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Central Atlantic Environment Center records

 Collection 0071-MDHC

The Central Atlantic Environment Center was established in 1967 as the Potomac Basin Center. Until it ceased operations in 1974, the Center collected, analyzed, and disseminated information on issues relating to natural resources. Its records include correspondence, newsletters and news releases, annual reports, and court cases concerned primarily with protecting Maryland's resources from developers. Subjects and organizations documented in the collection include Maryland wetlands, the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Cove Point, the Potomac Sand and Gravel Co., Marriott's "Great America", and the Columbia Liquid Natural Gas Corporation.


  • 1966-1974
  • Majority of material found within 1968-1974

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


2.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Central Atlantic Environment Center records cover the period from 1966 to 1974. Document types represented in the collection include reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, news releases and memoranda. Important subjects documented are: Maryland Wetlands; attempts to develop or industrialize undeveloped parts of Maryland; Calvert Cliffs, Cove Point; and the dredging operations of the Harry Lundebers School of Seamanship in St. Mary's County. Other subjects documented are: Piney Point, Annemessex; Columbia Liquid Natural Gas Corporation; Potomac Sand and Gravel, and Marriot's "Great America." Correspondents included in the collection are: Marvin Mandel; Lawrence Hogan; Charles McC. Mathias, Jr.; J. Glenn Beall, Jr.; William J. Goodman; Mary L. Nock; Francis Burch; and Paul Allen (Maryland Environmental Trust). Other correspondents are Armin Behr (Maryland Conservation Council); Joseph W. Fehrer (Worcester Environmental Trust); R. Doyle Grabarck (North American Habitat Preservation Society); Elizabeth Hartwell (Citzens' Council for a Clean Potomac); James Moorman (Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund); Robert M. Norris, Jr. (Potomac River Fisheries Commission); James L. Newbold (Izaak Walton League); and Clem L. Zinger (Maryland Wetlands Committee).

Historical Note

The Central Atlantic Environment Center was established in 1967 as the Potomac Basin Center. Its basic functions were to analyze and collect information on natural resource issues and to disseminate this information to citizens and civic, business, and political leaders. In January 1971 the group changed its name to the Central Atlantic Environment Center and broadened its geogrpahic scope to include Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia because it was recognized that the issues with which the Center dealt concerned entire states. The Center published a monthly newsletter entitled Central Atlantic Environment News. It also sponsored a conference on the protection of wetlands and furnished staff support for a citizens conference on the Chesapeake Bay. The Central Atlantic Environmental Center ceased to operate in 1974.


The collection is organized as one series.

Series 1
Subject Files

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Central Atlantic Environmental Center records were donated to the University of Maryland College Park Libraries in 1974 by Ruth Mathes.

Processing Information

Materials were unfolded and paper clips, rubber bands and staples were removed. Acid-free paper was placed between newspaper clippings. The material was placed in acid-free folders and boxes. A guide was then written.

Guide to the Central Atlantic Environment Center records
Processed by D.J.A.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742