Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Blake Estate Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Arbegast, Mai
Blake, Igor
Brocchini, Myra
Brocchini, Ron
Domoto, Toichi
Evans, Elizabeth
Evans, Eliot
Hail, Anthony
Haymaker, Linda
Hitch, Charles
Holmes, Florence
Kerr, Catherine
Kittredge, Janice
Scott, Geraldine Knight
Stein, Louis
Thacher, George
Thacher, Helena
Vodden, Walter
Willa, Norma
Interviewer(s):
Riess, Suzanne
Title:
Blake Estate Oral History Project
Abstract:
Interviews with family members, architects and landscape architects, gardeners, staff, and two presidents of the University of California to document the history of Blake House, since 1967 the University's presidential residence, and the Blake Garden, utilized by the University for teaching purposes. Life history and personality of Anson Blake, Anita Symmes Blake, and Mabel Symmes; the University and the house, remodelling and use since 1962; the development of the gardens and their use today. Appended 200 pp. of letters and documents. Interviews with MAI ARBEGAST (b. 1922), IGOR BLAKE (b. 1928), RON BROCCHINI (b. 1929) and MYRA BROCCHINI (b. 1932), TOICHI DOMOTO (b. 1902), ELLIOT EVANS (b. 1907) and ELIZABETH EVANS (b. 1909), ANTHONY HAIL (b. 1924), LINDA HAYMAKER (b. 1951), CHARLES HITCH (1910-1995), FLORENCE HOLMES (b. 1911), CLARK KERR (b. 1911) and CATHERINE KERR (b. 1911), JANICE KITTREDGE (b. 1926), GERALDINE KNIGHT SCOTT (1904-1989), LOUIS STEIN (b. 1902), GEORGE THACHER (b. 1903) and HELENA THACHER (b. 1906), WALTER VODDEN (b. 1921), and NORMA WILLER (b. 1922).
Subject area(s):
Arts and Letters
Natural Resources, Land Use, and the Environment
Education, University of California
Interview date(s):
1986 1987
Project:
Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
Oskicat record:
b10677469
Rights:
Arbegast, Mai, Igor Blake, Myra Brocchini, Ron Brocchini, Toichi Domoto, Elizabeth Evans, Eliot Evans, Anthony Hail, Linda Haymaker, Charles Hitch, Florence Holmes, Catherine Kerr, Janice Kittredge, Geraldine Knight Scott, Louis Stein, George Thacher, Helena Thacher, Walter Vodden and Norma Willa. "Blake Estate Oral History Project." Interview by Suzanne Riess in 1986 and 1987. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1988.