Scope and Content
Title: Stockton Cultural Heritage Board Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1977-2005
Collection number: Mss210
John Porter Bloom, Leslie Crow, James Shebl, and Roger
Extent: 10.5 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of
Shelf location: For current information on the location of
these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Stockton Cultural Heritage Board Papers,
Mss210, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the
The Stockton Cultural Heritage Board was created in 1966 to identify
architecturally and historically significant buildings in Stockton, California,
and to recommend that the city planning commission assign them preservation
status according to guidelines specified in the Stockton Municipal Code. The
CHB was also entrusted with the tasks of stimulating public awareness of the
city’s preservation program, identifying funding sources for preservation
implementation, revising the preservation ordinance in the Stockton Municipal
Code, preparing a pocket guide of Stockton historical landmarks, and choosing
the wording of plaques to be affixed to the city’s historic buildings.
Originally, the board had fifteen members, including one professional
architect, one historian, one real estate person, and one resident who had
lived in Stockton at least forty years. The number of board members was later
reduced to ten. Applicants for membership were screened by the city planning
commission and appointed by a majority vote of the city council. Board members
served without pay for renewable terms of four years.
John Porter Bloom and James Shebl, both members of the CHB during the
early 1980s, collected Series I, which pertains chiefly to the years 1977-1986,
and gave it to Holt-Atherton Special Collections (1983-1987). Shebl chaired the
board from 1982 through 1985.
The bulk of Series II, which includes coverage for the years 1987-2005,
is taken from the Leslie Crow Papers (MSS316), which Holt-Atherton Special
Collections acquired in 2007. Crow served as a CHB member from 1989 to 2005 and
as its chair from 1990 to 2005. Roger Werner, a board member during the 1990s
and early 2000s, collected additional material related to this series and
contributed it in 2005.
Scope and Content
The Stockton Cultural Heritage Board Papers span the years 1977-1986,
with the bulk of material falling between 1987 and 2005. The collection
consists of minutes and agendas, correspondence, petitions, bylaws, site
descriptions and awards granted by the board to historical Stockton locations,
related photographs, and printed matter from state and national cultural
heritage organizations. It also includes agreements, city codes and guidelines,
environmental impact reports, historic resource inventories, plans and
proposals, subcommittee documents, and material related to conferences,
membership policies, and training.