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Inner Belt Scrapbook

 Collection
Identifier: CHC021
This collection contains 246 scrapbook pages containing one or more news clippings per page detailing the saga of the Inner Belt campaign. Pages contain maps and plans regarding the Inner Belt, as well as letters, news clippings, and ephemera recording opposition to the highway project.

Dates

  • ca. 1960-1969

Language of Materials

Material in English.

Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research under the CHC rules of use.

Copyright Notice

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.

Extent

1 flat box

Overview

Collection Description: Scrapbook pages detailing the saga of the Inner Belt campaign. Pages contain maps and plans regarding the Inner Belt, as well as letters, news clippings, and ephemera recording opposition to the highway project. Clippings come from the Boston Globe, Cambridge Chronicle, Record American, and other area newspapers of the time. All pages have been scanned and are available in digital format.

Historical Note: The Inner Belt was once a planned highway that would have been Interstate 695. The Inner Belt was proposed in the mid-1950s with plans moving along for the following decade. If built, this highway would have run a route through parts of Cambridge, Boston, Somerville, and Brookline. Many citizens protested the plan as it would have divided neighborhoods and displaced thousands of residents. The Inner Belt plan was abandoned in 1971.

Collection Arrangement

Materials arranged as they were donated.

Physical Location

831 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge MA 02139 USA 617-349-4683 egonzalez@cambridgema.gov

Acquisition Information

From the Cambridge Planning Board

Related Material

A selection of images from this collection have been digitized on CHC’s Flickr: http://bit.ly/2xdcTvc

Processing Information

Processed by Meta Partenheimer, 2017

Encoded by Meta Partenheimer, 2018
Title
Inventory of the Inner Belt Scrapbook, ca. 1960-1969
Author
Processing by: Meta Partenheimer, October 2017; machine-readable finding aid by: Meta Partenheimer
Date
© 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Historical Commission Archives Repository

Contact:
831 Massachusetts Avenue
2nd Floor
Cambridge Massachusetts 02139 US
617-349-4683