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Guide to the Wallace D. Mersereau San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District Real Estate Records, 1956-2016, SFH 472
SFH 472  
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Description
Mainly reports published by BART or its consultants, documenting land acquisition as well as initial construction and operation.
Background
Wallace D. Mersereau joined BART in 1963, heading the appraisal section as one of its first right-of-way agents. The construction of the interstate highway system had been launched in the mid-1950s by President Eisenhower, and this program was fully underway in late 1963 when BART began to form its real estate department. BART's first real estate manager, John S. Daniels, had been responsible for all Bay Area real estate activities of the California Division of Highways (DOH). Daniels hired two senior right-of-way agents from the DOH to run negotiations and acquisitions, and to oversee appraisal operations. Haskel O. Meredith was in charge of appraisals. He hired Mersereau, also from the DOH. Originally hired for three years, his career with the agency spanned ten years, and culminated with his appointment as Director of Real Estate in 1971. During its early days, the Real Estate Department was the largest BART deparment. However, with no extensions of the system, the department shrank. The right-of-way program for BART's initial system was virtually complete by late 1973, when Mersereau left to take a position with the Port of Oakland.
Extent
1.5 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Restrictions
All requests for permission or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
Availability
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours.