COLLECTION GUIDES

Oral History Interviews with the Secretaries of the Massachusetts Office of Environmental Affairs

FIND Keywords

2002-2006

Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

There are restrictions on the use of this collection. Users must sign an agreement stating that they understand these restrictions before they will be given access to the Charles H. W. Foster interviews (and transcripts).


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of interviews with former secretaries of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) conducted between 2002 and 2006.

Collection Description

This oral history project arose as part of the Massachusetts Historical Society's collecting and programmatic initiatives in the area of environmental history. As valuable background for the project and as a research collection in its own right, a series of oral history interviews with the former secretaries of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA), perhaps the main environmental force in Massachusetts, were conducted between December 2002 and May 2003. The secretaries in chronological order are: Dr. Charles H. W. Foster (1971-1975), Dr. Evelyn F. Murphy (1975-1979), Dr. John A. Bewick (1979-1983), James S. Hoyte, Esq. (1983-1988), John P. DeVillars (1988-1991), Susan F. Tierney (1991-1993), Trudy Coxe (1993-1998), and Robert A. Durand (1999-2003).

The collection includes transcripts of interviews, interviewers' notes for most of the interviews, and general background information for the project. There is also an introduction written by Carolyn Barske, one of the project interviewers. There are two audio storage boxes (stored separately with the MHS audio/visual collections), containing cassette tapes of the oral history interviews. However, there is no tape of the Susan F. Tierney interview.

Interviews are listed below in chronological order of the interviewees' appointments to the position.

Restrictions on Access

There are restrictions on the use of this collection. Users must sign an agreement stating that they understand these restrictions before they will be given access to the Charles H. W. Foster interviews (and transcripts).

Restrictions on Use

The Massachusetts Historical Society does not claim ownership to the Charles H. W. Foster interviews in the Oral History Interviews with the Secretaries of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Enviromental Affairs. The rights to the two interviews with Mr. Foster, including the transcriptions, have been retained by the heirs of Charles H. W. Foster.

The Massachusetts Historical Society cannot give permission to publish or quote from materials by individuals for whom it does not hold copyright. Access to Mr. Foster's interview or its transcription does not imply permission to quote or publish, all or in part, from its contents. It is the sole responsibility of the researcher to contact the Historical Society in writing to request permission to quote or publish these materials. The Historical Society will then forward the formal written request to the appropriate party.

No copies of the recorded interviews or photocopies from the transcriptions may be made without the permission of Mr. Foster's heirs. If approved, personal use photocopies may not be donated or deposited in other libraries or archives, or made available to other researchers without written permission.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1Folder 1
Introduction to project by Carolyn Barske

Charles Henry Wheelwright Foster (1971-1975)

Use of the interviews with Charles H. W. Foster (and their transcriptions) is restricted. Users must sign a form stating that they understand these restrictions before access will be given.

Box 1Folder 2
Interview, December 11, 2002Place of interview (1st): Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Mass.Interviewer (1st): Shannon Materka
Box 1Folder 3
Interview, May 29, 2003Place of interview (2nd): Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Mass.Interviewer (2nd): Lisa Luna
Box 1Folder 4
Foster interview notes

Evelyn F. Murphy (1975-1979)

Box 1Folder 5
Interview, December 18, 2002Place of interview: Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MAInterviewer: Shannon Materka
Box 1Folder 6
Murphy interview notes

John A. Bewick (1979-1983)

Box 1Folder 7
Interview, January 17, 2003Place of interview: Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MAInterviewer: Shannon Materka
Box 1Folder 8
Bewick interview notes

James Hoyte (1983-1988)

Box 1Folder 9
Interview, January 13, 2003Place of interview: Holyoke Center, Cambridge, Mass.Interviewer: Carolyn Barske
Box 1Folder 10
Hoyte interview notes

John P. DeVillars (1988-1991)

Box 1Folder 11
Interview, December 13, 2002Place of interview: Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.Interviewer: Lisa Luna

Susan F. Tierney (1991-1993)

Note: This is a synopsis of Foster's interview with Susan F. Tierney. There is no tape or transcript of this interview.

Box 1Folder 12
Interview, April 6, 2006Place of interview: The Analysis Group, Boston, Mass.Interviewer: Charles H. W. Foster

Trudy Coxe (1993-1998)

Box 1Folder 13
Interview, January 16, 2003Place of interview: Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston, Mass.Interviewer: Carolyn Barske
Box 1Folder 14
Coxe interview notes

Robert Durand (1999-2003)

Box 1Folder 15
Interview, January 30, 2003Place of interview: Marlborough, Mass.Interviewer: Lisa Luna
Box 1Folder 16-17
Durand interview background material
Box 1Folder 18-24
Project background material

Preferred Citation

Oral history interviews with the secretaries of the Massachusetts Office of Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Barske, Carolyn.
Bewick, John A.
Coxe, Trudy.
DeVillars, John P.
Durand, Robert.
Foster, Charles H. W., 1927-
Hoyte, James.
Luna, Lisa.
Materka, Shannon.
Murphy, Evelyn F.
Tierney, Susan Fallows, 1951-

Organizations:

Massachusetts. Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.
Massachusetts Historical Society.

Subjects:

Environmental agencies.
Environmental policy--Massachusetts.
Environmental protection--Massachusetts.
Oral history.