|1. Stonegate looking northeast, c. 1977|
Alfred F. Smith, the developer of Stonegate, died in 2008 and his heirs donated his papers to the UC Davis Department of Special Collections. That department recently completed the inventory and box storage of those documents and the corpus is now available to the public (image 3).
Mr. Smith appears to have been something of a pack rat (aka hoarder) and his collection is quite amazing. It fills 265 storage boxes and the list of files in those boxes runs 163 pages (image 4). That list can be viewed or downloaded here.
The purpose of this post is to draw attention to this extraordinary new source of information on the development of Davis after World War II. These 265 boxes contain detailed records on Mr. Smith’s various completed and proposed but never built Davis developments and, as important, a wide range of information on development in general in Davis over the 1960s-90s.