Citizens' Committee to Recall Rizzo Records

Collection ID: 
Acc. 419, 599a
Date: 
1976
Footage: 
8 linear feet (8 boxes)
Collecting Area: 

Collection Summary

Title
Citizens’ Committee to Recall Rizzo Records

Dates
1976   

Collection ID
Acc. 419, 599a

Creator
Citizens’ Committee to Recall Rizzo

Quantity
8 linear feet (8 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.       

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Citizens’ Committee to Recall Rizzo formed in January 1976 to recall Frank L. Rizzo, then mayor of the City of Philadelphia, in a petition drive. Beginning on April 17, former Mayor Joseph S. Clark became the recall petition's first signer. The coalition gathered 210,806 signatures within the required sixty day time limit. The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter required at least 25 percent of the registered voters, or 145,000 signatures, to force a yes or no referendum on the fall election ballot.

The Committee submitted the petitions to the politically partisan Board of Elections. The Board verified 88,894 signatures, rejecting the vast majority as irregular, lacking a full name, indicating the wrong ward, etc. The Board of Elections was able to do so since the City Solicitor adopted stringent guidelines requiring all signatures to the match voter registration cards in every detail. The Committee challenged this action in the Common Pleas Court of the County of Philadelphia. The Court ruled that a sufficient number of valid signatures appeared on the petitions for a recall vote. The City Solicitor later filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania who declared the recall process unconstitutional, removing the referendum from the ballot.

Description of Collection

This collection reflects the activity of the recall movement in four scrapbooks of news clippings arranged in chronological order. The collection also includes press releases, editorials, statistical reports, and the findings of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The bulk of the collection, however, is the petitions and affidavits.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 4 series as follows:

Series 1:  Administrative Records, undated
Series 2:  Clippings and Scrapbooks, 1976
Series 3:  Recall Rizzo Petition, undated
Series 4:  Recall Petition Evaluation, undated

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Diamond, Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1636797~S30

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Citizen's Committee to Recall Rizzo Records are in custody of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Citizens’ Committee to Recall Rizzo Records, Acc. 419/599a, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Americans for Democratic Action through Esther Halpern, Secretary, March 1980 (Acc. 419) and Graham Robb, Executive Director, August 1985 (Acc. 599a).         

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015.        

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Corporate Names:
Citizens’ Committee to Recall Rizzo

Personal/Family Names:
Rizzo, Frank, 1920-1991

Subjects:
Municipal officials and employees -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Recall -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Mayors -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Administrative records
Clippings
Legal documents
Petitions
Press releases
Scrapbooks

Inventory

Series 1: Administrative Records, undated

1          1          Legal: Citizen's Committee to Recall Rizzo V. Board of Elections of the City and County of Philadelphia          undated

1          2          Miscellaneous          undated

1          3          Press Release          undated

1          4          Statistical Report          undated                     

Series 2: Clippings and Scrapbooks, 1976

2          1          News clippings          January-July 1976

2          2          News clippings          July-November 1976

2          3          Scrapbooks          January-June 1976

2          4          Scrapbooks          June-August 1976

2          5          Scrapbooks          August-September 1976

2          6          Scrapbooks          September-November 1976

Series 3: Recall Rizzo Petition, undated    

2          7          Recall Petition 1-50          undated

2          8          Recall Petition 51-100          undated

2          9          Recall Petition 101-150          undated

2          10          Recall Petition 151-200          undated

2          11          Recall Petition 201-250          undated

2          12          Recall Petition 251-300          undated

2          13          Recall Petition 301-350          undated

2          14          Recall Petition 351-400          undated

2          15          Recall Petition 401-450          undated

2          16          Recall Petition 451-500          undated

2          17          Recall Petition 501-550          undated

2          18          Recall Petition 551-600          undated

2          19          Recall Petition 601-650          undated

2          20          Recall Petition 651-700          undated

2          21          Recall Petition 701-750          undated

2          22          Recall Petition 751-800          undated

3          1          Recall Petition 801-850          undated

3          2          Recall Petition 851-900          undated

3          3          Recall Petition 901-950          undated

3          4          Recall Petition 951-1000          undated

3          5          Recall Petition 1001-1050          undated

3          6          Recall Petition 1051-1100          undated

3          7          Recall Petition 1101-1150          undated

3          8          Recall Petition 1151-1200          undated

3          9          Recall Petition 1201-1250          undated

3          10          Recall Petition 1251-1300          undated

3          11          Recall Petition 1301-1350          undated

3          12          Recall Petition 1401-1450          undated

3          13          Recall Petition 1451-1500          undated

3          14          Recall Petition 1501-1550          undated

3          15          Recall Petition 1551-1600          undated

4          1          Recall Petition 1601-1650          undated

4          2          Recall Petition 1651-1700          undated

4          3          Recall Petition 1701-1750          undated

4          4          Recall Petition 1751-1800          undated

4          5          Recall Petition 1801-1850          undated

4          6          Recall Petition 1851-1900          undated

4          7          Recall Petition 1901-1950          undated

4          8          Recall Petition 1951-2000          undated

4          9          Recall Petition 2001-2050          undated

4          10          Recall Petition 2051-2100          undated

4          11          Recall Petition 2101-2150          undated

4          12          Recall Petition 2151-2200          undated

4          13          Recall Petition 2201-2250          undated

4          14          Recall Petition 2251-2300          undated

4          15          Recall Petition 2301-2350          undated

4          16          Recall Petition 2351-2400          undated

4          17          Recall Petition 2401-2450          undated

5          1          Recall Petition 2451-2500          undated

5          2          Recall Petition 2501-2550          undated

5          3          Recall Petition 2551-2600          undated

5          4          Recall Petition 2601-2650          undated

5          5          Recall Petition 2651-2700          undated

5          6          Recall Petition 2701-2750          undated

5          7          Recall Petition 2751-2800          undated

5          8          Recall Petition 2801-2850          undated

5          9          Recall Petition 2851-2900          undated

5          10          Recall Petition 2901-2950          undated

5          11          Recall Petition 2951-3000          undated

5          12          Recall Petition 3001-3050          undated

5          13          Recall Petition 3051-3100          undated

5          14          Recall Petition 3101-3150          undated

5          15          Recall Petition 3151-3200          undated

5          16          Recall Petition 3201-3250          undated

5          17          Recall Petition 3251-3300          undated

6          1          Recall Petition 3301-3350          undated

6          2          Recall Petition 3351-3400          undated

6          3          Recall Petition 3401-3450          undated

6          4          Recall Petition 3451-3500          undated

6          5          Recall Petition 3501-3550          undated

6          6          Recall Petition 3551-3600          undated

6          7          Recall Petition 3601-3650          undated

6          8          Recall Petition 3651-3700          undated

6          9          Recall Petition 3701-3750          undated

6          10          Recall Petition 3751-3800          undated

6          11          Recall Petition 3801-3850          undated

6          12          Recall Petition 3851-3900          undated

6          13          Recall Petition 3901-3950          undated

6          14          Recall Petition 3951-4000          undated

6          15          Recall Petition 4001-4050          undated

6          16          Recall Petition 4051-4100          undated

6          17          Recall Petition 4101-4150          undated

7          1          Recall Petition 4151-4200          undated

7          2          Recall Petition 4201-4250          undated

7          3          Recall Petition 4251-4300          undated

7          4          Recall Petition 4301-4350          undated

7          5          Recall Petition 4351-4400          undated

7          6          Recall Petition 4401-4450          undated

7          7          Recall Petition 4451-4500          undated

7          8          Recall Petition 4501-4550          undated

7          9          Recall Petition 4551-4600          undated

7          10          Recall Petition 4601-4650          undated

7          11          Recall Petition 4651-4700          undated

7          12          Recall Petition 4701-4750          undated

7          13          Recall Petition 4751-4800          undated

7          14          Recall Petition 4801-4850          undated

7          15          Recall Petition 4851-4900          undated

7          16          Recall Petition 4901-4950          undated

7          17          Recall Petition 4951-5000          undated

7          18          Recall Petition 5001-5037          undated

Series IV: Recall Petition Evaluation, undated

8          1          Book 8: Petition sheets 1051-1200, with statistics          undated

8          2          Book 10: Petition sheets 1351-1500, with statistics          undated

8          3          Book 11: Petition sheets 1501-1600          undated

8          4          Book 14: Petition sheets 1951-2100, with statistics          undated

8          5          Book 15: Petition sheets 2101-2250, with statistics          undated

8          6          Book 16 (A): Petition sheets 2251-2325          undated

8          7          Book 16 (B): Petition sheets 2326-2400          undated

8          8          Book 27: Petition sheets 3901-4016, with statistics of Petition sheets 3901-4050          undated

8          9          Recall petition and petition evaluation: Miscellaneous loose sheets          undated

 

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