Scope and Content
Title: Land use and planning documents, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties,
Date (inclusive): 1958-1995
Collection number: Special Collections M0912
Crowder, Elizabeth S. (Betsy), collector.
4 linear ft.
Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Abstract: Crowder served as Palo Alto City Planner from 1972-1982 and was on the Portola Valley Planning Commission from 1974-1982.
From 1987 to 1997 she was a member of the San Mateo County Trails Advisory Committee. She was an elected member of the Board
of Directors for the Mid-Peninsula Open Space District from 1989 to 2000, the date of her accidental death. The collection
consists primarily of reports and other publications regarding land use in California, particularly in San Mateo and Santa
Clara Counties, 1958-1980.
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights
reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To
obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the
Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.
Gift of Betsy Crowder, 1997.
[Identification of item] Land use and planning documents, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, M0912, Dept. of Special
Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District.
Palo Alto Planning Commission.
Land use--Planning--San Mateo County (Calif.)
Land use--Planning--Santa Clara County (Calif.)
Palo Alto (Calif.)--Planning.
Portola Valley (Calif.)--Planning.
San Francisco Bay Region--Conservation of natural resources.
Betsy Crowder, a native of Massachusetts, received and MA from Radcliffe College in English literature in 1947, and move to
California in 1948. She has lived in Portola Valley since 1960. Crowder returned to school and received an MA in Engineering
and Urban Design from Stanford in 1972. She served as Palo Alto City Planner from 1972-1982 and was on the Portola Valley
Planning Commission from 1974-1982. From 1987 to the present (1997) she has been a member of the San Mateo County Trails Advisory
Committee. She has been the Elected Director of the Mid-Peninsular Open Space District since 1989.
Scope and Content
The Betsy Crowder Collection consists mainly of reports and other publications regarding land use in California, especially
in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. These materials are filed by the name of the city or county they most specifically
pertain to, and are alphabetized by title within these categories. The collection also includes various pamphlets and other
items regarding the British New Towns; these are filed together by town name. Two "notebooks" comprise the last major part
of the collection. These notebooks are groups of reports, notes, and newspaper clippings pertaining to Crowder's city planning
activities and other land use issues. The contents of these notebooks are roughly organized as arranged by Crowder.