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San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
Title: John H. (Hawkins) Anderson papers,
Date (inclusive): 1948-1998
Date (bulk): 1973-1978
Anderson, John H. (John Hawkins), 1930-2019
Collection Identifier: SFH 590
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.
[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.
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.
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.
Processed by Tami J. Suzuki in 2019.
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
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.
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