Gordon and Brysis Whitnall Papers, 1913-1975

Collection Number: 2880

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Gordon and Brysis Whitnall papers, 1913-1975
Collection Number:
2880
Creator:
Gordon Whitnall, 1888-1977.
Quantity:
22.6 cubic ft., 12 tape recordings, 9 transcripts.
Forms of Material:
Ordinances, maps, reports, correspondence, course outlines, interview tapes and transcript, publications, family and biographical material, income tax returns; and other miscellaneous business and personal papers.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Contains material on Gordon and Brysis Whitnall's careers as planners as well as family and biographical records.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

In 1913, Gordon Whitnall founded the Los Angeles City Planning Association, and in 1920, he established the Los Angeles City Planning Department. From 1920-1930, he was Director of Planning for Los Angeles, and from 1929-1930 was president of the League of California Cities. From 1932-1935 he was the coordinator of the Committee on Government Simplification for Los Angeles County. In 1941, Gordon and Brysis Whitnall established a planning and government consulting firm in Los Angeles. Gordon Whitnall was an instructor in Planning at the University of Southern California, and a member of the American Society of Planning Officials, the American Institute of Planners, the American Society of Consulting Planners, and the International Fraternity of Lambda Alpha, Los Angeles Chapter.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Includes ordinances, maps, reports, and correspondence for cities in the West and Southwest, including Amarillo, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Seattle, Washington; and Los Angeles, Modesto, Glendale, Palm Springs, and numerous other cities in California. Personal files consist of course outlines; Gordon and Brysis Whitnall interview tapes and transcript; material on Charles B. Whitnall Park; professional society correspondence, publications, and research information concerning the American Institute of Planners, the American Society of Planning Officials, and other organizations; published articles and reports; and tape recording of a speech at Cornell University, "After a Half Century of Urban Zoning - What's the Verdict." Also, family and biographical material; income tax returns; and other miscellaneous business and personal papers.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Whitnall, Gordon, 1888-1977.
Whitnall, Brysis.
American Institute of Planners.
American Society of Consulting Planners.
American Society of Planning Officials.
League of California Cities.
Los Angeles California City Planning Association.
Los Angeles California City Planning Department.
Los Angeles County California Committee on Government Simplification.
University of Southern California School of Architecture.
University of Southern California School of Public Administration.
Lambda Alpha International Los Angeles Chapter.

Subjects:
City planning.
Zoning.
City planners.

Places:
Albuquerque (New Mexico)--City planning.
Amarillo (Texas)--City planning.
Glendale (California)--City planning.
Los Angeles (California)--City planning.
Los Angeles County (California)
Modesto (California)--City planning.
Palm Springs (California)--City planning.
Seattle (Washington)--City planning.

Form and Genre Terms:
Interviews.
Maps.
Speeches.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Gordon and Brysis Whitnall Papers, #2880. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Personal Files
Box 11 and 15
Series II. Ordinances, Maps, Reports, and Correspondence (Alpha and Date Files)
Boxes 1-11; 15-22
Alphabetical File I
Alphabetical File II
Alphabetical File III
Files Arranged By Date
Series III. Professional Societies: Correspondence, Publications, Research Information
Box 12-13
Series IV. Papers by Gordon Whitnall (a few by others)
Box 14

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 11
Gordon and Brysis Whitnall Interviews
c. 1970
2 tape recordings, one transcript, trans.??? to appropriate locations
Transcript 4545-4546
Tape recording
Transcript 4545-4546
Tape recording
Box 11
University of Southern California. Course outlines, planning
c. 1959-1963
Box 11
Speeches
c. 1968
Box 11
Christmas Card, photographs
c. 1969
Box 11
Charles B. Whitnall Par. Hales Corners, Wisconsin
c. 1968
Box 11
Speech by Charles Whitnall
c. 1937
Box 15
Whitnall Family Tree
Box 15
Brysis' Affairs
Box 15
Whitnall, Brysis N. (Personal)
Box 15
Whitnall, Byrsis N. (Personal)
Box 15
Whitnal, C.B. (Personal)
Box 15
Whitnal, C.B. (Personal)
Box 15
G.W. Biographical Data
Box 15
3719 Prestwick Drive
Box 15
Personal Correspondence, unfinished
Box 1
Amarillo, Texas
c. 1952-1963
Box 1
Albuquerque, New Mexico
c. 1960-1962
Box 1
Alhambra, California
c. 1955-1960
Box 1
Anaheim, California
c. 1945-1961
Box 1
Bakersfield, California
c. 1955
Box 1
Banning, California
c. 1952-1954
Box 1
Butte County, California
c. 1956-1962
Box 1
Carlsbad, California
c. 1956-1962
Box 1
Chula Vista, California
c. 1949-1963
Box 2
China Lake, California (United States Naval Test Station)
c. 1945-1959
Box 2
Colton, California
c. 1950-1960
Box 2
Downey, California
c. 1961-1963
Box 2
El Cajon, California
c. 1953-1959
Box 2
El Sequndo, California
c. 1947-1963
Box 2
Exeter, California
c. 1947-1963
Box 2
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, (Los Angeles County, California)
c. 1963
Box 3
Fresno County, California
c. 1949-1960
Box 3
Fullerton, California
c. 1947-1967
Box 4
Garden Grove, California
c. 1956-1961
Box 4
Glendale, California
c. 1955-1962
Box 4
Glendora, California
c. 1955-1958
Box 4
Hawthorne, California
c. 1955, 1961-1963
Box 4
Indio, California
c. 194-1963
Box 4
Inglewood, California
c. 1952
Box 5
Kings County, California
c. 1946-1963
Box 6
Kings County, Washington
c. 1954-1964
Box 7
Los Angeles, California
c. 1925, 1931-1964
Box 7
Los Angeles County, California
c. 1931, 1951-1961
Box 7
Laguna Beach, California
1939-1955
Box 7
La Mesa, California
1945-1954
Box 7
La Puente, California
c. 1956-1957
Box 8
Manhattan Beach, California
c. 1954-1962
Box 8
Merced, California
c. 1949-1956
Box 8
Modesto, California
c. 1943, 1953-1961
Box 8
Montebello, California
c. 1954-1958
Box 8
Oceanside, California
c. 1949-1962
Box 8
Orange County, California
c. 1957-1964
Box 9
Palm Springs, California
c. 1951-1956
Box 9
Paramount, California
c. 1958-1962
Box 9
Pismo Beach, California
c. 1955-1960
Box 9
Pomona, California
c. 1946
Box 9
Porterville, California
c. 1949-1962
Box 9
Reedley, California
c. 1948-1956
Box 9
Redondo Beach, California
c. 1948-1950, 1955
Box 9
San Diego County, California
c. 1946-1960
Box 10
Sanger, California
c. 1942, 1949-1955
Box 10
Selma, California
c. 1948-1956
Box 10
Sierra Madre, California
c. 1953-1963
Box 10
Southgate, California
c. 1957-1961
Box 10
Temple City, California
c. 1960-1964
Box 11
Tulare County, California
c. 1946-1956
Box 11
Ventura, California
c. 1947-1956
Box 11
West Covina, California
c. 1952-1956
Box 11
Whittier, California
c. 1930, 1954-1958
Box 11
Woodlake, California
c. 1950-1952
Box 15
American Institute of Planners
1944, 1945
Box 15
Scholarship Fund California Chapter - A.I.P.
Box 15
[A.I.P] California Planners Foundation Scholarship Fund
Box 15
Anaheim, City of
Box 15
A.S.C.P.
Box 15
Board File A.S.C.P.
1967
Box 15
Compton Ordinance Review
Box 15
Compton - William F. Hill
Box 15
Contracts - Insurance Policies
Box 15
Cornell University - John M. Olin Research Library
Box 15
Domingues Hills State College
Box 15
Franchise Tax
Box 15
Fresno County Planning Commission
Box 16
Fresno - "Off - Street Parking"
Box 16
GAG - Government Administration Group
Box 16
Glendale, City of
Box 16
Griffith Advisory Committee
Box 16
Griffith Park
Box 16
History - Planning and Zoning
Box 16
Incubator
Box 16
Los Angeles Metropolitan History Project
Box 16
Los Angeles General Plan (concept)
Box 16
Lambda Alpha - Board and Committee
Box 16
Mass-transit
Box 16
Milwaukee Baby Bonds
Box 16
Moorfield
Box 16
Edward W. Nettles, Planning 501
Box 16
Palm Springs
Box 16
Paramount
Box 16
Ryan vs. County of Riverside
Box 16
Temple City - Zoning Ordinance
Box 16
Temple City - Landfill Survey
Box 16
U.S.C. 636 - Fall
1971
Box 16
U.S.C. Spring Term
1972
Box 17
"A"
Box 17
"A"
1944
Box 17
Air Raid and Post Material
Box 17
A.S.C.P. HUD-DOT etc.
Box 17
A.S.P.O. - Blucher
Box 17
Atlanta, Georgia
Box 17
"B"
Box 17
Better Roads - Curtis Fuller
Box 17
"C"
Box 17
"C"
1944
Box 17
California Housing and Plan Association
Box 17
Clark, Fred P., New Hampshire
Box 17
Christmas Valley - Records of case heard by California Real Estate Commissioners
Box 17
"D"
Box 17
"D"
1944
Box 17
Daly, Thos.??? P.
Box 17
Downtown Survey U.L.I.???
1942
Box 17
"E"
Box 17
"E"
1944
Box 17
Eighth and Vermont Avenue Project
Box 17
Equitable and Various Finances
Box 17
Eminent Domain
Box 17
"F"
Box 17
"F"
Box 17
Fresno City
Box 17
County of Fresno
Box 17
Fresno County
1942
Box 17
Fresno County No. 2
1943
Box 17
Fresno County
1944
Box 17
Fresno County
1945
Box 17
"G"
Box 17
Gilmore Island
Box 17
Gilmore Island Project, Raymond Haight
Box 17
Glendale, City of
Box 17
"H"
Box 17
"H"
Box 17
Haynes Fountain and T.H. Plan. Sec.???
Box 17
Humphreys Bros., Miles O. Humphreys
Box 17
Income Tax Returns
Box 17
Income Tax Returns
Box 17
Income Tax Returns
Box 18
"J"
Box 18
"J"
Box 18
Patty Railsback Kennedy
Box 18
Kids Affairs
Box 18
"L"
Box 18
"L"
Box 18
Lafayette Park Place
Box 18
Leimert Pk. - Beverly Woof Oil Study
Box 18
Leimert, Walter H.
Box 18
Limited Access Highways
1951
Box 18
Long Beach, City of
Box 18
"M"
Box 18
Miscellaneous
Box 18
"M" Miscellaneous
Box 18
MacDonald Zoning Case
Box 18
Maier, Edw.??? J., Newark, N.J.
Box 18
Military Government School - Commission
Box 18
Miscellaneous Personal and Business
Box 18
"N"
Box 18
"N"
Box 18
National Association of Real Estate Boards (N.A.R.E.B.)
Box 18
National Association of Real Estate Boards (N.A.R.E.B.)
Box 18
"O"
Box 18
Off - Street Parking
Box 18
Oneonta - Page M.A.???
Box 18
Oneonta - Page
Box 18
Oxnard, City of
Box 18
"P"
Box 18
"P"
Box 18
Pacific Western Oil Company
Box 18
Pasadena Survey
Box 18
Pending Projects
Box 18
Personal
Box 18
Portland, Oregon
Box 18
"R"
Box 18
Receipts
1944
Box 18
Receipts
1945
Box 18
Receipts
1948
Box 18
"S"
Box 18
"S"
Box 18
Santa Ana - Irvin Chapman
Box 18
Santa Monica, City of
Box 18
Seaboard
Box 18
Seattle - Washington
Box 19
"T"
Box 19
Todell, Ellen, Estate, Miscellaneous
Box 19
Town Hall
Box 19
Town Hall
Box 19
Town Hall
Box 19
Town Hall
Box 19
Town Hall
Box 19
Town Hall No. 2
Box 19
Trust Fund - Farmers and Merchant Bank
Box 19
"U"
Box 19
Upland, City of
Box 19
U.L.I. - Chas. T. Stewart
1942
Box 19
Urban Land Institute - Seward Mott
Box 19
Urban Redevelopment Legislation File #1
Box 19
Urban Redevelopment Legislation File #2
Box 19
U.S.C. Fall Semester 501
1970
Box 19
U.S.C. Fall
1970
Box 19
"V"
Box 19
"V"
Box 19
Vaega Aircraft Corporation Fresno
Box 19
Visalia Inc.
1940-1942
Box 19
Visalia
1943-1945
Box 19
War Training Program
Box 19
Whittier - Kemmerer
Box 19
"W"
Box 19
Zoning Ordinance Revision, Los Angeles
Box 19
Zoning and Planning
1964, 1965
Box 20
Business Papers and Correspondence
1938-1968
Box 21
Business Papers and Correspondence
1969-1974
Box 21
Printed Material
Box 22
Printed Material
1964-1974
Box 22
Undated Material
Box 12
American Planing and Civic Association
c. 1957-1963
Box 12
American Institute of Planners
c. 1961-1963
Box 12
American Society of Planning Officials
c. 1957-1963
Box 12
Planning Advisory Service (ASPO)
c. 1955-1962
Box 12
Southern California Hospital Planning Region
c. 1960-1962
Box 12
Town Hall, Inc. Los Angeles, California
c. 1931-1936
Box 12
Urban Renewal (Redevelopment)
c. 1941-1961
Box 12
Research material. California, etc. Conservation, Planning, Zoning
c. 1934-1964
Box 13
33 volumes. PLANNING. Selected Papers from the annual National Planning Conference. American Society of Planning Officials
c.1913; 1925-1967
Box 14
General Observations and Citizens on the Planning Program and Procedures of the City of El Paso, Texas
May 1959
Box 14
Seattle Cityscape by Victor Steinbrueck
1962
Box 14
Master Plan of Streets and Highways, City of El Ca Jon, California
1954
Box 14
Master Plan of Off - Street Parking, City of El Ca Jon, California
1955
Box 14
Community Development Plan. A report on the elements of a master plan
1957
Box 14
Industrial Site Analysis, Anaheim, California
1950
Box 14
Report on Land Use Analysis. Prepared for 3475 investments
Mar. 1964
Box 14
Report on Master Plan, City of Indio, California
1954
Box 14
Proper Use of Variance
1957
Box 14
Are Building Line Setbacks Valid
1952
Box 14
Street and Highway Element of a Master Plan, Whittier, California
1955
Box 14
A Comprehensive General Plan. Garden Grove, California
1958
Box 14
Master Plan of the City of Fullerton, California
1955
Box 14
Report on Proposed Comprehensive General Plan of Temple, California
1963
Box 14
Report on Proposed Comprehensive General Plan of Hawthorne, California
1963
Box 14
Franklin Bills. Yule Springs Park, Las Vegas, Nevada
1967
Box 14
Zoning Reclassification of a Portion of "C" Street Frontage in Chula Vista, California
Box 14
Off - Street Parking, Tulane, California
1950
Box 14
Proposed Master Plan for United States Naval Ordinance Test Station, China Lake, California
Box 14
Techniques of Design for Off - Street Parking Facilities, Los Angeles, California
1947
Box 14
Kit Carson Park, Escondido, California
1968
Box 14
Manhattan Beach, California
1959
Box 14
Report Master Plan City of La Mesa, California
1954
Box 14
Community Development Plan, Montebello, California
1956
Box 14
Report on Comprehensive General Plan, Oceanside, California
1957
Box 14
Pismo Beach, Freeway Alignment, Analysis and Findings
1955
Box 14
"Five Points" Area El Monte Vicinity
August 1955
Box 14
Report on proposed comprehensive General Plan for South Gate, California
1959
Box 14
Survey of Use Potential
1934
Box 14
Off - Street Parking Study, City Planning Commission
1946
Box 14
A Program to Improve Planning and Zoning in Los Angeles
July 1968
Box 14
Marlesta Shopping Center
1955
Box 14
Washington State Planning Law
1959
Box 14
Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. Institute on Planning and Zoning. No. 1. Dallas, Texas
Box 14
Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. Institute on Planning and Zoning. No. 2. Dallas, Texas
1962
Box 14
Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. Institute on Planning and Zoning. No. 3. Dallas, Texas
1963
Box 14
Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. Institute on Planning and Zoning. No. 4. Dallas, Texas
1964
Box 14
Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. Institute on Planning and Zoning. No. 5. Dallas, Texas
1965
Box 14
Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. Institute on Planning and Zoning. No. 6. Dallas, Texas
1966
Box 14
Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. Institute on Planning and Zoning. No. 7. Dallas, Texas
1967
Box 14
Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. Institute on Planning and Zoning. No. 8. Dallas, Texas
1969
Box 14
Your Guide to Osaka. Commerce and Industry Dept., Osaka
Box 14
New Concepts in Planning 7 Zoning
1963
Box 14
Floor Space Requirements and Civic Center Plan, Barstow, California
1955
Box 14
Streets and Highways Element of a Master Plan, Manhattan Beach, California
1956
Box 14
Parking Survey for the City of Oceanside, California
1952
Box 14
Tulane County Planning Commission
1951
Box 14
Redevelopment Authority Project
1952
Box 14
City of Laguna Beach, California
1954
Box 14
City of Indic, California
1954
Box 14
City of Colton
1953
Box 14
Streets and Highways
1952
Box 14
Downey City School and Planning Commission
1963
Box 14
Industrial Area Study for El Segundo
1951
Box 14
Off Street Parking for Salt Lake City
1953
Box 14
Modern Shopping Center
1951
Box 14
Administrative Survey
1950
Box 14
Problem of Cities and Towns by Guy Greer
1942
Box 14
The Simplification of Modern Government by George H. Dunlop
1937
Box 14
Planning of the Cities, Towns and Villages by John Nolen
1919
Box 14
Laws Relating to the State of California
1966
Box 14
Department of Community Affairs, Jefferson City, Urban Planning Assistance Guide
1967
Box 14
Conditions Attached to Planning and Zoning by Brysis N, Whitnall
1965
Box 14
Dallas Citizens. Goals for Dallas
1969
Box 14
Five Lectures in Planning by C.B. Whitnall
1937
Box 14
Tulane County Planning Commission. Road and House Numbering
1951
Box 14
King's County and Hanford City Planning Commission, Joint Point for Public Building Sites
1953
Box 14
Planning and Government
1950
Box 14
Off - Street Parking Study
1946
Box 14
Plan for Vancouver, British Columbia by Harland Bartholomew
1928
Box 14
How to place color on land use maps
1963
Box 14
Committee on Governmental Simplification
1935
Box 14
Redevelopment Authority Project
1952
Box 14
Stratmore Hearing
1951
Box 14
Matthew Bender Company 1961, Institute on Planning and Zoning
1962
Box 14
Matthew Bender Company Eighth Annual Institute on Planning and Zoning
1970
Box 14
Matthew Bender Company 1964, Institute on Planning and Zoning
Box 14
Matthew Bender Company Metropolitan Area Planning
1965
Box 14
Matthew Bender Company Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
1964
Box 14
Matthew Bender Company 1963 Institute for Planning and Zoning
1964
Box 14
International Federation for Housing and Planning, Jerusalem
1964