The NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce that the East Coast Greenways Records have been fully organized and arranged, and a guide to the collection is now available to view online.
The East Coast Greenways Records are comprised of papers relating to the ongoing development of the East Coast Greenway Alliance and its trails along the eastern coast of the United States. The collection, dated from 1983 to 2018, includes bylaws, annual reports, meeting agendas, membership lists, correspondence, and trademark applications. In addition, there are newsletters, brochures, flyers, trail guides and maps, trail studies, project plans, and audiovisual materials.
The East Coast Greenway Alliance is an non-profit organization founded in November 1991. Since its conception, the East Coast Greenway Alliance has designed a recreational trail route along the eastern coast of the United States, with the goal of establishing a 3,000-mile protected biking and walking route from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida. Currently, the East Coast Greenway crosses 15 states, 450 cities and towns, 50 rivers, and 3,000 miles of trails as the the country’s longest biking and walking route.
In 2017, the East Coast Greenway Alliance celebrated its 25th anniversary by hosting its largest program in history, known as the East Coast River Relay. The East Coast River Relay was held over the course of two months, from Calais, Maine, to the Florida Keys. The program included numerous public events held along the trail with collaboration from over 200 organizations and government officials. The East Coast Greenway Alliance also hosts regular summits, in which those interested in advancing greenways and trails can attend information sessions and collaborate on projects.
For more information about the East Coast Greenways Records, you can browse the collection’s items in its online finding aid. If you are interested in viewing these materials, you can make a request via this form. The NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center contains additional records related to various greenway-related organizations in North America, which can be found through the Collection Guide search on our website.