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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.

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.


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