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American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Records, 1937, 1970-1990
2001-5  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Contents Note
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) records,
    Date (inclusive): 1937, 1970-1990
    Collection number: 2001-5
    Creator: American Society of Landscape Architects
    Extent: 8 boxes
    Repository: Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design.
    University of California, Berkeley.
    Berkeley, California
    Abstract: The American Society of Landscape Architects Records include the years 1937 and 1970-1990 and document the organization's rich history of leadership in the landscape architecture profession. The collection offers information on the inner workings of a group of leading professionals, and how their work changed the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. Included are clippings, correspondence, drawings, photographs, project descriptions, exhibit material, and meeting minutes.
    Physical 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.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the Curator.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Records, (2001-5), Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 2001.

    Funding

    Arrangement and description of this collection was funded by the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department, University of California, Berkeley.

    Access Points

    Landscape architects -- California.
    Landscape architecture -- California.
    Landscape architecture -- Societies, etc.
    Landscape architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.
    American Society of Landscape Architects
    Online Archive of California

    Historical Note

    American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Recordss
    The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association currently representing more than 30,000 landscape architects nationwide. Beginning with 11 original members in 1899, ASLA has grown to include more than 13,500 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, the U.S. territories, and 42 countries around the world. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through education, communication and networking.
    One of the largest chapters of the ASLA, the NCC boasts a notable list of past members such as Thomas Church, Garrett Eckbo, Harry Whitcomb Shepherd, Douglas Baylis, Theodore Osmundson, and Robert Royston. In 1985, Patrick Miller, then President of the NCC, described the chapter as "a beast which has awakened itself." During that year alone, the chapter sponsored a state-wide conference, exhibited its Awards Program winners at San Francisco City Hall and local galleries, co-sponsored a multidisciplinary design competition for Oakland's Latham Square, held public walking tours and programs during Landscape Architecture Week to increase public visibility of the profession, prepared a report on the "South of Market" area of San Francisco for the city planning department, and formed the Redwood Empire section.
    The NCC /ASLA is an excellent example of the force of activity produced by the design profession in Northern California.

    Note

    Sources:

    • ASLA Northern California Chapter website (available at http://host.asla.org/chapters/norcal/index.htm)
    • ASLA Online: Fact Sheet (available at http://www.asla.org/nonmembers/publicrelations/factshtpr.htm)
    • [letter from Patrick Miller, 1985], American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Papers, (2001-5), Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Contents Note

    The ASLA Records include the years 1937 and 1970-1990 and document the organization's rich history of leadership in the landscape architecture profession. The collection offers information on the inner workings of a group of leading professionals, and how their work changed the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. Included are clippings, correspondence, drawings, photographs, project descriptions, exhibit material, and meeting minutes. The collection is organized into series based on five major events of the organization: 1937 Exhibition of Landscape Architecture at the San Francisco Museum of Art; 1976 publication of Landscape Architecture Guide to Representative Projects in Northern California; 1986 ASLA National Annual Meeting held in San Francisco; 1988 Chapter Awards Program; and 1980-1990 Annual Landscape Architecture Week Walking Tours. The sixth series includes files relating to the ongoing projects of the organization.
    The papers were donated by an individual member, not by the organization.

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