This finding aid is divided into 5 parts:Part 1: Collection Overview
The Citizens' Council on City Planning was formed out of the successful effort of various public groups to convince the City of Philadelphia to create a planning commission. The purpose of the Citizens' Council on City Planning was to act as a "watchdog" so as "to preserve the integrity of the plan through different administrations in the city government". Although the avowed purpose of the Citizens' Council did not change over the years, its methods and emphasis did. Chronologically, the history of the Citizens' Council may be divided into three rather distinct periods: 1943-1955--public relations efforts, luncheons and meetings designed to foster public interest in planning, news releases, reports, and newsletters; 1955-1964--work with local and neighborhood organizations and zoning problems; 1965-1970--review and analysis of the City's Capital Programs.
ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT
The collection is organized into eleven series:
Series I: History of the Organization. Papers relating to early years 1941-46.
Series II: Newsletters, News Releases, and Reports.
Series III: Committee Materials--Minutes, Reports, and Memoranda.
Series IV: Eastwick Project. The CCCP contracted with the city to "educate" the public on Eastwick Redevelopment.
Series V: Philadelphia Panorama. A display project held at the Convention Center, sometimes referred to as the Philadelphia Exhibition.
Series VI: Member Organization Files. Correspondence with neighborhood and civic groups with membership in the CCCP.
Series VII: Non-Member Organization Files.
Series VIII: Project Files. Materials relating to various events and projects dealing with Philadelphia's development.
Series IX: Zoning Materials. Papers of the zoning alert service sponsored by the CCCP; zoning variance policies.
Series X: City Government. Correspondence.
Series XI: City of Philadelphia. Capital Program review as contracted with CCCP.
Deposited by the organization through Mary Aspin and Edwin H. Folk, Executive Director, 1970. Accession nos. 58, 73.
Part 1: Historical Note, Organization and Arrangement, Acquisition Information, Index Terms