Charles H. Frazier, Jr. Papers

Collection ID: 
Acc. 273
2.35 linear feet
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Charles H. Frazier, Jr. was the son of Mrs. Mary Spring Gardiner Frazier and Dr. Charles Harrison Frazier, a prominent Chestnut Hill brain surgeon. An engineer by profession, Mr. Frazier worked for Philadelphia Gas Works for 25 years. In addition, he was deeply involved in transportation, mental health care, and municipal financial planning, serving on numerous boards and city commissions in Philadelphia.

[1904] Born
[1924] Graduated from Haverford College
[1927] Graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Engineering ?
[1927] Employed by Southwestern Public Service Co., Amarillo, Texas?
[1929] Married Anne Harriss of Amarillo, Texas
[1939-1952] Engineer, Philadelphia Gas Works, a division of United Gas Improvement Co.
[1948] Member, Whitemarsh Township Zoning Board of Adjustment
[1950] Divorced
[1951] President, Pennsylvania Citizens Association for Health and Welfare
[1952] Philadelphia Procurement Commissioner
[1952] Married Mrs. Pauline R. Wright of New York
[1953] Member, Philadelphia Parking Authority
[1953-1955] Assistant to the President, Philadelphia Gas Works
[1953-1960] President, Pennsylvania Mental Health, Inc.
[1955] Executive Engineer,Philadelphia Gas Works/United Gas Improvement Co.
[1956] Vice President, United Gas Improvement Co.
[1956] Member, State Advisory Council on Mental Health
[1956] Chairman, Philadelphia Urban Traffic & Transportation Board
[1960] Chairman, Pennsylvania Mental Health, Inc.
[1960] Member, Board of Trustees, Philadelphia General Hospital
[1960-1964] Director of Development, Philadelphia Gas Works
[1961] Member, special watchdog commission appointed by Philadelphia Mayor Dilworth to investigate corruption in city government
[1961-1968] Chairman, Board of Trustees, Philadelphia General Hospital
[1964] Public utilities consultant


The Charles H. Frazier, Jr. papers consist of 2.35 linear feet and cover the period from 1956 to 1968, with the bulk of the material dating from 1961 to 1966.

The collection has three series, representing three projects or organizations in which Mr. Frazier was involved: the Comprehensive Mental Health Plan, the Urban Traffic and Transportation Board, and the Tri-Institutional Facilities Program. In general, the collection includes minutes, correspondence, reports, budgets, and other materials relating to the general operations and work of these Philadelphia and statewide projects. Each series is composed of numerous sub-series.

Several sub-series of the collection are of particular historic interest. Researchers concerned with the development of mental health care will find the Community Mental Health Centers and Advisory Planning Committee sub-series of the Comprehensive Mental Health Plan series of interest. These materials detail Pennsylvania policy initiatives and debates. Materials of historic interest to those researching the history of Philadelphia and those concerned with urban transportation planning and mass transit include much of the Urban Traffic and Transportation Board series. Issues including fare levels and commuter service are debated in correspondence and policy papers.


Series I. Comprehensive Mental Health Plan
Series II. Urban Traffic and Transportation Board
Series III. Tri-Institutional Facilities Program

Series I. Comprehensive Mental Health Plan. In 1962, Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare Office of Mental Health received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop a comprehensive mental health program for the state. As the chairman of Pennsylvania Mental Health, Inc., Mr. Frazier was invited by Governor William W. Scranton and Secretary of Public Welfare Arlin M. Adams to participate in this two-year project. He was involved in numerous committees and was the chairman of the Subcommittee on Community Organization. The series consists of 12 sub-series and covers the period from 1958-1966, with the bulk of the material dating from 1964-1966.


  • Sub-series 1. Advisory Planning Committee. This sub-series consists of correspondence, minutes, newspaper clippings, organizational charts, and reports from 1962-1965.
  • Sub-series 2. Executive Committee. This sub-series consists of minutes, correspondence, contracts, and a budget proposal to the National Institute of Mental Health. The material dates from 1964-1965.
  • Sub-series 3. Membership of Regional Planning Committees. This sub-series consists of recommendations, membership lists, and correspondence relating to the establishment of the regional planning committees throughout the state. The material dates from 1963-1965.
  • Sub-series 4. Community Mental Health Centers. This sub-series consists of reports and recommendations on the "concept and challenge" of community mental health centers, a central principle of the state’s mental health plan. The material dates from 1963-1966.
  • Sub-series 5. Operations of Regional Committees. This sub-series consists of documents establishing the procedures, goals, and functions of the regional planning committees, as well as the minutes of the Regional Planning Coordinators meetings, the schedule of regular committee meetings, agendas, forms, minutes of Regional Planning Committee meetings, and press releases. The material, a record of the activities of each Regional Planning Committee, dates from 1964-1965.
  • Sub-series 6. Statistics and Data. Includes reports and publications about mental health in Pennsylvania from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the National Committee Against Mental Illness, and the Comprehensive Mental Health Plan. Materials are from 1958 and 1963-1964.
  • Sub-series 7. Task Forces. This sub-series consists of documents establishing the function and guidelines for task forces, as well as membership lists. The four task forces detailed here are: Problem Areas, Mentally Ill & Emotionally Disturbed Children, Mentally Ill & Emotionally Disturbed Adults, and Mental Retardation. This material is from 1964.
  • Sub-series 8. Task Force on Administration, Finance & Structure. Mr. Frazier was a member of this task force. The sub-series consists of correspondence, minutes, and a membership list. The material dates from 1964.
  • Sub-series 9. Development of Regions. The sub-series consists of maps of Pennsylvania, used to establish the regions for the comprehensive mental health study. The maps date from 1962-1964.
  • Sub-series 10. Subcommittee on Community Organization. This sub-series consists of minutes and membership lists for the subcommittee of which Mr. Frazier was the chairman. The materials date from 1964-1965.
  • Sub-series 11. Mental Retardation. The terms of the federal grant required that a comprehensive mental retardation plan be devised separately from the mental health plan. This sub-series consists of minutes and correspondence relating to the Comprehensive Mental Retardation Plan Advisory Committee, Executive Committee minutes, a project plan, membership lists, reports, and the final Comprehensive Mental Retardation Plan from December, 1965. The materials date from 1964-1965.
  • Sub-series 12. Legislation. This sub-series consists of copies of related federal legislation and correspondence related to state mental health legislation. The material dates from 1963-1966.

Series II. Urban Traffic and Transportation Board. This series documents Mr. Frazier’s involvement in regional transportation planning as chairman of the Urban Traffic and Transportation Board. The Board’s work with the Passenger Service Improvement Corporation and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Compact involved the expansion of commuter train service in the Philadelphia region. The series consists of four sub-series and contains materials dating from 1956-1964, with the bulk of the material dating from 1960-1962.

  • Sub-series 1. General. This sub-series consists of reports, memos, policy position papers, minutes, and correspondence. Also included is the 1960 agreement forming the Passenger Service Improvement Corporation (PSIC), a nonprofit corporation organized to work with the railroads to provide commuter train service in Philadelphia. The reports by the Marketers Research Service document a survey of railroad use in northwest Philadelphia and evaluate the market potential for a Chestnut Hill line. Memos and position papers discuss issues of fare levels, cost analyses, and matters for negotiation between the PSIC and the railroads. The materials date from 1958-1962 with the bulk dating from 1960.
  • Sub-series 2. Passenger Service Improvement Corporation. This sub-series consists of correspondence, financial reports, bylaws, and agreements relating to the operation of the PSIC, the development of commuter rail service, and negotiations between PSIC, the City of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. The materials date from 1960-1964.
  • Sub-series 3. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Compact. The sub-series contains materials related to SEPACT, an agreement reached in 1961 by Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia to cooperate with regard to regional transportation issues. Included are a train delay analysis report and a proposal for a commuter transportation grant from the federal Housing and Home Finance Agency. Materials date from 1961-1963.
  • Sub-series 4. Miscellaneous Reports on Transportation. The sub-series includes summaries of seminars held at Columbia University and published reports relating to alternatives for urban transportation solutions. The materials date from 1956, 1958, and 1961-1963.

Series III. Tri-Institutional Facilities Program. This series of documents delves into the acquisition, planning, and financial proponents for a new medical center, under the cooperation of three separate entities. These are: (1) Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, (2) The University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Medical School, and (3) The Philadelphia General Hospital. The purpose of this venture was to construct a multi-million dollar medical facility in West Philadelphia. Its location would be on the grounds of Philadelphia General Hospital, consisting of a 500-unit residence facility for single and married interns, resident physicians of the joining facilities, laundry and parking availabilities. Also presented in this series are reports, financial budgets and analyses, city ordinance, a resolution between the entities, architectural plans for facilities, vehicle, pedestrian, and traffic plans, annual reports, news release from the Mayor’s office, and correspondence between the architects and the advisory committee, of which Mr. Charles H. Frazier, Jr. was a prominent member. The material dates from 1961 to 1968.

  • Sub-series 1. Correspondence. This sub-series consists of correspondence to the mayor of Philadelphia, architects, participating facilities, Mr. Charles Frazier, Jr. (Chair of Board of Trustees, Philadelphia General Hospital), discussing the elements of the proposed joint facilities. It describes the organized schedule and project collaboration between the following facilities: (1) Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, (2) The Philadelphia General Hospital, and (3) The University of Pennsylvania.
  • Sub-series 2. Newspaper Clipping. This sub-series consists of a newspaper clipping from The Evening Bulletin explaining to the public about the proposed project to be built in West Philadelphia.
  • Sub-series 3. Proposal Report No. 1. This sub-series consists of a report from the architects for the project, Harbeson, Hough, Livingston and Larson, Wright, Androdac Amenta and Gane Associate Architects (Philadelphia, PA), on the land use, building site plan, and cost analysis.
  • Sub-series 4. Proposal Report No. 2. This sub-series is a continuing report of the development and thoughts, which appear on the first report (sub-series 3. Proposal Report No. l). It cites significant steps in the realization of the goal for collaboration, agreement on the site, what is compatible with the program the architects have outlined, residence plans to be made available, and how the parties plan to operate together in cooperation for a successful venture. In this report the originally planned site was moved from University Avenue to 39th Street between Spruce and Locust Streets.
  • Sub-series 5. Proposal Report No. 3. This is a continuation of plans, in particular reports on cost analysis of housing for student nurses, graduate interns, laundry facilities, and parking.
  • Sub-series 6. Proposal Report No. 4. Continued project discussions and plans.
  • Sub-series 7. Summary of Cost Data. This sub-series consists of summary of costs data, city funds, and purchase services for project.
  • Sub-series 8. City Council Ordinance of Philadelphia. This sub-series consists of City Council Ordinance 2664, authorizing the Health Commissioner to enter into the agreement on behalf of the city of Philadelphia with Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and The Philadelphia General Hospital to establish the Tri-Institutional Facilities Program
  • Sub-series 9. Proof of Copy. This presents proof of the agreement between the entities for the Tri-Institutional Facilities Program.
  • Sub-series 10. Blank Agreement Forms.
  • Sub-series 11. News Release from City of Philadelphia. This sub-series is a news release from the Office of the Mayor of Philadelphia, James H. J. Tate, dated, September 13, 1965.
  • Sub-series 12. Appropriations Request. Requests for appropriations for Philadelphia General Hospital.
  • Sub-series 13. Proposed Tracts for Vehicles and Pedestrians. This is a sub-series consisting of architectural plans for pedestrian walkways and traffic pathways.
  • Sub-series 14. Correspondence for Financial Plans. This is a sub-series consisting of financial plans for the total project.
  • Sub-series 15. Minutes of Task Force Meetings. This is a sub-series of minutes from the task force meetings from 1963-1965, on Tri-Institutional Facilities Program.
  • Sub-series 16. Home Finance Agency. This is a sub-series consisting of letters from the president of the Business/Financial office of the University of Pennsylvania regarding the available government loans for project.
  • Sub-series 17. Annual Report from Children’s Hospital. 



Charles H. Frazier, Jr., deposited materials in October, 1976.




1 Advisory Planning Committee 1963 and prior
2 Advisory Planning Committee, Folder 1 1964-1965
3 Advisory Planning Committee, Folder 2 1964-1965
4 Executive Committee, Folder 1 1964-1965
5 Executive Committee, Folder 2 1964-1965
6 Membership of Regional Planning Committees 1963
7 Membership of Regional Planning Committees, Folder 1 1964-1965
8 Membership of Regional Planning Committees, Folder 2 1964-1965
9 Community Mental Health Centers 1963-1966
10 Operations of Regional Committees, Folder 1 1964
11 Operations of Regional Committees, Folder 2 1964
12 Operations of Regional Committees, Folder 3 1964
13 Operations of Regional Committees 1965
14 Statistics and Data 1958, 1963-1964
15 Task Forces 1964
16 Task Force on Administration, Finance & Structure 1964
17 Development of Regions 1962-1964
18 Subcommittee on Community Organization 1964-1965
19 Mental Retardation 1964
20 Mental Retardation 1965
21 Legislation 1963-1966


1 General, Correspondence 1958-1961
2 General, Memos, Reports & Position Papers 1958-1962
3 Passenger Service Improvement Corporation 1960
4 Passenger Service Improvement Corporation 1962,1964
5 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Compact 1961-1963
6 Miscellaneous Reports on Transportation 1956, 1958, 1961-1963


1 Correspondence 1961-1968
2 Newspaper Clip
3 Proposal Report No. 1 1962
4 Proposal Report No. 2 1963
5 Proposal Report No. 3 1963
6 Proposal Report No. 4 1964
7 Summary Cost Data
8 City Council Ordinance of Philadelphia 1966
9 Proof of Copy 1966
10 Blank Agreement Forms
11 News Release-City of Philadelphia 1965
12 Appropriations Request for Hospital 1964
13 Proposed Tracts for Vehicles and Pedestrians
14 Correspondence for Financial Plans 1963-1965
15 Minutes of Task Force Meetings 1963-1965
16 Home Finance Agency
17 Annual Report 1964