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Finding Aid for the American Institute of Landscape Architects Records, ca. 1954-1977
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: American Institute of Landscape Architects Records,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1954-1977
    Collection number: 1297
    Creator: American Institute of Landscape Architects
    Extent: 105 boxes (52.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: The American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) began as the Southern California Landscape Architects (SCLA) in 1954 after the appointment of the State Registration of California Landscape Architects Board by California Governor Goodwin Knight. The institute was renamed the California Institute of Landscape Architects (CILA) then incorporated as the AILA in 1957. AILA became a national and international group before merging with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in 1982. The collection consists of newsletters, correspondence, business records, and membership lists assembled from various sources related to the American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).
    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.
    Language: English.

    Administrative 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
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Donald Roberts, 1980-1984.
    Gift of Robert Cardoza, 1986.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], American Institute of Landscape Architects Records (Collection 1297). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    The American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) began as the Southern California Landscape Architects (SCLA) in 1954 after the appointment of the State Registration of California Landscape Architects Board by California Governor Goodwin Knight; renamed the California Institute of Landscape Architects (CILA); incorporated as the AILA in 1957; AILA became a national and international group before merging with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in 1982.

    Biographical Narrative

    According to American Institute of Landscape Architect histories, the organization was conceived in 1952. The real beginning was in 1954, after the State Registration of California Landscape Architects Board was appointed by Governor Goodwin Knight. The group termed itself Southern California Landscape Architects (SCLA), then California Institute of Landscape Architects (CILA), before incorporating in 1957 as the American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). The organization's objectives were to provide the `middle ground' where the designer, practitioner, landscape contractor, and landscape nurseryman as well as those with more formal training, could meet and discuss common problems and experiences leading to the enrichment of professional work done. AILA became a national and international group. Two other groups already existed: California Council of Landscape Architects (CCLA) and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). AILA was given representation to CCLA, but withdrew after feeling rules were not being strictly adhered to. For many years there seems to have been a rivalry with ASLA, though with suggestions at various times for merging with ASLA. In 1982 a merger was accomplished, so that AILA no longer exists.
    Records in this collection do not form an archive, but have been assembled from various sources, primarily through the offices of Donald Roberts, UCLA Lecturer in Art, Design, and Art History, AILA national fellow and officeholder, AILA Los Angeles chapter. There is some material pertaining to or from all of the organizations mentioned above. The largest group of working documents comes from Glen H. Hunt, AILA president 1975-76. All other items are miscellaneous, but give a picture of the concerns and working methods of the chapters and national organization. There is information on state licensing boards and AILA student award programs. In the early and middle 70s AILA concerned itself with environmental issues, so there is a small amount of material about those. There is some material about the issues involved in a merger with ASLA.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of newsletters, correspondence, business records, and membership lists assembled from various sources related to the American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). The the largest group of documents in the collection was from Glen H. Hunt, AILA president, 1975-76, and additional materials came from Donald Roberts, an AILA national fellow and officer as well as UCLA lecturer. Material in the collection relates to the AILA and its growth, and subjects covered include local AILA chapters, AILA organization on the national level, state licensing boards, and AILA student award programs. There is some documentation relating to the AILA's concern with environmental issues in the early and middle 1970s as well as material relating to the AILA's merger with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Southern California Landscape Architects (SCLA) files.
    2. American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) files.
    3. American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) files.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    American Institute of Landscape Architects--Archives.
    American Society of Landscape Architects.
    Landscape architecture--Archival resources.
    Business records.
    Online resources.