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Author Zoraster, Albert.
Title Albert Zoraster collection, 1948-1979.

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Description 1.51 linear ft.
Access Collection is open for research use.
Note As a resident of the San Fernando Valley from 1920 to the mid-1970s, Albert Zoraster devoted much of his life to improving the quality of services in the community, particularly in the areas of transportation and municipal services. An active committee volunteer, Mr. Zoraster worked with the Los Angeles City Board of Education, the Mayor's Valley Transportation Committee, Los Angeles City Department of Airports, Valley Presbyterian Hospital and California State University, Northridge. From 1954 to 1975, he served as the director of the West Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce, and served as president of the organization from 1958-1959, again from 1962-1963 and again in 1965. Mr. Zoraster was also actively involved with California State University, Northridge, serving as president of the CSUN Presidents Club from 1971-1973, a member and trustee of the CSUN Foundation in 1973-1974, and a member of the CSUN Advisory Club from 1973-1975. Some of his contributions to CSUN include the establishment of the Zoraster Pioneer Scholarship Fund and the Zoraster Endowment for Adaptive Physical Education, as well as a number of monetary donations to CSUN's Urban Archives Center. Mr. Zoraster was a member and leader of several Valley rotary clubs and chambers of commerce including the Van Nuys Rotary Club which he was a charter member of from 1954-1975, and the Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce which he was a member of from 1928-1975. He also served on many advisory committees for the improvement of the Valley, most notably, the Industrial Association of the San Fernando Valley [now the Valley Industry and Commerce Association]. He received various civic awards, including the prestigious Fernando Award in 1975 for his philanthropy. Zoraster continued to donate his time to Valley causes throughout his retirement until his death after a long battle with cancer in April 1995.
Summary Collection documents various aspects of Zoraster's civic career, covering such topics as Birmingham High School, city planning, land use, the proposed Malibu Freeway Project, transportation in the Valley, and the development of the Van Nuys Airport. The collection is especially conducive to the study of legislative lobbying techniques. The records date mostly from 1948-1979, with the majority of records dating after 1951, and includes correspondence, maps, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, press releases, reports, resolutions, and speeches. Of particular interest are the files pertaining to the Malibu Freeway controversy, issues surrounding the growth of San Fernando Valley Airport and the Van Nuys Airport, studies of population and housing in the San Fernando Valley, the development of transportation systems in the San Fernando Valley, and San Fernando Valley's early attempt to secede from Los Angeles County in 1976.
Note A. Zoraster; Gift; 1980.
Subject Express highways -- California.
Land use, Urban -- California -- Los Angeles.
Land use, Urban -- California -- Los Angeles -- Maps.
Land use -- Law and legislation -- California.
Stadiums -- California.
Van Nuys Airport.
Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Birmingham High School (Van Nuys, Calif.)
Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles.
California State University, Northridge.
Dams -- California -- San Fernando Valley.
City planning -- California -- San Fernando Valley.
Industrial Association of the San Fernando Valley.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Census -- Maps.
Los Angeles (Calif.). Department of Airports.
Roads -- California -- San Fernando Valley -- Maps.
Education -- California -- San Fernando Valley.
Roads -- California -- Malibu.
San Fernando Valley (Calif.) -- Maps.
San Fernando Valley State College.
Transportation -- California -- Los Angeles.
Valley Industry and Commerce Association.
Zoraster, Albert.
OCLC number 28424366