Contains records related to the life and career of landscape architect Garrett
Eckbo (1910-2000). The collection includes files created by
Eckbo and the numerous firms with which he worked. Contains a wide range of materials documenting
Eckbo's long, innovative and productive career as a designer, planner, and author. The Personal Papers contain biographical material,
personal correspondence, student work and travel photographs, as well as portraits and family photographs. Project records
document a wide spectrum of
Eckbo's large- and small-scale projects, including pedestrian malls, civic centers, waterfronts, public parks, churches, playgrounds,
freeway systems, botanic gardens, cemeteries, office buildings, resorts, residences, and corporate campuses throughout the
West and beyond.
Eckbo (1910-2000) was born in Cooperstown, New York.
Eckbo received his education in a variety of cities, including Chicago and Alameda, CA. In 1929,
Eckbo spent six months studying in Oslo, Norway, where he "acquired both ambition and direction" . Upon his return, he worked
at several jobs before attending Marin Junior College in 1932. One year later, he began studying landscape architecture at
23 cartons, 37 manuscript boxes, 6 shoeboxes, 12 slide boxes, 1 card file box, 6 flat boxes, approximately 30 flat file drawers
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Collection open for research.