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Library Course Guide for: NEW ENGLAND ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY

Selected Internet Resources for New England Environmental History:

    Government Agencies:

  • EPA New England Office
    Includes up to date information on environmental projects in the six New England states and nine tribal nations.

  • NOAA History Page
    Timeline for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal agency charged with care of U.S. natural resources of the air and water.

  • Libraries, Archives and Research Centers:

  • Center for New England Culture
    Established by the University of New Hampshire for the purpose of promoting "understanding of the significance of New England's past and the value of its contemporary culture." Includes material on indigenous New Englanders and New England identities.

  • Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site
    Home and professional office of the foremost landscape designer of the 19th and 20th centuries, who left a mark on the design of New England parks and gardens.

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum
    The world's largest whaling musuem, constituting part of the New Bedford Whaling National Park, with a significant collection of whaling log books.

  • Nicolson Whaling Collection
    One of the Special Collections at the Providence Public Library, the Nicholson Whaling Collection includes 750 manuscript logbooks describing 1,000 whaling voyages, as well as several thousand printed books on whaling and a number of whaling artifacts.

  • Rhode Island Historical Society
    The website for the RIHS Library provides information on its book, print and manuscript collections, hours, use and access policies.

  • Rhode Island Supreme Court Judicial Records Center
    Court records for the state of Rhode Island from the 17th century to the present; the Archives section of the RISCJRC contains records up to 1900.

  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs):

  • Conservation Law Foundation
    Founded in 1966, CLF works to resolve environmental problems in New England, using law, economics and science to create innovative strategies for conserving natural resources, protecting public health and promoting the welfare of New England communities.

  • New England Greenway Project
    A collaborative planning project involving the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts, the Program in Landscape Architecture at the University of Connecticut and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

  • Scientific Research Centers:

  • Northeast Fisheries Science Center
    An excellent resource for research on New England waterways. Includes a "Brief History of the Ground Fishing Industry in New England," as well as much useful background information.