Guide to the Albert Zoraster Collection, 1948-1979

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Albert Zoraster Collection
Dates: 1948-1979
Bulk Dates: 1951-1979
Identification: URB/AZ
Creator: Zoraster, Albert
Physical Description: 1.51 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Urban Archives
Abstract: A resident of the San Fernando Valley from 1920 to the mid-1970s, Albert Zoraster devoted much of his life to improving the quality of services in the community, particularly in the areas of transportation and municipal services. An active committee volunteer, Mr. Zoraster worked with the Los Angeles City Board of Education, the Mayor's Valley Transportation Committee, Los Angeles City Department of Airports, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, and California State University, Northridge. The Albert Zoraster Collection documents various aspects of Zoraster's civic career, covering such topics as Birmingham High School, city planning, land use, the proposed Malibu Freeway Project, transportation in the Valley, and the development of the Van Nuys Airport.

Biographical Information:

As a resident of the San Fernando Valley from 1920 to the mid-1970s, Albert Zoraster devoted much of his life to improving the quality of services in the community, particularly in the areas of transportation and municipal services. An active committee volunteer, Mr. Zoraster worked with the Los Angeles City Board of Education, the Mayor's Valley Transportation Committee, Los Angeles City Department of Airports, Valley Presbyterian Hospital and California State University, Northridge.
From 1954 to 1975, he served as the director of the West Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce, and served as president of the organization from 1958-1959, again from 1962-1963 and again in 1965. Mr. Zoraster was also actively involved with California State University, Northridge, serving as president of the CSUN Presidents Club from 1971-1973, a member and trustee of the CSUN Foundation in 1973-1974, and a member of the CSUN Advisory Club from 1973-1975. Some of his contributions to CSUN include the establishment of the Zoraster Pioneer Scholarship Fund and the Zoraster Endowment for Adaptive Physical Education, as well as a number of monetary donations to CSUN's Urban Archives Center.
Mr. Zoraster was a member and leader of several Valley rotary clubs and chambers of commerce including the Van Nuys Rotary Club which he was a charter member of from 1954-1975, and the Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce which he was a member of from 1928-1975. He also served on many advisory committees for the improvement of the Valley, most notably, the Industrial Association of the San Fernando Valley [now the Valley Industry and Commerce Association]. He received various civic awards, including the prestigious Fernando Award in 1975 for his philanthropy. Zoraster continued to donate his time to Valley causes throughout his retirement until his death after a long battle with cancer in April 1995.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

Birmingham High School (Van Nuys, Calif.)
Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge
Industrial Association of the San Fernando Valley
Los Angeles (Calif.). Dept. of Airports.
San Fernando Valley State College
Valley Industry and Commerce Association
Van Nuys Airport

Genre/Form of Material:

Maps
Paper records
Photographic material

Geographic Name:

Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Census -- Maps
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
San Fernando Valley (Calif.) -- Maps
Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Maps

Topical Term:

City planning -- California -- Los Angeles County
Dams -- California -- San Fernando Valley
Land use -- Law and legislation -- California
Land use, Urban -- California -- Los Angeles
Land use, Urban -- California -- Los Angeles -- Maps
Roads -- California -- San Fernando Valley -- Maps
Transportation -- Los Angeles -- Los Angeles County

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Robert G. Marshall, Claire C. LaFia; November 1985

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

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Scope and Contents

The Albert Zoraster Collection documents various aspects of Zoraster's civic career, covering such topics as Birmingham High School, city planning, land use, the proposed Malibu Freeway Project, transportation in the Valley, and the development of the Van Nuys Airport. The collection is especially conducive to the study of legislative lobbying techniques. The records date mostly from 1948-1979, with the majority of records dating after 1951, and includes correspondence, maps, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, press releases, reports, resolutions, and speeches. Of particular interest are the files pertaining to the Malibu Freeway controversy, issues surrounding the growth of San Fernando Valley Airport and the Van Nuys Airport, studies of population and housing in the San Fernando Valley, the development of transportation systems in the San Fernando Valley, and San Fernando Valley's early attempt to secede from Los Angeles County in 1976. The files are arranged in alphabetical order by subject, and chronologically within.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Albert's Manufacturing & Supply Company: correspondence; memoranda, 1951

Box 1, Folder 2

Birmingham High School Stadium: correspondence; memorandum; resolution, 1965

Box 1, Folder 3

Capital Improvement Financing - Los Angeles: report, 1967

Box 1, Folder 4

Children's Hospital: correspondence; rosters, 1957-1958, 1960-1961

Box 1, Folder 5

Citizen of the Year: correspondence, 1963

Box 1, Folder 6

City Planning: article; correspondence, 1961, 1967

Box 1, Folder 7

City Planning: report, "Population and Housing Inventory, City of Los Angeles", 1963

Box 1, Folder 8

City Streets: assembly bill; correspondence; press release, 1958-1960, 1962-1964

Box 1, Folder 9

Corman, James C.: correspondence, 1961-1963, 1967

Box 1, Folder 10

Education and Taxes: correspondence; reports, 1960; 1962, 1966-1968

Box 1, Folder 11

Gas Tax Diversion: report, 1971

Box 1, Folder 12

Hollywood-Burbank Airport: report, 1976

Box 1, Folder 13

Malibu Freeway: articles, 1966, 1970

Box 1, Folder 14

Malibu Freeway: correspondence; memorandum; telegram, 1964-1965, 1970

Box 1, Folder 15

Malibu Freeway: maps, 1966

Box 1, Folder 16

Malibu Freeway: presentations; resolutions, 1961, 1964-1967, 1970

Box 1, Folder 17

Malibu Freeway: reports, 1967, 1970

Box 1, Folder 18

Newspaper Clippings: general, 1930, 1956-1959

Box 1, Folder 19

Newspaper Clippings: general, 1960-1961

Box 1, Folder 20

Newspaper Clippings: general, 1962

Box 1, Folder 21

Newspaper Clippings: general, 1963-1965

Box 1, Folder 22

Newspaper Clippings: general, 1966-1967

Box 1, Folder 23

Newspaper Clippings: general, January 1968

Box 1, Folder 24

Newspaper Clippings: general, February 1968

Box 1, Folder 25

Newspaper Clippings: general, March 1968-April 1968, June 1968, August 1968, November 1968

Box 1, Folder 26

Newspaper Clippings: general, 1969-1972, 1974-1975

Box 1, Folder 27

Newspaper Clippings: general,

Box 2, Folder 1

Office of Appropriate Technology: organization; program and purpose, 1976

Box 2, Folder 2

195th Air Transport Squadron: correspondence; memorandum, 1965-1966

Box 2, Folder 3

Parks & Recreation: correspondence; master plan, 1960, 1970, 1973

Box 2, Folder 4

Population: census, 1970

Box 2, Folder 5

Population: maps, 1968

Box 2, Folder 6

Population: statistics, 1960, 1966, 1968, 1970-1979

Box 2, Folder 7

Population: quarterly bulletin, 1970, 1973-1978

Box 2, Folder 8

Proposition A - Elementary Tax Limit Increase: fact sheets; general information, 1959

Box 2, Folder 9

Propositions 8 [Owner Occupied Dwellings Tax Rate] & 13 [Property Tax Limitation]: correspondence, 1978

Box 2, Folder 10

Rehabilitation Services: correspondence; minutes, 1963

Box 2, Folder 11

San Fernando Valley Airport: correspondence, 1948, 1956, 1957, 1959

Box 2, Folder 12

San Fernando Valley Airport: facts; plans; reports, 1954, 1956, 1961, 1967

Box 2, Folder 13

San Fernando Valley Airport: maps

Box 2, Folder 14

San Fernando Valley Award: historical background of SFV; programs, 1962, 1965, 1966

Box 2, Folder 15

San Fernando Valley Committee Investigating Valley Independence from City/County: reports, 1976

Box 2, Folder 16

San Fernando Valley Growth & Development: reports, 1955, 1962, 1968

Box 2, Folder 17

San Fernando Valley Health Consortium: article; correspondence; membership list; minutes; newsletter, 1972-1974

Box 2, Folder 18

San Fernando Valley State College [CSUN]: memorandum; statements, 1969-1970, 1979

Box 2, Folder 19

Southern California Association of Governments: report, 1978

Box 2, Folder 20

Transportation: article, "Living and Travel Patterns Auto-Oriented Cities", 1964

Box 2, Folder 21

Transportation - Freeway Dedication: article; correspondence; reports, 1960, 1962-1963

Box 2, Folder 22

Transportation - General: brochure; reports, 1976

Box 2, Folder 23

Transportation - General: correspondence; minutes; notes, 1953, 1962-1963, 1972-1973, 1976, 1979

Box 2, Folder 24

Transportation - Highways: brochure; bulletin; magazine articles, 1963, 1967, 1971

Box 2, Folder 25

Transportation - Preferential Treatment Program: memorandum; report, 1976, 1977

Box 3, Folder 1

Van Nuys Airport: article; editorials; fact sheets; resolutions, 1962-1963, 1967-1968

Box 3, Folder 2

Van Nuys Airport: correspondence, 1959, 1961-1962, 1967-1968

Box 3, Folder 3

Van Nuys Airport: notes

Box 3, Folder 4

Van Nuys Airport: maps, 1960-1961

Box 3, Folder 5

Van Nuys - Van Owen Drainage: correspondence; memorandum, 1960-1967, 1970-1971

Box 3, Folder 6

Van Nuys - Van Owen Drainage: reports, 1962, 1967

Box 3, Folder 7

Van Nuys - Master Plan: articles; correspondence; reports; resolutions, 1961-1965, 1972

Box 3, Folder 8

Van Nuys - North Sherman Oaks Community Plan: brochure; report, 1976

Box 3, Folder 9

West Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce: correspondence, 1958-1963, 1969

Box 3, Folder 10

West Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce: reports; resolutions, 1958-1963, 1966-1967, 1970-1971, 1974-1975

Box 3, Folder 11

Whitnall - Simi Freeway Controversy: correspondence; reports, 1962, 1964-1966

Box 3, Folder 12

Woodley Avenue - Right of Way: correspondence; lettergram; maps; report, 1959, 1962-1966

Box 4, Folder 1

Photograph of Albert Zoraster Speaking at Rotary Club

Box 4, Folder 2

Aerial Photos of Route 64, Malibu Freeway

Box 4, Folder 3

Aerial Photos of Route 64, Malibu Freeway

Box 4, Folder 4

Aerial Photos of Route 64, Malibu Freeway

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 1

Malibu Freeway: Alternatives to Malibu Canyon for Route 64

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 2

Malibu Freeway: Proposed Route 64 Freeway

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 3

Malibu Freeway: Proposed Route 64 Freeway [anr. copy]

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 4

Population: Census Tracts Statistical Areas and Councilmanic Districts of the City of Los Angeles, August 1968

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 5

San Fernando Valley Airport, Master Plan - Land Acquisition

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 6

Woodley Avenue - Right of Way: Woodley Ave. bet. Roscoe Blvd. & Sherman Way, 1963 May 21

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 7

Woodley Avenue - Right of Way: Woodley Ave., Land Use Plan Sepulveda District City Planning Commission, 1969 June 25

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1, Item 8

Van Nuys Airport, Master Plan Drawing Number 60-1, 1960 February 8

Flat File Cabinet 4, Folder 2, Item 1

Malibu Freeway: Route 64 Freeway, January 1964

Flat File Cabinet 4, Folder 2, Item 2

Parks & Recreation: Sepulveda Dam Recreational Area, Master Recreational Plan, July 1960

Flat File Cabinet 4, Folder 2, Item 3

Van Nuys Airport: F.A.A. Master Plan, Runway Data, January 1961