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Navy Legacy Resource Management Program collection

 Collection 0269-MDHC
Reference copies of proposals documenting Navy-related activities in the Legacy Resource Management Program, including preservation and identification of important archaeological sites, environmentally threatened wetlands, Native American burial grounds, nineteenth-century base buildings, historic shipwrecks, and material evidence from the Cold War. Other types of documents include preservation training materials, minutes from meetings and workshops, general correspondence, and records documenting administrative and financial oversight of the Legacy program. The collection also includes slides, photographs, videotapes and audio material, which focus on training and the preservation of specific resources on military installations.

Dates

  • 1970-1998
  • Majority of material found within 1970-1988

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.

Extent

33.25 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Navy Legacy Resource Management Program collection consists of reference copies of files documenting Navy-related activities in the Legacy Resource Management Program between 1990 and 1998. Some of the material originated in other branches of the armed forces and a small portion consists of historical background information about individual projects from the 1970s and 1980s.

Since the Legacy program's objective was to support preservation projects, proposals for support and project updates comprise an important part of the collection. The proposals address a wide range of resource protection efforts including preservation and identification of important archaeological sites, environmentally threatened wetlands, Native American burial grounds, nineteenth-century base buildings, historic shipwrecks, and material evidence from the Cold War.

Other types of documents in the Legacy collection include preservation training materials, minutes from meetings and workshops, general correspondence, and records documenting administrative and financial oversight of the Legacy program.

The collection also includes slides, photographs, videotapes and audio material, which focus on training and the preservation of specific resources on military installations. There is also a small collection of brochures and historical pamphlets produced with Legacy support. Published reports have been transferred to the National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection.

Administrative History

In 1990, Congress passed legislation to establish the Legacy Resource Management Program, which was designed to provide financial assistance to identify, protect, and maintain natural and cultural resources on all lands under Department of Defense (DoD) jurisdiction or influence, while supporting the military mission.

Beginning with congressional funding of $10,000,000 in fiscal year 1991, the Legacy program encouraged military installations, in partnership with public agencies and private groups, to submit proposals for preservation and conservation projects. Committees within the Legacy organization coordinated projects funded through this program. Each branch of the armed forces maintained a Legacy coordinator to oversee programs within their jurisdiction. Legacy projects received funding based on their potential to find new or better approaches, methods, or techniques to accomplish stewardship of resources. The Legacy program also played a role in overseeing the protection of resources on military bases closed as a result of DoD downsizing.

The Legacy Resource Management Program still exists within the DoD, although it is not directly funded through Department of Defense appropriation bills.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into nineteen series:
  1. Series 1: Proposals
  2. Series 2: Projects
  3. Series 3: Funding
  4. Series 4: Training
  5. Series 5: Conferences and Workshops
  6. Series 6: Natural Resources Task Area
  7. Series 7: Cultural Resources Task Area
  8. Series 8: Integrated (Cultural and National Resources) Projects
  9. Series 9: Historic Military Housing
  10. Series 10: Historic and Archeological Resources Protection (HARP)
  11. Series 11: Native American Task Area
  12. Series 12: Cold War Task Area
  13. Series 13: Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
  14. Series 14: Technology and Information/Data Management
  15. Series 15: Administration
  16. Series 16: Pamphlets and Brochures
  17. Series 17: Oral Histories
  18. Series 18: Photographs and Slides
  19. Series 19: Audio-Visual Materials

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Navy Legacy Resource Management Program donated their reference files to the University of Maryland Libraries in 1996. The National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection transferred the collection to the Archives and Manuscripts Department of the University of Maryland Libraries in 2002.

Processing Information

All paper clips were removed. Items were placed in acid-free folders in acid-free boxes. All duplicate material was discarded. Bound reports were individually cataloged and placed within the National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection.
Title
Guide to the Navy Legacy Resource Management Program collection
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Bruce Eelman, December 1998; Additional processing and revision by Elizabeth Russey, June 2000; Revised by Jennie A. Levine, July 2002.
Date
2002-07-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
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

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212