Pepin, A. L.

Map Plum Island Annie H. Brown Wild Life Sanctuary

A Map of Plum Island showing location of land purchased for the Annie H. Brown Wild Life Sanctuary and adjacent Properties proposed for purchase under options and actual additional purchases

DESCRIPTION: An unrecorded cyanotype (blueprint) map of Plum Island from 1931 related to early conservation efforts on the Massachusetts coast. The map shows the location of land purchased for the Annie H. Brown Wildlife Sanctuary and several adjacent properties proposed for purchase.

Plum Island is a New England barrier island that lies on the coast of Massachusetts about two miles from Newburyport, Mass. Plum Island, 11 miles in length, is named for the beach plum shrubs that grow in the dunes. The North Point of the island is located at the mouth of Newburyport Harbor, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Merrimack River.

Legend at bottom describes seven numbered tracts of land on the map:
  • 300 acres - Annie H. Brown Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • 110 acres - Land of Knobbs Beach Associates.
  • 225 acres - Land of Woodworth.
  • 90 acres - Land of Stafford.
  • 75 acres Land of Clement.
  • 400 acres - Land of Bar Island realty Company.
  • 3 acres - Land of Small.
Annie Hamilton Brown, a resident of Stoneham, willed a sum of between $15,000 and $25,000 to the Federation of the Bird Clubs of New England in 1929. Working with the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the federation was able to purchase most of the southern end of Plum Island for a wildlife sanctuary. In 1943, the Audubon Society sold the 1,600 acre sanctuary to the Federal Government who merged the land into the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. This item includes the original fund-raising transmittal letter and return envelope from the Federation of the Bird Clubs of New England, Inc. Laurance B. Fletcher, Secretary; Boston, Massachusetts.

CREATOR: Pepin, A. L.



BODY OF WATER: Plum Island River

CONDITION: Good.  Three small light stains. Central vertical fold and a horizontal fold.. Narrow margins with 2 tiny chips. No major issues. On slick cyanotype paper, probably from a process printing method.

COLORING: Blue print.


SIZE: 17 " x 11 "


PRICE: $550


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