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Nancy Caruso papers

 Collection
Identifier: M195

Scope and Content Note

The collection documents Nancy Caruso's extensive work with the North End Waterfront Central Artery Committee (NEWCAC) since its founding in 1993. The papers focus on the Committee's interaction with the Central Artery/Tunnel Project concerning construction contamination, noise, planning, and vibration which affected the North End and Waterfront neighborhoods. Materials include architectural and engineering drawings, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, reports, and video cassettes. The video cassettes include local news reports on the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, interviews with Nancy Caruso, and NEWCAC meetings.

Dates

  • 1948, 1951, 1983-2012

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Historical Note

Nancy Caruso, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Northeastern University and a community activist. At Northeastern University, Caruso was the first woman to be appointed coordinator of the Cooperative Education Department as well as the first woman President of the Alumni Association. She has served as a Trustee of the University of Massachusetts, a consultant to the United States Department of Education, and Director of the Executives Club of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In 1986, Caruso was a recipient of the Dean Herman Schneider Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association. In 2000, she received the honorary degree of Doctor of Community Service from Northeastern University.

Caruso is recognized for her work advocating for residents of Boston's North End neighborhood during the planning and prolonged construction of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, known as the “Big Dig.” She was co-founder and chairperson of the North End Waterfront Central Artery Committee, Chair of the North End Central Artery Advisory Committee, a member of the Mayor's Central Artery Completion Task Force, and a member of the Leadership Committee of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy.

The Central Artery/Tunnel Project was a Massachusetts Department of Transportation construction project aimed at reducing traffic congestion and improving the environment in Boston, Massachusetts. Initial planning and environmental impact studies began in 1982. In April 1987, the United States Congress approved federal funding for the project, allotting $755 million for fiscal year 1990. Construction started in September 1991, and the first major milestone was reached in 1995 with the opening of the Ted Williams Tunnel to commercial traffic. Substantial completion of the project was reached on January 13, 2006: the deteriorating six-lane Interstate 93 John F. Fitzgerald Expressway had been replaced with the eight-to-ten-lane state of the art Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Tunnel, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill and Leverett Circle Connector Bridges over the Charles River were added, Interstate 90 was extended to Logan International Airport and Route 1A with the addition of the Fort Point and Ted Williams Tunnels, and more than 300 acres of open land reconnecting downtown to the waterfront was created as a result.

In 1993, Caruso co-founded the North End Waterfront Central Artery Committee (NEWCAC) which represented residents, businesses, and institutions in the North End and Waterfront neighborhoods of Boston. The Committee's goals included lessening the impact of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project on the community; developing a list of priorities of immediate neighborhood concerns; representing the neighborhoods to government agencies; keeping the community informed; and promoting responsible and appropriate development of the post-construction artery corridor in the North End and Waterfront neighborhoods.

Due to the technical nature of the project the Committee requested that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts provide funding for an independent expert consultant. The funding was granted and in 1995 Beta Engineering was hired to serve as technical advisors to the Committee. Beta Engineering assisted with the development of a surface street design consensus, construction noise specification (contract C15A1), and sound proofing of buildings. The Committee's successes included agreements on noise reduction and night work on contracts C15A1, C15A2, and C17A2. In 1995, the Committee received the Mass Move 2000 “Urban Design” award.

Extent

2.75 cubic feet (4 containers, 2 flat file folders, 1 tube)

Overview

Nancy Caruso is a community activist and co-founder of the North End Waterfront Central Artery Committee. The Committee was established in 1993 to lessen the impact of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project on the North End and Waterfront neighborhoods of Boston, Massachusetts. The Project revitalized the Central Artery by replacing the elevated Interstate 93 with the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Tunnel and adding the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. In addition, Interstate 90 was extended to Logan International Airport and Route 1A with the creation of the Fort Point and Ted William Tunnels.

Overview

The collection documents Nancy Caruso's leadership of the North End Waterfront Central Artery Committee since its founding in 1993. Materials include architectural and engineering drawings, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, reports, and video cassettes.

System of Arrangement:

Organized into three series: Series 1. Subject Files; Series 2. Architectural and Engineering Drawings; and Series 3. Audio-Visual.

Physical Location

36/2, FF4/D7, RS7/S1

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Received from Nancy J. Caruso on December 5, 2012.

Accruals:

Further accruals are expected.

Bibliography

  • “Correspondence.” April 2-October 24, 1993, Box 1, Folder 14.
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation. “The Central Artery/Tunnel Project - The Big Dig.” Accessed November 6, 2013. http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/TheBigDig.aspx.
  • “Meetings: Flyers.” March 8, 1993-November 10, 1998, Box 2, Folder 12.
  • “Worcester Polytechnic Institute: 'Developing a Night-Work Model and Decision Matrix Prototype.'” 1999, Box 2, Folder 34.
Title
Finding aid for the Nancy Caruso Papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by Daniel J. Lavoie II
Date
February 26, 2014
Language of description
Description is in English.
Sponsor
The processing of this collection was funded by Nancy Caruso.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US