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Chesapeake Bay Foundation records

 Collection 0073-MDHC

This non-profit organization was established in 1967 to promote the preservation of the ecological well-being of the Chesapeake Bay through conserving its natural resources, combatting pollution, and educating the public. Important issues documented in the foundation's records include the environment of the Bay, as well as actions proposed and undertaken to eliminate threats to this environment. Other subjects addressed are the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Piney Point Oil Refinery, development of the Goodwin Islands, and Kent County gravel operations.


  • 1963-1989
  • Majority of material found within 1966-1972

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.


5.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection includes administrative files, subject files, and clippings related to the Chesapeake Bay Founday, a non-profit organization for preserving the ecological well-being of the Bay. Important subjects addressed in this collection are: Annapolis Harbor; Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant; Goodwin Islands; Nuclear Energy; Nuclear Power Plants; Pollution; Piney Point Oil Refinery; and Radiation.

Notable correspondents include: Jess Malcolm; Arthur Sherwood; Rolfe Pottberg; American Sailing Education Association; Bay Fishing and Boating Committee; Senator Paul Bailey; Earl, J. Conrad, Jr., Haynie Corporation; Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association; Paul McKee, Maryland Department of Water Resources; Atomic Energy Commission; Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations; Paul Felton, Water Resources Association; and Martin Menges.

Administrative History

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation was organized as a non-profit organization for the purpose of preserving the ecological well-being of the Bay by combating pollution and conserving its natural resources. The Foundation was composed of a Board of Trustees and an Executive Director, with staff added as the need arose. Jess Malcolm was appointed the first Executive Director in 1967; he was succeeded by Arthur Sherwood in 1971.

The Foundation has been active not only in publicizing and informing the citizenry of important issues related to the environment of the Bay, but also in seeing that appropriate action was taken to eliminate threats or to reduce undesired effects on this environment. Some of the major issues in which the Foundation has intervened include the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, the Piney Point Oil Refinery, the development of Goodwin Islands, and the Kent County Gravel Operations. The Foundation has also participated in a number of programs such as the Annapolis Harbor Study, the National Area Register, etc. Additionally, the foundation published informative and educational reports, participated in panel discussions and speaking engagements at civic and social meetings, testified at state and Congressional hearings, as well as sponsoring such activities as Save the Bay month, the Swan Adoption Program, and ecological cruises for students.


This collection is organized as three series:

Series 1
Series 2
Subject Files
Series 3

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Arthur Sherwood donated the Chesapeake Bay Foundation recrods to the University of Maryland in March 1974.

Guide to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation records
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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