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MS 106.3.3.17 Project Files 1973-1995 29 boxes

In addition to assisting Senator Cohen with the formulation of legislation, a number of Cohen staff members were also involved with studies of various legislative, political, economic, or foreign policy issues. These studies were referred to as projects. As projects sometimes lead to legislative action, the distinction between project and legislative work is not always clear. Also, in addition to studies of issues, project files may also include requests from cities, towns, or states for information and assistance in obtaining federal funds or grants. Several case files, which consist of requests from constituents for personal assistance in dealing with federal agencies, are also found in this category. The cases included here are those that have significance beyond the personal circumstances of the individuals involved.

Tom Daffron was Cohen's chief administrative assistant from 1979-1989. In 1979, he organized a Maine Projects Room in Cohen's Washington, D.C. headquarters where a group of staff members familiar with Maine issues worked on projects. The Maine Projects Room lasted about 1 1/2 years. This subseries is comprised of project files created by the group who worked in the Maine Projects Room, as well as by others who worked on later projects. Dale Gerry, Thomas Heyerdahl, Carol Hicks, Kate Lambrew, Sally Lounsbury, Robert Umphrey, and Timothy Woodcock are the creators of the files. The files themselves consist of correspondence between Cohen and various Federal agencies and Maine constituents, Cohen's statements before Senate committees, copies of bills, press releases, news clippings, reports, and correspondence with attorneys. Each group of files is arranged alphabetically. Project files may also be found in the Housing subseries, and in the Constituent Service series.

Access to some of the records in this sub series is restricted. Consult the Special Collections Department for further information.

MS 106.3.3.17.1 Dale Gerry 1976-1986 10 boxes
The bulk of these records deal with defense-related issues pertaining to Maine. Files on the Loring Air Force base, Maine Maritime Academy, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Brunswick Naval Air Station, and Bath Iron Works may be found here, and they outline specific issues and problems, such as the presence of asbestos at Loring and radiation at Portsmouth.

Folder Titles

Active Reserve, Force Mix Report, 1984.
Air New England, termination of service, 1981-1984.
Airport certification, Maine Department of Transportation, six small municipal airports, 1983.
Analysis of the Effects of Varying Male and Female Force Levels, Annex One, March, 1985.
Analysis of the Effects of Varying Male and Female Force Levels, Annex Two, March, 1985.
Analysis of the Effects of Varying Male and Female Force Levels, Annex Three, March, 1985.
Analysis of the Effects of Varying Male and Female Force Levels, Annex Four, March, 1985.
Analysis of the Effects of Varying Male and Female Force Levels, Appendices, March, 1985.
Bangor Housing Authority, Air Force, 1985.
Bar Harbor Airlines, slot allocation , landing fees, 1982-1985.
Bath Iron Works, 1976-1985, 3 folders.
Bath Iron Works, clippings, 1984-1985.
Bath Iron Works, Portland, Bath berthing, 1983-1985.
Bath Iron Works, Portland expansion, 1982-1984.
Beauregard, Mark R., Lt. Air Force, 1984.
Beirut Hostage Crisis, 1985.
Boggs Shipping Act, 1983.
Brunswick Naval Air Station Clear Zone, 1977-1981.
Brunswick Naval Air Station Clear Zone, commercial properties, 1981.
Burns, Deborah-Rachel Carson Wildlife Center, 1981.
Canadian bonded labor, 1977-1980.
Cape Porpoise Pier, Kennebunkport, Maine, 1980-1981.
Casco Bay Transit Service, 1981-1983.
Chapman, Douglas, lawyer to Joseph LaFrance, Navy, 1985.
Coast Guard Cutter DUANE, 1985.
Cookies to Beirut, 1983.
Cornwall Industries, Inc., wood products, South Paris, Maine, 1981.
Corvus Systems Case, Air Force, high frequency antenna, 1983, 5 folders.
Costs of the National Service Act (H.R. 2206), a Technical Analysis, 1980.
Data General, United States Coast Guard, 1981.
Defense projects in Maine, 1979-1982, 2 folders.
Delta Steamship, termination of government subsidy, 1984.
Department of Defense, program to ship service vehicles at government expense, 1983-1984.
DiMillo's Restaurant, Army Corps, 1980-1984.
Dow Pines, Air Force, 1981.
Eastport, transfer of facilities, 1983-1984.
Eaton W. Tarbell and Associates, 1981-1985.
Exempting piggyback trailers from the Federal Excise Tax, 1983.
Fiber Materials, Inc., Maine, 1980-1983, 3 folders.
Frigates, 1976-1983, 3 folders.
Fuhrmann, F.Y. 87 Auth., 1986.
Gas Tax File, 1983-1984.
Gas Tax File, 1984.
Gax Tax File, against Gas Tax, 1982.
Gas Tax File, amendments, 1982.
Gas Tax File, mass transit, 1982.
Gas Tax File, press clippings, info, articles, 1982-1983.
Gas Tax File, pro Gas Tax.
Gas Tax File, summary, 1982.
Heavy truck tax, 1982-1984, 2 folders.
Hydrosources and Associates, James Michaud, 1983, 2 folders.
Keyes Fiber #2, meeting with Gerald Carmen, GSA, 1981-1983.
Keyes Fiber, #3, 1981-1983.
Keyes Fiber, #4, 1981, 2 folders.
Klein Trauma Unit, 1975-1981.
Klein Trauma Unit, 1982.
Lewiston Auburn Air Show, 1983.
Loring Air Force Base, 1980-1982.
Loring Air Force Base, asbestos, 1983, 4 folders.
Loring Air Force Base, asbestos, 1983-1988, 3 folders.
Loring Air Force Base, correspondence and general information, 1979-1981, 8 folders.
Loring Air Force Base: Keep Loring Committee, correspondence, 1980-1982.
Loring Air Force Base, salary and economic impact statement, October, 1980.
Loring operation and management, 1980-1981.
Maine Maritime Academy, Madeira incident, 1986.
Maine Maritime Academy, 98th Congress, 1983-1984, 3 folders.
Maine Maritime Academy, 98th Congress, 2nd session, 1984, 2 folders.
Manpower files, women in the military, 1985, 2 folders.
Maremont Corporation, Saco, 1979-1985.
Marines: Lebanon and Grenada, 1983.
Merrill Industries, Inc., Army Corps, 1981-1983.
Mexico, transfer of gold disks, 1980-1983.
Mikulec Industries, April, 1985.
Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1981.
Minesweepers, Navy, Portland, Maine, 1981.
Navy Communications Unit, Cutler, 1979-1983.
Penobscot River, rafters vs. Great Northern, 1980.
Portland Celebration 350, 1981-1982.
Portland City Terminal Facility, 1983-1986.
Portland Valve Company, Navy, 1981-1983.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, 1980-1984.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, asbestos hearing, 1983.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, prison asbestos, Dick Johnson, 1984.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, radiation files, 1980-1986, 2 folders.
Portsmouth, U.S.S. Albacore, 1984-1985.
Poulin, Paul J., SSGT, 1984-1986.
Pratt and Whitney, Maine, 1979-1985, 3 folders.
Procurement Assistance Center, proposal, Maine, 1985.
Raytheon's Maine subcontractors, 1979-1980.
Ridgeway Electronics, Inc., Augusta, Maine, 1983-1984, 2 folders.
Searsport, Military Sealift Command, tankers versus barges, 1982.
Shipping Act of 1984, 1982-1984, 3 folders.
Soviet attack on Korean jetliner, September, 1983.
Stinson, Ralph P., Army, 1982.
Transportation, ICC/USDA, contract to haul, 1981-1982.
U.S.S. Ranger, 1983-1984.
Volunteer Army and the draft, news clippings, statements, etc., 1981-1985, 4 folders.
Vulcan Engineering Company, Navy, 1985.
Watt, Thomas-recreational boating, 1983.
Wright-Pierce, architects, 1981.
White House, painting, 1980-1982.

MS 106.3.3.17.2 Thomas Heyerdahl 1979-1980 1 box

These files concern energy related projects in Maine, such as the Big A Hydro project, the New England Ethanol project, and the establishment of the Pittston Oil Refinery in Eastport.

Folder Titles

Allen, Russell, 1978-1980.
Big A Hydro Project, 1985-1986, 2 folders.
Energy projects, miscellaneous, 1981-1987.
MacArthur, Charles, 1981-1984.
New England Ethanol Project (NEEP), 1984-1986, 2 folders.
Pittson Oil Refinery, Eastport, 1973-1985, 2 folders.
Pittson Oil Refinery, Eastport, 1980-1981.
Ward, Bob, 1980-1981.
Wood Stove Tax Credit, 1979-1982.
MS 106.3.3.17.3 Carol (Hicks) Woodcock 1979-1980 6 boxes
Issues important to Maine, such as the spruce budworm epidemic, the poultry industry, petroleum reserves, the State Energy Assistance Plan, and housing projects are documented in this subseries. Files concerning the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Department of Transportation are also included.
Folder Titles
Agriculture Department, Food Stamps for Indians, 1979.
Agriculture Department, Fort Halifax, 1979.
Agriculture Department, Lippman Brothers, 1979.
Agriculture Department, Maplewood, 1979.
Agriculture Department, poultry industry, 1980.
Agriculture Department, root knot nematode in potatoes, 1977-1979.
Agriculture Department, Spruce Budworm Project, 1975-1978.
Agriculture Department, Spruce Budworm Project, 1978-1979.
Agriculture Department, Spruce Budworm Project, 1979-1980, 4 folders.
Agriculture Department, Spruce Budworm Project, correspondence, 1979-1980, 2 folders.
Agriculture Department, Spruce Budworm Project, environmental impact statement (amended), 1979.
Agriculture Department, Spruce Budworm Project, environmental impact statement (final), 1979.
Agriculture Department, Spruce Budworm Project, five year management program, 1980.
Agriculture Department, Spruce Budworm Project, general information, 1979-1980.
Agriculture Department, Spruce Budworm Project, information portfolio, 1980.
Agriculture Department, Spruce Budworm Project, opposition to budworm spraying, 1979-1980.
Agriculture Department, Spruce Budworm Project, spraying controversies.
Civil Aeronautics Board on Delta Airlines, 1979-1980.
Civil Aeronautics Board, Gatwick-Logan, 1979.
Civil Aeronautics Board, umbrella radar, 1979.
Community Services Administration, crisis intervention, 1979.
Community Services Administration, Personal Energy Program, Joyce Harmon, 1979.
Community Services Administration, Winter Emergency Assistance Program (WEAP), 1978-1979.
Community Services Administration, York County Community Action Corporation response to annual grantee assessment, 1979.
Energy Department, Aging Committee hearing, 1979.
Energy Department, energy assistance, pricing policies, elderly, disabled, 1979.
Energy Department, Iranian Oil Cutoff, 1979.
Energy Department, SSI Energy Assistance Payments, 1979-1980.
Energy Department, State Energy Assistance Plan, 1979.
Energy Department, strategic petroleum reserves in Maine, July, 1977.
Environmental Protection Agency, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), 1979.
Farmers Home Administration (FMHA) housing cuts, 1979-1980.
Farmers Home Administration (FMHA) housing programs, 1979-1980.
Farmers Home Administration, Maine Housing Rehabilitation Project, Phase II final report, 1978-1979.
Federal Aviation Administration, DC-10s, 1979.
Federal Aviation Administration, written test examiner, 1980.
Housing and Urban Development Department, Action Grant, Biddeford, Bangor, 1979.
Housing and Urban Development Department, Capehart housing, Charleston Air Force Base, 1980.
Housing and Urban Development Department, fair market rents, 1979-1980, 2 folders.
Housing and Urban Development Department, Fair View Acres, 1979.
Housing and Urban Development Department, Lewiston, 1978.
Housing and Urban Development Department, loans, HUD 235 program.
Housing and Urban Development Department, Lockwood Apartments, Waterville, Maine, 1980.
Housing and Urban Development Department, Madawaska, 1980.
Housing and Urban Development Department, modernization funds, 1979.
Housing and Urban Development Department, Old Town, 1979-1980.
Housing and Urban Development Department, Portland, 1979-1980.
Housing and Urban Development Department, press releases, 1978-1979.
Housing and Urban Development Department, Section 8, observations.
Housing and Urban Development Department, Sinclair, 1980.
Housing and Urban Development Department, Tall Pines, 1979-1980.
Transportation Department, poultry, 2 folders.
Trip to Maine, 1979.
Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG), Biddeford, Maine, 1979.
Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG), correspondence, memos, news clippings, 1978-1979.
Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG), funds, Fort Kent, Maine, 1979.
Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG), general information, 1978-1979.
Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG), Portland, Maine, 1979.
Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG), rehabilitation project, 1979.
Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG), South Portland, Maine, 1979.

MS 106.3.3.17.4 Kate Lambrew 1976-1995 2 boxes

Kate Lambrew worked with Cohen from 1995-1996. These records are concerned solely with a group of Maine residents known as the Round Pond Landowners, and their proposal to have their property deleted from the Acadia National Park boundary established by Public Law 99-420.

MS 106.3.3.17.5 Sally Lounsbury 1973-1995 6 boxes

Files in this category deal with labor issues such as problems with apple growers and foreign labor, the logging industry, and the rights of home workers. In 1981, President Reagan proposed the closure or transfer to local control of the U.S. Public Health Services hospitals and clinics. Martin's Point Clinic in Portland, Maine was transferred, and files concerning this clinic are found here. Files on Nasson College, train service in Maine, and Social Security issues are also included.

MS 106.3.3.17.6 Robert Umphrey 1973-1979 3 boxes

The closing of the Loring Air Force Base in Presque Isle, Maine is the focus of the records in this category, which consist of correspondence, studies of the closing's impact on the economy and environment, and general information. A 1978 letter from President Jimmy Carter to Senator Cohen concerning military base realignments is also in these files.

Folder Titles

Analysis of the draft Environmental Impact Statement for Loring, 1977.
Answers to questions and comments concerning the draft Environmental Impact Statement, 1976.
Candidate basing actions, reduction of Loring Air Force Base, 1977.
Cohen, Bill, number one strategic air command base, 1978.
Description of proposed action and alternatives affecting Loring.
Economic impact of reductions at Loring Air Force Base, net costs in federal funds, 1977.
Economic and social costs, Loring Air Force Base impact study, May, 1976.
Economic and social costs, Loring Air Force Base impact study, final report, August, 1976.
Environmental impact analysis of proposed realignment of forces, August, 1976.
Environmental impact statement, draft, September, 1976.
Environmental impact statement, draft, revised, 1977.
Environmental impact statement, final, appendix B, 1976, 2 folders.
Environmental impact statement, final, 1977.
Environmental impact statement, final, appendix A, 1977, 2 folders.
Environmental narrative, economic situation, northern Maine, 1974-1975.
General information, Loring Air Force Base, 1975-1978, 19 folders.
Hearings on Loring, May, 1976.
Martindale, Ward W., advantages, disadvantages of closing Kincheloe compared with Blytheville, 1976.
Operational and resources evaluation, Base realignment proposal, February, 1977.
Report: Government, Transportation, Civilian Community Utilities and Land Use, 1976.
Report: Institutional Characteristics, Transportation, Community Utilities, Land Use, 1976.
Report of the President's Economic Adjustment Committee, April 17, 1973.
Resources evaluation base realignment proposal, Loring, August, 1976.
Save Loring information, 1977.
Section 612 of Public Law 94-431 to Loring Air Force Base, 1976-1977.
Socioeconomic assessment of potential impacts, May, 1976.
Socioeconomic assessment of potential impacts, January, 1977.
Summary of completed military base economic adjustment projects, 1961-1977.

MS 106.3.3.17.7 Timothy Woodcock 1979 1 box

Export controls on cattle hides, World Trade services, and several individual cases are the topics covered in these files.

Folder Titles

Export controls on cattle hides, 1979, 3 folders.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS), American Stabilis, 1979.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS), double taxation on retirement income, 1979.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Renard A. Koehnemann case, 1979.
Nicaraguan economy, 1979.
Ohio's corporation laws, 1979.
Winkin, John, sports clinics for training the mainland Chinese in American sports, 1979.
World trade services, 1979.


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