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Cambridge Recreation Department Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CHC011

Scope and Content

This collection contains 23 photographs, 3 scrapbooks, 3 books, City Council orders, a ledger (ca. 1925-1935), a map and excavation contract for the Alberico play area, and some loose papers on yearly budget appropriations (1923-1944). The bulk of the collection consists of orders from the City Council discussing department financial matters, park maintenance and upkeep, and general information on the department. The time period ranges from March 29, 1892- January 30, 1900; December 6, 1932 - December 12, 1939; May 13, 1946 - December 17, 1951.

Dates

  • 1892-1991

Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Access

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.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to the Cambridge Historical Commission Archives.

Extent

3 boxes

Abstract

The materials include 23 photographs (which were added to previous Recreation Department photos owned by the Historical Commission and put in a box labelled “Cambridge Recreation Department Photographs”), 3 scrapbooks, 3 books, City Council orders, a ledger (ca. 1925-1935), a map and excavation contract for the Alberico play area, and some loose papers on yearly budget appropriations (1923-1944).

The bulk of the collection consists of orders from the City Council discussing department financial matters, park maintenance and upkeep, and general information on the department. All of the orders are signed by the City Clerk. The time period ranges from March 29, 1892- January 30, 1900; December 6, 1932 - December 12, 1939; May 13, 1946 - December 17, 1951.

The scrapbooks also constitute a substantial amount of information. They are clippings of Recreation Department activities with dates ca. 1956-1966; ca. 1973-1976; ca. 1977-1981. These have been photocopied and the originals have been discarded.

Collection Arrangement

Box 1 and 2 contain City Countil Orders/ Budget/ Excavation / Scrapbooks

Box 3 has a separate arrangement:
  1. Series I: City Recreation Planning
  2. Series II: Area-specific Planning Maps
  3. Series III: School Playground Planning
  4. Series IV: Photographs

Physical Location

Collection is stored on-site.

Provenance

Donated by Curtis Gaines, an employee of Human Services, in August 1995. Subsequent donation by Department of Human Resources, September 1999.

Separated Material

The books/pamphlets that were donated are now located in the Cambridge Historical Commission library. The books are City of Cambridge: Park Department, Annual Report 1897-1900; Cambridge Park Department Reports 1901-1904; and and Annual Report of the Park Department 1921.

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid by Matthew Hall, September 18, 1995. Finding aid reformatted by Brittany Fox, October 2020 and encoded February 2021.

Box 3 was received by the Cambridge Department of Human Resources after the original arrangement was established in boxes 1 and 2. Separation has been retained to demarcate the division.
Title
Inventory of the Cambridge Recreation Department Collection, 1892-1991
Author
Processing and finding aid by Matthew Hall, September 18, 1995. Finding aid reformatted by Brittany Fox, October 2020. Machine-readable finding aid by Brittany Fox, February 2021.
Description rules
Finding Aid Was Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Historical Commission Archives Repository

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