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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Provenance
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Arthur G. Barton Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1908-1975,
    Date (bulk): 1940-1960
    Collection number: MS0003
    Creator: Barton, Arthur G., 1907-1980
    Extent: 42 boxes, 262 flat files, 19 tubes, 500 rolls (approximately 850 linear feet)
    Repository: Special Collections, Robert E. Kennedy Library
    California Polytechnic State University
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
    Abstract: Contains records related to the life and career of California landscape architect Arthur G. Barton, FASLA (1907-1980.) Barton designed landscapes for many significant structures and sites such as Camp Pendleton, Dodger Stadium, and the San Gabriel River Wildlife Sanctuary. The records consist of job files documenting client projects with correspondence, change orders, requests for payment, shop drawings, sketches, vendor information, transmittals, bills, clippings, inspection reports, contracts, addendum, consultant correspondence, and certifications. Personal papers contain family photographs.



    Restrictions on Access

    Collection is open to researchers by appointment. For more information on visiting, access policies, and reproduction requests, please visit our Reference Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/search-and-find/collections-and-archives/reference-services/. .

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Digital copies are provided to researchers for the purpose of study, research, and personal use only, unless otherwise specified in writing. Materials that are the property of Cal Poly Special Collections and Archives require written permission prior to publication. No complete collection may be reproduced. For print and online publication, please visit our Reproduction Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/support/sca-policies/reproduction/. Special Collections and Archives reserves the right to review all reproduction requests and to withhold permission if scanning would endanger the material, would violate copyright law, or would violate institutional restrictions.

    Preferred Citation

    Arthur G. Barton Papers, Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University.


    Arthur Gipson Barton was a California Landscape Architect born October 2, 1907 in Denver Colorado to parents Archilles A. Barton and Eva Campbell Barton. He attended UC Davis 1925-1927, later transferring to UC Berkeley, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Design in 1929. Early in his career he worked for the National Park Service in San Francisco and later served as Assistant Superintendent of Parks for Los Angeles County. He married Lucile B. Beach August 26, 1936.
    Barton opened his private practice in 1940, which was interrupted by World War II. During the war he served in the Camouflage Division of the War Department and as Assistant Farm Advisor for Los Angeles County. He resumed his practice in 1946. In 1963 he founded Arthur G. Barton & Associates, with notable planner Tracy Abell, FASLA, and Tadashi D. Nakase.
    Barton was instrumental in establishing licensure in California for landscape architects. In the early 1950s, Barton and landscape architects Raymond Page, Harry Shepard, Lynn Harris, and George Huntington raised $7000 as a starter fund to establish the licensure process. Their advocacy established the California State Licensure Law for Landscape Architects enacted in 1953.
    Barton was an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) serving as the president of the Southern California Chapter of ASLA as well as a Trustee and Vice President for the National ASLA. He was the first president of California Council of Landscape Architects and was a member and President of the Glendale Rotary Club. He was designated an American Society of Landscape Architects Fellow in 1963 which he held in three categories: Excellence in works of Landscape Architecture, Service to the Society, and Education. He was awarded several Los Angeles Beautiful Awards including his Eastman Kodak project.
    His projects are located throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, and Virginia. Barton designed notable projects including a project for composer Henry Mancini, Dodger Stadium, the Ambassador Hotel, the Boy Scouts, and the Girl Scouts of America. He died January 28, 1980 in Glendale, California.
    “Professional Qualifications and Experience of Arthur G. Barton and Associates.” Typescript, Dec. 1966. Arthur G. Barton Papers, Special Collections, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.
    Zubizarreta , M. 2011. Celebrating the 100 Year History of Landscape Architecture. Retrieved from http://www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/3124.
    California Death Index (1940-1997). Retrieved from Ancestry.com
    1920, 1930 U.S. Census. Retrieved from Ancestry.com
    Social Security Death Index Retrieved from Ancestry.com

    Scope and Content Note

    The Arthur G. Barton Papers contain landscape designs, drawings, plans, office records, photographs, correspondence, project files, and personal papers of Landscape Architect Arthur G. Barton, FASLA of Glendale, California.
    The records date from 1908 to 1975, and consist of 42 boxes of unprocessed job files, 262 flat files folders, 19 tubes, and unprocessed rolled drawings. The records document client projects with correspondence, change orders, requests for payment, shop drawings, sketches, blueprints, and renderings, vendor information, transmittals, bills, clippings, inspection reports, contracts, addendum, consultant correspondence, and certifications.
    The collection is arranged alphabetically as a single series. Original organization of the records has been retained where possible. Materials may have been reorganized or rehoused for preservation and access purposes. Dates have been provided where possible and are updated as project time allows.
    The Arthur G. Barton Papers are divided into 4 series:
    Series 1: Project Drawings
    Series 2: Unprocessed Project Drawings
    Series 3: Unprocessed Project Records
    The job files are organized first by project type (commercial, residential, parks, schools), by project name, and then by record type within each folder. The collection includes family photographs that document his childhood, schooling, and military career. Photographic slides include client work, street scenes, and personal travel, plaques and awards, scrapbooks and notebooks for coursework at the University of California in the late 1920s. This portion of the collection remains unprocessed.
    The flat files are organized by project type: Residential, Commercial, Churches, Parks, and Schools, and Miscellaneous. The drawings reflect major phases of design and include sketches, design development, and working drawings. The records note client name, street address, and city. Street addresses have not been included in the finding aid. Researchers can contact the repository for further information.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Architecture--California--History--20th century.
    Architecture--California--Los Angeles.
    Architecture--California--Los Angeles Region--History--20th century.
    Architects and builders--Certification.
    Barton, Arthur G., FASLA, (1907-1980)
    Barton, Art
    Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)--History.
    Landscape architecture--Arizona.
    Landscape architecture--California.
    Landscape architecture--Colorado.
    Landscape architecture--Nevada.
    Landscape architecture—New Mexico.
    Landscape architecture--Virginia.
    Landscape architecture--20th century--Designs and plans.
    Central Coast (Calif.)--History
    Architectural drawings and plans
    Presentation Drawings
    Business records

    Genre and Forms of Material:

    Architectural drawings and plans
    Presentation drawings
    Business records