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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    Title: John H. (Hawkins) Anderson papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1948-1998
    Date (bulk): 1973-1978
    Creator: Anderson, John H. (John Hawkins), 1930-2019
    Collection Identifier: SFH 590
    Physical Description: 2 cartons, 1 manuscripts box, 1 oversized box (3 cubic feet)
    Abstract: Contains Anderson's files, mainly as a consultant to the City of San Francisco, on the reuse of the Hunters Point Shipyard which the Navy had deactivated.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored on site.
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John H. Anderson Papers, (SFH 590), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Donated by Carolyn Gray Anderson on April 4, 2019.

    Separated Materials

    Some materials were incorporated into the John F. Shelley Papers (SFH 10) and Joseph L. Alioto Papers (SFH 5). The book, Teilhard de Chardin: In Quest of the Perfection of Man, Rutherford, [NJ]: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, c1973, autographed by Joseph Alioto, was removed to the library's catalog.

    Related Materials

    Researchers are encouraged to see also the San Francisco Department of City Planning Records (SFH 465) and the San Francisco Ephemera Collection (SF SUB COLL), and to check the library catalog.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Tami J. Suzuki in 2019.

    Biographical Information

    John Hawkins Anderson was a Bay Area city planner for three decades. He worked in San Francisco City Hall under mayors John Shelley, Joseph Alioto, George Moscone, and Dianne Feinstein. His first assignment was to draft the Johnson-era Model Cities Program for San Francisco. He contributed to the development of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system and other landmark projects, and managed leases at the Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard. Before retiring from public service, he directed the Emeryville Redevelopment Agency.
    In the late 1980s, he switched gears professionally to co-found Sino International Corporation, forming an exclusive relationship with Hongfa Electroacoustic Co.
    Anderson lived on Potrero Hill for 50 years. He is remembered for spearheading the campaign to sink utility distribution lines in several blocks of the neighborhood.


    Organized chronologically.

    Scope and Contents

    Contains Anderson's files, mainly as a consultant to the City of San Francisco, on the reuse of the Hunters Point Shipyard which the Navy had deactivated. Includes correspondence, notes and draft documents. Also includes papers documenting his evaluation of the Association of Bay Area Governments' Draft Environmental Management Plan. Of note are 1948 architectural drawings of a proposed, multi-structure convention center, by Eldridge T. Spencer and William Clement Ambrose (in Series 4).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Anderson, John H. (John Hawkins), 1930-2019 -- Archives
    Hunters Point Naval Shipyard -- Planning
    Military base conversion
    Environmental policy -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area -- Management