Walter A. Lawrance papers, 1938-1983, n.d.
The collection contains material related to Walter A. Lawrance’s work as a consultant (1943-1946) and as Rivermaster (1947-1978) of the Androscoggin. Lawrance, a professor of Chemistry at Bates College, had the legal authority to control the amount of pollution discharged into the river by the three major paper mills located along it. Included are his annual studies of the river’s odor and other qualities, as well as research projects aimed at limiting waste in paper production and removing pollution from the river. Some related correspondence, research and reference material are also available.