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. Donations of original photographs, documents, and ephemera of CCC Camps in Massachusetts are welcome.
To access more than 8,800 images of the Massachusetts Metropolitan Water Works (MWW) System dating between 1876 and 1926 (pre-Quabbin Reservoir), go to the Digital Commonwealth web portal. A comprehensive history of the MWW Photograph Collection is available below as a PDF; along with a PowerPoint summarizing the archival preservation of this collection.
The DCR Archives has compiled an extensive “ Guide to Related Archival Collections file size 2MB ” 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.
Sean M. Fisher, Archivist