American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Records, 1937, 1970-1990

Processed by Holly Selvig.
Environmental Design Archives
College of Environmental Design
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Records, 1937, 1970-1990

Collection number: 2001-5

Environmental Design Archives



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

  • Environmental Design Archives
  • College of Environmental Design
  • 230 Wurster Hall #1820
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-1820
  • Phone: (510) 642-5124
  • Fax: (510) 642-2824
  • Email: archives@socrates.berkeley.edu
  • URL: http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/
Processed by:
Holly Selvig
Date Completed:
January 2003
Encoded by:
Environmental Design Archives staff
Funding:
Arrangement and description of this collection was funded by the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department, University of California, Berkeley.
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) records,
Date (inclusive): 1937, 1970-1990
Collection number: 2001-5
Creator: American Society of Landscape Architects
Extent: 8 boxes
Repository: Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design.
University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California
Abstract: The American Society of Landscape Architects Records include the years 1937 and 1970-1990 and document the organization's rich history of leadership in the landscape architecture profession. The collection offers information on the inner workings of a group of leading professionals, and how their work changed the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. Included are clippings, correspondence, drawings, photographs, project descriptions, exhibit material, and meeting minutes.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the Curator.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Records, (2001-5), Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 2001.

Funding

Arrangement and description of this collection was funded by the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department, University of California, Berkeley.

Access Points

Landscape architects -- California.
Landscape architecture -- California.
Landscape architecture -- Societies, etc.
Landscape architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.
American Society of Landscape Architects
Online Archive of California

Historical Note

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Recordss
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association currently representing more than 30,000 landscape architects nationwide. Beginning with 11 original members in 1899, ASLA has grown to include more than 13,500 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, the U.S. territories, and 42 countries around the world. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through education, communication and networking.
One of the largest chapters of the ASLA, the NCC boasts a notable list of past members such as Thomas Church, Garrett Eckbo, Harry Whitcomb Shepherd, Douglas Baylis, Theodore Osmundson, and Robert Royston. In 1985, Patrick Miller, then President of the NCC, described the chapter as "a beast which has awakened itself." During that year alone, the chapter sponsored a state-wide conference, exhibited its Awards Program winners at San Francisco City Hall and local galleries, co-sponsored a multidisciplinary design competition for Oakland's Latham Square, held public walking tours and programs during Landscape Architecture Week to increase public visibility of the profession, prepared a report on the "South of Market" area of San Francisco for the city planning department, and formed the Redwood Empire section.
The NCC /ASLA is an excellent example of the force of activity produced by the design profession in Northern California.

Note

Sources:

  • ASLA Northern California Chapter website (available at http://host.asla.org/chapters/norcal/index.htm)
  • ASLA Online: Fact Sheet (available at http://www.asla.org/nonmembers/publicrelations/factshtpr.htm)
  • [letter from Patrick Miller, 1985], American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Papers, (2001-5), Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Contents Note

The ASLA Records include the years 1937 and 1970-1990 and document the organization's rich history of leadership in the landscape architecture profession. The collection offers information on the inner workings of a group of leading professionals, and how their work changed the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. Included are clippings, correspondence, drawings, photographs, project descriptions, exhibit material, and meeting minutes. The collection is organized into series based on five major events of the organization: 1937 Exhibition of Landscape Architecture at the San Francisco Museum of Art; 1976 publication of Landscape Architecture Guide to Representative Projects in Northern California; 1986 ASLA National Annual Meeting held in San Francisco; 1988 Chapter Awards Program; and 1980-1990 Annual Landscape Architecture Week Walking Tours. The sixth series includes files relating to the ongoing projects of the organization.
The papers were donated by an individual member, not by the organization.

Related Collections

Title: Thomas D. Church Collection
Identifier/Call Number: (ARCH 1997-1),
Contributing Institution: Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley
Title: Garrett Eckbo Collection
Identifier/Call Number: (ARCH 1990-1),
Contributing Institution: Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley
Title: Robert R. Royston Collection
Identifier/Call Number: (ARCH 1999-12),
Contributing Institution: Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley
Title: Harry W. Shepherd Collection
Identifier/Call Number: (ARCH 1998-11),
Contributing Institution: Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley
Title: H. Leland and Adele W. Vaughan Collection
Identifier/Call Number: (ARCH 1999-18),
Contributing Institution: Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Series Description

 

I. EXHIBITION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, SAN FRANCISCO MUSUEM OF ART, 1937

Physical Description: Box 1

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Contains a scrapbook extensively documenting the 1937 Exhibition of Landscape Architecture at the San Francisco Museum of Art compiled by Harry W. Shepherd, then Secretary-Treasurer of the San Francisco Chapter of the ASLA. Includes newspaper and magazine clippings, promotional brochures, and the exhibit catalogue Contemporary Landscape Architecture.
 

II. PUBLICATION SUBMITTALS, 1976

Physical Description: Boxes 2-5

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by landscape architect.
Includes photographs, drawings, and written descriptions of projects submitted for publishing in Landscape Architecture Guide to Representative Projects in Northern California.
 

III. ANNUAL MEETING, 1986

Physical Description: Box 6

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Includes correspondence and other material concerning the National Annual Meeting of the ASLA held in San Francisco in 1986.
 

IV. CHAPTER AWARDS PROGRAM, 1988

Physical Description: Boxes 6-7

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by landscape architect.
Includes photographs, drawings, and written descriptions of projects submitted by members of the chapter.
 

V. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE WEEK WALKING TOURS, 1980-1990

Physical Description: Box 8

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Includes photographs, maps, and descriptions of parks and plazas in downtown San Francisco that were part of the walking tours, as well as correspondence concerning the promotion and advertising of the walking tours.
 

VI. PROGRAM FILES, 1970, 1983-1986

Physical Description: Box 8

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Includes correspondence, rosters, publications, and newsletters.

Container List

 

SERIES I.  EXHIBITION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART 1937

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Architect and the Engineer Magazine, The 1937

Box/Folder 1 : 2-3

ASLA San Francisco Chapter scrapbook 1937

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Contemporary Landscape Architecture exhibit catalogue 1937

 

SERIES II.  PUBLICATION SUBMITTALS 1976

 

A.  Administration

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Correspondence 1976

 

A.  B. Projects Submitted

Box/Folder 2-5 : 2-155

** see Publications project index 1939-1976

 

SERIES III.  NATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING 1986

Box/Folder 6 : 1-3

"Aerial Tour of the San Francisco Bay Area" 1986

Box/Folder 6 : 4

"Guide to the Landscape Architecture of the San Fancisco Bay Area" 1986

Box/Folder 6 : 5

Miscellaneous 1986

 

SERIES IV.  CHAPTER AWARDS PROGRAM 1988

 

A.  Administration

Box/Folder 6 : 1

Jury coordinator summary 1988

Box/Folder 6 : 2

Slides of the jury process 1988

Box/Folder 6 : 3

Slide presentation of participants and winners 1988

 

B.  Projects Submitted

Box/Folder 6-7 : 4-49

** see Awards project index 1981-1988

 

SERIES V.  LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE WEEK WALKING TOURS 1980-1990

Box/Folder 8 : 1

Art coordination 1985-1988

Box/Folder 8 : 2

Docent scripts 1980-1988

Box/Folder 8 : 3

Docent scripts, background information for n.d.

Box/Folder 8 : 4

Meeting notes 1989

Box/Folder 8 : 5

Miscellaneous 1987-1990

Box/Folder 8 : 6-7

Photographs-people pre 1987, 1988

Box/Folder 8 : 8

Photographs-places n.d.

Box/Folder 8 : 9-11

Public relations 1985-1989

Box/Folder 8 : 12

Reception 1989

Box/Folder 8 : 13

Rooftop garden lecture 1989

Box/Folder 8 : 14

Thank you notes 1988

 

SERIES VI.  PROGRAM FILES 1970-1986

Box/Folder 8 : 1

ASLA Update 1984-1985

Box/Folder 8 : 2

Awards show promotional material 1983-1986

Box/Folder 8 : 3

"Design Night" announcements 1984-1985

Box/Folder 8 : 4

Miscellaneous 1984-1985

Box/Folder 8 : 5

NCC/ASLA directory 1970-1972

Box/Folder 8 : 6

South of Market Park and Open Space Study 1986