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Kate O. Sessions Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Kate O. Sessions Collection
    Dates: 1891-1957
    Collection Number: Kate O. Sessions Collection
    Creator/Collector: Kate O. Sessions K. O. Sessions Fred Sessions Jean Kenneally F. H. Dixon Duncan MacKinnon F. M. Lockwood William Templeton Johnson William T. Johnson Sessions Olmsted Dixon Johnson City Clerk Archives, City of San Diego Common Council of the City of San Diego U. S. Post Office Board of Public Works Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Co. Department of Education Board of Education, City of San Diego City Schools Municipal Farm City Farm San Diego Nursery Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery Commission, City of San Diego
    Extent: 69 documents including 2 photographs, sketches, maps
    Online items available
    Repository: San Diego City Clerk's Archives
    San Diego, California 92101
    Abstract: A collection of document archives relating to Kate O. Sessions, horticulturist, landscaper, city gardener, and nursery and cut flower business owner in San Diego, dating from 1891-1940, from the City Clerk’s Archives, City of San Diego, CA. Miss Sessions is considered the mother of San Diego’s Balboa Park, formerly known as City Park or the Fourteen Hundred Acre Public Park; and the location of the 1915 Panama- California Exposition, the 1916 Panama-California International Exposition and the 1935-1936 California Pacific International Exposition. Documents consist of those Miss Sessions personally submitted to the City of San Diego, as well as those submitted by others but referencing her. The collection features a 1891 letter by Frederick Law Olmsted (considered the father of U. S. landscape architecture) responding to Miss Sessions’ inquiry regarding the planning of City Park accompanied by her handwritten notes presenting his letter to the Common Council of the City of San Diego.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    public documents

    Preferred Citation

    Kate O. Sessions Collection. San Diego City Clerk's Archives

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains submissions by Kate O. Sessions to the City of San Diego in the form of petitions, reports, memoranda, handwritten notes and other correspondence, as well as grant deeds, contracts, agreements, new clippings, correspondence, and city ordinances and resolutions concerning or relating to her. The date range of the collection is 1891-1940. In addition, two photos of Miss Sessions supplement the document archives. Please see Supplemental File below for a detailed description of each archive in the collection.

    Indexing Terms

    City Park, San Diego
    1400 Acre Park, San Diego
    Balboa Park, San Diego
    Landscape Architecture
    Horticulture
    Gardening
    Plants, Trees and Scrubs
    Flowers
    Parks
    Frank N. Meyer Medal for Plant Genetic Resources recipient 1939
    Botany
    Mission Hills
    Nursery
    Plants
    Planting
    Soledad Terrace
    Kate Sessions Park
    San Diego Floral Association
    Squatters on City Park
    The Country Club
    University Heights
    Eucalyptus trees
    Barns and cottages on City Park
    Trees on City Park
    olive trees
    Telephones
    Kitchen Telephones
    City Schools
    Municipal Farm
    City Farm
    Monterey Cypress trees
    Acacia Verticillata
    Pelargoniums
    Zonal Geraniums
    School gardens
    Hillcrest Gardens
    San Diego Nursery
    Mission Hills Cars, 1428 West Lewis St.
    Sidewalks
    Parking
    North Florence Heights
    Mission Hills
    Frances Parker School
    Mission Hills street cars
    John Nolen of Boston
    W. Templeton Johnson of New York
    Street planning
    grading
    sidewalking
    street drainage
    private contracts for city streets
    K. O. Sessions in Mission Hills
    Frank S. Sessions in Mission Hills
    Cocos Plumosa
    Erythea Edulis
    street palms
    Guadalupe Fan Palm
    Hooker Street
    Lark Street
    Montecito Way
    Randolph Street
    Broadway Street
    Palmetto Street
    Calhoun Street
    Catholic Cemetery
    Pioneer Park
    City road planning
    Arnold & Choate Addition
    Washington Heights
    North Florence Heights
    Poinsettia commercial nursery
    Mission Hills poinsettias
    Cemetery plot care and maintenance
    Sewer lines
    Kate O. Sessions
    Kate Olivia Sessions
    Kate Sessions
    Frederick Law Olmsted
    Dorothea Sanford
    Benjamin McLaren, Civil Engineer
    John L. Springer, expressman
    Mrs. Holt
    Mrs. Mary Woodard
    Mr. Starbird
    Mr. Morse
    Mr. Martinez Click
    Park Superintendent Belden
    Mrs. Boceh
    Mr. John Gay
    L. H. Jacobi
    F. M. Lockwood
    William Templeton Johnson
    John Nolen
    Lida Scripps
    Mattie Bowerstock
    Chas, F. O'Neall
    H. G. Purcell
    J. T. Ledell
    J. N. Howard
    Geo Houck
    G. C. Arnold
    C. Wellborn
    A. Thieme
    W. M. Rumsey
    Mary C. Bleifuss
    Charles Gunn
    M. E. Kelly
    J. L and R. J. Kelly
    Elizabeth A. Gunn
    F. Jane Pritchard
    Frances J. Hruska
    A. Schreiber
    Miss Alice Lee
    Miss Lida Scripps
    Mrs. F. Sandford
    John H. Ferry
    Mary J. Hill
    Mary C. Hamilton
    Mrs. E. Reid
    John Long
    Sarah M. Utt
    George W. Marston
    Ralph M. Ward
    Rebecca F. Doyle
    John Dement
    Frank S. Sessions
    Ellen Sessions
    Sessions
    Olmsted
    Click
    Morse
    Starbird
    McLaren
    Woodard
    Holt
    Springer
    Belden
    Boceh
    Gay
    McClenaghan
    Rhodes
    Lockwood
    Scripps
    Marston
    Lee
    Bowerstock
    O'Neall
    Purcell
    Level
    Howard
    Houck
    Wellborn
    Thieme
    Rumsey
    Bleifuss
    Nolen
    Templeton Johnson
    Gunn
    Kelly
    Pritchard
    Hruska
    Schreiber
    Sandford
    Ferry
    Hill
    Hamilton
    Utt
    Engler
    Ward
    Doyle
    Dement
    Salmons
    Frederick Law Olmsted & Co.
    Cut Flower Depot, San Diego
    F. L. Olmsted & Co.
    San Diego Floral Association
    Board of Public Works
    Sunset Telephone and Telegraph
    Pacific Telephone and Telegraph
    Duncan MacKinnon
    San Diego Nursery
    Hillcrest Gardens
    Hillcrest Residence
    Utt Investment Company
    Security Savings Bank & Trust Co.
    Streets Department
    Operations Department
    CIty Engineering
    Cemetery Commission
    Water Department, Water Commissioners
    San Diego, California
    San Diego, CA
    Mission Hills
    Soledad Terrace
    Soledad Terrace Park
    Mission Hills Nursery
    Pacific Beach
    Kate Sessions Park
    City Park
    1400 Acre Park
    Balboa Park
    Florence Heights
    Stephens Street
    Stockton Street
    The Country Club
    University Heights
    Juniper Street
    Park Blvd.
    San Francisco
    City school gardens
    North Florence Heights
    Palmetto Way
    Arbor Way
    Ft. Stockton St.
    Mission Hills Cars, 1428 West Lewis Street
    Calhoun St.
    Los Altos Road, Pacific Beach
    Hooker Street
    Lark Street
    West Montecito Way
    Broadway Street
    Fort Stockton Street
    Hunter Steet
    Stevens Street
    Plumosa Way
    deep canyon
    Getti Street
    Catholic Cemetery
    5 acre City Park
    San Diego Nursery
    Arnold & Choate Addition
    Randolph Street
    Hermosa Way
    Cliff
    Hawk Street
    Lewis Street
    Washington Heights
    Mount Hope Cemetery
    Ivy Place
    Public Documents
    Photographs
    Letters
    Annual Report
    Petitions
    Memoranda
    Notes
    Deeds
    Resolutions
    Report
    Lot map
    Communication
    Advertisement
    recommendations
    park plan
    park sketch
    street lot sketch
    Superintendent City Gardener Engineer Secretary of Board of Public Works President Councilman Manager of Operations Superintendent of City School, Department of Education Supervisor of Agriculture and Horticulture in the San Diego School Department Manager Operations Department Property Owner Secretary of Cemetery Commission
    report
    petition
    resolution
    communication
    deed
    contract
    grant
    sketch
    note
    recommendation
    letter
    park plan
    parking sketch
    parking plan
    street map
    sweet lot map
    City Gardener
    Florist
    Landscaper
    Landscape Architect
    Businesswoman
    City Planner
    Horticulturist
    Botanist
    Nursery owner
    Property owner
    Squatter
    Board of Public Works Secretary
    Expressman
    Superintendent of City Schools, Department of Education
    Supervisor of Agriculture and Horticulture in City School, Department of Education
    Manager, Operations Department
    resident
    Secretary, Cemetery Commission

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