Germantown Community Council (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, Part 1

Collection ID: 
URB 39
Date: 
1937-1969
Footage: 
64 boxes
Collecting Area: 

This finding aid is divided into 3 parts:

Part 1: Administrative Information, Series I-V
Part 2: Series VI-VII
Part 3: Series VIII-XIII

 
 
HISTORICAL NOTE
 
The Germantown Community Council was conceived in the fall of 1933 by a group of women from the Philadelphia neighborhood of Germantown who were concerned with the lack of coordination among the large number or organizations operating in Philadelphia's Twenty-second ward. The first formal meeting was held March 6, 1934, at which time fifteen organizations joined the Council. By 1958, membership had grown to 120 organizations and 250 individuals. The Council disbanded in the mid-1970s.
 
During the late 1930s and 1940s, the GCC restored Vernon, the historic Wister mansion, in Vernon Park and used it as its headquarters. The Council served as a clearing house of information and services for the various member organizations, which included businessmen's associations, churches, neighborhood civic associations, and youth groups in Germantown. It also sponsored events to promote community spirit in the area, especially through Germantown Week which started in 1948. Finally, the Council was concerned with housing, zoning, and social services available in Germantown.
 
The work of the Council was carried out through three divisions. The Administrative Division consisted of various Council operating committees' the Physical Planning Division was concerned with housing, clean streets, recreation, zoning, and urban renewal; the Community Services Division included the Human Rights Committee, Citizens' Mental Health Committee, Social Services Committee and the Schools Community Council, which coordinated activities among high school students in Germantown. GCC also acted as a coordinating and sponsoring agency for some of the "Great Society" youth employment programs of the mid-1960s, such as the Neighborhood Youth Corps, GIPSY (Germantown Improvement Program in the Summer for Youth), and JOY (Job Opportunities for Youth). The Germantown Human Relations Committee and Germantown Housing Committee were important member organizations of the GCC, and the records include interview schedules for the Human Relations Committee's Germantown Community Audit from 1950-1952.
 
 
ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT
 
The records of the Germantown Community Council have been arranged in thirteen series as follows:
 
Series I. Background and Board of Directors
Series II. Executive Director and Personnel
Series III. Administrative Division
Series IV. Physical Planning Division
Series V. Community Services Division; Schools Community Council (SCC)
Series VI. Programs and Activities; Germantown Week
Series VII. Youth Employment Programs : Neighborhood Youth Corps (NYC); Germantown Improvement Program in the Summer for Youth (GIPSY); Job Opportunities for Youth (JOY)
Series VIII. Membership and Financial Records
Series IX: Member Organization Records
Series X: Public and Private Agencies in Germantown
Series XI: Other Public and Private Agencies
Series XII: Coordinating Agencies
Series XIII: Research Files; Miscellaneous
 
 
COLLECTION OVERVIEW
 
Annual reports, minutes of Executive Committee, correspondence.
 
 
SEPARATED MATERIAL
 
 
 
ACQUISITION INFORMATION
 
Deposited through the organization by Francis Delany, President, in 1972. Accession 105.
 
 
INVENTORY
 
Series I. Background and Board of Directors
 
Box 1
 
1 Background information on Germantown Community Council
2 Constitution and by-laws of GCC
3 GCC By-Laws
4 GCC Organizational Structure
5-7 Annual Reports, 1947-1969
8-9 Executive Committee, Minutes, 1941-1947
10-15 Executive Committee, Minutes and Agendas, 1948-1953
 
Box 2
 
16-24 Executive Committee, Minutes and Agendas, 1954- 1967
25 Suggestions for Board Appointments, 1965
26 Board of Directors, Minutes and Agendas, 1967-1968
27-29 Correspondence, 1941-1953
30 Correspondence, President's Letter and Council Letter, 1953-1955
 
Box 3
 
31-33 Correspondence, 1954-1958
34 Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1958-1960
35 Correspondence, Dr. Gordon Venable, President of GCC, 1960
36-38 Correspondence, 1959-1961, 1963, 1965, 1967; 1938
 
Series II: Executive Director and Personnel
 
1 Office Record, 1947-1949
2-4 Executive Director, Marguerite L. Riegel, Correspondence, 1948-1955
5 Executive Director, Donald E. Hamilton, Correspondence, 1957-1958
6 Executive Director, Donald E. Hamilton, Speeches, 1958
7 Executive Director, Donald E. Hamilton, Correspondence, 1959-1960
8 Executive Director, William H. Will, Correspondence, 1959-1960
9 Executive Director, William H. Will, 1961
10 Executive Director, William H. Will, correspondence with Germantown Toastmistress Club, 1960-1961
 
Box 4
 
11 Executive Director, William H. Will (and President of GCC), Correspondence on Trouble Spots in Germantown
12 Executive Director, William H. Will, Director's reports to Executive Board, November 1960- May 1963
13 Executive Director's Correspondence, William H. Will, 1963
14 Executive Director, Lester Goodman, Correspondence, 1963-1964
15-28 Executive Director, Lester Goodman, Office Files, Miscellaneous, H-W
29 Executive Director, Frank Delany, Correspondence, 1964
30 Executive Director, Frank Delany, Correspondence, Miscellaneous
31 Executive Director, Frank Delany, Reports
32 Executive Director, Craig Ahlberg, Correspondence, 1968
33 Executive Director, Craig Ahlberg, Reports
34 Executive Director, Craig Ahlberg, Schedules
35 Executive Director, Craig Ahlberg, Notes on Committees, 1967-1968
36 Personnel Policies
37 Personnel Correspondence, 1946-1949
38 Personnel, Job Descriptions, 1961
39 Personnel, Miscellaneous
40 Staff Reports, 1960-1961
41 Personnel, Jan Mallach
42 GCC, 1961-1968
43 GCC Citizen's Committee on Urban Renewal
44 GCC, 1969-1973
 
Series III: Administrative Division
 
Box 5
 
1 Committees, Miscellaneous, 1951, 1954
2 Annual Dinner Lists, 1942-1955
3 Administration Division Report, 1964
4-10 Annual Dinner, 1935-1952
 
Box 6
 
11-20 Annual Dinner, 1953-1967
21 Citizens' Committee of One Hundred for the Restoration, Preservation and Use of "Vernon," 1937-1940
22 Citizens' War Memorial Committee, 1947-1953
 
Box 7
 
23 Citizens' War Memorial Committee, 1949-1950
24 Constitution Committee, 1951-1952
25-27 Coordinating Committee, 1946-1954
28-36 Finance Committee, 1949-1961
37 Fund-Raising Committee, 1964
38 House Committee, Minutes, Inventories, Regulations, 1947-1953
 
Box 8
 
39 House Committee, 1959-1960
40 House Committee, 1960-1961, 1964-1965
40A GCC Membership
41-47 Membership Committee, 1949-1965
48-53 Nominating Committee, 1947-1967
54 Personnel Committee, 1952-1956
 
Box 9
 
55-58 Personnel Committee, 1955-1961
59-63 Program and Planning Committee, 1959-1967
64 Publicity Committee, 1947-1949
65-67 Public Relations Committee, 1951-1966
68 Reorganization Committee, 1958-1959
69-71 Rowell Fund Advisory Committee, 1946-1950
72 Committee on Structure of Community Council, 1954
73 "Vernon," Miscellaneous, 1949-1955
74 Vernon Committee, 1945-1950
75 "Vernon," Correspondence, Reports on Building, 1960-1961
76 Vernon Park Subscriptions, 1938-1940
77 Vernon Park Committee, 1948-1951
78 Vernon Park Special Events Committee, Miscellaneous, 1961
79 Ways and Means Committee, 1954
80 Wister House Committee, Financial Records, 1937- 1939
 
Series IV. Physical Planning Division
 
Box 10
 
1-5 Physical Planning Division, 1954-1961
6 Physical Planning Division, New Germantown Post Office, Correspondence, etc., 1960-1964
7 Physical Planning Division, Town Meetings and Community Planning Problems, 1961
8 Physical Planning Division, 1964-1965, 1967
9 Citizens' Committee for Planning and Renewal, 1965-1966
10 Citizens' Committee on Urban Renewal, 1967-1968
11 Cleaner Streets Committee, 1948-1950
12-13 Housing Committee, 1965-1968
14 Housing Committee, Used House Program, Public Housing, 1967
15 Neighborhood Groups Committee, 1959, 1965
 
Box 11
 
16 Neighborhood Renewal Program, Advisory Committee, 1967
17-22 Recreation Committee, 1948-1965
23-27 Twenty-second Ward Planning Committee, 1947-1954
28 Zoning and Survey Committee, Residential and Zoning Survey, 1960
29 Zoning and Survey Committee, Community Survey of Germantown and Mt. Airy, 1961
30 Zoning and Survey Committee, Community Survey of Germantown and Mt. Airy, Revised to September 1964
31 Zoning Committee, 1964-1966
32 Zoning and Survey Committee, 1967
 
Series V. Community Services Division; Schools Community Council (SCC)
 
Box 12
 
1 Community Group Relations Division, 1957-1958
2-3 Community Group Relations Committee, 1958-1961
4 Community Services Committee, Report, 1969
5 Committee on Community Fellowship Service, 1960
6 Health and Social Services Committee, 1949-1951
7 Health and Social Services Committee, Material on Child Guidance Clinic, 1948-1950
8 Health and Social Services Committee, Material on Child Guidance Clinic, Correspondence, Minutes, 1951-1952
9-10 Health and Social Services Committee, 1953-1958
11-13 Health Committee, 1958-1961
14 Human Rights Committee, 1967-1969
15 Human Rights Committee, Clearing House Group, 1968
16 Human Rights Committee, Civil Disorders Sub- Committee, 1968
17 Human Rights Committee, Seminars on Urban Crisis, 1968
18 Human Rights Committee, Miscellaneous, 1968
19 Human Rights Committee, United Farm Workers' Grape Boycott, 1968-1969
20 Citizens' Mental Health Committee, Process Record, William Keller Conrad, 1968-1969
 
Box 13
 
21 Citizens' Mental Health Committee, Process Record, Terence Patterson, 1968-1969
22 Citizens' Mental Health Committee, Process Record, Barbara Homce, 1969
23 Citizens' Mental Health Committee, Process Record, Carolyn Washburne, 1967-1970
24 Public Safety Committee, 1965-1967
25 Public Safety Committee, Questionnaires about Enforcement and Administration of Justice, No date
26 Committee for Older People, 1957-1959
27-29 Committee for Older People, 1958-1961
30 Committee for Older People, Senior Citizens' Hobby Show, 1964-1965
31 Committee for Older People, Senior Citizens' Hobby Show and Spelling Bee, 1965
32 Recreation and Youth Committee, Germantown Youth Workers Group, 1955-1958
33-34 Youth Workers Group, 1958-1960
35 Youth Workers Group, Miscellaneous
36 Committee on Schools, 1956-1958
 
Box 14
 
37-40 Committee on Schools, 1957-1963
41 Committee on Schools, A Profile of Public Elementary Schools in the Germantown Area, 1962-1963
42-44 Schools Committee, 1964-1967
45 Social Services Committee, 1959
46 Social Services Committee, Constitution
47 Social Services Committee, Background Information
48 Social Services Committee, Hand books, 1958-1961
49 Social Services Committee, Annual Reports, 1947, 1949; Activities Report, 1960, 1965
50 Social Services Committee, Secretary-Treasurer's Records, representatives, committee, 1948-1949
51 Schools Community Council, Meeting General x 1947,1948, 1950-1954; Miscellaneous
52 SCC Meeting Announcements and minutes, 1958-1966
53 SCC Monthly Open Meetings, Meeting announcements, 1964-1965
54 SCC Monthly Open Meetings, Minutes, announcements, 1967
55 SCC Coordinator's Notes, 1952-1953
56 SCC Coordinator's Notes, miscellaneous, 1954, 1957-1958, 1960-1961
57 SCC Coordinator, 1962-1963
58 SCC Coordinator, Correspondence, reports, etc., 1963-1966
 
Box 15
 
59 SCC Coordinator, Correspondence, reports, etc., 1962-1964, 1966-1968
60 SCC Advisors and Principals, Correspondence, 1950 - 1952
61 SCC Advisors and Principals, Faculty Meetings, 1952-1955
62 SCC Advisors and Principals, Faculty minutes, correspondence, 1955-1957
63 SCC Advisors and Principals, Correspondence, 1957 - 1959
64 SCC Advisors and Principals, Meetings, Minutes, correspondence, 1963-1964
65 SCC Advisors and Principals, Faculty minutes, correspondence, 1964-1965
66 SCC Advisors and Principals, Faculty correspondence minutes, 1965-1966
67 SCC Advisors and Principals, Faculty correspondence, 1966-1967
68 SCC Principals-Faculty Advisors, 1960-1963
69 SCC Election, 1964-1965
70-75 SCC Cabinet, Minutes, etc, 1947-1956
76 SCC Cabinet, 1956-1957
77-84 SCC Cabinet, Minutes, etc, 1957-1967
85-87 SCC Committee Organization, 1957-1958, 1963-1964, 1964-1967
88-92 SCC Dinner Committee, 1950-1965
 
Box 16
 
93-97 SCC Community Institute Committee, 1951-1958
98-103 SCC Community Service Committee, 1950-1959
104 SCC Constitution Committee, 1951, n.d.
105 SCC Finance Committee, 1957-1958
106-110 SCC Fun Spot Committee, 1951-1963
111 SCC Housing Committee, n.d.
112-113 SCC Human Rights Committee, 1954-1960
114-124 SCC Inter-School Activities Committee, 1950-1958, 1961-1966
 
Box 17
 
125 SCC Newsletter, 1950-1952
126 SCC Public Relations Committee, 1955-1958
12?-129 SCC Public Relations Committee, 1950-1952, 1958-1964
130-132 SCC Seminars Committee, 1958-1960, 1962-1966
133 SCC Summer Job Conference Planning Committee, 1951-1952
134-137 SCC Talent Show Committee, 1957-1965
138 SCC Tours Committee, 1965
139-140 SCC Treasurer's Committee, 1957-1962
141-142 SCC "Vernon Vernacular" Committee, 1952-1954
143-144 SCC "Vernon Vernacular" Committee, 1954-1956
 
Box 18
 
145-149 SCC "Vernon Vernacular" Committee, 1956-1965
150-153 SCC Washington Seminar Committee, 1953-1958
154-162 SCC Work Camps Committee, 1946-1947, 1950-1955, 1957-1962, 1964-1967
163 SCC Committee Notes, miscellaneous, 1955-1957, 1963-1966, n.d.
164 SCC Final Committee Reports, 1965
165 SCC Correspondence, 1950-1955
166 SCC General correspondence and contracts, 1951- 1958
167-170 SCC Correspondence, 1959-1965
 
Box 19
 
171 SCC Program Evaluation, 1949-1951
172 SCC Evaluation meetings, 1964-1965
173 SCC Yearly schedule, 1951-1952, 1957-1959
174 SCC Calendar and activities, 1960-1961, 1963-1966
175 SCC Social Studies Teachers' meeting, 1952
176 SCC Suggestions for future activities, 1951-1952, 1954, 1957-1958, 1964
177-178 SCC Music Festival, 1955-1959
179 SCC Germantown Courier Award, 1956
180 SCC Alcoholism Seminar, 1956-1957
181 SCC Program proposals and calendars, 1957-1958
182 SCC Schools Festival, 1958-1960
183 SCC Assembly programs, 1959-1962
184 SCC Miscellaneous program activities, 1960-1961
185 SCC Recreation volunteers, 1963
186 SCC Fun Fair,-1964
187 SCC Tutoring Program, Miscellaneous, 1964-1965
188 SCC Woodside Manor Conference, September 1964
189 SCC Fall Planning Conference, 1965
190 SCC Fall Planning Conference, Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, September 1966
191 SCC Fall Planning Conference, September 1967
192 SCC Fall Planning Conference, n.d.
193 SCC Inter-School Teachers' Visits, 1965
194 SCC Sign-up Sheets for Council projects, 1965, 1967-1968
195 SCC Names of contact people, 1955-1956
196 SCC Membership and schools, 1950
197 SCC Membership and schools council, 1953-1954 198 SCC Membership, 1954-1956
199 SCC Member schools, Information, 1963
200 SCC Membership list, 1966-1968
201 SCC Finances, Correspondence, reports, 1950-1954
202 SCC Expenses, 1952-1953
203 SCC Financial reports, correspondence, 1956-1958
204-205 SCC Financial statements, 1951-1959
206 SCC Financial statements, correspondence, 1953- 1957
207 SCC Financial statements, 1958-1965
208 SCC Tax information, 1959, 1964
209-210 SCC Publicity, 1950-1951, 1955-1958, 1961-1963
211 SCC Newspaper clippings
212 SCC Friends Social Committee, "Close-up of Urban Problems." 1952-1955
213 SCC American Friends Service Committee, Middle Atlantic Region High School Program, 1953-1954
214 SCC American Friends Service Committee, High School Section, Miscellaneous, 1956
215 SCC American Friends Service Committee, Seminars, miscellaneous, 1955-1958, 1951
 
Box 20
 
216 SCC Philadelphia Fellowship Commission, Ninth Annual Organization Conference on Human Rights Program, 1955
217 SCC Philadelphia Fellowship Commission, Correspondence, 1963
218 SCC Council on Volunteers, Student Volunteer Program, 1955, 1964-1965
219 SCC Goodwill Industries, Correspondence, 1962-1963
220 SCC Philadelphia Association for the Blind, 1962- 1963
221 SCC Library for the Blind, n.d.
222 SCC Liberation Schools, 1968-1969
223 SCC Inter-school Student Press, 1968-1969
224 Miscellaneous, 1967-1968 (SCC)
225 SCC Miscellaneous