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DCR Plans Library

Collection includes more than 75,000 plans, from the 1890s to the present
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The DCR Plans Library collects and preserves architectural, engineering, landscape, and survey plans that were produced, commissioned, or acquired by DCR and its predecessor agencies. This working collection includes more than 75,000 plans, from the 1890s to the present, documenting a wide range of planning initiatives and construction projects in the state park system.

To obtain copies of plans or other DCR records, complete the on-line DCR Public Records Request Form. There is no charge for digital copies of records, but charges will apply for paper copies. For larger Public Records Requests, the first four hours of research are free, after which a fee of $25/hour will be charged.

Any plans or other records provided to you, as per your request, are copies from our files, duplicated with our reasonable efforts. DCR attempts to keep its records current and accurate, but cannot provide a guarantee in this regard. DCR provides any plans or other records "as is" without any representations or warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, their accuracy, reliability, omissions, completeness, and currentness for conveyancing, surveying, or any other purpose. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall not be liable for any claim for damages, including lost profits or other consequential, exemplary, incidental, indirect, or special damages, relating in any way to the plans or other records provided to you. If an image in a plan or other record bears a book and page number, plan reference, document stamp or other official index number, one should not rely on the image as being a true and accurate copy of a record from the Registry of Deeds, Land Court, or other official source. Any reliance you place on records provided by DCR is therefore strictly at your own risk. If for any reason you require the official and most up-to-date version of a relevant record, you should secure a true copy directly from the Registry of Deeds, Land Court, or pertinent official repository.

For current Bid Sets, please contact DCR’s Contracts Administration Department at (617) 626-1428 or (617) 626-1339.
For plans created using GIS data, please contact the DCR GIS Program .

The DCR Plans Library is open to the public by appointment only. For further information contact the DCR Plans Archivist.

Plans Transferred to Other Agencies

Sewer and water plans of the former Metropolitan District Commission were transferred to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) when that agency was founded in the mid-1980s. For sewer and water plans, please contact MWRA.    

When the Massachusetts Department of Transportation was created in 2009, DCR’s vehicular bridges were transferred to that agency. For vehicular bridge plans contact MassDOT Plans & Records.

Additional Resources for Plans Transferred to Other Agencies

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