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Guide to the Mel Scott Papers, 1927-1977
BANC MSS 70/73 c  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Mel Scott Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1927-1977
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 70/73 c
    Creator: Scott, Mel, 1906-
    Extent: Number of containers: 6 cartons, 1 box Linear feet: 7.9
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, and research files, mainly concerning Scott's publications on art, regional planning, and growth in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Research files account for the bulk of the collection, and include notes, clippings, and miscellaneous printed materials arranged by subject and pertaining to a wide range of aspects of city planning and urban development. Also includes drafts of some of his published and unpublished works, along with the typescript letters Scott wrote to his family during his travels in Europe in 1939.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mel Scott papers, BANC MSS 70/73 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Material Cataloged Separately

    • Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.
    • Maps have been transferred to the Map Collection of the Bancroft Library.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Mel Scott Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Professor Scott on December 15 and 29, 1969, with an addition on January 12, 1970. On October 11, 1996, two manuscripts received by the Environmental Design Library some years previously from Geraldine Knight Scott were transferred to The Bancroft Library. In Feb. 1999, a box of additional manuscript and research material were received from Sally Woodbridge.

    Scope and Content

    The Mel Scott Papers contain correspondence, drafts, notes, clippings, and printed materials from 1927 to 1977, mainly relating to Professor Scott's publications on art, regional planning, and growth in the San Francisco Bay Area and in other parts of California. The collection has been divided into three series: correspondence, writings, and research files.
    The bulk of the correspondence consists of typescript letters Scott wrote to his family during his travels in Europe from March through August of 1939, in which he vividly describes his impressions of different European cities and peoples. A few exchanges between Scott and J. N. Bowman, John Reber, and Clarence Stein are also included.
    Scott's writings include draft manuscripts, notes and materials used in his books, Metropolitan Los Angeles: One Community (Haynes Foundation, 1949), and The San Francisco Bay Area: A Metropolis in Perspective (University of California Press, 1959). In addition, there are notes for an unpublished book on Robert Bradford Marshall, a typescript draft for an unpublished book which was to be called The Hill Towns of Northern Italy, and notes and materials gathered for speeches.
    The remainder and bulk of the collection consists of Professor Scott's research files, a copious compendium of reading notes, newspaper clippings, and printed materials organized by subject and pertaining to a wide range of aspects of city planning and urban development, in California and in general.