Register of the Robbins (Reed) Collection, 1947-1985

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Register of the Robbins (Reed) Collection, 1947-1985

Collection number: Mss249

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University Library

University of the Pacific

Contact Information

  • Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
  • University Library, University of the Pacific
  • Stockton, CA 95211
  • Phone: (209) 946-2404
  • Fax: (209) 946-2810
  • URL: http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections.html
Processed by:
Don Walker
Date Completed:
1993
Encoded by:
Don Walker
© 1998 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robbins (Reed) Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1947-1985
Collection number: Mss249
Creator: Reed Robbins
Extent: 20 linear ft.
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Stockton, CA 95211
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robbins (Reed) Collection, Mss249, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Access Points

personal name

Robbins, Reed (b. 1925)
Robbins, Curtis M.

corporate name

California Real Estate Association
National Association of Real Estate Boards
Republican Party (Calif.)
International Real Estate Federation
Build America Better
University of California. Real Estate Advisory Committee

subject

Urban renewal -United States
Discrimination in housing -California
Property tax relief -California
Real estate business -California
Stockton (Calif.) -Politics and government
Stockton (Calif.) -History

Biography

Reed Robbins [1925-], Stockton realtor, is descended from the Fanning family, Stockton residents since the city was founded (1848). His father, Curtis M. Robbins, was also realtor. Robbins attended the University of California, graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1945. He took graduate work in Business Administration and Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin. In 1947, Robbins entered the real estate business. His company handled residential properties until 1981. From that date, Robbins became affiliated with First Dominion Financial Services, Inc. and specialized in "real estate-limited partnerships in high quality commercial income property." Active in various professional realty organizations, he was elected president of the Stockton Realty Board (1958) and the California Real Estate Association (1967). He was a member of various committees of the National Association of Real Estate Boards. As a member of the International Real Estate Federation, Robbins was a featured speaker at the Association's 1966 convention in Tokyo. Reed Robbins was also active in community affairs. During the 1950s, Robbins was a member of the Board of Directors of the Stockton Chamber of Commerce. He served from 1959 to 1969 on the President of the University of California's Real Estate Advisory Committee. From 1962, he was a member of Build America Better, an urban renewal advisory organization, which sent him, in 1965, as part of a four member team to advise the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Robbins was chosen "Mr. Stockton 1964" for "outstanding contributions toward the betterment of our city." He was a prominent figure in various controversies surrounding the use of downtown Stockton buildings. In 1978, for instance, Robbins opposed the erection of a new Courthouse Annex, advocating instead the renovation of existing unoccupied structures. In 1983, Robbins was chairman of the San Joaquin County Grand Jury that oversaw the rewriting of the rules under which the Grand Jury operates. Subsequently, he was appointed by President Reagan to the national Solar Energy Advisory Committee. As a spokesman for state realtor groups, Robbins campaigned against the California Open Housing Initiative (Prop. 14) in 1964. Since that time, he has been an active fund raiser and propagandist for various conservative causes and candidates, including Barry Goldwater, the Jarvis-Gann initiative (Prop. 13) and Ronald Reagan, on whose behalf Robbins helped form Realtors in Support of the Administration. Reed Robbins was President of the Stockton Rotary Club from 1976 through 1977. He was also a member of the Masons, the Shriners, the Yosemite Club, the American Legion and the Stockton Symphony Association.

Scope and Content

The Reed Robbins Collection consists of approximately 20 linear feet of correspondence, maps, photographs, books, pamphlets, notes, and reports, pertaining chiefly to California (and especially to San Joaquin County) real estate and politics (1947-1987).

Container List

 

BOX 1--CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE MAGAZINE (1954, 1958, 1960, 1963-64, 1966-70, 1979)

 

BOX 2--"A YEAR AS PRESIDENT OF THE CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATION--REED ROBBINS" (1967) [5 binders of clippings, photos, etc.]

 

BOX 3--STOCKTON/SAN JOAQUIN CO. DEVELOPMENT ISSUES

 

3.1-"Weber Point/Courthouse Title Controversy 1955-56"

 

3.2-"Relocation Forms West End Project" (1959-69)

 

3.3-"County Re P/H Waiting List, etc." (1959-62)

 

3.4-Opposition to San Joaquin County Courthouse Annex (1978-79)

 

3.5-Penney's Closes Downtown Store (c1982)

 

3.6-Courthouse Space Use Controversy: Robbins vs. Supervisors (1983)

 

3.7-Downtown Stockton Development: City Purchase of Hotel Stockton (1984-87)

 

3.8-Downtown Stockton Development: Chili Pepper Restaurant Lease to City (1985)

 

3.9-Downtown Stockton Development: Downtown Parking (1985)

 

3.10-Downtown Stockton Development: Human Services Agency Relocation (1987)

 

3.11-City of Stockton Management Study of Government (1987)

 

3.12-"CRESAP's response: The Consultants reply to the Department's comments on CRESAP's managment study report" (1987)

 

3.13-San Joaquin County Development: County Jail Renovation (1989)

 

BOX 4--SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY DEVELOPMENT: PUBLICATIONS

 

4.1-"Stockton R/UDAT" (1981) [Regional Urban Design Assistance Team]

 

4.2-"Stockton City Planning Commission Downtown Plan" (1983)

 

4.3-"Triangle Industrial Park" (c1983)

 

4.4-"Steamboat Landing at the Waterfront" (1984)

 

4.5-County of San Joaquin. "Relocation of the Human Services Agency" (1985)

 

4.6-"San Joaquin County Human Services Agency Programming Study" (1987)

 

BOX 5--SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY LOCAL HISTORY SKETCHES & PHOTOS

 

5.1-Local history essays [chiefly by Horace Spencer] and clippings

 

a-Commodore Stockton

 

b-The Farmers' Market

 

c-The State Bakery & Wm. Inglis

 

d-Black Bart

 

e-The "J.D. Peters"

 

f-Capt. Charles M. Weber

 

g-The Great Balloon Ascension of July 4, 1876

 

h-The Stockton Boys Band

 

i-Earle E. Williams. "Dry Farming in the Tracy Area"

 

5.2-19th c. Stockton deeds & surveyors maps

 

5.3-Local photos [8x10 b & w glossies, chiefly by V. Covert Martin]

 

a-Balloon ascent of July 4, 1876

 

b-Farmers' Market c1910

 

c-Commodore Stockton

 

d-1889 SJ Co Courthouse

 

e-The "J.D. Peters"

 

f-The Genova Bakery

 

g-The Stockton Boys' Band

 

h-State Bakery wagon

 

i-Black Bart

 

j-Capt. Charles M. Weber

 

k-Newell Home, 1007 N. San Joaquin, Stkn

 

5.4-Railroad workers, c1890

 

BOX 6--FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY. NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAPS (FIRM) (1987) [139 section maps]

 

6.1-Lodi

 

6.2-San Joaquin County unincorporated areas

 

BOX 7 : BOOKS, PAMPHLETS, AND SCRAPBOOKS

 

7.1-Agricultural Extension Field Plots in San Joaquin County, 1969.

 

7.2-Banaszak, Ronald A. & Dennis C. Brennan. Teaching Economics:Content & Strategies, 1983.

 

7.3-Do., pt. 2.

 

7.4-California. Division of Real Estate. Reference Book, 1954.

 

7.5-Do., 1974.

 

7.6-California Oil & Gas Fields, Pt. 1: San Joaquin-Sacramento Valleys, 1960.

 

7.7-Clawson, Elmer U. Our Economy: How it works, 1980.

 

7.8-Economic Report of the Governor, 1985.

 

7.9-Governor's Conference on Housing: Program (Los Angeles, June 13-15, 1960).

 

7.10-Do. Proceedings.

 

7.11-Governor's Conference on Planning for Housing & Home Ownership (Sacramento, January 31-February 1, 1968).

 

7.12-"History Repeats Itself," [Reed Robbins biog] Stockton Realtor (October 1980).

 

7.13-Real Estate & Construction Markets: Their Failures and Their Future and Real Estate Research.

 

7.14-U.S.D.A. Farm Real Estate Pamphlets

 

7.15-Outlook and Situation Summary: Farm Real Estate, 1984.

 

7.16-Your Farm Leaase Contract, Farmers' Bull. no. 2164.

 

7.17-Your Farm Rent Determination Problem, Farmers' Bull. no. 2162.

 

7.18-Curtis M. Robbins Scrapbook (c1939)

 

7.19-San Joaquin County Grand Jury Foreman (1983) [materials on Jury rules rewrite; white 3 ring binder]

 

7.20-Grand Jury/Stockton Unified School District controversy scrapbook (1983) [beige w/ gold trim]

 

BOX 8 : CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE ASSN. [CREA]

 

8.1-Plan of Action (1967) [corresp., speeches, news releases, article]

 

8.2-Executive Committee minutes (1967-68)

 

8.3-Presidential agendas, corresp. (1967)

 

8.4-"1967 CREA Committees" [beige term paper folder]

 

8.5-"CREA" (1960-70) [misc. papers, corresp., photos]

 

8.6-"LA-SWB/Special Task Force" (1974-77)

 

8.7-Curtis M. Robbins Real Estate Fellowship (1983-85)

 

8.8-CREA Miscellany

 

BOX 9 : OTHER REAL ESTATE ORGANIZATIONS

 

9.1-Stockton Realty Board (SRB):"Stockton Realty Board" (1958-68)

 

9.2-Stockton Realty Board (SRB):"County SRB - Consular" (1962)

 

9.3-Stockton Realty Board (SRB):"Multiple Listings" [actually SRB meetings minutes, 1954-58]

 

9.4-Stockton Realty Board (SRB):"Realtor Public Relations Committee Meeting - May 1, 1976"

 

9.5-California Assn. of Realtors (CAR):"CAR Campaign Guidelines" (1988-89)

 

9.6-California Assn. of Realtors (CAR):"California Association of Realtors/Scholarship Foundation/Trust Declarations & Amendments/Scholarship Grant Procedure/Notes from Minutes" (1981-84) [black term paper folder]

 

9.7- Natl. Assn. Realtors (NAR) (1977-81)

 

9.8-VP Natl. Assn. Real Estate Brokers (1969-81)

 

9.9-Realtors in Support of the Administration [RISOTA] (1983-84)

 

9.10-"International Real Estate Federation" (1966-70)

 

BOX 10 : POLITICAL & NON-PARTISAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS MISCELLANY

 

10.1-SJ Co. Planning Commission (1957-59)

 

10.2-San Joaquin County Grand Jury (1983)

 

10.3-University of California Real Estate Advisory Committee: Corresp. (1959-70)

 

10.4-University of California Real Estate Advisory Committee: President's Real Estate Advisory Committee Meeting, Los Angeles, 4-10-61"

 

10.5-Build America Better (1963-69)

 

10.6-Build America Better Committee/Kalamazoo MI Recommendations (1965)

 

10.7-Build America Better: Low Cost Housing (1968-69)

 

10.8-Solar Energy Advisory Committee (1983-86)

 

10.9-Solar Energy Advisory Committee:"Solar Energy & Energy Conservation Bank" (1983-87)

 

10.10-Miscellany: Political Affairs (1963-68)

 

10.11-Miscellany: Realtors for Reagan etc. (1978-84)

 

10.12-Miscellany: Johnson-Oster Contractor Scandal (1985)

 

BOX 11 : FAMILY & PERSONAL MATERIALS: BUSINESS, CHARITIES, ETC.

 

11.1-Family & Personal :Curtis M. Robbins (1932-57)

 

11.2-Family & Personal Biographical Material

 

11.3-Family & Personal: Certificates & Honors

 

11.4-Articles & Speeches

 

11.5-Reed Robbins. "Conservation & Renewal" (1966) [speech given at lst Internatl. Real Estate Fed. Meeting,Tokyo]

 

11.6-"Race and Property" [political tract w/ chapt. by RR; ad, corresp.] (1964?)

 

11.7-Rotary Club-Presidential Year, 1976-77 [memos, bulletins, photo]

 

11.8-Business: Local Real Estate Transactions (1961-82)

 

11.9-Business: Local Real Estate Deals - Wagner Heights & Alex Spanos' Bear Creek (1984)

 

11.10-Business: Million Dollar Real Estate Conference-At-Sea, 1965 & 1967

 

11.11-Other: Willy the Jeep (1979)

 

11.12-Other:"Stockton Symphony Since 1926" [blue folder]

 

11.13-Other: Misc. [incl. stock certificates, memo pad, etc.]

 

BOX 12 : LOCAL HISTORY MISCELLANY--OVERSIZE

 

12.1-Stockton Record

 

a-8-14-54 pp. 29-32 [2 copies]

 

b-3-16-56 pg. 1 [photocopy]

 

c-1-12-60 pg. 1 [photocopy]

 

d-10-31-61 pg. 1 [photocopy]

 

e-11-27-61

 

f-6-30-62 Sect. 1-2

 

g-1-5-65 [photocopy]

 

h-7-4-76 pp. 5-6

 

i-12-26-78 pp. 23-24

 

j-4-26-84

 

k-2-2-86

 

l-2-1-87

 

m-1-31-88

 

n-1-29-89

 

o-6-4-89

 

p-1-28-90

 

12.2-Saturday Evening Post 6-19-54

 

12.3-1876 Balloon Ascent at Stockton [3 11 x 14" sepia prints]

 

12.4-Jenny D. Fanning DAR certificate, 1901

 

12.5-California State Assembly Resolution: Congratulations to Reed Robbins upon election to presidency of CREA, 1967

 

BOX 13 : BUILDING PLANS

 

13.1-Stockton Triangle Industrial Park

 

13.2-Vista Del Rio [2 pgs.]

 

13.3-Sears Warehouse

 

13.4-Stockton General Plan - 2000 Land Use Element

 

13.5-Downtown Stockton Plat bounded by Washington - Lindsay - Hunter - Sacramento and indicating property owners, n.d. [pink paper]

 

13.6-Homes in Calif. type "A" p w/ 3 sketches

 

13.7-Homes in Calif. type "Wm."

 

13.8-Proposed addition for Reed Robbins Real Estate Office

 

13.9-"Flat-top" homes under construction,c1955 [5 8 x 10" b & w glossies]

 

13.10-Advertisements for "flat-top" homes, c1955 [3]

 

13.11-diagram of earth-gravel fill-concrete supports [for "flat-tops" ?]

 

BOX 14 : OVERSIZE BLUEPRINTS; MAPS & PHOTOGRAPHS [in map case]

 

14.1-Aerial views of Stkn & SJ Co. [28]

 

14.2-Charles H. Widdows. Map of the Bay Region & Delta Lands...Stockton, 1932.

 

14.3-National Flood Insurance Program. City of Stockton, Calif.: Panel 5, 1988.

 

14.4-Do. Panel 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, Map Index.

 

14.5-Curtis M. Robbins, Realtor. [Map of Stockton], n.d.

 

14.6-Do. Stockton & Northern San Joaquin Valley, n.d.

 

14.7-Do. [slight variations in illus.]

 

14.8-San Joaquin County Planning Department. Generalized Zoning:San Joaquin County, 1980.

 

14.9-Thomas Brothers Maps. Street Map of Stockton, 1962. [annotations in red pencil]

 

14.10-Do. Map of San Joaquin County, 1962. [annotations in red pencil]

 

14.11-U.S. Geological Survey. Index to topographic mapping in California, 1960.

 

14.12-Aerial photographs of Stockton & San Joaquin County (each one marked w/ coordinates keyed to SJ Co map), 1963. [64 photos at 23x26"; 9 photos at 11x14"; 4 photos at 16x20"]