Finding Aid to the John H. (Hawkins) Anderson Papers, 1948-1998 (bulk 1973-1978), SFH 590

Tami J. Suzuki
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
July 2019
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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


Series 1 Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Reuse, 1964-1997 (bulk 1973-1977)

Physical Description: 2 cubic feet

Historical Note

When the Hunters Point Shipyard was deactivated in 1974, the Navy's policies on the release of the yard for non-Navy use were uncertain, and the Port did not develop plans. The Port Commission had a study of the yard's potential as a Port facility. The City proposed this development to the Navy on March 15, 1976, with the Port as the city's agent in a master tenant arrangement. However, the Navy awarded the lease to a private company, Triple A Machine Shop.
John Anderson was a consultant to the city as Project Director of the Hunters Point Shipyard Reuse Project, and then with the Port Commission on shipyard development and operation.

Scope and Contents

Contains Anderson's files, 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.

Box 1


Western Shipbuilding Association Study and Policy, 1964


Navy Correspondence, 1967-1968


Photographs, 1972-1973


Maps, 1972-1973


Special Task Force Preliminary Report, July 31, 1973


Correspondence, May-October, 1973


Booz, Allen & Hamilton Proposal to City for Reuse Study, 1973


Urban Land Institute Panel Analysis, [1973]


Chronology, 1973-1974


Application to U.S. Economic Development Administration for Re-use Study, 1974


Draft Development Plan, [1974?]


Progress Report to EDA, 1974


Navy Correspondence, 1974


Environmental Impact Statement for Outlease by Navy Consultant, June 1974


City Leasing Brochure, 1974


Master Lease Proposal, 1975


Internal Correspondence, March-April, 1975


Shipbuilding and Repair Capabilities, 1975


Negotiations with Navy, 1975


Navy Bid Procedures, September 1974-June 1975


Memo on Urgency of Defining Port Authority Interest, 1975


Costs and Benefits, 1975


Economic Reuse Study (by Booz, Allen & Hamilton), Aug. 31, 1975

Physical Description: 2 folders

Concept Paper on Development of Hunters Point, July-September, 1975


Internal Correspondence, June-December 1975


Navy Correspondence, February-December 1975


Triple A Machine Shop, August-September 1975


Navy Invitation to Lease, Dec. 24, 1975


Map, 1975


Solicitation (by City) for Reuse Study Report, [1975?]


Draft [Proposal?] Documents, 1975


Master Lease Proposal to Navy, [December 1975 or early 1976]


Proposed Layup Site Proposal by Deffco, 1976


Candlestick-Shoreline Park Status Report (by City Planning Department), 1976


Master Lease Proposal to Navy, February 1976


Management Contract Invitation (by City), 1975-1976

Physical Description: 2 folders

Outleasing Proposal (by City to Navy), March 11, 1976


Triple A Proposal to Navy, March 15, 1976


Navy Meeting Report, April 12, 1976


Assessment of Shipyard for Deep-Water Port Development, May 1976

Physical Description: 2 folders

Assessment of Agreement between Triple A and Port, May 25, 1976


Triple A Contract with Navy, July 1, 1976


Lease Between Triple A and San Francisco, July 1, 1976


Box 2


Powell (Bud) Ward, July 1976


Economic Adjustment Program Report (by Department of Defense), September 1976


Analysis of Navy Lease to Triple A, May-October, 1976


New Deep-Water Terminal Notes, June-October 1976


Port Impact Study by San Francisco State University, 1976


Draft Lease, [City and Tenants], Nov. 1, 1976


Re-use Study Funding, 1974-1976


Anderson's Account for Lawsuit Against Triple A and Navy, February 1976-January 1977


Maps, 1976


Status of Leasing Effort, Lawsuit Against Triple A and Navy, Jan. 4-Feb. 2, 1977


Anderson's Account of City's Efforts to Convert Shipyard, February 28, 1977


"The One Dollar a Year Misunderstanding," [1977?]


Correspondence, 1975-1977

Physical Description: 4 folders

City vs. U.S. Government Affidavits, 1976-1977


Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Association Development Document, no date


Anderson's Work Notes, 1976-1977


City Government Directories, 1975-1977


Navy Correspondence [for 1977 Lawsuit?], 1973-1975


City vs. U.S. Government Correspondence, 1979


Shipyard Redevelopment Plan, Draft, Jan. 10, 1997


Economic Development Proposal, no date


Reference Materials


Port of San Francisco Study by Arthur D. Little, 1966


San Francisco Port...Asset or Liability, SPUR Report, 1968


Shipyard Development Report by Stanford Research Institute, 1969


Economic Development Plan for South East Economic Development Area, [1971?]


Defense Base Closures Status Report, 1975

oversize-folder 1

Box 4: Oversized Items


Map, June 30, 1973


Triple A New Construction Drawing, Oct. 27, 1976


Color Photograph of Shipyard Model, no date


Series 2 Association of Bay Area Governments, 1976-1978

Physical Description: .3 cubic foot

Scope and Contents

Contains papers documenting Anderson's evaluation of ABAG's Draft Environmental Management Plan.

Box 2


Schedule (Anderson's), January 1978


Correspondence, February 1978


Wastewater Data, February 1978


Bay Area Council Statement on Draft Environmental Management Plan, February 1978


Environmental Management Plan, February-March, 1978


General Assembly, June 1978


Box 3


Environmental Impact Report (Final), June 9, 1978


Contract Matters, 1976-1978


Series 3 Other Consultant Work, 1979-1992

Physical Description: 3 folders

Box 3


Emeryville General Plan, November 1979


Vallejo Report for Developer, June 1987


Point Arena Draft General Plan, November 1992


Series 4 Work-Related and Personal Materials, 1948-1998

Physical Description: .3 cubic foot

Publications Removed

Buildings of the Bay Area, New York: Grove Press Inc., c1960
The Composite Report, Bay Area Rapid Transit, [San Francisco,] 1962
A Decent Home, The Report of the President's Committee on Urban Housing, [Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office,] 1969
A Report to the California Legislature, [San Francisco: San Francisco Bay Conservation Study Commission, 1965?]
Saturday Review, cJan. 8, 1966 (issue on "Making American Cities More Livable")
Scientific American, cSeptember 1965 (issue on cities)
Time, cNov. 6, 1964 (issue on urban renewal)

Box 3


Bay Area Housing Article, 1963


Downtown General Plan Proposals (by City Planning Department), September 1963


The Use of Land in San Francisco (City Planning Department), October 1964


City Planning Articles, 1965-1967


Celebrations, 1965-1998


Business Cards and Badges, 1966-Forward


UC Berkeley City Planning Alumni Directory, 1971


Save San Francisco Presidio, March 1979


SPUR Article on Privately-Owned Public Spaces, January 2009


San Francisco Transportation Plan (Chamber of Commerce), no date

oversize-folder 2

Box 4: Oversized Items


Proposed Convention Center Study (by Spencer and Ambrose, Consultants), March 18, 1948


Public Service Award from Mayor Alioto, no date