This file lists the item number and a descriptive title of each of the historical documents related to the Henry Wood's Sons Company/Paintshop Pond site to be found in the Science Library. The full Excel spreadsheet also contains the document date, subject category and type. If you have problems downloading the Excel Spreadsheets, please see the Directions for Launching Excel.

All items in this list are available in the College Archives located in Clapp Library. Ask for the "Paintshop Pond Papers" and use the "Item #" in the first column to request the papers that you want to see.  Please call Archives (2127 or 2128) in advance so that they can get the papers ready for you.

Henry Wood's Sons Company/Paintshop Pond History files
Item # Title
A1 Abstract of Title to Obtain Land of Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. Title abstract of the Henry Wood property.
A2 Excerpts from the Norfolk Deeds on Henry Wood's Sons Co. (1) Henry Wood's Sons Co. to Boston Ice Co.( Book 1095-page 123) (2) Waban Rose Cons. To Henry Wood's Sons Co. (Book 974-page 186) (3) Edmund M. Wood to the Waban Rose Cons. (Book 889-page 338) (4) C
A3 Letter from Pauline Durant to the Wellesley Board of Health(?) concerning the health risks of the presence of lead in such large quantities in Lake Waban.
A4 By laws --Lake Waban Laundry. Amendments to the by-laws, October 10, 1906 and February 7, 1911
A5 Letter from the chairman of the board of health to Mr. Alpheus Hardy (Treasurer, Wellesley College) bringing attention to the fact that the ice from lake Waban should not come in contact with food or water and should only be used for cooling purposes.
A6 Letter from Henry Wood's Sons Co. (Wellesley, MA) to Mr. Alfred Hardy (Board of Trustees, Wellesley College- Wellesley, MA) concerning the enlargement of filter beds on the land surrounding the lake.
A7 Letter from Henry Wood's Sons Co. [Geo A. Goodell] (Wellesley, MA) to Mr. Alfred Hardy (Board of Trustees, Wellesley College- Wellesley, MA) concerning the difficulties of leasing a filter bed.
A8 Letter from Alpheus H. Hardy (Boston. MA) to Geo A. Goodell, Esq regarding a meeting of the trustees to discuss the solution to the difficulties brought about by the lake.
A9 Letter from Henry Woods Sons Co. to Mr. A Hardy requesting the settlement with the trustees on the topic of changing the scheme of the channel of the brook although no action would be taken until the permanency of the filter bed.
A10 Copy of Letter from Edwin H. Abbot Esq. (Boston, MA) to the Henry Wood's Sons Co. concerning (1) the diverting of water from the Paintshop Pond through new channels, and (2) the purchase of Henry Wood's Co. land by the College.
A11 Letter from Storey, Thorndike, Palmer & Dodge to Mr. Louis Morse (Henry Wood's Sons and Co.) concerning the selling of the Paintshop land to Wellesley College.
A12 Letter to Mr. Reginald Johnson from L.K. Morse on the sale of the Henry Woods property to Wellesley College.
A13 Letter from Storey, Thorndike, Palmer & Dodge to Mr. Louis Morse (Henry Wood's Sons and Co.) concerning the selling of the Paintshop land to Wellesley College proposing to come up with a plan that will be advantageous to both parties concerned.
A14 (1) Letter from Reginald Johnson (Storey Thorndike Palmer & Dodge) to Mr L.K. Morse regarding the Henry Woods Co. land hoping to come to an agreement on the sale of the land.
A15 Letter from Henry Wood's Sons Co. (Wellesley, MA) to Mr. H.H. Austin (Wellesley College) in regard to a letter calling the company's attention to settling vats on the college property.
A16 (1) Letter from the Superintendent to Henry Woods Sons Company concerning the settling vats that are overflowing the tanks and flowing into the lake (October 10, 1917). (2) Letter to Edwin Abbot Esq. (Boston), from Henry Wood's Sons and Co.
A17 Copy of the transfer of right of way for use of railway sidetrack from Henry Wood's Sons Company to Wellesley College (had previously been given by the College to the Company)
A18 (1) Letter form Henry Wood's Sons Co. to Wellesley College for the purpose of reaching an agreement with the college for the mutual use of Spur track of Boston & Albany Railroad on premises of Henry Wood's Sons Co. (March 2, 1918). (2) Letter from Wellesley
A19 Letter to Lewis Morse Esq. From Paul White on the purchase of Lake Waban Laundry Co. from Walter Molloy.
A20 Articles of Amendment for the Lake Waban Laundry Co.
A21 Letter from Ellen Pendleton (Lake Waban Laundry Co.) to Mr. O. Simmons concerning the problems arising out of the new building
A22 Documentation of the lease of land beginning on July 19, 1926.
A23 Letter from Evelyn Munroe to the President and Board of Directors of the Lake Waban laundry Co. asking to be relieved from her job at the end of the year.
A24 Letter from George H. Bigelow, M.D. (Commissioner- Dept. of Health, Massachusetts) to Ellen Pendelton (President of Wellesley College) concerning the levels of contamination in Lake Waban. It was found that oily wastes were being discharged into Lake Waban
A25 (1) Letter to Dr. George Bigelow (Dept. of Public Heath) in reply to a previous letter concerning the level of pollution in the lake. Also, addresses concerns with the spill of oil into the lake occurring in the fall of that year.
A26 Letter from W. Marriott Welch & Co. (Real estate) to Mr. James Dean (Treasurer Wellesley College - Boston, MA) as a follow up to conversations concerning property, land, and buildings now belonging to Henry Woods and Son's Co.
A27 Letter from W. Marriott Welch & Co. (Real estate) to Mr. James Dean (Treasurer Wellesley College - Boston, MA) requesting confirmation of the fact that the college was indeed interested in purchasing the land owned by Henry Wood and Son's Co.
A28 Letter from Mr. James Dean (Treasurer of the College) to W. Marriott Welch Co. to express that Wellesley College was not interested in purchasing or making a bid for the Henry M. Woods Son's Co. property.
A29 Certificate from Skinner, Sherman & Esselen (Research and Development Chemists) Boston, MA. Analysis results from a sample of lake Waban received from Wellesley College, September 6, 1929
A30 Letter from Laetitia M. Snow (Associate Professor of Botany - Wellesley College) to Charles B. Hodges concerning the safety of the water at Lake Waban's bathing float. Attached is the results of the water analysis carried out by her Botany 308 class
A31 Photograph of Paintshop and Surrounding Area including Lake Waban and College Bookhouse
A32 Certificate of Analysis (of a sample of water from Lake Waban taken from a pump) from the American Colloid Corporation (an Organization of Chemists and Engineers) New York, NY. The water was assessed as having an appreciable amount of seal forming matter
A33 Letter from Bachmann, Sawyer and Brewster to Mr James Dean concerning the taxes figured on the property.
A34 Cover letter from Jackson & Curtis to Mr. James Dean (Treasurer, Wellesley College) enclosing a portion of the Wellesley Town Report giving valuations of real estate as of April 1st, 1931.
A35 Letter from Rackemann, Sawyer and Brewster (Boston, MA) to James Dean esq. (Treasurer of Wellesley College- Boston, MA.) concerning the title to the property that the college had agreed to purchase.
A36 (1) Letter from Bigelow & Co. (Real estate- Boston, MA) to Mr. Frank Allen (Boston, MA) enclosing the receipt signed by Edward L. Loan (Attorney for the Loam Co.) for the purchase by Wellesley College of property owned by the Loam Co. [July 8, 1932].
A37 (1) Letter from Mr. James Dean to Mr. Walter Hunnewell concerning correspondence with Mr. Hedges. (2) Letter from Mr. James Dean to Mr. Hedges enclosing a letter addressed to Miss Pendleton in regard to the Paint Mill Property. (3) The Letter to Miss Pendleton
A38 Report from Arthur D. Little (Chemists and Engineers) Cambridge, MA. Results are of the analysis of two samples of feed water and two samples of boiler water. Suggestions for water treatment and chemical control based on the analysis are also included.
A39 Certificate from Arthur D. Little Inc. (Chemists & Engineers) Cambridge, MA. Report stating the various metal and chemical concentrations from a sample (sample number A-94066) of Lake Waban. Marked at No. 3-From Manhole.
A40 (1) Cover letter form the Office of the Business Manager (Wellesley College) to Mr. Walter Hunnewell regarding the records pertaining to the piece of land containing the dam which regulates the flow of water to Morse's Pond.
A41 Letter from Charles Hodges (Business Manager of Wellesley College) to Mr. James Dean enclosing a copy of the letter from W.A. Barrows in regard to the relationship of the Lake Waban Laundry Co. and Wellesley College.
A42 Letter from Charles Hodges (Business Manager of Wellesley College) to Mr. James Dean on the subject of Lake Waban Laundry Co. taxes, supplementing the letter from June 22.
A43 Letter from Charles Hodges (Business Manager of Wellesley College) to Mr. Robert Gray Dodge concerning financial issues between the College and the the Lake Waban Laundry Co.
A44 Memo from Miss Clapp to Dr. Perkins (trustee) and Mr. Wood (treasurer) concerning problems involving the Lake Waban Laundry Co.
A45 List of the Directors' names and the number of shares held by each of the Lake Waban Laundry Co.
A46 Letter from Irwin K. French (Business Manager) regarding the purchase of the Lake Waban Laundry stock by Wellesley College.
A47 Letter from Margaret Clapp to Mr Henry Wood Jr., explaining measures that the directors of the Lake Waban Laundry Co. if the laundry was sold to Mr. Evans and was forced to move off the Wellesley College land.
A48 Letter from Mr. Wood [Jr.] and Mr. Schneider explaining the proposal for the purchase of the Lake Waban Laundry Co. by Herbert Evans.
A49 Stock purchase and stock agreement made between T. H. Evans and Wellesley College.
A50 Deed of the Land on Central Street, Norfolk County, Massachusetts [Lake Waban Laundry Co.]
A51 Installment note of the lake Waban Laundry Co. for the payments made to Wellesley College.
A52 Minutes to a meeting of the trustees of the college. Topics of concern include the lake Waban Laundry and its place at the college.
A53 Letter from Mr. R. Schneider accepting Mr. Evans' proposal for the sale of the laundry providing that the premises are completely turned over to the College free of all interest by the Waban laundry on April 30, 1965.
A54 Letter from Mr. Jones to Mr. Schneider conditions of the rental of the Laundry under an extended lease.
A55 Note from the office of the controller (Wellesley College) to the Lake Waban Laundry for a payment to be made covering the rental charge for the month of April.
A56 Results of the chemical analysis at Lake Waban from Jason M. Cortell and Associates (Consulting Biologists) Wellesley Hills, MA. The samples were taken from lake Waban beach and Lake Waban lagoon
A57 Article from the Wellesley Townsman "Paintshop Pond area suspected of being toxic waste site."
A58 Article from the Wellesley Townsman "Greenpeace asks more action at Lake Waban", on the posting of warning signs and publicizing the area near Paintshop Pond which is claimed to be a toxic waste site.
A59 (1) A letter from Rebecca Wetzel, Wellesley '76 to John Hartley, Vice President for Financial and Business Affairs, (2) his reply, and (3) Wetzel's a paper on the archeological excavations done on residues of the paint factory
A60 Chronology of scopes of work/approval/reports. Paint factory site - Wellesley, MA.
A61 Article "Hazardous clay found at sport site" from the Wellesley News reporting that hazardous waste material posing absolutely no immediate health concern had been discovered in the process of excavating the gymnasium
A62 Article, "Weighing the Risks" on the state's effort to seek a solution for the hazardous Wellesley site, from The Wellesley Tab.
A63 Graphs of the Chromium and Lead Concentration of various monitoring wells at the former Henry Wood's paint factory (Wellesley, MA)
A64
A65
A66 Memo from Wilma Slaight to Barry Monahan enclosing items from a folder of the town dredging Morses Pond and putting the spoils on College land and those items (July 1978-July 1981).
A67 Results of fish analysis, surface water data, and sediment data for Paintshop Pond
A68 Article, "New study shows water at Elm Banks is tainted" from the Middlesex News, reports on the contamination of the Elm Bank aquifer (Wellesley, MA), exceeding state drinking water standards.
A69 Memorandum from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive office of Environmental Affairs (Bureau of Water Site Cleanup) to Madeline Snow, Division Director on the conditions of Wellesley College's Paintshop Pond .
A70 Reference fact sheet from the EPA's Office of Emergency and Remedial Response-Hazardous Site Evaluation Division, "The Revised Hazard Ranking System: An Improved Tool for Screening Superfund Sites."
A71 Reference fact sheet from the EPA's Office of Emergency and Remedial Response-Hazardous Site Evaluation Division, "The Revised Hazard Ranking System: Q's and A's."
A72 Article, "Wellesley History: Henry Woods was a Maker of Fine Colours" from The Wellesley Townsman.
A73 News release by Laurel Davis (Wellesley College) on the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's approval of the removal of contaminated waste from the site of the former Henry Wood's Paint Factory in Wellesley.
A74 News release by Laurel Davis (Wellesley College) on the College's announcements of the approved plan of the EPA to remove contaminated waste from the site of the former paint factory.
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A76
A77 Detailed Chronology of Activities Associated with the Former Henry Woods & Sons Paint Factory Wellesley, MA. (1975-October 1995)
A78 Memorandum from Menzie-Cura & Associates, Inc. to Mr. Barry Monahan concerning the EPA's approval of probabilistic risk assessments (attached article.)
A79
A80 Report from East Coast Engineering, Inc. (Marion, MA) to John E. McElihinney, Esq. (Boston, MA) in reference to a summary of historical events and documents on the former paint factory site (Wellesley, MA).
A81 Fact sheet including information on Former Henry Woods Paint Factory, the Wellesley College Campus, and Off Campus Information (Wellesley, MA)
A82 Article "A Dirty Job" from The Wellesley Townsman concerning the cleanup of harmful pollutants on Wellesley College's property.
A83 Article, "Questionable Soil" from the Natick Tab. Landowner, Maffei Inc., fights allegations of accepting tainted fill from Wellesley College.
A84 Article "Status report on Superfund sites" from the Boston Sunday Globe concerning the cleanup of six of the nations worst toxic waste sites (including the Natick Laboratory Army Research D&E Center)
A84a Fact Sheet on Paintshop Pond issued by Wellesley College Office of Public Affairs
A85 Pamphlet "Morses Pond" from the Town of Wellesley Natural Resources Commission. Tells about the current conditions of the pond and mentions the dam and water rights were bought in 1848 by Henry Woods Sons and company in order to create Paintshop Pond.
A86 Fact sheet on Paintshop Pond issued by Wellesley College Office for Public Affairs.
A87 Article, "Paintshop Parody": protective measures at Wellesley pond called 'laughable' from the Wellesley Tab. Although the state's environmental protection agency considers the Wellesley hazardous site to be secured, signs show that it is obviously not.
A88 "The Approach to Environmental Risk Characterization for Aquatic, Wetland, and Terrestrial Environments Associated with the Paintshop Pond Site"
A89 A report to the Trustees of Wellesley College summarizing the financial progress of the year
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A97
Excerpts from historical materials, Wellesley College WCDB-158 concerning matter such as how the College is seriously effected by the action of the Wood factory in draining its waste products, increasingly polluting the Lake.
A98 Minutes to the meeting of the Board of Trustees (Wellesley College) including a report of the status of the filter basins for the Paint Mill.