Contains records related to the life and career of landscape architect Robert N.
Royston. The vast majority of this collection documents the projects of
Royston's various firms, with a much smaller representation of
Royston's work outside the firm in the professional or academic context. Of particular interest is
Royston's participation in the landscape design for various sub-divisions and individual houses built by Eichler Homes and T. Jack
Foster and Sons (Foster City). In addition, the many projects funded by FHA and HUD reflect both these organizations' involvement
in design and development.
Royston (1918- ) began his career working weekends in the office of Thomas D. Church while he was a student in the landscape architecture
program at the University of California, Berkeley. He continued to work for Church for two years following his graduation
in 1940. However, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor,
Royston enlisted and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Reaching the rank of Navy 1st Lieutenant,
Royston returned to civilian life in California in 1945. In a 1998 interview he remarked that, "the War gave you a chance to think"
and "I used to go into my cabin on the ship and design jewelry, houses, and gardens -- it kept me sane."
1 manuscript box, 95 cartons, 24 cartons (folded drawings), 17 Flat File drawers
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the
Collection open for research.