Finding Aid to the William Penn Mott Jr. Papers, 1931-1992

Finding Aid written by Michele Morgan in 2000; revised by Alison E. Bridger in 2006
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Finding Aid to the William Penn Mott Jr. Papers, 1931-1992

Collection number: BANC MSS 2000/133 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

Finding Aid Written By:
Michele Morgan; revised by Alison E. Bridger
Date Completed:
April, 2000; revised December 2006
Encoded by:
Xiuhzi Zhou
© 2006 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: William Penn Mott Jr. Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1931-1992
Collection Number: BANC MSS 2000/133 c
Creator: Mott, William Penn
Extent: Number of containers: 6 boxes, 8 cartons, 2 oversize boxes, 12 oversize folders, and 1 tube Linear feet: 15.2
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Abstract: Covers over six decades of Mott's professional life as a student of landscape architecture and as a park and recreation professional managing parks at the local, regional, state, and national levels. A comprehensive collection of his speeches form the bulk of the collection. Also included are files regarding his positions as Superintendent of the Oakland Park and Recreation Dept., General Manager of the East Bay Regional Park District, Director of the California Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Director of the United States National Park Service and other professional activities. Includes miscellaneous documents and reports about issues and projects in which he was involved and places he visited. There is little, however, of Mott's personal working papers, such as correspondence, writings, or meeting notes. Includes Mott's blueprints for Strawberry Canyon Park drawn for the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s.
Languages Represented: English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Penn Mott Jr. Papers, BANC MSS 2000/133 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Related Collections

Title: William Penn Mott, Jr. Memorial Fund Records.
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 2000/132 c
Title: Dynamic Park Leadership, 1962-1967, oral history transcript,
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 94/52 c
Title: Services for Californians: Executive Department Issues in the Reagan Administration, 1967-1984,
oral history transcript,
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 87/255 c

Separated Material

Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.
Photographs have been transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library. (BANC PIC 2000.076)
Videotapes/sound recordings have been transferred to the Microforms Collection of The Bancroft Library.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
California State Parks Foundation
California. Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Strawberry Canyon Recreational Area (Berkeley, Calif.)
Oakland (Calif.). Park and Recreation Dept
United States. National Park Service
Recreation areas--California--Management
East Bay Regional Park District (Calif.)

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The William Penn Mott, Jr. Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by William Penn Mott III and John Mott on November 30, 2000.


No additions are expected.


Funding for processing provided by the William Penn Mott, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Biographical Information

William Penn Mott, Jr., (1909-1992) received his bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan and his masters from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1933 Mott went to work for the National Park Service as a landscape architect helping develop facilities for Death Valley, Sequoia, Grant (now Kings Canyon), and Crater Lake National Parks and overseeing the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps in several western parks. In 1940 he opened a landscape architecture practice and provided park planning for several Bay Area communities. The Oakland Park Department, under Mott’s supervision from 1945, gained national recognition for its city beautification program and for being the first urban park department to hire a full time naturalist. In 1950 Mott developed Oakland’s Children's Fairyland believed to be the first children's theme park in the country and an influence on the later creation of Disneyland.
Robert Gordon Sproul recruited Mott to manage the East Bay Regional Park District in 1962. During his tenure he worked to professionalize the management and maintenance of the parks, helped bring Contra Costa County into the District, substantially increased the acreage of park holdings, and introduced the idea of a ring of ridge line trails along the hills that surround the San Francisco Bay. This project, now known as the Bay Area Ridge Trail, remained an interest throughout his life.
Governor Ronald Reagan named Mott, Director of the California State Department of Parks and Recreation. During his eight years as director (1967-1975), Mott created the Asilomar Training Facility for professional park rangers and peace officers, widened policy to allow women and people with social science degrees to become state park rangers, and significantly expanded the state park system. Mott founded the California State Parks Foundation in 1969 to help finance the acquisition and maintenance of state parks through private funding. He served as president of the Foundation from 1975 to 1985.
Director of the United States National Park Service from 1985-1989, Mott concentrated on keeping all of the national parks open and on protecting their natural resources from development. He initiated two new types of national parks - the national wild and scenic rivers and the tallgrass prairie reserve, and started the Horace Albright Fund, a privately funded program that supports park service personnel who wish to take a leave of absence in order to further their educational or career goals. Mott supported a number of controversial policies and programs including charging entrance fees to the major parks, the decision to allow the Yellowstone fires of 1988 to burn, and the proposal to reintroduce wolves into Yellowstone National Park. During the Yellowstone fires and the ensuing political fallout, Mott staunchly defended the career employees who had followed National Park Service policies concerning fire control and patiently explained to the press the necessity of fire to the natural environment. The Wolf Reintroduction Program opposed by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Service, was not initiated during Mott's lifetime.

Scope and Content of Collection

The William Penn Mott, Jr. Papers covers over six decades of Mott's professional life as a student of landscape architecture and as a park and recreation professional managing parks at the local, regional, state, and national levels. A comprehensive collection of his speeches form the bulk of the collection. Also included are files regarding his positions as Superintendent of the Oakland Park and Recreation Dept., General Manager of the East Bay Regional Park District, Director of the California Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Director of the United States National Park Service and other professional activities. Includes miscellaneous documents and reports about issues and projects in which he was involved and places he visited. There is little, however, of Mott's personal working papers, such as correspondence, writings, or meeting notes.
Of special note are drawings for Mott’s masters projects in Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, his blueprints for the Strawberry Canyon Park drawn for the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s, letters to his wife Ruth while working as a consultant in Costa Rica, and 12 scrapbooks with clippings and other material.

Cartons 1-2

Series 1:  Speeches, 1962-1992

Scope and Content Note


Arranged chronologically.
Contains typed copies of most of Mott's speeches given during his career as a park service official and a draft copy of a book of speeches Mott assembled but did not publish. Also contains some speech notes and miscellaneous items, such as programs from his speaking engagements and letters of thanks.
Carton 1, folder 1

Book of speeches, draft circa 1970's

folder 2

"Who Designs Park Buildings" 1962

folder 3

American Institute of Park Executives 1963

folder 4

"Man in California 1980's" 1964

folder 5

Great Lakes Park Training Institute 1964

folder 6

Underground Power Conference 1964

folder 7

"New Concepts for Regional Park Planning" 1964

folder 8

"The Park and Recreation Profession" 1964

folder 9

"Employee-Employer Relations" 1964

folder 10

"What is a Regional Park District?" 1964

folder 11

"You've Gotta Have a Dream" 1964

folder 12

Garden Club of America 1965

folder 13

"Solving the Silent Crisis" 1965

folder 14

"Partners in Progress" 1965

folder 15

"The Crisis" 1965

folder 16

"Ten-Four" 1966

folder 17

Statement on Recreation Planning and Management 1966

folder 18

"Parks, Open Spaces, and Shorelines" 1966

folder 19

"Cities in Parks" 1967

folder 20

"Philosophy of Recreation Service" 1967

folder 21

"They Knew Nothing of the Art of Leisure" 1967

folder 22

Charge of the Governor 1967

folder 23

"Following California's Trails" 1967

folder 24

"Parks in the Jet Age" 1967

folder 25

"The Hills Are Alive" 1967

folder 26

American Public Works Association 1968

folder 27

"Recreation Opportunities for the Senior Citizen" 1968


Statements on the Land and Water Conservation

folder 28

Fund Act 1968

folder 29

Statement to District Interpreters 1968


Statement Concerning Proposed Redwood

folder 30

National Park 1968

folder 31

Statement Before the Assembly Subcommittee on Marine Resources 1968

folder 32

"The Public Interest in the Ocean Shoreline" 1968

folder 33

Statement Before the Joint Legislative Committee on Water 1968

folder 34

Statement Before the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources 1968

folder 35

Statement Before the Senate Committee on Water Resources 1968

folder 36

Statement Before Mills College 1968

folder 37

Redwood National Park Dedication 1968

folder 38

"Land Acquisitions and Conservation" 1969

folder 39

Statement Before the House of Representatives 1969

folder 40

"Aiglatson" 1969

folder 41

Van Duzen Grove Dedication 1969

folder 42

"Advance Planning" 1969

folder 43

"Recreation Problems in Urban Impacted Areas" 1969

folder 44

Remarks Before the Ways and Means Committee 1969

folder 45

The Dos Rios Dam and Reservoir Project 1969

folder 46

"Recreation Problems in California's Urban Impacted Areas" 1969

folder 47

"New Goals and Objectives" 1969

folder 48

"Changing Values" 1970

folder 49

"The University's Role in Parks and Recreation" 1970

folder 50

"The Challenge of Parks and Recreation in the Decades Ahead" 1970

folder 51

"A Quality Environment--The San Francisco Bay Region" 1970

folder 52

"Outlook for Recreation" 1971

folder 53

"Planning for Progress" 1971

folder 54

"California Parkway System" 1971

folder 55

"The Challenge of Parks and Recreation in the Decades Ahead" 1971

folder 56

"Public Relations--For What?" 1971

folder 57

"Recreation--It Isn't What it Used to Be" 1971

folder 58

Meeting of Resources Agency Directors and Commission with the Governor 1971

folder 59

"An Administrator Looks at Mechanized Recreation" 1971

folder 60

"Focus for the Future: The Challenge of Parks and Recreation" 1971

folder 61

"Public Relations--For What?" 1972

folder 62

"Involvement" 1972

folder 63

"Recreation Tomorrow" 1972

folder 64

"Maintenance" 1972

folder 65

"The Challenge of Parks and Recreation in the Decades Ahead" 1972

folder 66

Rotary Club of San Francisco and Sacramento 1973

folder 67

"The Power of Positive People" 1973

folder 68

"Planning Ain't What It Use To Be" 1973

folder 69

"Camping in the California State Park System" 1973

folder 70

Hi-Twelve Club 1973

folder 71

"The Power of Positive People" 1973

folder 72

"Preservation of Natural Areas and Open Space" 1973

folder 73

"The Recreational Potential of the State Water Plan" 1973

folder 74

"The Power of Positive People" 1973

folder 75

"Developing a Quality Continuous Inservice Training Program" 1973

folder 76

"Recreation Area Management for Optimum User Benefits" 1973

folder 77

"Conservation Promotes Tourism" 1973

folder 78

"The Future: New Delivery Systems for Recreation" 1973

folder 79

"You Gotta Have a Dream" 1973

folder 80

"Carrying Capacity" 1974

folder 81

"California Adobes" 1974

folder 82

Outdoor Recreation Planning Meeting 1974

folder 83

Testimony Before the Subcommittee on National Parks and Recreation 1974

folder 84

Statement to the Subcommittee on National Parks and Recreation 1974

folder 85

"Planning as Viewed by an Administrator" 1974

folder 86

"A State's Patrimony: Its Parks and the Visitors who Participate in Them" 1974

folder 87

"The Land Acquisition Program for the California State Park System" 1974

folder 88

"A State Parks Director Looks at Interpretation" 1974

folder 89

"Change for the Future" 1975

folder 90

"The California Coastline" 1975

folder 91

"Don't Die on Third" 1975

folder 92

"The Next Ten Years" 1975

folder 93

"Who Needs Money?" 1975

folder 94

"I Didn't Know That!" 1975

folder 95

"Thanks Giving" 1975

folder 96

"An Administrator Looks at Interpretation" 1976

folder 97

"You Gotta Have a Dream" 1976

folder 98

"The Importance of Historic Preservation" 1976

folder 99

"Direction" 1977

folder 100

"Wilderness Management" 1977

folder 101

Benjamin Ide Wheeler Award 1977

folder 102

"Future Role of State Parks" 1978

folder 103

"Recreation Facilities for a Livable City" 1978

folder 104

"A Third Party Approach" 1978

folder 105

"Now Is the Time" 1978

folder 106

"Beating the Money Pinch" 1979

folder 107

"Making Cities Good Places for Children to Grow Up" 1979

folder 108

"The Challenge of the Eighties" 1980

folder 109

"The Old Oak Tree" 1980

folder 110

Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association 1981

folder 111

"Managing Parks for People" 1981

folder 112

"Political Realities for Recreation" 1981

folder 113

"Don't Depend on a Better Mousetrap" 1982

folder 114

"Lead the Parade--Market Your Parks" 1983

folder 115

"The Case for Park Foundations" 1984

folder 116

Parks in the West Conference 1984

folder 117

"Changes and Challenges" 1984

folder 118

Remarks to the Staff of the Western Regional Office of the National Park Service 1985

folder 119

The One-Hundredth Anniversary Ceremony of Canada's National Park System 1985

folder 120

California State Park Rangers 1986

folder 121

The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Tennessee State Park System 1986

folder 122

Enforcement and Visitor Protection Workshop 1987

folder 123

Military History Conference 1987

folder 124

United States National Park Service Urban Superintendents' Conference 1987

folder 125

Dedication of Ruins Shelters--Mese Verde National Park 1987

folder 126

National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni 1987

folder 127

League to Save Lake Tahoe 1987

folder 128

Cody Country Chamber of Commerce 1987

folder 129

Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation 1988

folder 130

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (Plains, Ga.) Dedication 1988

folder 131

"Tourism and Parks '88" 1988

folder 132

Unity College Commencement 1988

folder 133

United States National Park Service General Superintendents' Conference 1988

folder 134

Fiftieth Anniversary of Olympic National Park (Wash.) 1988

folder 135

"Change" 1988

folder 136

National Park Service/Historically Black Colleges and Universities President's Conference 1989

folder 137

Ranger Skills 1989

folder 138

Symposium on National Park Research and Resource Management Policy into the Next Century 1989

folder 139

Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site (Calif.) Advisory Committee 1989

folder 140

Clemson University College of Forest and Recreation Resources 1989

folder 141

Oceanic Society 1989

folder 142

"Economic Impact of Parks and Recreation" 1989

Carton 2, folder 1

Lake Merritt Breakfast Club 1989

folder 2

"On the Seventh Day" 1989

folder 3

"The Magic of Human Potential" 1989

folder 4

Newton B. Drury Peak Dedication 1989

folder 5

"Plans, Plants, and the Presidio" 1989

folder 6

"Yellowstone--Our Living Legacy" 1989

folder 7

"Maritime Preservation" 1989

folder 8

Flagpole Dedication at Fort Point (San Francisco, Calif.) 1989

folder 9

"The Presidio" 1990

folder 10

"Responsibility and Ethics that Natural Resources Professionals Must Face in Today's World" 1990

folder 11

"What Is Your Business in the 21st Century?" 1990

folder 12

"We Must Be Key Players in the Environmental Battles of the Nineties" 1990

folder 13

"The Challenge of the 21st Century, Preserving our Natural and Cultural Values" 1990

folder 14

"Endangered Species, An Overview" 1990

folder 15

"Environmental Regulations Today and Tomorrow" 1990

folder 16

"The Challenge of the 21st Century" 1990

folder 17

Dedication of a Segment of the Ridge Trail 1990

folder 18

"Preservation of Planet Earth" 1990

folder 19

"Survival in the 21st Century, Your Role as an Executive Educator" 1990

folder 20-21

"The Individual, the Organization, and the Environment" 1990

folder 22

"Preserving Planet Earth" 1990

folder 23

Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail Groundbreaking 1990

folder 24

"The National Park Service" 1990

folder 25

"Vision of Open Space" 1991

folder 26

Rotary Club, Oakland, Calif. 1991

folder 27

San Francisco Businessmen's Garden Club 1991

folder 28

"Preserving Flora Species" 1991

folder 29

"Endangered Species: An Overview" 1991

folder 30

"The Environmental Education Center--Its Future" 1991

folder 31

"Changes on the Path to Excellence" 1991

folder 32

"The History of California Preserved in the Parks of the California State Parks and Recreation Department" 1991

folder 33

Bayland Park Groundbreaking 1991

folder 34

"Water" 1992

folder 35

"Who's Responsible?" 1992

folder 36

"The Power of Citizens' Participation" 1992

folder 37

"Changing the Interpretation Emphasis" 1992

folder 38

"Preserve Open Space" circa 1992

folder 39

American Institute of Park Executives undated

folder 40

"My Park" undated

folder 41

"The Song of the Cricket" undated

folder 42

"Flag History of California" undated

folder 43

"Interpretation and the New Park Visitor" undated

folder 44

"Parks and Recreation--Changes and Challenges" undated

folder 45

"What If" undated

folder 46

"The Challenge" undated

folder 47

"Preserving Our National Heritage" undated

folder 48

"The Future of Interpretation" undated

folder 49

"Manzanar" undated

folder 50-51

Untitled speeches undated

folder 52

"Resource Management"--draft undated

folder 53-54

Correspondence 1971-92

folder 55-62

Speech notes 1987-92

folder 63

Background Materials undated

folder 64-78

Related Material 1963-91

Box 5-6; Cartons 3-6; Carton 7, folders 1-5; Oversize Box 1, folders 1-5; Oversize Box 2, folders 1-4; Oversize Folders B 1-4; Oversize Folders C 1-3; Tube 1

Series 2:  Professional Files, 1933-1992.

Scope and Content Note


Arranged hierarchically. Divided into three subseries: United States National Park Service, California Parks, and Private Practice and Consultant Work. The United States National Park Service is further divided into: Director of the National Park Service, Special Assistant to the Western Regional Director, and Related Material.
Contains miscellaneous materials from various professional positions. The National Park Service papers are truly miscellaneous and although they contain Mott's National Park Service travel vouchers and supporting material, they do not include office files or even his personal notes. The Mott National Park Service files are held by the National Archives.

Subseries 2.1:  United States National Park Service, 1933-1992.


2.1.1:  Director of the National Park Service

Carton 3, folder 1-4

Correspondence 1985-89

folder 5

Articles 1986, 1989

folder 6

Writings 1985-88

folder 7

Memoranda 1985-89

folder 8

Briefing memo, draft circa 1985-89

folder 9

Interview 1990

folder 10

Resume 1969

folder 11

Notes undated

folder 12

Transition Team 1985


Director's Steering Committee

folder 13

21st Century Task Force circa 1987

folder 14

"Maintenance Management" 1985

folder 15

Fire Management Review Team, Yellowstone Fires 1988-89


Regional Directors

folder 16

Meeting 1985

folder 17

Horace Albright Employee Development Fund 1987

folder 18

Memos from the Director 1989

folder 19-20

Superintendents' Conferences 1985, 1986

folder 21-36

Travel vouchers 1986-87

Carton 4, folder 1-20

Travel vouchers 1987-88

folder 21

Paradise Visitors Center, dedication 1987

folder 22

Birthday cards 1989, undated

folder 23

Retirement 1989

Oversize folder 1B

Retirement placards 1989

Oversize box 1, folder 1

Old Faithful Inn, print-reproduction 1985-89

Oversize box 1, folder 1

Certificate of appreciation 1989

Oversize box 1, folder 2

White House Christmas Cards 1987-88


2.1.2:  Special Assistant to the Western Regional Director

Carton 4, folder 24-28

Correspondence 1989-92

folder 29-30

Memoranda undated

folder 31

Writings 1989-91

folder 32

Laurence Spelman Rockefeller, Congressional Gold Medal 1990

Carton 5, folder 1

Appointment books 1989-90

folder 2

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, (Calif.) Presidio Planning Team 1991

folder 3

Senior Executive Education Session for the National Park Service 1992

folder 4

Treasures Around the Bay Committee 1991

folder 5-8

Bay Area Ridge Trail Council 1987-92

folder 9

Central California Coast Biosphere Reserve 1990-91

folder 10

"California in the Year 2000" 1990


2.1.3:  Related Material


Landscape Architect

Oversize box 2, folder 1

Blueprints, Strawberry Canyon Park 1934

Oversize folder 2B

Blueprint, Chinquapin comfort station, Yosemite National Park 1933

Tube 1

"Master Plan for University of California, Strawberry Canyon Project" 1933

Carton 5, folder 11-12

National Park Foundation 1985-92

folder 13

American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration 1990-91

folder 14

American Fisheries Society 1992

folder 15

Beowawe Geysers and Steamboat Springs 1989

folder 16

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site (North Dakota and Montana) 1987

folder 17

Friends of the San Antonio Mission 1991-92

folder 18

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii) 1987

folder 19

Huntley Meadows Park 1988-89

folder 20

High Sierra Stock Users Association 1985

folder 21

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park (Calif.) Advisory Board 1990

folder 22

Lane, L. W., Jr. 1985-90

folder 23

Martini Creek bypass 1985-92

folder 24

National Celebration of the Outdoors 1989-90

folder 25

National Peace Garden Memorial (Washington, D.C.) 1990

folder 26

The Nature Conservancy (U.S.), Tallgrass Prairie Reserve 1989

folder 27

Pacific/Atlantic Challenge 1990

folder 28

Yosemite National Park (Calif.) Centennial Celebration 1990

folder 29

William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom 1988-89

folder 30-31

Wolf recovery in Yellowstone National Park 1989-90

folder 32-33

Administrative reports 1984, 1992

folder 34

House Subcommittee, questions and answers, draft 1989

folder 35-37

Miscellaneous 1985-92


Subseries 2.2:  California Parks, 1938-1992.


Director of California State Department of Parks and Recreation

Carton 6, folder 1-3

Correspondence 1967-75

folder 4

Memorandum 1975

folder 5

Oral history interview 1982

folder 6

Press releases 1970

folder 7

"Delegation of Responsibility within the California State Department of Parks and Recreation" 1973

folder 8

Redwood Park Special Study Commission 1968

folder 9

Annadel State Park (Calif.) 1976

folder 10

Master Plan Handbook 1966

folder 11

Letters of Recommendation 1967, 1975

folder 12-15

Congratulations on appointment 1967

Oversize Box 1, folder 3

Appointments and Resolutions 1967-88

Oversize Box 1, folder 4

Birthday Card circa 1969

Carton 6, folder 16

Birthday greetings 1974

folder 17

Miscellaneous 1968-72


California State Parks Foundation President

folder 18

Correspondence 1976-85

folder 19

Memoranda undated

folder 20

Articles 1982

folder 21

"Annual Report" 1976

folder 22-23

Diablo Ranch 1979-91

folder 24

Marconi Conference Center 1984-85

folder 25

Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation 1990

folder 26

Golden Bear Award 1982

Box 5

Golden Bear Award (object) 1982

Carton 6, folder 27

Lane, L. W., Jr. 1973-90

folder 28

Miscellaneous 1969-72


East Bay Regional Park District General Manager

folder 29

Correspondence 1964-92

folder 30

Oral histories 1981, 1990

folder 31

Blue Ribbon Fire Prevention Committee, report 1982

folder 32

Metropolitan Equestrian Preservation Society. Skyline Ranch 1990

folder 33

Base Closure Commission 1990-91

folder 34

Regional Parks Foundation 1992

folder 35

Farewell card 1967

folder 36

Educator's guide 1988

Oversize folder 3B

Segment of plastic tablecloth circa 1960's

Oversize folder 4B

United States Geological Survey Map of the Redwood Skyline Vicinity 1989

Carton 6, folder 37

Miscellaneous 1984, 1992


Oakland Park Department Supervisor

folder 38

Correspondence 1945-46

folder 39

"The Development of the Hights-Sequoia Park" 1938

folder 40

"Planned Progress" 1946

folder 41

Children's Fairyland 1976, undated

folder 42

Disneyland (Calif.) Press Packet 1955

folder 43

Joaquin Miller Park (Oakland, Calif.) 1941-46

Oversize box 1, folder 5

Mosswood Park and San Antonio Park drawings 1938

Oversize box 2, folder 2

Advertisement for Children's Fairyland 1950

Oversize folder 1C

Mosswood Park and Elmhurst Plaza drawings 1938, 1946

Oversize folder 2C

Organizational Chart, First Presbyterian Church Drawings, Westminster Cascades 1946, 1989

Carton 6, folder 44-45

Miscellaneous 1955-91

folder 46-47

Clippings 1946-48

folder 48

Moraga Park and Recreation Authority 1975


Subseries 2.3:  Private Practice and Consultant Work, 1933-1965.

Carton 7, folder 1

Private practice 1943-48

Oversize box 2, folder 3-4

Drawings and blueprints 1933, 1946

Carton 7, folder 2-4

International Cooperation Administration, Costa Rica 1961

Oversize folder 3C

Drawings 1960-61

Carton 7, folder 5

Commonwealth of Australia, Department of the Interior, report 1965

Box 6, folder 1-6

Australia consultation work 1964-1965

Box 6, folder 7

Australian report 1988

Carton 7, folders 6-56; Carton 8, folders 1-28; Oversize Box 1, folders 6-12

Series 3:  Organizations and Affiliations, 1949-1992.

Scope and Content Note


Arranged alphabetically.
Contains materials from Mott's involvement in various organizations at the local, state, and national levels. These materials include some correspondence, memos, and meeting minutes as well as numerous awards and certificates of appreciation.
Carton 7, folder 6

Advertising Club of Oakland 1962

folder 7

Alameda-Contra Costa Regional Parks Foundation 1990

Oversize box 1, folder 6

American Institute of Landscape Architects 1957

Carton 7, folder 8

American Institute of Park Executives 1957-58

folder 9

American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society. Cornelius Amory Pugsley Award 1973

Oversize box 1, folder 6

American Society of Landscape Architects 1988

Carton 7, folder 10

Association of National Park Rangers 1977

folder 11

Berkeley Exchange Club undated

folder 12

Blue Ridge Parkway Alumni Association 1987

folder 13

Business and Industrial Staff Services 1949

folder 14

Business and Professional Women's Club of Oakland, Inc. 1990

folder 15

California Garden Clubs, Inc. 1987

folder 16

California Exposition and State Fair 1968

folder 17

California Park and Recreation Society 1968

folder 18

California State Juvenile Officers Association 1957

folder 19

California State Railroad Museum 1990-92

folder 20

California Wildlands Program 1989-91

folder 21

Chabot Observatory and Science Center (Oakland, Calif.) 1990-92

folder 22

City of Salem, Massachusetts 1988

folder 23

Colorado State University, Department of Recreation undated

Oversize box 1, folder 7

Conservation Corps Institute of California 1992

carton Ctn 7, folder 24

Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors 1990

folder 25

Cumberland Island Historic Foundation, Inc. 1988

folder 26

Daughters of the American Revolution 1980, undated

folder 27

East Bay Botanical and Zoological Society 1975

folder 28

East Bay Conservation Corps 1985-92

folder 29

Employees and Alumni Association of the National Park Service 1989

folder 30

Environmental Alliance 1991-92

folder 31

First District Agricultural Association undated

folder 32-35

First Presbyterian Church of Oakland (Calif.) 1989-92

Oversize box 1, folder 8

Fort Scott National Historic Site circa 1985-89

Carton 7, folder 36-50

Gateway Task Force, Orinda, Calif. 1990-92

folder 51

Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay 1992

Oversize box 1, folder 8

The Great Navy of the State of Nebraska 1987

Oversize Box 1, folder 8

Hillside Gardeners of Montclair 1952

Carton 7, folder 52

Hot Springs National Park (Ark.) 1989

folder 53

Huntington Beach (Calif.) Chamber of Commerce 1972

folder 54-56

International Institute of the East Bay 1990-92

Carton 8, folder 1

International Right of Way Association undated

folder 2

Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour undated

folder 3

Lake Merritt Institute 1992

Oversize box 1, folder 9

Lambda Alpha 1967, 1986

Carton 8, folder 4

Landscape Architecture Foundation (U.S.) 1985

folder 5

League of Women Voters of Oakland 1991

folder 6

Los Vaqueros Project 1990-92

folder 7

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (Atlanta, Ga.) 1986

folder 8

Metropolitan YMCA of Alameda County 1966-90

folder 9

Michigan State University, Distinguished Alumni Award 1967

Oversize box 1, folder 9

The Morcom Amphitheater of Roses undated

Carton 8, folder 10

National Association of Interpretation (U.S.) 1989

folder 11

National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers 1974

folder 12

National Park Service, Equal Opportunity Committees 1985

folder 13

National Republican Congressional Committee 1983

Oversize box 1, folder 9

National Recreation and Park Association 1965

Carton 8, folder 14

Oakland Round Table 1956

folder 15

Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce 1973

folder 16

Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District 1990

folder 17

Sacramento County Historical Society undated

Oversize box 1, folder 10

San Francisco Bay Area Council 1967

Carton 8, folder 18

Save the Redwoods League 1985-92

Oversize box 1, folder 10

Southwest Parks and Monuments Association undated

Carton 8, folder 19

State Board of Landscape Architects 1954

folder 20

State of Louisiana, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism 1988

Oversize box 1, folder 11

Taliesin Fellowship 1986

Oversize Box 1, folder 11

United Crusade 1968

Oversize Box 1, folder 12

United States Department of the Interior, Outdoor Recreation Achievement Award 1976

Carton 8, folder 21

United States Forest Service, Penny Pines undated

folder 22

United States Postal Service 1974

folder 23-25

University of California, Berkeley, College of Natural Resources 1990-92

folder 26

USS Arizona Memorial (Hawaii) 1987

folder 27

Wa Sung Service Club (Oakland, Calif.) 1961

folder 28

Warrior's Path State Park undated

Boxes 1-4; Carton 8, folders 29-64; Oversize Box 2, folders 5-7; Oversize Folders B 5-7; Oversize Folders C 4-5; Tube 1

Series 4:  Personal Papers, 1931-1992.

Scope and Content Note


Arranged hierarchically.
Contains drawings and prints from Mott's masters project at the University of California, Berkeley, family correspondence, newspaper clippings about Mott's career, and tributes and obituaries produced after Mott's death in September, 1992.
Carton 8, folder 29

Family correspondence 1960-61

folder 30

Personal correspondence 1973, undated

folder 31

Ruth Mott, correspondence 1961, 1991

Box 1, v. 1-2

Scrapbooks 1946-1948

Box 2, v. 3-4

Scrapbooks 1947-1950

Box 3, v. 5-6

Scrapbooks 1950-1951, 1958-1960

Box 4, v. 7-8

Scrapbooks 1960-1962, 1980-1988


Masters Project, University of California, Berkeley

Oversize box 2, folder 5

Drawings 1933

Oversize folder 5B

Plans and drawings ( William Penn Mott and Ruth Barnes) 1931

Oversize folder 4C

Drawing: "A Spanish Estate of the 16th Century" 1931

Tube 1

Blueprint: "Mission Protestante" 1931

Oversize folder 6B

Preliminary Plan, Washington Square, Berkeley undated



Oversize box 2, folder 6

William Penn Mott 1923, 1927

Oversize box 2, folder 7

Barnes family 1904-27

Oversize folder 7B

Masons Certificate 1931

Oversize folder 5C

Poster: "Bill Mott Relaxes with a Friend" undated

Carton 8, folder 32

Letters of condolence 1992

folder 33

Memorial Service 1992

folder 34

Tributes and obituaries 1992

folder 35

Christmas letters 1950-89

folder 36

Miscellaneous 1968-90



folder 37

Interviews 1985, 1990

folder 38-39

"Feedback from the nation's news media" 1985, 1988

folder 40-64

Articles 1946-92