I A-6 BPR
Arnold Arboretum. Records of the Boston Park Rangers Program, 1981-1988: A
Archives of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
© 2003 President and Fellows of Harvard College
Last update 2016 June 14
Repository: Arnold Arboretum Archives of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.
Call No.: I A-6 BPR
Creator: Arnold Arboretum.
Title: Records of the Boston Park Rangers program, 1981-1988
Quantity: 0.67 Linear Feet (2 Boxes)
Access to Finding Aid record in Hollis Classic or Hollis.
Current version of this finding aid is available at the Archives of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard
Processed: March 2001
By: Lisa Pearson
In 1983, the Arnold Arboretum was part of a collaboration that created the Boston
Park Ranger Program, a program designed to combat vandalism and violence in Boston.
records were created as a result of the Arboretum's involvement. The material was
and turned over to the Archives by various Arboretum staff members who worked on the
and implementation of the program including the Director, Peter Ashton, his assistant,
Marks, and Kate Nixon, the Arboretum's Public Relations Officer. The HOLLIS # for
collection is 008911411 and the file name is ajp00018.
Researchers seeking to examine archival materials are strongly encouraged
to make an appointment. The Director, or an office of origin, may place restrictions
on the use of
some or all of its records. The extent and length of the restriction will be determined
Director, office of origin, and the Archivist and will be enforced equally for all
The copyright is held by The President and Fellows of Harvard
College for the Arnold Arboretum Archives of Harvard University. The copyright on
materials in the collection may be held by the original author or the author's heirs
or assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining written permission from the
copyright and the Arnold Arboretum Archives prior to publishing any quotations or
materials in this collection.
Photocopies may be made at the discretion of the Arnold
Arboretum Archives staff. Permission to make photocopies does not constitute permission
reproduce or publish materials outside the bounds of the fair use guidelines.
The late 1970s and early 1980s saw and upswing in violence and vandalism in
Boston, which led to a subsequent drop-off in visitation to city parks. Responding
to the growing
concern for Boston's parklands, in 1983, under the aegis and management of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, the Massachusetts
Association for Olmsted Parks, the National Association for Olmsted
Parks,Friends of the Public Garden and Common, and
the Arnold Arboretum collaborated to create the Boston
Park Ranger Program. During the first year, rangers patrolled the Boston Common,
the Public Garden, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and the Arnold Arboretum on foot and
horseback. In the following years the program was expanded to include Franklin Park,
Pond and the Back Bay Fens. The concept of park rangers originated in the nineteenth
with Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted advised that there be a force of
'Park Keepers' to patrol the parks in an effort to prevent vandalism and to encourage
the wise use
of the City's parks.
The bulk of the materials consist of
administrative papers relating to the Boston Park Ranger Program, including correspondence,
fundraising materials, advisory board minutes, programming materials, public relations
papers/newsclippings, and budget papers. In addition there is a folder of information
urban ranger program in New York City (on which the Boston program was based), two
of proposal materials and a folder of recruitment, hiring and job description papers.
papers are divided into three series:
I. Administrative records and correspondence
II. Ranger program background and proposal materials
III. Miscellaneous materials
- Series: I. Administrative Records and Correspondence:
I includes memos, agendas, press releases, newspaper clippings, newsletters, lists
requests to foundations, funding sources, and correspondence.
Corespondents include Peter Ashton, Valerie Burns, Peter Del Tredici, Richard Doherty,
Shure Gross, Maura Hennigan, Wendy Marks, Robert McCoy, Kate Nixon, A. Schumacher.
- Folder 6 -1985
Board Minutes: Members of the Boston Park Ranges Board of Advisors: Katherine Abbott,
S. Ashton, Nicholas Balasalle, Paul V. Bilicki, Edward J. Burke, Barry Cheslin, Clare
Richard Heath, Henry Lee, Vincent Lombardi,Wendy L. Marks, Paul Paget, Stella Trafford,
- Folder 17 -1988 -- and n.d.
- Series: II. Ranger Program Proposals, Evaluations, Job Descriptions
- Folder 1 - New York City Urban Rangers Program
- Folder 3 - Ranger Program Proposals 1982 Massachusetts Association for Olmsted Parks Urban Park Ranger Program,
- Folder 4 - 1982 - Ranger Program, Completed Proposal
- Folder 5 - Recruiting, Hiring, Job Descriptions 1982 -
- Folder 6 - 1983, Pilot Year Evaluation Report
- Folder 7 - 1984, Evaluation Report
- Folder 8 -1988, Evaluation Report
- Series: III. Miscellaneous Materials
- Folder 1 -Incident Reports 1983, 1987
- Folder 2 -Advertising Materials, Letterhead
- Folder 3 - Photographs
Appearing in the photographs are Peter Ashton, Maura
Hennigan, Greg Light, Robert McCoy, Maryann Nagle, Kate Nixon, Gene Survillo, and
- Folder 4 - Boston Park Rangers videotape (VHS)