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The Archival Collections of John Lyle and Thomas Pinney

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Cal Poly Pomona Special Collections and Archives is currently in the middle of a federally-funded grant project to process 600 linear feet of archival material by the end of March 2019. The material comes from all four of our collecting areas: The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, University Archives, Southern California Wine and Wine Industry Collection, and the Pomona Valley Historical Collection.

Two collections that were recently made available for research are the John T. Lyle Papers and the Thomas Pinney Papers. John Lyle was a professor of landscape architecture at Cal Poly Pomona and the founding project director of what is now known as the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. His papers contain materials from his courses, early designs for the Center for Regenerative Studies, blueprints from various projects on which he worked, drafts of two of his books: Design for Human Ecosystems and Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development, and drafts of unpublished writings.

Lyle also took many pictures as he traveled over the decades. His collection contains hundreds of photographic slides and negatives from places all over the United States and the world.

architectural landscape drawing of lyle center

This design for the first phase of what is now known as the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies is one of the items in the John T. Lyle Papers documenting the evolution of the center's construction.

Another collection that was recently made available for research, the Thomas Pinney Papers, is part of our Southern California Wine and Wine Industry Collection. Pinney is Professor Emeritus of English at Pomona College in Claremont and a wine historian. His books on wine include his two-volume set: A History of Wine in America: From the Beginnings to Prohibition (1989) and A History of Wine in America: From Prohibition to the Present (2005). His papers contain research materials and correspondence relating to those two books, wine labels, information about wine in various countries, newsletters and brochures from wineries, and wine-related posters and postcards. There are also photocopied research materials and correspondence from the library of wine writer Roy Brady.

image of wine label of brookside wines

The Thomas Pinney Papers contain many wine labels, including this label from the former Brookside Winery in Guasti.

More collections are being made available for research each month. For updates on our grant project, follow Cal Poly Pomona Special Collections and Archives on Twitter at @CPPSpecColl.