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
sfhistory@sfpl.org


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.

Access

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.

Provenance

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.

Arrangement

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