Archives Guide ~ Environment Department (5200)

Historical note

The Environment Department was created under Section 1-10 of Chapter 624 of the Acts of 1982 to coordinate the varied and related concerns of six separate commissions. The Air Pollution Control Commission, Back Bay Architectural Commission, Beacon Hill Architectural Commission, Boston Art Commission, Boston Conservation Commission, and Boston Landmarks Commission all retain their autonomy within their area of statutory responsibility. The Department is designed to bring about more efficient use of each commission’s staff resources.




5200.001 Publications 1972, 1995-1997 4 volumes

Scope and Contents note
Includes "Charles to Charles", a report on the need to preserve open space along the Charles river, 1972; and three successive publications for 1995, 1996, and 1997 entitled "Environmental Blueprint" outlining an environmental plan and action agenda for the City of Boston.



5210 Boston Landmarks Commission

Historical note
The Boston Landmarks Commission, established by Chapter 772 of the Acts of 1975, is the city’s historic preservation agency. The Commission is responsible under state law for: architectural surveys of all the city’s neighborhoods, relating each community’s history as recorded by its building and sites; public education on architecture and historic preservation, including publications and exhibitions; and designation of landmarks and several categories of historic districts within the city through a process involving the preparation of technical study reports and public hearings. The result is a review process for changes to designated properties within limits set at the time of designation. In 1983 the Landmarks Commission began an archaeology program which became the City Archaeology Program. The Program manages archaeological remains located on public and
private land in Boston.



5210.001 Publications circa 1970-2000 79 volumes

Scope and Contents note
Includes publications and reports of the Boston Landmarks Commission on the potential designation as a landmark and other topics.