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2006-11  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Project Index

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mai Kitazawa Arbegast collection
    Dates: 1933-2003
    Bulk Dates: 1980-2000
    Collection number: 2006-11
    Creator: Arbegast, Mai Kitazawa
    Collector: Environmental Design Archives
    Collection Size: 4 boxes, 5 cartons, 1 FF drawer and 15 tubes.
    Repository: Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California
    Abstract: The Mai Kitazawa Arbegast Collection documents Arbegast's projects and professional activities through drawings, manuscripts, photographs, and slides. The collection is arranged in four series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Office Records, and Project Records. Personal Papers include biographical information, personal correspondence, and photographs of herself, family, friends, and her college years at Oberlin. Professional Papers contain correspondence related to her professional activities and potential commissions, her activities in professional organizations and committees, consultations, course materials from her teachings at U.C. Berkeley Department of Landscape Architecture, and the manuscript for an unfinished book project done in collaboration with Santa.Barbara based photographer Bob Werlitz. Office Records consists of extensive correspondence with clients, contractors, architects, and plant brokers. Project Records document projects designed by Arbegast from 1966 to 2003 and contain drawings, slides, photographs, and manuscripts. The collection includes documentation of her work for the U.C. Davis Arboretum (1975-1977), Trefethen Vineyard (1976, 1990), California Palace of the Legion of Honor renovation (1991-1995), Shanel Estate (1992-1995), The Embarcadero Center (1992, 1996), and the Rudd Estate (1996-1999). The collection also includes her designs for many private gardens, vineyards, and some public/civic projects in collaboration with other landscape architects and architects.
    Physical location: For current information of the location of these materials, please consult the Environmental Design Archives.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection 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], Mai Kitazawa Arbegast Collection, 2006-11, Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley.

    Acquisition Information

    The Environmental Design Archives acquired this collection in 2006.

    Biographical Note

    Mai Arbegast was born in San Jose, CA in 1922. Her father Gijiu Kitazawa and his brother Buemon started the Kitazawa Seed Company and nursery in 1916. When they split the business a year later, Arbegast's father moved the seed brokerage to a downtown San Jose storefront and sold seeds wholesale and retail, adding his own line of Asian vegetables. This became the main seed source for the growing population of Japanese tenant farmers in California and Oregon. In an interview Mai recalled, "I spent much of my early life in boots stomping on particular tomatoes and collecting the seed for further crosses."
    In 1942, Arbegast's family was packed off to the Heart Mountain internment camp. They got a sponsor and clearance to move to Michigan until World War II ended. In 1945, the business was restarted at which time Kitazawa began mail-order sales and shipping.
    Arbegast graduated from Oberlin College in 1945 and went on to earn a M.S. degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University in 1949 as well as a M.S. in Landscape Architecture from Berkeley in 1953. Following graduation, she taught both full- and part-time at Berkeley in the Department of Landscape Architecture from 1953 to 1967. During that time she maintained a part-time professional practice. In 1967, she gave up teaching and began a full-time professional practice that continued through 2003. During her time as a teacher of plant materials, horticulture, and planting design she inspired and influenced generations of students.
    In her career, Arbegast specialized in the area of planting design and was involved in the design of large scale residential gardens/estates, wineries, in addition to commercial, educational and public projects. Her notable projects include the Hearst Castle planting restoration, California Palace of the Legion of Honor renovation, restoration projects at the Oakland Museum and Scripps College, U.C. Davis Arboretum, Trefethen Vineyard, Shanel Estate, the Great Highway renovation with Michael Painter, and the U.C. Berkeley Master Plan with ROMA Design Group. She frequently worked as a horticultural consultant to architects including, MBTW/Turnbull Associates, and other landscape architects such as Richard Haag, Lawrence Halprin, and large firms such as SWA and EDAW.
    In addition to her professional practice, Arbegast has been a member and trustee of many boards and foundations. These include: U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden, Filoli Center Founding Committee, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Design Review Board, Saratoga Horticulture Foundation, American Association of Botanic Gardens and Arboreta, and the Strybing Arboretum Society. She also served on the City of Berkeley Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, and Waterfront Advisory Committee.
    Arbegast played a key role in the gift of the Blake Garden to the U.C. Berkeley Department of Landscape Architecture and the transfer of Filoli Gardens to the National Trust. She was largely responsible for the donation of Beatrix Farrand's Reef Point Collection and Endowment to the U.C. Berkeley Department of Landscape Architecture.

    Note

    • Curriculum Vitae, Mai Kitazawa Arbegast Collection, (2006-11), Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Mai Kitazawa Arbegast Collection documents Arbegast's projects and professional activities through drawings, manuscripts, photographs, and slides. The collection is arranged into four series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Office Records, and Project Records. The Personal Papers include biographical information, personal correspondence, and photographs of herself, family, friends, and her college years at Oberlin. The Professional Papers contain correspondence related to her professional activities and potential commissions, her activities in professional organizations and committees, consultations, course materials from her teachings at U.C. Berkeley Department of Landscape Architecture, and the manuscript for an unfinished book project done in collaboration with Santa.Barbara based photographer Bob Werlitz.
    The Project Records document projects designed by Arbegast from 1966 to 2003 and contain drawings, slides, photographs, and manuscripts consisting of extensive correspondence with clients, contractors, architects, and plant brokers. The collection includes documentation of her work for the U.C. Davis Arboretum (1975-1977), Trefethen Vineyard (1976, 1990), California Palace of the Legion of Honor renovation (1991-1995), Shanel Estate (1992-1995), The Embarcadero Center (1992, 1996), and the Rudd Estate (1996-1999). The collection also includes her designs for many private gardens, vineyards, and some public/civic projects in collaboration with other landscape architects and architects.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    University of California, Davis. Arboretum.
    Embarcadero Center, Inc.
    California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
    Landscape architects--California.
    Landscape architecture--California.
    Wineries--Landscape architecture.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Landscape architecture drawings.

    Project Index

    The following is a list of landscape architectural projects from the Mai Kitazawa Arbegast collection. For instructions on interpreting the Project Index, see The Guide to the Project Index at http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/pindex/guide.htm. 
    The Project Index list is arranged alphabetically by Project/Client Name and contains information, where available, about the location, date, project type, collaborators, photographers, and formats for each project in the collection.

    Project/Client Name (location, date, project type) Collaborator (role), Photographer [Format - Ms=Manuscripts, Dr=Drawings, Ph=Photographs, Sl=Slides]

    • 313 Upper Toyon Road (Greenbrae, CA; 1994 ; residential ) SWA Group; Dan Tuttle (landscape architects) [Dr]
    • 1818 California St. ( San Francisco , CA ; 1988 ; residential ) [Dr]
    • Adams/Broadwell ( Burlingame , CA ; 1991-1992 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
    • Adamson, Barbara and Peter ( Los Altos , CA ; 1992 ; residential ) [Ms]
    • Ahlberg ( San Francisco , CA ; 1958)
    • Ambassador College ( Pasadena , CA ; 2002 ; educational ) [Sl]
    • Ancell, Mary ( Woodside , CA ; 2001 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • Arbit, Hal ( Hillsborough , CA ; 1987 ; residential ) [Dr, Ph]
    • Arbegast, Mr. And Mrs. David - remodel ( Berkeley , CA ; 1969 ; residential )
    • Arbegast, Lisa ( Citrus Heights , CA ; 1991 ; residential ) [Dr]
    • Arbegast, Newton, Griffith -various projects ( various , CA ; ; public ) [Dr]
    • Atwood ( Monte Sereno , CA ; 1993-1995 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, [Ph]
    • Aurichio/Pearce Residence ( Berkeley , CA ; 1995 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, [Sl]
    • Bakar, Gerson ( Rutherford , CA ; 2000-01 ; residential ) [Ms] Dr]
    • Barr/Rosenberg (1980 ; ) [Sl]
    • Bayside Plaza ( San Francisco , CA ; 1984 ; public ) Collaborator: Ed Tower (architect) [Ms, Dr] [Sl]
    • Bellevue, Rob and Becky ( Woodside , CA ; 1986 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • Berggruen [Sl]
    • Blake Garden ( Kensington , CA) [Sl]
    • Bloom, Gary ( Atherton , CA ; 2001-03 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Sl]
    • Boas, Roger and Nancy ( Stinson Beach , CA ; 2001 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph, Sl]
    • Bonfante Gardens ( Gilroy , CA ; 2001)
    • Bradley (Hillsborough, CA; 1992) [Ms, Dr]
    • Brooks [Sl]
    • Brown, B. (1969) [Sl]
    • Burnett, Bob and Frances (Berkeley, CA; 1995; residential) [Ms, Dr]
    • California Palace of the Legion of Honor ( San Francisco , CA ; 1991-1995 ; cultural ) Collaborator: Barnes and Cavegnero (architects) [Ms, Dr, Ph, Sl]
    • CSU Stanislaus (CA ; 1978 ; educational ) [Sl]
    • Chapman, Diane ( St. Helena , CA ; 1997) [Ms]
    • Clebch, Betty [Sl]
    • Community Garden (Nihonmachi, Japan) [Sl]
    • City of Concord: Concord Tree Study (Concord, CA; 1979; planning) [Ms, Sl]
    • Cope, Newton (Pebble Beach, CA; 1989; residential) Collaborator: Potts, Thomas (architect) [Ms, Dr]
    • Clos Pegase Winery: Shrem Residence (Calistoga, CA; 1985) [Ph]
    • Crowley, Hollies and Tom (San Francisco, CA; 1998; residential) [Dr, Sl]
    • DeCelle, Paul (project never completed) ( Yoontville , CA ; 1992; residential ) [Dr]
    • Dollar, Stanley: Clubhouse ( Walnut Creek , CA ; 1985-86 ; residential ) [Dr, Sl]
    • Drexler Residence ( Montecito , CA ; 1989-1991 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
    • Drexler Residence ( San Francisco , CA ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
    • Embarcadero Center ( San Francisco , CA ; 1992 ; commercial ) Collaborator: Arbegast, Newton, Griffith [Ms, Dr, Sl]
    • Embarcadero Center: Peggy Rockefeller Memorial Garden ( San Francisco , CA ; 1996 ; commercial ) Collaborator: Arbegast, Newton, Griffith [Ms, Dr, Sl]
    • Embarcadero Plaza Park ( San Francisco , CA ; 1974 ; public )
    • Embarcadero Promenade ( San Francisco , CA ; 1980 ; public ) Collaborator: MLTW/Turbull (architects) [Dr]
    • Empty Lot Parks ( Boston? , MA ; 1968) [Sl]
    • Filoli Gardens ( Woodside , CA ; 1975-78 ; recreational ) [Dr, Sl]
    • First Church of Christ Science (San Francisco, CA; 1996; religious) [Ms, [Dr, Ph, Sl]
    • Fisher Residence: MilleFleurs ( Rutherford , CA ; 1991 ; residential ) [Dr, Sl]
    • The Gap, Embarcadero ( San Francisco , CA; commercial ) Collaborator: Barton, Cheryl [Dr]
    • Gearhart, James and Susan ( Fremont , CA ; 1990 ; residential ) [Dr]
    • Getty ( Wheatland , CA ; 1981-82 ; residential ) [Dr]
    • Girard Winery (see Rudd Estate) [Sl]
    • Golden Rain Foundation/Second Walnut Creek Mutual/Rossmoor Entry 6, Tice Creek Boulevard ( Walnut Creek , CA ; 1980 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
    • Goldstein, Gary and Linda ( Walnut Creek , CA ; 1990 ; residential ) [Dr]
    • Greenberg, Allan: The Park Trust, The Park ( Bel Air , CA ; 1998-2000 ; residential ) [Dr, Sl]
    • Haas ( Woodside , CA ; 1989-1991 ; residential ) Collaborator: Halprin, Lawrence [Ms, Dr]
    • Hoffman, Mr. and Mrs. ( LaFayette , CA ; 1987 ; residential ) Collaborator: Arbegast, Newton, Griffith [Dr]
    • Howard, Peter (1966 ; residential ) [Sl]
    • Husic ( Napa County , CA ; 1998 ; residential ) [Dr, Sl]
    • Jaeger, William Jr. (1966 ; residential )
    • Jankiewicz, Robin and Michael ( Napa , CA ; 1996-2000 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • Jobs, Steve ( Palo Alto , CA ; 1991 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
    • Johnson, Marilyn ( St. Helena , CA ; 1995 ; residential ) [Ms, Sl]
    • Jones, Rick and Sally ( Calistoga , CA ; 1993-94 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
    • Kane, Michael ( Ross , CA ; 1996 ; residential ) [Ms, Ph]
    • Kitazawa, Tom ( San Jose , CA ; 1970-72 ; residential ) [Sl]
    • Kramlich, Richard and Pamela ( Oakville , CA ; 2001 ; residential ) Collaborator: Molly Chappelett? [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • Lautzenhiser, Robert and Rosamond ( Arroyo Grande , CA ; 1995 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • Lawrence Berkeley Labs ( Berkeley , CA ; 1988 ; educational ) [Sl]
    • Leistner ( Stockton , CA ; 1970) [Sl]
    • Letterman Digital Arts ( San Francisco , CA ; 2001 ; commercial ) Collaborator: Halprin, Lawrence [Dr]
    • Maier, Cornell ( Oakland , CA ; 1980-81 ; residential ) [Dr]
    • Massar (1976) [Sl]
    • McClintock ( San Francisco , CA ; 1982 ; residential ) [Dr, Ph]
    • McNeil [Sl]
    • Mondavi, Michael and Isabel ( Napa , CA ; 1999 ; residential ) [Dr]
    • Morton/Porsche ( Santa Barbara , CA) [Sl]
    • Moyne-Voight ( Tiburon , CA ; 1992-94 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • Napa Mall ( Napa , CA ; 1975 ; commercial ) [Ph, Sl]
    • Nelson-Johnson ( St. Helena , CA ; 2001 ; residential ) [Dr]
    • Newton Vineyard (commercial ) [Sl]
    • Oakland City Hall Park ( Oakland , CA ; 1979 ; public ) [Sl]
    • Oakland Museum ( Oakland , CA ; 1984-1986 ; cultural ) [Ph] [Sl]
    • Oak Hill Cemetary ( San Jose , CA ; 1978-1982 ; funerary ) [Sl]
    • Pacific Gas and Electric Company/ Site Planning and Visual Impact Study ( Solano County , CA ; 1980 ; public ) Collaborator: MBT (engineer); Arbegast and Newton (landscape architect/planner) [Ms, Dr]
    • Palo Alto Community Center ( Palo Alto , CA ; recreational ) [Sl]
    • Park Bellagio (see Casa Encantada) ( Bel Air , CA)
    • Potashnick ( Oakland , CA ; 1986 ; residential )
    • Rabin, Irving and Varda ( Tiburon , CA ; 1990 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
    • Ramsay ( Piedmont , CA ; 1988 ; residential )
    • Read, Mary and Steven: El Sueno ( Orinda , CA ; 1995 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph, Sl]
    • Regan [Sl]
    • Reid [Sl]
    • Roger Smith Park: Bocce Ball Court ( Pleasant Hill , CA ; 1989 ; recreational ) Collaborator: Arbegast, Newton, Griffith [Dr]
    • Rouas, Patty and Claude ( Rutherford , CA ; 1991 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
    • Rudd Estate: Girard Winery) ( Oakville , CA ; 1996-99 ; commercial ) [Ms, Dr, Sl]
    • City and County of San Francisco, Department of Public Works: Southwest Water Pollution Control Plant ( San Francisco , CA ; 1981 ; governmental ) Collaborator: EDAW (landscape architects) [Ms, Dr]
    • Santa Cruz Mall ( Santa Cruz , CA) [Sl]
    • Schlein, Phil ( Oakville , CA ; 1989 ; residential ) [Dr]
    • Schwabacher [Sl]
    • Schwartz, Herman ( Bolinas , CA ; 2003) [Sl]
    • Scripps College/ Restoration and Replanting of the Campus ( Claremont , CA ; 1981-1989 ; educational ) [Dr, Sl]
    • Sea Ranch Design Committee/ Sea Ranch Land Management Program ( Sea Ranch , CA ; 1979-1980 ; residential ) Collaborator: EDAW (landscape architects) [Ms]
    • Sesnow, Sheila ( Piedmont , CA ; 1995 ; residential ) [Ms]
    • Shansby, J. /Shanel ( Sonoma , CA ; 1992-1995 ; residential ) [Ms] [Dr, Sl]
    • Sher, Pamela ( Ross , CA ; 1995) [Ms]
    • Shorenstein [Ms]
    • Silver, Sam (1969)
    • Simi, Cecilia and Steve ( Napa , CA ; 2000 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • Sloan, Stuart ( Rutherford , CA ; 1998-2000 ; residential/ commercial ) [Dr]
    • Smith, Henry-Nasa (1965 ; residential ) [Sl]
    • Starr, Bruce (1969) [Sl]
    • Stone Residence ( San Francisco , CA ; 1994 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Sl]
    • Swanson, Judy ( Hillsborough , CA ; 1989-1991; 1993-1995 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Sl]
    • Swarthmore College: Wistar Garden (educational )
    • Szanto (1966; residential ) [Sl]
    • Thornhill/Wilson Residence ( Los Angeles , CA ; 1997 ; residential ) [Dr]
    • Trefethen Vineyards ( Napa , CA ; 1976;1990 ; commercial ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • Trefethen Vineyards, Subdivision ( Napa , CA ; 1992 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Sl]
    • UC Berkeley Memorial Glade ( Berkeley , CA ; ; educational ) [Sl]
    • UC Davis Arboretum: Shield's Grove - Masterplan ( Davis , CA ; 1975-1977 ; educational ) [Dr]
    • UC Riverside ( Riverside , CA ; ; educational ) [Sl]
    • UC Santa Cruz: Flower Garden, Student Building ( Santa Cruz , CA; educational ) [Sl]
    • Villa Maryland, Cap Ferrat ( Nice , France ; 1996 ; residential ) Collaborator: Walker, Peter Ker [Dr]
    • Villa Trefethen ( Napa , CA ; 1987-1990 ; residential ) [Ms]
    • Vineyard 29 (St. Helena, CA; 2000; commercial) [Dr]
    • Volpe, Joe (Lennington; 1972) [Sl]
    • Wagner, Corydon: Lakewold Garden ( Tacoma , WA ; 1971-1974 ; residential ) [Dr]
    • Wallis, Edward and Marilyn/ Play areas and vegetable and flower garden (Calistoga, CA; 2000; residential) [Ms, Dr]
    • Wallis, Edward and Marilyn:Lakehouse (Calistoga, CA; 1997-1999; residential) [Dr]
    • Whittell Estate (San Mateo County, CA; 1990; residential) [Dr]
    • Wickersham (Piedmont, CA; 1988; residential) [Sl]
    • Wiele, Fred and Pat (Santa Rosa, CA; 2000; residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Wilkie (1970) [Sl]
    • Wilson [Sl]
    • Winnick, Gary and Karen: Casa Encantada (also known as Park Bellagio) ( Bel Air, CA; 2001-03; residential) Collaborator: Rios Associates, Inc. (landscape architect); Sabin, Thomas D. (landscape architect) [Ms, Dr]
    • Yeakey, Robert (Napa County, CA; 1992-95; residential) [Dr]
    • Yock: Santa Barbara Gardens (Santa Barbara, CA; cultural) [Sl]