Scope and Content
Organization and Arrangement
Title: Edward Huntsman-Trout Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1916-1974, bulk 1923-1972
Collection number: 1186
Creator: Huntsman-Trout, Edward, 1889-
Extent: 41 boxes (20.5 linear ft.)
101 oversize boxes
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Edward Huntsman-Trout (1889-1974) was a landscape architect. He worked in Boston and Ohio before starting a practice under
his own name in Los Angeles. The collection consists primarily of blueprints and tissue designs as well as correspondence,
sketches, and photographs related to Huntsman-Trout's work.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including
copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds
the copyright and pursue the
copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Restrictions on Access
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
Additional Physical Form Available
A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house
consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
- Public Services Division
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- Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
- Box 951575
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition
- Gift of Mrs. Huntsman-Trout, 1977.
- Gift of Neville and Mary Comerford, 1988.
- Gift of Olivia Peter Huntsman-Trout, 1992.
[Identification of item], Edward Huntsman-Trout Papers (Collection 1186). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young
Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Edward Huntsman-Trout was born in Ontario, Canada, on July 31, 1889; graduated, University of California at Berkeley, 1913;
attended Harvard School of Landscape Architecture, 1913-15; worked in the offices of Fletcher Steele, Boston, (1916), A.D.
Taylor of Cleveland, Ohio (1917-22), and Rodeo Land and Water Company, Los Angeles, before engaging in practice under his
own name; became a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), 1920; named an ASLA fellow, 1933; died,
Edward Huntsman-Trout's career as a landscape architect spans the years 1932-1971. He was born in Ontario, Canada, on July
31, 1989, and following his graduation from the University of California in 1913, attended the Harvard University School of
Landscape Architecture from 1913 to 1915. Before engaging in the practice of landscape architecture under his own name, he
worked in the offices of Fletcher Steele, landscape architect, in Boston, 1916, and A.D. Taylor of cleveland, Ohio, 1917-22,
and was employed as a landscape designer for Rodeo Land and Water Company, Los Angeles.
The collection of his papers consists, for the most part, of his tissue designs and blueprints for many prominent residences
in the Souther California area, as well as a considerable body of institutional planning. Some of his more notable clients
include Bing Crosby, Robert Young and Harvey Mudd, the last of whom retained him to work also on Scripps College in Claremont.
Paul Trousdale, the noted Beverly Hills developer, employed him on his Trousdale Estates as well as on several other development
projects, in both Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. His early work included the planning of actual structures with
original designs for gates, lamps, fountains, etc., as well as their surrounding grounds, but as his career progressed, he
confined himself almost entirely to landscape design.
Among his more notable institutional projects is the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum, located in Arcadia. Of special
interest here is his work on the Hugo Reid Adobe House, first built in the mid-Nineteenth Century, and restored during the
Arboretum Project amid some controversy as to its original structure. Other significant projects include Pershing Square and
There is little correspondence in the collection, and what there is deals almost exclusively with discussions between Huntsman-Trout
and his clients on various aspects of the project in question.
Scope and Content
Collection consists primarily of blueprints and tissue designs from Edward Huntsman-Trout's career as a landscape architect
in Southern California. There is extensive documentation of his work at Scripps College in Claremont and also at the Harvey
Mudd residence in Benedict Canyon. Other projects in the collection include the Los Angeles County Arboretum, Los Angeles
Turf Club, Pershing Square, Lafayette Park, and various residences in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. The collection also includes
correspondence, sketches, and photographs related to Huntsman-Trout's work.
Expanded Scope and Content
The collection consists of roughly 2000 architectural drawings, plans and blueprints dated 1922-1972, mostly stored folded
in file folders which we have boxed by project number but with some rolled items. In addition, there is a very small amount
of correspondence and 223 photographic prints and negatives. All the material relates to Huntsman-Trout's work as a landscape
architect in the Los Angeles area and there is particularly full documentation of his work at Scripps College and the Harvey
Mudd residence in Benedict Canyon during the 1930s.
Organization and Arrangement
Arranged in the following series:
- Collection arranged alphabetically by client name.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Huntsman-Trout, Edward, 1889- --Archives.
Los Angeles State and County Arboretum.
Los Angeles Turf Club.
Edward Huntsman-Trout: Landscape Architect
, by Lynn Marie Bryant.
Identifier/Call Number: Library: SRLF Shelving number: D 000 731 115 2.
Physical Description: vii. 98 leaves : ill. plans ; 28 cm.
Charles Young Research Library, UCLA.