Center City Residents Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Collection ID: 
Acc. 326
Date: 
1947-1974
Collecting Area: 
 
 
HISTORICAL NOTE

The Center City Resident's Association is a Civic Association representing the area of the city that lies between Market and South Streets, Broad Street and the Schuykill River.
 
The Association was established in 1948 primarily as an overseer of Rittenhouse Square and to make Center City Philadelphia a better place in which to live, work and enjoy leisure activities.

The prime objective of the Center City Resident's Association has been serving and representing the community in such matters as beautification, cultural development, health and welfare, long- range planning, parking and traffic, public safety, recreation, redevelopment, schools and zoning.

For a number of years Rittenhouse Square has been the focal point of activities for the association. The historic Square laid out in 1682 as part of William Penn's Philadelphia has been the setting of numerous Center City events for many years. Two of the most important events held annually are the Flower Market, which has been taking place for sixty-six years, and the Clothesline Art Exhibit, which is nearly fifty years old.

Other events include the Summer Evening Series of drama and music, the Rittenhouse Historic Tour, the Center City House Tour, the lighting of the Christmas Tree, and the annual Easter parade.


ORGANIZATION

The collection of materials placed in the Archives includes minutes from the Board of Directors's meeting (1955-1973) and the the general membership (1948-1973); budget and financial reports (1947-1972); notes from the citizens Committee on Public Education in Philadelphia (1961-1968); correspondence of CCRA (1966-1970); and community organization notes (1965-1969). Information can also be found on various committees of CCRA (1951-1969); community complaints (1951-1969); Rittenhouse Square Flower Market (1950-1972); Center City House Tours (1959-1973); CCRA membership drive (1957-1966); nominating committee notes (1947-1969) and newspaper clippings (1946-1970)

The collection also includes program and publicity information on summer evenings in Rittenhouse Square (1967-1973); questionnaires on summer evenings (1973-1974); resolutions (1948-1953); Philadelphia Schools (1948-1967) and zoning materials included (1959-1967). Brochures, pamphlets, newsletters and magazines of Center City activities are included in addition to information on transportation, traffic safety and parking, youth services, sanitation, recreation, dances, health and welfare (1957-1969), long-range planning for the area, anniversary dinners, and beautification (1967-1971).

 

INVENTORY
 

BOX 1: A TO C
Action
Agendas - Board of Directors Meetings
Air Pollution (1951-1962, 1968, 1970) 4 folders
A & P - 22nd and Panama
Art Commission Annual Reports (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963)
Automobile Insurance (1969)
Awards
Beautification (1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971) 5 folders
B and O Beautification
Bicycle Path (1971)
Boundaries
Board and General Membership Meetings (1966)
Board of Directors and Executive (1963)
Board of Directors (1967)
Board of Directors (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)- 5 folders
Board of Directors Meetings (1955-1962, 1962-1967, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972-1973) 7 folders
Brochures, Circulars and Form Letters
Budget Committee (1966, 1967-1970, 1970, 1971-1972) 4 Folders
Budget and Financial Reports (1968-1969) 2 Folders
CCCA - Council of Center City Civic Associations
CCPEP - Citizens Committee on Public Education in Philadelphia (1961-1966)
CCPEP - (1967, 1968) 2 folders
CCRA - Budget Committee
CCRA - By-Laws, Organization, Objectives, Activities
CCRA -Organization
CCRA - Publicity (1968)
CCRA - T. Borges (1966)
Center City Community Council
Center City Residents' Association
Center for International Visitors
Citizens' Council on City Planning
City Center School (1968)
City Council - Philadelphia - Bill #134
Colonial Philadelphia Historical Society
Commission on Human Relations (1966-1967)
Committee Chairmen (1951-1960, 1961) 2 folders
Committees (1967, 1968, 1969) 3 folders
Committees - Volunteers (1968-1969)
Community College
Community Organizations in Philadelphia (1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969) 5 folders
Complaints (1951-1962, 1966, 1968, 1969) 4 folders
Correspondence (1966, 1967) 2 folders
Correspondence - President Pitman
Crime Commission of Philadelphia
Crosstown Expressway

BOX 2: D TO L
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Department of Streets
Dinner - Tenth Anniversary (1956)
Dinner - Thirteenth Anniversary
Dinner - Sixteenth Anniversary (1964)
Dinner Dance (1965, June 9, 1967)
Dinner Meeting - Civic Center (November 28, 1968)
Directors (1957-1966)
Dog Control
Drama Guild
Fall Foolery (November 13, 1971)
Federation of Community Councils
Fellowship Commission (1966)
Finance
Fitler Square
Fitler Square - Square Dance
Floralia
Flower Mart (1950-1958)
Rittenhouse Square Flower Show (1963, 1964, 1965)
Rittenhouse Flower Mart (1966, 1967, 1968) 3 folders
Flower Market - Rittenhouse Square, CCRA Booth Activities (1969)
Rittenhouse Square Flower Mart (1970), CCRA Booth (1971-1972) 3 Folder
General Membership Meetings (1949-1957, 1958-1962, 1963-1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971-1973 (8 folders)
General Membership Meeting - Bulletin Board Notices
Health (Mental Health Association) 1967
Health - Public (1966)
Health and Welfare Council (1957-1966)
Health and Welfare Council (1968, 1969) 2 folders
Hero Scholarship Fund
Highway and Streets (1950-1962)
Horizon House
House Tour (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973) 14 folders
House Tour - Brochures
House Tour - Newspaper Clippings
Joint Center City Civic Association
Laundromat - 24th and Spruce
League of Women Voters
Legal Counsel
Licenses and Inspection
Long-Range Planning - Zoning, Maps and Codes (1968)

BOX 3: M TO P
Mailing List for House Tour Brochures
Masterman School
Meetings (1947-1954)
Meetings - Board
Member Organizations (1968)
Members - General Correspondence
Membership (1949-1958, 1959-1965) 2 Folders
Membership (1968)
Membership - Applications, Correspondence, etc. (1967)
Membership - Brochures
Membership Correspondence (1969, 1970) 2 folders
Membership Drive (pre 1957, 1957-1958, 1963-1965, 1966) 4 folders
Membership Meetings (1962)
Membership Meeting (Spring Social) Academy of Music (June 6, 1969)
Membership Miscellaneous
Membership - Newsletter (1956-1962)
Membership Sustaining
Mid-City Loop Bus
Minutes
Minutes - Annual Meeting, Board of Directors (1948-1954)
Minutes - Board of Directors Meeting (1968), Rough Draft (1968) 2 folders
Miscellaneous
Municipal and Government Relations (1967, 1968, 1969 - 1970) 3 folders
New Membership, Applications and Membership Drive (1966, 1967-1969, 1970-1972) 3 folders
Newsletter (1967)
Newspaper Clippings - CCRA, 2027 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Zone 8 (1946-1957)
Nominating Committee (1947-1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969) 5 folders
Office (1952-1961, 1962-1967)
Officers and Board of Directors (1960-1966)
Paid receipts (1971)
Parking (1952, 1953-1955, 1967, 1968) 3 folders
Parking - Center City Joint Parking Committee
Parking Lots
Parking - Center City Parking Policies
Philadelphia Housing Association
Philadelphia Housing Association Issues - 1966
Planning Committee
Playground - 26th and Taney
Press Releases
Publicity - 1947-1962, 1963-1967, 1969, 1970 (4 folders)
Publicity - News Articles - 1947-1970

BOX 4: P TO R
Public Safety - 1947-1962
Questionnaires - 1967-January
Questionnaires - Summer, Evenings in Rittenhouse Square CCRA - 1973 - August, A-G, H-O, P-Z (3 folders)
Summer Evening Questionnaires 1973
Questionnaire - Rittenhouse Square - Special Events CCRA - March, 1974 (3 folders)
Recreation
Rehabilitation
Resignations
Resolutions - 1948-1953
Rittenhouse Square - 1947-1955, 1956-1960, 1962-1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 (7 folders)
Rittenhouse Square Bandstand
Rittenhouse Square Banstand Proposal
Rittenhouse Square - Christmas - 1951-1956, 1957-1962 (2 folders)
Rittenhouse Square - Easter
Rittenhouse Square News Articles
Rittenhouse Square Programs, 1968
Rittenhouse Square Summer Festival, 1968
226 West Rittenhouse Square

BOX 5: S TO T
Sanitation
Schools (Philadelphia) 1948, 1959, 1959-1963, 1962, 1967, (4 folders)
Schools Committee - 1966
School District of Philadelphia - 1967, 1968
Schuylkill Valley Nature Center
Signs
Society Hill Association
South Philadelphia Citizen's Conference
South Philadelphia Community Development Corporation 1968
Summer Evenings in Rittenhouse Square (June), 1967
Summer Evenings - 1969 -Publicity - News Releases
Summer Evenings - 1970 - Equipment Lists from Performing Companies
Summer Evenings, 1970 - News Releases and Publicity
Summer Evening - Program Material - 1970
Summer Evenings in Rittenhouse Square - 1971
Summer Evenings - 1971 Program Information
Summer Evenings - Funding - 1972
Summer Evenings in Rittenhouse Square - 1972
Summer Evenings Programs - 1972, Program Information, Publicity and Releases (3 folders)
Summer Evenings - 1973 Correspondence, Funding and Grants, 1973. Second Folder, 1973 in Rittenhouse Square, Press Releases and Publicity 1973, Programs 1973 (5 folders)
Summer Evenings - Programs
Summer Evenings Program Information -1973 (General)
Summer Evenings in Rittenhouse Square - Newspaper articles - 1967-1973
Summer Evenings - News Releases, Publicity
Supper Dance - May 22, 1971, Penn A.C.
Transportation
Treasurer
Treasurer Receipts, 1947-1950
Treasurer's Report (Receipts and Expenditures, 1951-1959
Trees
Triangle

BOX 6: T TO Z Etc.
Transportation Questionnaire (2 folders)
Water Resources Association - 1965-1967
Wine and Cheese, 4/4/65
Yellow Cab Company - 1968
Youth Services Board
Zoning - 1960
Zoning - 1959-1961
Zoning - 1961, 1962, 1962-1963, 1964-1965 (4 folders)
Zoning Alerting Service - 1963
Zoning Correspondence - 1966, 1967 (2 folders)
Zoning and Complaints to Licenses and Inspections, 1968
Zoning L and I complaints, 1969 - Zoning Appeals
Zoning - News Articles
Zoning - Ordinance #231
Zoning Polls - 1969, 1970 (2 folders)
Zoning Proposed Hi-Rise - 17th and Pine


Center City Philadelphia Magazine

  • November-December - 1961; 2 issues
  • January-November - 1962; 5 issues
  • February-November - 1963; 6 issues
  • January-December - 1964; 9 issues
  • January-December - 1965; 8 issues
  • January-December - 1966; 8 issues
  • January-December - 1967; 8 issues
  • January-December - 1968; 6 issues
  • February-August - 1969; 4 issues
  • April-September - 1970; 4 issues
  • January-June - 1971 4 issues

 

Other papers - file, 1960, 1961, 1962 and miscellaneous (5 folders)