The Kaneji Domoto Collection spans the years 1928-2002 and includes personal, professional,
and project records. This collection is organized into five series: Personal Papers,
Professional Papers, Frank Lloyd Wright (Taliesin) Papers, Project Records (Architecture),
and Project Records (Landscape Architecture).
Kaneji (Kan) Domoto was born on November 5th, 1912 in Oakland, CA. Raised by a family of
nursery workers, Kan Domoto worked in his family nursery from a young age, ultimately
influencing his career in landscape architecture. The Domoto Brothers nursery, based in
Oakland, was renowned throughout the Bay Area and is credited as the first nursery in
Northern California to commercially produce camellias, wisterias, azaleas, and lilies
imported from Japan. In the late 1920s to early 1930s Kan studied physics and math at
Stanford University, but dropped out after two years to help his family with the nursery
during the Great Depression. The economic recession resulted in the Domoto family filing for
bankruptcy, and the nursery was foreclosed upon and seized.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the
collection should be discussed with the Curator.
Collection is open for research. Many of the Environmental Design Archives collections are
stored offsite and advance notice is required for use.