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Maryland Wilderness Association records

 Collection 0103-MDHC

The Maryland Wilderness Association was a statewide independent society of citizens actively supporting conservation of natural and recreational resources. The Association was a prominent participant in public discussions of conservation issues, sponsoring educational programs and publicizing numerous environmental concerns. It ceased operations in 1975. The association's archives include material on the Assateague Parkland; Annemessex Industrial Park; beverage containers in Bowie; Canal and River Rights Council; Chesapeake and Ohio Canal; Outer Beltway hearings; Patuxent River Basin Plan; and whistling swans.


  • 1969-1974

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


0.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Maryland Wilderness Association records include drafts for speeches made to action groups, ordinances and one draft bill for legislations, and correspondence (1970-71) on the following subjects: Assateague Parkland, Annemessex Maritime Industrial Park, beverage containers – Bowie, Canal & River Rights Council, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Leadership Conference, methods of assessment, Outer Beltway Hearings, Patuxant River Basin Plan, whistling swans.

Biographical / Historical

Maryland Wilderness Association was a statewide and independent society of Maryland citizens wishing to actively support the preservation and protection of land, water, and scenic and recreational resources of the state. It was established to provide a rallying point for Marylanders’ interested in taking action on conservation issues. They proposed to undertake educational and publicity actions at local, state and federal levels to accomplish their goals. The Association became defunct in 1975.

Custodial History

The papers of the Maryland Wilderness Association were donated to the University of Maryland Libraries in 1975 by Peter Gillson.

Processing Information

Folders have been re-arranged alphabetically by subject.

Guide to the Maryland Wilderness Association records
Processed by P.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