara Wilbur Papers Relating to Long Range Planning in Concord, Massachusetts, 1969-1987 (bulk 1985-1987)


Vault A5, Unit A20

Extent: .75 linear feet (1 container)

Organization and arrangement: Organized into two series: Series I. Long Range Planning Committee, 1984-1987; Series II. Background information on Concord issues relating to long range planning, 1969-1987.

Biography: Sara Winstead Wilbur (Win Wilbur) was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1933, the daughter of Aubrey E. and Virginia C. Winstead.  In 1955, she earned her B.A. in Modern European History from Bryn Mawr College and married D. Elliot Wilbur.  The Wilburs moved to Concord in 1965, and all four of their children graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School between 1974 and 1982.  In 1970, Mrs. Wilbur earned her M.Ed. Degree from Northeastern University and devoted the next thirty years to a career in education.  She served in various roles in the Concord school system between 1967 and 1974, and then worked at the Carroll School in Lincoln between 1974 and 2000 as a history teacher and administrator.  The Wilburs have served on numerous town committees, Mr. Wilbur as selectman.  Mrs. Wilbur was involved with many town committees, beginning with the 1985 Town of Concord Long Range Planning Committee.  She has since contributed to the 2005 Long Range Planning Committee, the Historical Commission, the Community Preservation Committee, the Concord Restorative Circle, the Restorative Project, the Records and Archives Committee, and the Concord Prison Outreach program (as teacher, board member, and chair).  In addition to her service to the Town of Concord, Mrs. Wilbur has served on numerous Bryn Mawr College committees, the Trinity Church Altar Guild, the Eastern Massachusetts Literacy Council, and has also attended Historic Issues meetings.

History: This collection pertains particularly to the Concord Long Range Planning Committee, formed in 1984.  Throughout the next decade the committee was concerned with long term management of  local issues: affordable housing and housing development; zoning, land use, and environment; land acquisition and preservation with regard to town history; traffic improvements; infrastructure with regard to recycling and landfills; and population growth and growth estimates.

Scope and content: Series I (Long Range Planning Committee, 1984-1987) contains information on the formation of the Long Range Planning Committee, its members, early minutes, and financial information.  Series II (Background information on Concord issues relating to long range planning, 1969-1987) contains materials relating to topics of concern of the Long Range Planning Committee (primarily meeting minutes, correspondence, newspaper articles, real estate listings).

Source of acquisition: Gift of Sara Winstead Wilbur, July 2006.

Notes and comments: Accession number AMC 196; accessioned March 2011.

Processed by: Gretchen O'Connor, 2006. processing reworked by Bethany Hirsch, 2011; finding aid completed April 6, 2011.

Container List

Series I. Long Range Planning Committee, 1984-1987

Box 1, Folder 1:
Founding of Long Range Planning Committee, 1984-1987: foundation documents; early meeting minutes leading to vision statement; LRPC vision statement; LRPC founding members; resources listing; vitae and qualifications of members; vision of Concord in 2000 from each member.

Box 1, Folder 2:
Long Range Planning Committee, 1985-1987: agendas, meeting minutes; annual budget, 1987.

Series II. Background information on Concord issues relating to long range planning, 1969-1987

Box 1, Folder 3:
Housing, 1969-1987: Current Review Human Resources: Local Zoning Ordinances and Housing for Lower Income Families, 1969; Finance Committee budget draft, 1970; notes on housing prices; materials relating to fair housing plan, 1982.

Box 1, Folder 3a:
Housing (cont.): Notes on affordable housing plans of other towns (Bedford, Lexington); LRPC housing presentation, 1986; LRPC overhead diagrams; materials relating to The Forum; affordable housing documents, 1985-1986.

Box 1, Folder 3b:
Housing (cont.): Concord Zoning Bylaws, 1987; newspaper articles: 1971-1987: articles on housing from the Chicago Sun Times, Boston Globe, and Preservation News); real estate listings of homes in Concord.

Box 1, Folder 4:
Traffic improvements, 1974-1986: Town Center Study: Planning Board, 1974; Townwide Traffic Analysis Program, LRPC Transportation Plan, An Evaluation of Traffic Safety, 1986.

Box 1, Folder 5:
Preservation, 1984-1987: document relating to prehistoric sites in Concord, 1986; minutes of meeting relating to historical and cultural heritage, 1986-1987; railroad station, public ownership document.

Box 1, Folder 6:
Infrastructure, 1986: landfill, objectives, major elements, and implementation; newsletter (Recyclability) subscription form.

Box 1, Folder 7:
Land use and acquisition, 1983-1987: land acquisition materials; 1985 Open Space Plan; Land Acquisition Policy 1985, 1986; materials on open space; newspaper articles.

Box 1, Folder 8:
Population, 1979-1987: historical population growth in Concord; census; characteristics (race, age); Concord Economic Base Analysis.

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