MC 00271 Guide to the American Land Forum Records, 1976-1987

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[Legal Box 1, Folder 1] Articles of Incorporation, 1978
[Legal Box 1, Folder 2] Benefits Policy, 1979
[Legal Box 1, Folder 3] Board of Directors, 1978-1979, undated
[Legal Box 1, Folder 4] Board Meetings, Memoranda, 1978-1981, undated
[Legal Box 1, Folder 5] By-Laws, 1979
[Legal Box 1, Folder 6] Internal Revenue Service papers, 1978, 1981
[Legal Box 1, Folder 7] Finances, 1978-1980
[Legal Box 1, Folder 8] Prospectus, Precis, undated
[Legal Box 1, Folder 9] Charles Little, 1978, 1980
[Legal Box 1, Folder 10] David Sampson, 1978-1981
[Legal Box 1, Folder 11] American Land Forum Magazine (2), 1981 Spring, Summer
[Legal Box 1, Folder 12] American Land Forum Magazine (2), 1983 Spring, Fall
[Legal Box 1, Folder 13] American Land Forum Magazine (4), 1985 Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
[Box 2, Folder 1] American Land Forum Magazine (4), 1986 Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
[Box 2, Folder 2] American Land Forum Magazine (3), 1987, Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr, May/June
[Box 2, Folder 3] New American Land Magazine (1), 1987 Nov./Dec.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 14] Land and Food: Dilemmas in Protecting the Resource Base, December 1978
[Legal Box 1, Folder 15] Background Information on the American Land Forum, August 1979
[Legal Box 1, Folder 16] Agricultural Land Policy Project: Proposal for phase II, August 1979
[Legal Box 1, Folder 17] Background Materials for Directors, American Land Forum Board Meeting, October 1979
[Legal Box 1, Folder 18] Land Issues for the 1980's, May 1980
[Legal Box 1, Folder 19] American Land Ownership, August 1980
[Legal Box 1, Folder 20] The North American Land as a focus for Tri-National Cooperation, November 1980
[Legal Box 1, Folder 21] Energy and the American Land, February 1981
[Legal Box 1, Folder 22] Land Use, Development and the Internal Revenue Code, May 1981
[Legal Box 1, Folder 23] Council of Environmental Quality Contract (CEQ), 1978
[Legal Box 1, Folder 24] Varia, 1976, 1978, undated


American Land Forum, Inc.


1.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

1 archival storage box and 1 archival legal box


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Acquisitions Information

Gift of David S. Sampson, 1999; addition received in 2011.


Processed by: Amalia G. Kakissis;machine-readable finding aid created by: Linda Sellars; updated by Judy Allen Dodson, February 2011, July 2011


July 2011,

Scope and Content Note

The records in the American Land Forum collection come from the office of David S. Sampson, Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenways Communities Council and a former member of the Board of Directors and legal advisor for the American Land Forum organization. They document the establishment of the corporation, founded by Charles E. Little in 1978, whose mission was to establish policy on land conservation. The award-winning American Land Forum Magazine was also created by the corporation in 1980. The records include financial statements, organizational records, correspondence, papers on pertinent issues of concern to the organization, and various publications.

The collection contains organizational records arranged alphabetically by subject and including various drafts of the ALF's articles of incorporation, by-laws and prospectus; drafts of the IRS application and other papers sent for tax exempt status; papers containing information on the Board of Directors, their meetings, and memoranda; and the ALF's finances. Also included is correspondence, which is divided into two sections, Charles Little (1978,1980) and David Sampson (1978-1981). Charles Little contains copies of letters sent to Charles Little which were then forwarded to David Sampson. David Sampson contains mostly copies of letters sent out by David Sampson himself, with the exception of one letter received from James F. Bennett of the United States Corporation Company pertaining to the articles of incorporation for the ALF. The correspondence is arranged chronologically within each folder.

Copies of the American Land Forum / New American Land Magazine are arranged chronologically. Not all issues are present. Forum discussion papers, are arranged chronologically by the date of the forum paper. The topics of these papers, used for topical discussion meetings of the American Land Forum, range from discussions on the ALF organization itself to national land issues. Miscellaneous papers include a contract between the ALF and the Council of Environmental Quality (1978) for a study on settlement trends in US rural areas and their effects on the land, and varia including: a copy of Appendix 2 of the 1976 State Coastal Conservancy Act, a 1978 press release of the ALF , a statement made by Calvin L. Beale of the US Department of Agriculture to the Joint Economic Committee (May 31, 1978), photocopy of a pamphlet advertising the American Land Forum Magazine, ALF membership solicitation letter, charts showing the forum process, participants lists to various forums.

Historical Note

The American Land Forum was founded by Charles E. Little in 1978 to establish policy on land conservation. The award-winning American Land Forum Magazine was created by the corporation in 1980. David S. Sampson, Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenways Communities Council was a member of the Board of Directors and legal advisor for the American Land Forum organization.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], American Land Forum Records, MC 00271, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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