Delaware Valley Council Records

Collection ID: 
Acc. 429
Date: 
1949-1979
Footage: 
14 cubic feet
Collecting Area: 

Subjects:

 

HISTORICAL NOTE


The Delaware Valley Council was a civic organization established as a non-profit corporation to plan and develop the Delaware Valley Region as an integrated economic unit. The Council pursued its goal of improving the region for all its citizens through a program of research and education that emphasized the orderly growth and development of regional resources.

Originally encompassing ten counties in the Greater Philadelphia-South Jersey Council, an adjunct of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the group later changed its name to the Greater Philadelphia-Delaware-South Jersey Council to include New Castle County. In 1956, by mutual agreement, the Delaware Valley Council separated from the Chamber of Commerce and operated independently for the next twenty-three years. Four more New Jersey counties were added during the 1950s and 1960s. In the late 1970s several reports recommended the consolidation of civic organizations to better promote regional coordination. Accordingly, in 1979, the Delaware Valley Council terminated its activities as an independent organizations by merging with PenJerDel Corporation, a companion organization to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, to form the PenJerDel Council.

The Council sought to represent the needs and interests of a disparate constituency. Its members included business leaders and elected and appointed officials from state and federal agencies. The coalition of the private and public sectors fostered an atmosphere of cooperation, and a dedication to serious research and education. The organization confronted issues of public concern, even when these issues threatened the economic well-being of some of its members.

Its several standing committees included an agricultural committee which promoted crop exports and studied mosquito control, an aviation committee dedicated to expanding airport facilities, with a particular emphasis on the development of heliports, an emergency medical care committee which undertook an ambitious program in the later 1960s and early 1970s to resolve a critical shortage in emergency medical services, and several committees concerned specifically with water and air quality.

COLLECTION OVERVIEW
 

The collection includes the minutes from board and executive committee meetings, standing committee files and correspondence, a substantial press clippings file organized by subject, and reports prepared by the Council and other private and governmental agencies. The collection also includes a bound collection of the testimony and exhibits from New Jersey vs. New York, et al., a court case pertaining to water usage from the Delaware River.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT
 

The records have been divided into 6 series:
  • Series I: Administration and Organization
  • Series II: Committees
  • Series III: Publications and Publicity
  • Series IV: The Delaware River Case, 1952-1954
  • Series V: Reports
  • Series VI: Miscellaneous

 

Series I: Administration and Organization: Includes the minutes of meetings bound and organized chronologically, membership lists, and reports relating to the Council's separation from the Chamber of Commerce and its later union with Penjerdel.

Series II: Committees: Records of actions taken by the Council's standing committees with regards to matters of public concern. Includes records and literature from other community and governmental organizations describing or explaining individual programs or initiatives.

Subseries IIa - Administrative
Subseries IIb - Agriculture (including Mosquito Control sub-committee)
Subseries IIc- Air Pollution
Subseries IId - Aviation
Subseries IIe - Emergency Medical Care
Subseries IIf - Water Resources

Series III: Publications and Publicity: A collection of published works by the organization including regional reports and newsletters. Also includes an extensive collection of bound press clippings from 1955-1961 arranged by subject, and loose clippings from 1949, 1958, and 1968-1972 arranged chronologically.

Series IV: The Delaware River Case, 1952-1954: Bound volumes of the case of New Jersey vs. New York, et al., before the Supreme Court of the United States. Includes testimony and exhibits from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Court ruling revised water usage restrictions from the Delaware River and its tributaries, initially imposed by the Court in 1931.

Series V: Reports: Reports and publications from various private and governmental organizations.

Series VI: Miscellaneous: Files relating to transportation and mass transit and a file from the Raritan Foundation.


ACQUISITION INFORMATION

Deposited by Penjerdel through John J. McGarry, Executive Secretary, 1612 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, June 1980.

 

INVENTORY
 

Series 1 - Administration and Organization

Box 1

001 By-Laws and Amendments, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1966
002 Personnel of Greater Philadelphia-Delaware-South Jersey Council, 1954
003 Officers and Board, 1962-1979
004 Membership, 1969, 1973-1975
005 Agreement of DVC and Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, 1956
006 Statement of Purpose, 1957
007 Annual Report, 1956-1957
Philadelphia Partnership
008 Plenary Sessions and Steering Committee, 1974 -1975
009 Reports
010 Report - Strengthening Civic Organizations in Philadelphia, 1978.
011 Union of DVC and Penjerdel, March 22, 1979

Box 2

Minutes of Meetings, Bound
Board of Directors and Committee Minutes, 1959
Board and Administrative Committee Minutes
January 1959 to December 1960
January 1961 to December 1963
January 1964 to May 1966
Board of Directors Minutes
June 1966 to November 1969
January 1970 to May 1973
Executive Committee Minutes
January 1964 to January 1972
Committee Meetings Minutes
March 1966 to December 1975

Series 2 - Committees

Box 3

Subseries IIa, Administrative

Minutes
012 1956-1961
013 1962-1966

Subseries IIb, Agriculture

Agriculture Committee, Meetings and Proceedings
014 1960, 1962-1964
015 1966-1968
016 1969-1970
017 Department of Interior Application, 1965-1968
Mosquito Control Subcommittee, Meetings and Proceedings
018 1960-1962
019 1964-1966
020 Produce Exporting Conference, 1967
021 Produce Marketing, 1968

Subseries IIc, Air Pollution

Box 4

Meetings and Proceedings
022 1956
023 1957
024 1958
025 1959
026 1960
027 1966
028 1967
029 1968
030 1969
031 1970
032 1972
Special Reports/Projects
033 Wagner Report, 1953
034 NY/NJ Air Pollution Abatement Conference, 1967
035 Regional Conference of Elected Officials (RCEO) Application for Air Pollution Control Program Grant, 1968
036 Automotive Catalyst System, 1975
037 .03 Sulfur-in-fuel requirement, 1975-1976
038 SO2 Emissions Strategy, 1978

Subseries IId, Aviation

Box 5

Meetings and Proceedings
039 1953
040 1954
041 1955
042 1956
043 1957
044 1958
045 Committee Board Meeting, January 25, 1961

Reports
046 Greater Philadelphia-Delaware-South Jersey Council Airports Report, 1953
047 Airport Improvement Authority, 1954

Box 6

Economic Evaluation Committee for a Jetport for New Jersey, 1967-1970
048 Reports
049 Minutes of Meetings

Correspondence
050 1967
051 January-May, 1968
052 June 1968-January 1969
053 Publicity

Box 7 

Helicopters and Heliports
054 1952-1953
055 1954
056 1955
057 1956
058 1957
059 1962-1963, 1965
060 1970-1973
061 1975

Subseries IIe, Emergency Medical Care

Box 8

062 History
063 1968-1969
064 1971-1974
065 Symposium, 1970

Symposium, 1971
066 Press
067 Finances
068 Participants
069 Plans and Structure
070 Report
071 Southeastern Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Planning Group, 1975

Box 9 

Emergency Medical Care Functional Model Program
072 Greater Delaware Valley Regional Medical Program, 1970-1973
073 Philadelphia Anti-Poverty Action Commission, 1971-1972
074 U.S. Public Health Service, 1971-1972, 1974
Franklin Institute Project
075 Correspondence and Draft Reports, 1971-1972, 1974
076 Proposal, 1971
077 Interim Report, 1972
078 Final Report, 1973

Subseries IIf, Water Resources

Box 10

079 1956
080 1960-1963
081 1964-1966
082 1967-1968

Delaware River Basin Commission
083 1961
084 1963
085 1964
086 Delaware River Basin Study, 1979
087 Conservation Education, 1960
088 Delaware Estuary Study, 1964, 1966
089 Mason Dixon Task Force - Pipeline, 1966
090 Evansburg Project, 1967-1968
091 Watersheds and Water Resources Associations, 1956-1961
092 Water Resources Association, 1962-1963

Re: Tocks Island National Recreation Area
093 Water Resources Report, April 6, 1973

Series III - Publications and Publicity

Box 11

Greater Philadelphia-Delaware-South Jersey Council Regional Research Reports
094 Number 1 - Zoning in the Greater Philadelphia South Jersey Area
095 Number 2 - Automobile Registration Statistics
096 Number 4 - Airports (with Particular Reference to Small Commercial Airport) in the Region
097 Number 5 - Digest of the Pollution Laws of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
098 Number 6 - Ground Water Resources in the Area
099 Delaware Valley Announcer, 1960, 1962
100 Delaware Valley News, 1971

News Releases and Press Clippings
101 Greater Philadelphia-South Jersey Council, 1949
102 1958
103 1960-1961
104 1968-1969
105 1970-1972
106 Public Relations, 1959, 1961-1964
107 South Jersey Public Relations Association, 1969-1970, 1973

Press Clippings Scrapbooks

Box 12 

Subjects A-M

Air Pollution, 1956-1961
Agriculture and Mosquito Control, 1957-1961
Aviation, 1955-1961
Channel (Delaware River, Trenton to Philadelphia), 1955-1961
Delaware Valley Council, 1960-1964
General Personal Items, 1960-1966
Highways, Expressways and Freeways, 1955-1961
Mass Transit, 1955-1961

Box 13 

Subjects, N-Z

Parks, 1955, 1957-1961
Planning and Research, 1956-1961
Population and Land Use, 1957-1961
Port Affairs, 1955-1961
Public Officials, 1957-1961
Regional Conference of Elected Officials, 1957-1961
Water Resources, 1955-1961

Series IV - The Delaware River Case, 1952-1954


Box 14

The Delaware River Case, 1952-1954
New Jersey vs. New York, et al., Before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Volume I - New York Testimony
Volume I - New York Exhibits
Volume II - New Jersey Exhibits
Volume II - New York Testimony
Volume III - New Jersey Testimony
Volume III - Pennsylvania Exhibits
Volume IV - Pennsylvania Testimony
Volume V - Pennsylvania Testimony
Volume VI - Delaware Testimony

Series V - Reports

Box 15

(Removed to Room 208, Pamphlets Collection)

Report to the Philadelphia Water Commission, "Development of an Upland Source of Water Supply and Suitability of Existing Sources of Supply with Augmented Facilities," Board of Consulting Engineers, April 1946.

Delaware River Model Study, Report Number 1, "Hydraulic and Salinity Verification," Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, May 1956.

Delaware River Model Study, Report Number 3, "Effects of Proposed Channel Enlargement Between Philadelphia and Trenton," Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, January 1952.

Delaware River Model Study, Report Number 3, "Effects of Proposed Channel Enlargement Between Philadelphia and Trenton, Appendix A, "Tests of Alternate Alignments of Specific Reaches and Closure of Burlington Island Back Channel," Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, January 1959.

State of New Jersey, Department of Conservation and Economic Development, Division of Water Policy and Supply. "Public Water Supplies in Gloucester County, New Jersey." Water Resources Circular, No. 9. Prepared in cooperation with U.S. Department of Interior Geological Survey, 1963.

State of New Jersey, Department of Conservation and Economic Development, Division of Water Policy and Supply. "Records of Wells and Ground-Water Quality in Camden County, N.J. with Special Reference to Public Water Supplies." Water Resources Circular, No. 10. Prepared in cooperation with U.S. Department of Interior Geological Survey, 1963.

The Interstate Commission on the Delaware River Basin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "The Delaware River Basin Physical Facts: A Graphic Compendium Containing Maps and Charts."

Carl N. Shuster, Jr. A Biological Evaluation of the Delaware River Estuary. Information Series, Publication Number 3, University of Delaware Marine Laboratories. September 1959.

J.K. Culbertson, "Progress Report of Hydrology and Sedimentation in Bixier Run, Corey Creek and Elk Run Watersheds, Pennsylvania," U.S. Department of the Interior Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, Philadelphia, PA. Open File Report, November 1957.

Interstate Commission on the Delaware River Basin, "The Delaware River Basin: Control and Utilization of Water Resources." September 1958.

Foreign Traders Association of Philadelphia, Inc. Membership List and Constitution, October 1, 1963.

James H. J. Tate, Mayor, City of Philadelphia, "A Program of Progress for Southeastern Pennsylvania: City of Philadelphia Legislative Proposals for the 1965 Pennsylvania General Assembly," 1964.

South Jersey Public Relations Association, "Membership Roster, Officers, Constitution," 1969.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, "Incorporating Air Quality Concerns in the Transportation Planning Process," DVRPC Fiscal Year 1978, Integrated Work Program, Project Number 43.01, May 1978.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, "Transportation Element for Southeastern Pennsylvania of the 1979 State Implementation Plan," Draft, December 1978.

U.S. Soil Conservation Service, "Soil and Water Conservation for Urbanizing Areas in Delaware," Dover, Delaware, September 1973.

Delaware River Basin Commission, "The Delaware River Basin Comprehensive Study (Level B Study)," Preliminary Draft Final Report, February 28, 1979.

Alex Kuprijanow and John C. Woo, "Regional Airport Study for Philadelphia Area," prepared for Deputy Director of Commerce for Aviation, Division of Aviation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Contract Number 6-787, Final Report 3883-1, April 1969.

National Association of Manufacturers, NAM Reports, Volume 22, No. 1, January 1977.

Enterprise, Journal of the National Association of Manufacturers, February 1977.

Enterprise, Journal of the National Association of Manufacturers, March 1977.

Enterprise, Journal of the National Association of Manufacturers, April 1977.

Enterprise, Journal of the National Association of Manufacturers, July 1977.

Enterprise, Journal of the National Association of Manufacturers, August 1977.

Enterprise, Journal of the National Association of Manufacturers, September 1977.

Enterprise, Journal of the National Association of Manufacturers, December 1977.

Frank L. Rizzo, Mayor, City of Philadelphia, Development News, Volume 1, September 1974.

U.S. Department of Commerce, "The United States Department of Commerce Promotes Economic Growth: A Guidebook to Commerce--Agency of Business," April 1966.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Volume 1: Program Summary, "Integrated Work Program, 1979-1981," Preliminary Draft, August 1978.

The Monthly Reporter of the National Rivers and Harbors Congress, various issues, 1965-1967.

Citizens Business, Published by the Pennsylvania Economy League (Eastern Division) and the Bureau of Municipal Research, various issues, 1963-1968.

Delaware River Basin Compact, Delaware River Basin Commission, October 27, 1961.

Delaware River Basin Commission, Administrative Manual, Part II, "Rules of Practice and Procedure," February 27, 1964.

Fifth Water Resource Program of the Delaware River Basin Commission, Trenton, New Jersey, February 1968.

Memoranda - Pinelands Jetport, 1964.


Box 16

(Removed to Room 208, Pamphlets Collection)


The Franklin Institute Research Laboratories, Proposal Number 12237-I, "Delaware Valley Emergency Medical Care Model," prepared for Delaware Valley Council Emergency Medical Care Committee, July 13, 1971.

Peter L. Vetere and John F. Blair, The Franklin Institute Research Laboratories, Interim Report I-C3387-01, "An Emergency Medical System for the Delaware Valley: Inventory, Establishment of Data Base, and Development of an Ideal Plan," May 15, 1972 to October 15, 1972, prepared for the Delaware Valley Council.

Samuel R. Enion, The Franklin Institute Research Laboratories, Final Report, "Planning for Emergency Medical Care in the Delaware Valley," August 1973.

David M. Anderson, with Jan Lieben, and Victor Sussman, Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, "Pure Air for Pennsylvania: A Joint Study of the Extent and Nature of Air Pollution in Pennsylvania," November 1961.

"Analyses Delaware River Water," Bramell Point, Socony-Vacuum Oil Co., Inc., Paulsboro, New Jersey, 1953. Unpublished Paper.

Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, and Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, "The Port of Philadelphia, PA and Camden and Gloucester City, N.J." Port Series, Number 7, Revised 1955. (Government Printing Office, 1956).

Pinelands Regional Meeting, Ocean-Burlington Counties, February 5, 1964.

United States Department of the Interior, Draft Environmental Statement, Volume 3 of 3, "Proposed 1976 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale Offshore the Mid-Atlantic States," OCS Sale No. 40.

United States Department of the Interior, Final Environmental Statement, Volume 4 of 4, "Proposed 1976 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale Offshore the Mid-Atlantic States," OCS Sale No. 40.

United States Department of the Interior, Draft Environmental Statement, Volume 4 of 4, "Proposed 1977 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale Offshore the North Atlantic States," OCS Sale No. 42.

The Interstate Commission on the Delaware River Basin, "Report on the Utilization of the Waters of the Delaware River Basin," August 1950.

Delaware Basin Bulletin, Volume 10, No. 1, September/October 1971. Published by the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin.

Clean Water: National Estuarine Pollution Study: Proceedings of the Public Meeting Held at Wilmington, Delaware, June 27, 1968 and Written Statements Concerning Tidal Waters of the Delaware Coast and the Delaware River Estuary.

Tocks Island Regional Advisory Council, Second Annual Report, 1967.

U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Public Health Service, Refuse Collection and Disposal: An Annotated Bibliography, 1960-1961," Public Health Bibliography Series, No. 4, Supplement E.

Here and Abroad With Harris, Volume 9, June 1969, No. 2., Published by Frederic R. Harris, Inc., New York, NY.

Report of the Pennsylvania Water Resources Committee, February, 1953, and the Delaware River Basin Report, Pennsylvania Water Resources Committee, Engineers' Study Committee, January, 1953.

"Dispersion Studies on the Delaware River Estuary Model and the Potential Applications Toward Stream Purification Capacity Evaluations," June 1961.

Interstate Commission on the Delaware River Basin, "The Delaware River Basin: Control and Utilization of Water Resources." September 1958.

Delaware River Basin Commission, Annual Report 1969.

Delaware River Basin Commission, Annual Report 1970.

Delaware River Basin, Zone 3: A Cooperative State-Federal Report on Water Pollution Control, Water Pollution Series, No. 41, New Jersey Department of Health, Pennsylvania Sanitary Water Board, Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Interstate Commission on the Delaware River Basin, May 1952.

Delaware River Basin, Zone 4: A Cooperative State-Federal Report on Water Pollution Control, Water Pollution Series, No. 58. Delaware Water Pollution Commission, Delaware State Board of Health, New Jersey Department of Health, Pennsylvania Sanitary Water Board, Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Interstate Commission on the Delaware River Basin, April 1953.

Joseph Oberman and Stephen Kozakowski, "History and Development in the Delaware Valley Region," Delaware Regional Planning Commission, Year 2000 Report No. 1., September 1976.

1968-1969, APCA Directory, Air Pollution Control Association, October 1968.

Leon B. Dworsky, Action for Clean Waters, Citizens Union Research Foundation, Inc., 1967.

Tocks Island Regional Advisory Council, Third Annual Report, 1968.

Public Transportation Capital Program, Delaware Valley Region, Fiscal Years Ending June 30th, 1975-1980. Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, April 1975.

Report of the Office of Public Counsel, Rail Services Planning Office, Interstate Commerce Commission, January, 1975.

Port and Terminal Facilities at Ports on the Delaware River, 1941, Corps of Engineers, United States Army.

1977 Delaware Valley Guide to Transportation, Penjerdel Corporation.

Accelerated Urban Growth in a Metropolitan Fringe Area: A Study of Urbanization, Suburbanization and the Impact of the U.S. Steel Plant in Lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Institute for Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania with the cooperation of the Bureau of Urban Research, Princeton University. Volume I, Summary Report., September 1954.

Foreign Commerce, Delaware River Port, 1966. Delaware Port Authority.

Membership List and Constitution. Foreign Traders Association of Philadelphia, Inc., October 1962.

Project and Index Maps, Office of the District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District, Philadelphia.


Series VI - Miscellaneous


Box 17

108 Parks and Recreation, 1957
109 Department of Commerce, 1960-1962, 1964, 1966
110 Customs Reorganization Plan, Statement, April 13, 1965
111 Bridge Tolls, 1968
112 Mass Transit, E.I. Tennyson, 1973-1974
113 SEPTA, 1975
114 Regional Rail, 1975
115 Port Authority Meeting, December 17, 1975
116 Various Newsletters, 1961-1963, 1965, 1968, 1971
117 Raritan Foundation, 1967-1968