The DCR Archives cares for and provides access to documents that tell the story of the MassParks System and the Metropolitan Water Works System of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Between 1866 and 2003, more than 30 major government agencies and divisions were created that evolved to form today’s Department of Conservation and Recreation DCR Predecessor Agencies . The mission of the DCR Archives is to identify, acquire, organize, preserve, and provide access to the cumulative body of archival records of all of these agencies. The DCR Archives is also a clearinghouse for the full historical range of the agency’s studies and reports.
Included within the DCR Archives, is a Civilian Conservation Corps Archives (CCC) Collection that documents the 1933-1942 CCC activities within the Massachusetts State Forests and Parks System, and elsewhere across the Commonwealth. A reference library collection based on the CCC Archives is maintained at the Mount Greylock State Reservation Visitors Center, Lanesborough, MA. The CCC reference collection is useful for CCC camp histories in Massachusetts and for general history of the CCC. Donations of original photographs, documents, and ephemera of CCC Camps in Massachusetts are welcome.
To access more than 8,500 images of the Massachusetts Metropolitan Water Works (MWW) System dating between 1876 and 1926 (pre-Quabbin Reservoir), go to the Digital Commonwealth web portal (forthcoming in fall 2014). A comprehensive history of the MWW Photograph Collection is available here as a PDF (forthcoming in fall 2014).
The DCR Archives has compiled an extensive “ Guide to Related Archival Collections file size 1MB ” that pertains to the history of DCR’s facilities, past and present.
The collections of the DCR Archives are open to the public by appointment only.Contact:
Sean M. Fisher, Archivist