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Washington Society of Landscape Architects Records, 1946-1970
- Washington Society of Landscape Architects
- Washington Society of Landscape Architects Records
- 1946-1970 (inclusive)19461970
- .84 cubic feet (2 boxes)
- Collection Number
- 2875 (Accession No. 2875-001)
- Records of the Washington Society of Landscape Architects
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
- Access Restrictions
Access restricted: For terms of access contact repository.
Records are stored off site; advance notice required for use.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
The Washington Association of Landscape Architects was formed by ten Seattle landscape architects in 1946. It was the first society for landscape architects in the state, and was not affiliated with a national organization. Its primary goal was to work toward professional registration in Washington. The society promoted the hiring of local landscape architects and urged that landscape architects be participating members of bodies such as the State Arts Commission and Seattle's Municpal Art Commission. Most of its activities centered on the Puget Sound region. Membership was restricted to those with professional training, and the society remained small until it disbanded in 1970.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The records of the Washington Society of Landscape Architects document the administrative and promotional activities of the organization, and include some records of affiliated societies. In its efforts to advocate for its profession, the society wrote letters to governors of the state, lobbied for a presence at the Century 21 Exposition at the World's Fair, and carried out a strict policy on membership. This collection includes preparations and materials gathered to lobby the state senate for regulations on professional registration. Some of the meeting minutes in the chronological files are entertainingly written, and reflect the social nature of the organization. Some meeting minutes that are missing in this accession may be found in records of American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington Chapter, accession number 5317-1. Also includes material collected from other landscape architects and other organizations.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Washington Society of Landscape Architects, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, Washington.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Arranged into two series:
- Administrative records, 1946-1970
- Organizations records, 1957-1969
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Administrative records, 1946-1970Return to Top
Contains meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, memoranda, clippings, press releases, and membership records. Major correspondents include Robert W. Blanchard, Raymond A. Brauner, and Victor Chanasyk, who served as presidents of the organization.
Fee schedule and short contract forms
Unit price guide
Reports and writings
Century 21 Exposition
Contains correspondence pertaining to a community development planning exhibit for the 1962 World's Fair (also called the Century 21 Exhibition). The Washington Society of Landscape Architects was one of several interest groups working to produce the exhibit, which was initiated to help influence urban planning. The Society proposed a display of schematic plans as a program to "invite all who wish: metropolises, cities, towns and rural communities to present for display at this World's Fair, a colorful, futuramic artists sketch of their plans for the future [sic]" (letter to Joseph Gandy from O. Earle Miller). Includes World Fair Headquarters statement of policy on the Design Standards Advisory Board.
Includes correspondence, clippings, a press release, exhibit specifications, and a paper by Albert Fein pertaining to the Olmsted Exhibition, a nationally circulating group of photographs, letters, and memorabilia documenting the work of Frederick Law Olmsted. The 1965 exhibition was the first serious public presentation of Olmsted's work, and was a joint project between Harvard graduate students in landscape architecture and the American Society of Landscape Architects.
State Arts Commission
Organizations records, 1957-1969Return to Top
Allied Arts of Seattle
American Institute of Architects, Washington State Chapter
American Institute of Landscape Architects
American Institute of Planners
American Society of Landscape Architects
Association of Landscape Architects, San Francisco Region
Association of Landscape Architects, Washington
Memoranda, meeting minutes, drafts and correspondence regarding proposed legislation on licensing and registration of landscape architects.
Washington Roadside Council
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Landscape architects--Washington (State)--Societies and clubs--Archives
- Landscape architecture--Washington (State)
- Professional associations--Washington (State)
- Washington Society of Landscape Architects--Archives
- Washington (State)--Societies, etc.--Landscape architecture
Form or Genre Terms
- Membership lists
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)