Olmsted Brothers Collection, n.d., 1913-1916

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Environmental Design Archives
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Arts and Humanities--Architecture

Olmsted Brothers Collection, n.d., 1913-1916

Collection Number: 1969-2

Environmental Design Archives



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

  • Environmental Design Archives
  • College of Environmental Design
  • 230 Wurster Hall #1820
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-1820
  • Phone: (510) 642-5124
  • Fax: (510) 642-2824
  • Email: archives@socrates.berkeley.edu
  • URL: http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/
Processed by:
Archives Staff
Date Completed:
April 1999
Encoded by:
Archives Staff
Funding:
Arrangement and description of this collection was funded by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and by a grant from the Getty Foundation.
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Title: Olmsted Brothers Collection,
Date (inclusive): n.d., 1913-1916
Collection Number: 1969-2
Creator: Olmsted Brothers Olmsted, John Charles, 1852-1920 Olmsted, Frederick Law, Jr., 1870-1957
Extent: 1 folder, 2 oversize folders, 1 tube
Repository: Environmental Design Archives.
University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California.
Abstract: The collection consists of records created by the Olmsted Brothers firm, as well as materials relating to Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.
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], Olmsted Brothers Collection, (1969-2), Environmental Design Archives. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California.

Acquisition Information

The bulk of this collection was donated in 1969.

Access Points

St. Francis Wood, San Francisco.

Historical Note

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), known as the "father of American landscape architecture," designed and planned parks and park systems throughout the United States. His earliest designs, completed with partner Calvert Vaux, include New York's Central Park, Brooklyn's Prospect Park, and Chicago's South Parks.
Olmsted's stepson and son, John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. became landscape architects as well, working in Olmsted's firm. The two formed the Olmsted Brothers firm in 1898, after the retirement of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. and the death of partner Charles Eliot. The Olmsted Brothers completed numerous large projects, including comprehensive park systems, universities, exposition grounds, libraries, hospitals, and state capitols. In addition, the two were among the founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Scope and Contents Note

The Olmsted Brothers collection consists of records created by the Olmsted Brothers firm, as well as materials relating to Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. Records of the firm consist of site plans and planting plans of Saint Francis Wood (San Francisco). Items concerning Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. consist of a portrait and a reproduction of the plan for Oakland's Mountain View Cemetery, by Olmsted & Vaux.