American Land Forum Records 1976-1987

Creator
American Land Forum, Inc.
Size
1 linear foot
Location

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Call number
MC 00271

Records document the establishment of the American Land Forum, founded by Charles E. Little in 1978, whose mission was to establish policy on land conservation. The award-winning American Land Forum / New American Land Magazine was 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 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.

Biographical/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.

Scope/content

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.

Physical description

1 archival storage box and 1 archival legal box

Arrangement

The records are arranged in five series:

  • 1. Organizational Records, arranged alphabetically by subject,
  • 2. Correspondence, divided into two sections, Charles Little (1978, 1980) and David Sampson (1978-1981),
  • 3. Publications, containing sporadic copies of the American Land Forum Magazine and arranged chronologically,
  • 4. Forum Discussion Papers, arranged chronologically by the date of the forum paper,
  • 5. Miscellaneous Papers.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

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

Related material

Source of acquisition

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

Processing information

Processed by Amalia G. Kakissis; Encoded by Linda Sellars; Updated February 2011 by Judy Allen Dodson

Organizational Records 1978-1981 (MC 271 Series 1)

8 folders

Articles of Incorporation 1978
Legal box 1, Folder 1
Benefits Policy 1979
Legal box 1, Folder 2
Board of Directors 1978-1979, undated
Legal box 1, Folder 3
Board Meetings, Memoranda 1978-1981, undated
Legal box 1, Folder 4
By-Laws 1979
Legal box 1, Folder 5
Internal Revenue Service papers 1978, 1981
Legal box 1, Folder 6
Finances 1978-1980
Legal box 1, Folder 7
Prospectus, Precis undated
Legal box 1, Folder 8
Correspondence 1978-1981 (MC 271 Series 2)

3 folders

Charles Little 1978, 1980
Legal box 1, Folder 9
David Sampson 1978-1981
Legal box 1, Folder 10
Publications 1981-1987 (MC 271 Series 3)

3 folders

American Land Forum Magazine (2) 1981 Spring, Summer
Legal box 1, Folder 11
American Land Forum Magazine (2) 1983 Spring, Fall
Legal box 1, Folder 12
American Land Forum Magazine (4) 1985 Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Legal box 1, Folder 13
American Land Forum Magazine (4) 1986 Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Box 2, Folder 1
American Land Forum Magazine (3) 1987, Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr, May/June
Box 2, Folder 2
New American Land Magazine (1) 1987 Nov./Dec.
Box 2, Folder 3
Forum Discussion Papers 1978-1981 (MC 271 Series 4)

9 folders

Land and Food: Dilemmas in Protecting the Resource Base December 1978
Legal box 1, Folder 14
Background Information on the American Land Forum August 1979
Legal box 1, Folder 15
Agricultural Land Policy Project: Proposal for phase II August 1979
Legal box 1, Folder 16
Background Materials for Directors, American Land Forum Board Meeting October 1979
Legal box 1, Folder 17
Land Issues for the 1980's May 1980
Legal box 1, Folder 18
American Land Ownership August 1980
Legal box 1, Folder 19
The North American Land as a focus for Tri-National Cooperation November 1980
Legal box 1, Folder 20
Energy and the American Land February 1981
Legal box 1, Folder 21
Land Use, Development and the Internal Revenue Code May 1981
Legal box 1, Folder 22
Miscellaneous 1976-1978 (MC 271 Series 5)

2 folders

Council of Environmental Quality Contract (CEQ) 1978
Legal box 1, Folder 23
Varia 1976, 1978, undated
Legal box 1, Folder 24

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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

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.