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Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, Total Community Development Committee Records

1956-1972
1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 154

Formed by the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce in 1968, the Total Community Development Committee was assigned the task of assessing the city's needs and resources in an effort to guide the community in making and remaking its physical shape. Drawn from local business leaders, academics, and city planners, the Committee addressed issues relating to the city's public assets including the state of the Hampshire County Courthouse, City Hall, schools, and housing, as well as economic and industrial development, recreation and youth, and urban renewal.

The collection consists of minutes and memos of the Total Development Committee, notes kept by Committee member Harvey J. Finison, and supporting material, including a copy of the 1963 master plan for the city and a series of maps. The Committee's work contributed to a new comprehensive plan for the city by the firm Metcalf and Eddy (1972) and a survey of needs for proposed Hampshire County courthouse prepared by Reinhardt and Associates (1969).

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Background on Total Community Development Committee

Formed by the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce in 1968, the Total Community Development Committee was assigned the task of assessing the city's needs and resources in an effort to guide the community in making and remaking its physical shape. Drawn from local business leaders, academics, and city planners, the Committee addressed issues relating to the city's public assets including the state of the Hampshire County Courthouse, City Hall, schools, and housing, as well as economic and industrial development, recreation and youth, and urban renewal.

Scope of collection

The collection consists of minutes and memos of the Total Development Committee, notes kept by Committee member Harvey J. Finison, and supporting material, including a copy of the 1963 master plan for the city and a series of maps. The Committee's work contributed to a new comprehensive plan for the city by the firm Metcalf and Eddy (1972) and a survey of needs for proposed Hampshire County courthouse prepared by Reinhardt and Associates (1969).

Harvey Finison (1916-1987), the Committee Member who donated this material, was president and general manager of the Northampton Cutlery Company from 1963 until its closing in April 1986.

Inventory

ABCs of the Pioneer Valley, Western Massachusetts [brochure]
ca.1968
Folder 1
Chamber of Commerce of the United States: Forward America: Guidelines for Community Action
1968
Folder 2
Finison, Harvey J.: notes
ca.1968-1969
Folder 3
Finison, Harvey J.: notes: Northampton data
ca.1968-1969
Folder 4
Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. Total Community Development Committee: Minutes and memoranda
1968-1969
Folder 5
League of Women Voters: This is Northampton: A Sketch of City Government
1962, 1968
Folder 6
Metcalf and Eddy: Comprehensive Plan Summary, Northampton, Massachusetts
1970-1972
Folder 7
Northampton, Mass.: topographic and zoning maps, street plans, assessors' plans
1956-1968
Folder 8
Northampton, Massachusetts, Master Plan
1963
Folder 9
Reinhardt and Associates: Survey of needs for proposed Hampshire County courthouse
1969
Folder 10
Visit to Look Park, Northampton, Massachusetts [brochure]
ca.1968
Folder 11

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Harvey J. Finison, as part of the Northampton Cutlery Co. Records (MS 058).

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Sept. 2015.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, Total Community Development Committee Records (MS 154). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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Subjects

  • City planning--Massachusetts--Northampton
  • Hampshire County Courthouse (Northampton, Mass.)
  • Northampton (Mass.)--Economic conditions--20th century
  • Urban renewal--Massachusetts--Northampton
  • Zoning--Massachusetts--Northampton

Contributors

  • Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. Total Community Development Committee [main entry]

Genres and formats

  • Comprehensive plans (reports)
  • Maps

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