Finding Aid for the American Institute of Landscape Architects Records LSC.1297

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Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: American Institute of Landscape Architects records
Creator: American Institute of Landscape Architects
Identifier/Call Number: LSC.1297
Physical Description: 52.5 Linear Feet (105 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Date (inclusive): circa 1954-1977
Abstract: The American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) began as the Southern California Landscape Architects (SCLA) in 1954 after the appointment of the State Registration of California Landscape Architects Board by California Governor Goodwin Knight. The institute was renamed the California Institute of Landscape Architects (CILA) then incorporated as the AILA in 1957. AILA became a national and international group before merging with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in 1982. The collection consists of newsletters, correspondence, business records, and membership lists assembled from various sources related to the American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).
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Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Donald Roberts, 1980-1984.
Gift of Robert Cardoza, 1986.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], American Institute of Landscape Architects Records (Collection 1297). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

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UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 994621853606533 


The American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) began as the Southern California Landscape Architects (SCLA) in 1954 after the appointment of the State Registration of California Landscape Architects Board by California Governor Goodwin Knight; renamed the California Institute of Landscape Architects (CILA); incorporated as the AILA in 1957; AILA became a national and international group before merging with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in 1982.

Biographical Narrative

According to American Institute of Landscape Architect histories, the organization was conceived in 1952. The real beginning was in 1954, after the State Registration of California Landscape Architects Board was appointed by Governor Goodwin Knight. The group termed itself Southern California Landscape Architects (SCLA), then California Institute of Landscape Architects (CILA), before incorporating in 1957 as the American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). The organization's objectives were to provide the `middle ground' where the designer, practitioner, landscape contractor, and landscape nurseryman as well as those with more formal training, could meet and discuss common problems and experiences leading to the enrichment of professional work done. AILA became a national and international group. Two other groups already existed: California Council of Landscape Architects (CCLA) and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). AILA was given representation to CCLA, but withdrew after feeling rules were not being strictly adhered to. For many years there seems to have been a rivalry with ASLA, though with suggestions at various times for merging with ASLA. In 1982 a merger was accomplished, so that AILA no longer exists.
Records in this collection do not form an archive, but have been assembled from various sources, primarily through the offices of Donald Roberts, UCLA Lecturer in Art, Design, and Art History, AILA national fellow and officeholder, AILA Los Angeles chapter. There is some material pertaining to or from all of the organizations mentioned above. The largest group of working documents comes from Glen H. Hunt, AILA president 1975-76. All other items are miscellaneous, but give a picture of the concerns and working methods of the chapters and national organization. There is information on state licensing boards and AILA student award programs. In the early and middle 70s AILA concerned itself with environmental issues, so there is a small amount of material about those. There is some material about the issues involved in a merger with ASLA.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of newsletters, correspondence, business records, and membership lists assembled from various sources related to the American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). The the largest group of documents in the collection was from Glen H. Hunt, AILA president, 1975-76, and additional materials came from Donald Roberts, an AILA national fellow and officer as well as UCLA lecturer. Material in the collection relates to the AILA and its growth, and subjects covered include local AILA chapters, AILA organization on the national level, state licensing boards, and AILA student award programs. There is some documentation relating to the AILA's concern with environmental issues in the early and middle 1970s as well as material relating to the AILA's merger with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Southern California Landscape Architects (SCLA) files.
  2. American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) files.
  3. American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) files.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Business records.
Online resources.
Landscape architecture -- Archives.
American Institute of Landscape Architects--Archives
American Society of Landscape Architects.


California Council of Landscape Architects Correspondence and Working Papers

General Physical Description note: [Box 1]

CCLA Newsletters

General Physical Description note: [Box 2, folders 1-3]

California Association of Landscape Architects Working Papers and Newsletter

General Physical Description note: [Box 2, folders 4-7]

Southern California Landscape Architects Items

General Physical Description note: [Box 2, folders 8-9]

California Institute of Landscape Architects Working Papers

General Physical Description note: [Box 2, folders 10-12]

American Institute of Landscape Architects - Items Gathered for a History of the Organization

General Physical Description note: [Box 2, folders 13-16]

AILA--Items Arranged Chronologically By Cataloger

General Physical Description note: [Box 3]

Glen Hunt Working Papers, from his Offices with AILA

General Physical Description note: [Boxes 4-5]

Chapter Items and Working Papers (Including Los Angeles Chapter); Chapter Newsletters

General Physical Description note: [Box 6]

AILA Newsletters

General Physical Description note: [Boxes 7-8]

AILA Rosters

General Physical Description note: [Box 9]

California Council of Landscape Architects

box 1, folder 1

Correspondence, Seemingly Executive secretaries' files. Includes some by-laws, minutes, etc. for this period. 1955-57.

box 1, folder 2

Correspondence, 1958-61.

box 1, folder 3

Roster, (?). 1955

box 1, folder 4

Correspondence, rosters, minutes, etc. seemingly kept by Warren E. Lauesen, 1958-61.

box 1, folder 5

Agendas, aims, correspondence, etc., 1959-60.

box 1, folder 6

Correspondence, minutes, budgets, etc., Lauesen materials. 1959.

box 1, folder 7

Draft, Code of professional practice. Also comments, including those by Warner L. Marsh, 1959.

box 1, folder 8

Minutes, budgets, mailings, etc., 1960-62.

box 1, folder 9

Minutes, financial statements, mailings, etc., 1961-62.

box 1, folder 10

By-laws, (?). 1968


CCLA Conventions

box 1, folder 11

1st annual, the Ahwahnee, Yosemite. Announcement, program, clippings, etc. 1955.

box 1, folder 12

2nd annual, the Biltmore, Santa Barbara. Announcement, program, Biltmore brochures, etc. 1956.

box 1, folder 13

3rd annual, Mark Thomas' Inn, Monterey. Announcement, program, Monterey map, etc. 1957.

box 1, folder 14

4th annual, El Mirador Hotel, Palm Springs. Program, roster, Palm Springs items, etc. 1958.

box 1, folder 15

Reference manual. 1958/59

General Physical Description note: 2 copies.
box 1, folder 16

5th annual, Yosemite Lodge, Yosemite. Announcement, program outline, program, roster. 1959.

box 1, folder 17

Reference manual. 1960

box 1, folder 18

6th annual, Mission Inn, Riverside. Program. 1960.

box 1, folder 19

7th annual, El Dorado Hotel, Sacramento. Program, roster, Board of directors minutes, etc. 1961.


California Council of Landscape Architects Newsletters

General note

[Inclusive dates - a draft list of actual holdings is in the Collections File]
box 2, folder 1

Councilnews. vol.2 no.6 (). vol.7 no.5 (). July 25, 1958 December 1961

box 2, folder 2

California Councilor. vol.2 no.1 (). vol.4 no.3 (). May 1972 June 1974

box 2, folder 3

CCLA News. vol.5 no.1 (). April 1975

box 2, folder 4

Correspondence, rosters, 1955-57.

box 2, folder 5

Suggested schedule of compensation, November 1954.

box 2, folder 6

Mimeographed items, including Excerpts from Articles of incorporation, 1957.

box 2, folder 7

CALA News. vol.6 no.7 (). vol.9 no.5 (). February 4, 1955 December 28, 1957

General note

[Inclusive dates - draft list in Collections File]

Southern California Landscape Architects

box 2, folder 8

Proposed code, 1954.

box 2, folder 9

California State Board of Landscape Architects, roster of licentiates, December 1954.


California Institute of Landscape Architects

box 2, folder 10

Correspondence, minutes, rosters (of organizing members), 1954-55.

box 2, folder 11

Articles of incorporation and by-laws. Correspondence about and copies of, 1956.

box 2, folder 12

Roster, 1956.


American Institute of Landscape Architects (beginning , with this name) 1957

General note

[Items kept or gathered for establishing a history of the organization, ca. 1954-1970]
box 2, folder 13

Rosters, narrative histories, 1954-70.

box 2, folder 14

American Institute of Landscape Architects, history and purposes. Typescript, Lists of names, correspondence, 1959. 1970.

box 2, folder 15

Rosters, notable events of organization, correspondence, 1973-74.

box 2, folder 16

Lists of members with some biographical information (pertaining to involvement with organization), ca. 50 leaves.



General note

[Items Filed Chronologically by Cataloger]
box 3, folder 1

Photograph of Jack Evans and Keith Peck; letter, 1958.

box 3, folder 2

Two convention photographs, late 1950s/early 60s.

General note

Removed to Package 1 because of mold.
box 3, folder 3

Letter, 1958.

box 3, folder 4

Letters from ASLA, 1959-60.

box 3, folder 5

Minutes, agendas, 1960-61.

box 3, folder 6

Roster, by-laws correspondence, 1960.

box 3, folder 7

Annual meeting, Notes, financial statements. 1961.

box 3, folder 8

Minutes, correspondence, Seemingly executive secretary's files. 1960-61.

box 3, folder 9

Printed by-laws. Special report to AILA from public relations consultant, 1961.

box 3, folder 10

Roster correspondence (mimeographed forms), 1962.

box 3, folder 11

Correspondence, Seemingly executive secretary's files. 1959-62.

Scope and Contents note

Includes The Council story (typescript explaining controversy with and withdrawal from CCLA).
box 3, folder 12

Budgets, financial statements, 1958-65.

box 3, folder 13

Garden planners, 1967.

box 3, folder 14

ASLA concurrent membership, 1967-68.

box 3, folder 15

Minutes, 1967.

box 3, folder 16

convention. Correspondence, agendas, programs, etc. 1967

box 3, folder 17

Landscape Architects Emergency Committee. Mimeographed newsletters, 1968.

box 3, folder 18

Letter to David Wedgewood, 1968.

box 3, folder 19

International conference, Asilomar, Registration form, program, etc. 1968.

box 3, folder 20

Metropolitan Water District information, 1960 and 1968.

box 3, folder 21

State Board of Landscape Architects law (California) with rules and regulations and directory, 1969.

box 3, folder 22

Mimeographed memo from president about officers, etc. 1968/69

box 3, folder 23

Letter from Wedgewood, 1969.

box 3, folder 24

Brochures for AILA's spring tour. 1969

box 3, folder 25

Letters to Wedgewood, 1970-71.

box 3, folder 26

travel program questionnaire. 1970

box 3, folder 27

International conference. Program, hotel brochure. 1970

box 3, folder 28

Update to directory of landscape architects. 1972

box 3, folder 29

tour brochure. 1974

box 3, folder 30

ASLA/AILA amalgamation. Correspondence, 1977.

General Physical Description note: (photocopies).
box 3, folder 31

Sample AILA membership applications.

box 3, folder 32

Sample (blank) AILA awards of merit.

box 3, folder 33

Richard P. Gawne, Riverside, California AILA [name tag from convention?].


Items from Glen Hunt, AILA Officeholder

box 4, folder 1

Public relations. Correspondence, reports, 1970.

box 4, folder 2

Public relations. Correspondence, 1970.

box 4, folder 3

Cascade [Seattle] chapter AILA environmental activities, 1971.

box 4, folder 4

Environmental materials from Richard and Dion Neutra, 1971-72.

box 4, folder 5

National Committee on Environment. Correspondence, notes, 1971.

box 4, folder 6

Correspondence, 1973.

box 4, folder 7

Report of Glen Hunt, 1st vice president, notes on AILA goals, etc., 1974-75.

box 4, folder 8

Correspondence, 1974-75.

box 4, folder 9

Correspondence with 1st vice president Patrick Gushue, 1974-75.

box 4, folder 10

Correspondence with Gushue, April-August 1976.

box 4, folder 11

Student members. Correspondence, Director's report, 1974-76.

box 4, folder 12

Correspondence, International student director William J. Drulias, March-April 1975.

box 4, folder 13

Correspondence, primarily photocopies of Hunt's letters sent after election as president, 1975.

box 4, folder 14

Financial statements 1971-74.

General Physical Description note: (photocopies).
box 4, folder 15

Letters from executive vice president F.J. MacDonald, March-December 1975.

box 5, folder 1

Correspondence, various state AILA chapters, primarily concerning registration practices, state boards, etc., 1975.

box 5, folder 2

Correspondence with chapters, Includes rosters, notes, etc. 1975-76.

box 5, folder 3

Correspondence with William H. Peterson, 1975-76.

box 5, folder 4

Correspondence with 2nd vice president Taro Yamegami, March-June 1976.

box 5, folder 5

Correspondence with treasurer Arthur M. Surosky, April-June 1976.

box 5, folder 6

Carbons of outgoing letters, welcoming new members, 1976.

box 5, folder 7

Correspondence, notes, rosters of committees, 1976-77.

box 5, folder 8

Correspondence with Stephen Schwartz, International secretary/President Los Angeles chapter/By-laws committee, Includes by-laws information. 1976.

box 5, folder 9

Public relations committee correspondence, 1976.

box 5, folder 10

Rosters, mailing lists, 1976.

box 5, folder 11

Correspondence - a series of files These seemingly were kept chronologically rather than by subject as were most previous files (folder 1 of 4). mid-1976 to early 1977.

box 5, folder 12

Correspondence (folder 2 of 4). 1976-77

box 5, folder 13

Correspondence (folder 3 of 4). 1976-77

box 5, folder 14

Correspondence (folder 4 of 4). 1976-77

box 5, folder 15

Board of directors' questionnaire. Sent by Hunt, a mimeographed form, with questions on goals, etc. These are returned copies (folder 1 of 2).

box 5, folder 16

Returned questionnaires (folder 2 of 2).


AILA - Chapters

General note

[Most begin with items designated CILA]

San Diego

box 6, folder 1

Founding meeting attendance list, 1957-58.

box 6, folder 2

Correspondence - officers, 1957-59.

box 6, folder 3

Meetings. Correspondence, minutes, 1957-61.


Northern California

box 6, folder 4

Founding meeting attendance list. Also correspondence, 1956.

box 6, folder 5

Meetings. Correspondence, minutes, 1959-62.



box 6, folder 6

Vocational course announcement, 1960.


Los Angeles

box 6, folder 7

Financial statements, 1957-60.

box 6, folder 8

Board of directors - agendas, 1960-65.

box 6, folder 9

Board of directors - minutes, 1960-65.

box 6, folder 10

Board of directors - minutes, 1962-63.

box 6, folder 11

General meetings - minutes, 1962.

box 6, folder 12

Secretary Howard Baumgarten's files, Correspondence, announcements, minutes. 1968-69.

box 6, folder 13

Board minutes and financial statements, 1973-75.

box 6, folder 14

Miscellaneous items, Letters, agendas, etc. 1966-74.

box 6, folder 14


General note

Los Angeles chapter - host, 1962 AILA annual meeting
box 6, folder 15

Correspondence, annotated roster, minutes, convention site brochures.

box 6, folder 15


General note

Los Angeles chapter - sponsor, Landscape architects' seminar, Lake Arrowhead: announcements, reservation forms, programs.
box 6, folder 16

Water, an element of the landscape 1967 .

box 6, folder 17

Elements of environment. 1968 .

box 6, folder 18

Space-time motivation. 1969.

box 6, folder 19

The diametrics of ecology. 1970.


Chapter Newsletters

box 6, folder 20

Northern [California] chapter CILA. Bulletin no.1 (). January 23, 1957

box 6, folder 21

Eastern Canada chapter. Bulletin no.1 ( Newsletter 2-4 (). May 19, 1965); August and Winter 1965, March 1966

box 6, folder 22

Los Angeles chapter. Bulletin, June 20, 1974-November 1977.

General note

[Inclusive dates - draft list in Collections File]

[National] AILA [beginning CILA] bulletin. no.1 (). July 15, 1955-June 1964

General note

[Inclusive dates - draft list in Collections File]
box 7, folder 1


box 7, folder 2


box 7, folder 3


box 7, folder 4

January-March 1962.

box 7, folder 5

April-September 1962.

box 7, folder 6


box 7, folder 7


box 7, folder 8


box 8, folder 1


box 8, folder 2


box 8, folder 3


box 8, folder 4


box 8, folder 5



Other AILA Newsletters

box 8, folder 6

V.I.P. Bulletin. no.3-4 (). May 21, June 25 and October 27, 1970

box 8, folder 7

Forum [title varies] (). May/June, August and September 1975

box 8, folder 8

American Institute Of Landscape Architects Journal, , no.2 (), no.4 (), no.5 (), no.6 (). Summer 1965 Spring 1966 Spring 1968 1969 July 1970

General note

[Moved to Package 1 because of mold]

AILA Brochures

box 8, folder 9

Your Career as a Landscape Architect, n.d.

box 8, folder 9

Planning to Build? n.d.


Related Publication

box 9, folder 10

Landscape, [inclusive dates]. 1965-70


AILA Rosters

box 9, folder 1

1961, 1962/63, 1963/64.

box 9, folder 2

1964/65, 1965/66, 1968/69.

box 9, folder 3

1969/70, 1970/71.

box 9, folder 4

1972/73, 1973/74.


Related Landscape Publications

box 9, folder 5

Agriculture and Energy, n.d.

box 9, folder 5

The Journal of the New Alchemists, 1977.


1986 Additions

box 10

A Brochures, n.d.

box 11

Brochures (folder 2) Board meetings n.d.

box 12

Board of Directors (continued), n.d.

box 13

Bulletin - chapters - Los Angeles, n.d.

box 14

Chapters (New England) - Convention , 1970 n.d.

box 15

Conventions, n.d.

box 16

Convention - competition, n.d.

box 18

I - Mail list, n.d.

box 17

D - H (contains History of AILA file), n.d.

box 19

Miscellaneous - Photographs, n.d.

box 20

R - Z files, n.d.

box 21, box 22, box 23

Records books and financial data, n.d.

box 24, box 25, box 26, box 27, box 28, box 29, box 30, box 31, box 32, box 33, box 34

Membership files, n.d.

box 35, box 36, box 37, box 38, box 39, box 40

File drawer - records, n.d.

box 41, box 42, box 43, box 44

Contents of cardboard box, n.d.

box 45, box 46, box 47

ASLA records, contents of cardboard box, n.d.

box 48, box 49, box 50, box 51

Nursery catalogs, n.d.

box 52, box 53

CCLA, n.d.

box 56, box 57, box 58, box 59, box 60, box 61, box 62, box 63

CCLA files, n.d.

box 54, box 55

AILA miscellaneous, n.d.

box 64

ASLA material, early 1970s, n.d.

box 65

CCLA, ASLA, n.d.

box 66

Board of Directors, AILA journal, Landscape forum, etc., n.d.

box 67

Check stubs, n.d.

General note

[Inactive mold].
box 68, box 69, box 70, box 71, box 72, box 73, box 74, box 75, box 76, box 77, box 78, box 79, box 80, box 81, box 82

Membership files, alphabetical, n.d.

General note

Physical condition good; lengthy files in good alphabetical ìorder; correspondence, membership items, receipts, etc. Remove staples, paper clips; give folder level listing (33 folders per box equals 495 folders).
box 83, box 84, box 85

Chronological files, provenance unknown, ca. 1980-81.

Abstract: Chronological files of Robert Cardoza as international president. Box 85 re ASLA/AILA unification; also few items in Box 84. Box 85 needs foldering; slight foldering needed 83-4.
box 86, box 87, box 88, box 89, box 90

Office files, topics and business, provenance unknown, 1979-80.

Abstract: Same as previous, only some files have different color coding, ìalthough same type label. Provenance is probably the same. Provenance is Robert Cardoza as vice president of AILA. Box 87 includes some F.J. MacDonald as vice president materials.
box 91, box 92, box 93

Office files, provenance unknown, 1964-77.

General note

Provenance is secretary-treasurer, including membership files.
box 94

Office files, AILA northern chapter, n.d.

General note

[Provenance Andy Gotzenberg].
box 95, box 96, box 97, box 98

Design competition photographs and correspondence, 1977/78-81.

General Physical Description note: Contents from ring notebooks. Photocopies of correspondence and judges' remarks. Slides and photographs in deteriorating non-archival sleeves. .
box 99

Publications, rosters, etc., 1970s-80s.

General note

DL recognizes most of these publications; most would seem to be duplicates, although they should be checked, of course.
box 100, box 101

Office files and publications, provenance unknown, ca.1970s.

General note

Formed a separate filing/packing unit, although some folder titles are similar to previous ones. Provenance is Robert Cardoza.
box 102

Office files, provenance unknown, ca.1950s-60s.

General note

Records in older, deteriorating folders; provenance not given. These would seem to need the most descriptive attention.
box 104

See previous package 1, n.d.

box 103

Unlisted, n.d.

box 105, box 106

Additions March 1991 (unlisted), n.d.