Housing Association of Delaware Valley Records, Collection Overview
Housing Association of Delaware Valley Records
Housing Association of Delaware Valley
Approximately 360.38 linear feet (Approximately 527 boxes + 23 microfilm reels)
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials in English
Detailed Collection Information
Founded during the Progressive era, the Housing Association of Delaware Valley, which was known as the Philadelphia Housing Commission from 1909 to 1916 and the Philadelphia Housing Association from 1916 to 1968, consistently maintained that housing problems and polities were intimately related to the City's social conditions and physical evolution.
Description of Collection
The Housing Association of the Delaware Valley Records document many aspects of the history of the Philadelphia metropolitan area from 1909 onward. Aside from providing a comprehensive account of housing, subjects within the records range from sanitary problems of the 1910s to the neighborhood struggles against expressways in the 1970s. Records include office files, statistics, reports, publications, evaluations, and other materials.
Photographs in the collection include images produced for the Housing Association and the Octavia Hill Association, depicting housing interiors and exteriors, streets, courts, alleys, public housing projects, privy vaults, and sanitation conditions. Most images are exteriors and the emphasis of the collections is on poor living conditions. Photographers include Aero Service Corp., Bond Bros., Edward Gallob, Curtis George, W.E. Griffin, Harry W. Knoelke & Co., Jack Markus, Barrie Mason, W.G. Matthews, Sam Miller, Photo-Arts, Photo Illustrators, Jules Schick, Anthony J. Snively, Edward Wallowitch, and Lawrence Williams.
Organization and Arrangement
This collection is organized into 22 series as follows:
Subseries 1.1: Executive Secretary's Office Files, 1909-1916
Subseries 1.2: Executive Secretary's Office Files, 1917-1920
Subseries 1.3: Office Files, 1920-1950
Subseries 1.4: Office Files, 1911-1953
Subseries 1.5: Office Files, 1939-1970
Subseries 1.6: Statistics, 1870-1961
Subseries 2.1: Reports and Publications, 1913-1985
Subseries 2.2: Board and Executive Minutes, 1909-1971
Subseries 2.3: Statistics, 1920-1968
Subseries 2.4: Evaluations of Housing Association, 1940-1967
Series 3: Accession 63, circa 1968 (Unavailable)
Series 4: Accession 74, Undated (Unavailable)
Series 5: Accession 185, Undated (Unavailable)
Subseries 20.1: Photographic Prints, circa 1897-1972 (PC-1)
Subseries 20.2: Photographic Negatives, circa 1897-1972 (PC-2)
Subseries 22.1: Lantern Slides, circa 1904-1929 (PC-9)
Subseries 22.2: Prints from Lantern Slides, circa 1904-1929 (PC-7)
Subseries 22.3: Negatives from Lantern Slides, circa 1904-1929 (PC-8)
Series 1., URB 3, contains 343 boxes of records from 1870-1970, and contains office files from the Executive Secretary, general office files, and statistics. It is organized into six subseries: Subseries 1.1: Executive Secretary's Office Files, 1909-1916; Subseries 1.2: Executive Secretary's Office Files, 1917-1920; Subseries 1.3: Office Files 1920-50; Subseries 1.4: Office Files 1911-1953; Subseries 1.5: Office Files 1939-1970; and Subseries 1.6: Statistics, 1870-1961.
Series 2., URB 29, contains 9 boxes of records from 1909-1985, consisting of reports and publications, minutes, statistics, and evaluations of the Housing Association. It is organized into 4 subseries: Subseries 2.1: Reports and Publications, 1913-1985; Subseries 2.2: Board and Executive Minutes, 1909-1971; Subseries 2.3: Statistics, 1920-1968; and Subseries 2.4: Evaluations of Housing Association, 1940-1967.
Series 3., Accession 63, contains 13 boxes of records from circa 1968. (Unavailable)
Series 4., Accession 74, contains undated records. No inventory is available. (Unavailable)
Series 5., Accession 185, contains undated records. No inventory is available. (Unavailable)
Series 6., Accession 192, contains 1 box of records from 1964-1974.
Series 7., Accessions 107, 124, 141, 161, 162, 192, 239, contains multiple accessions that have been combined into one series, and contains 63 boxes of records from 1942-1975.
Series 8., Accession 375, contains 3 boxes of records from 1950-1977.
Series 9., Accession 425, contains 10 boxes of records from 1960-1979.
Series 10., Accession 439, contains 2 boxes of records from 1958-1979.
Series 11., Accession 477, contains 7 boxes of records from 1964-1982.
Series 12., Accession 561, contains 13 boxes of records from 1954-1982.
Series 13., Accession 580, contains 22 boxes of records from 1959-1982. (Unavailable)
Series 14., Accession 584, contains 12 boxes of records from 1968-1984.
Series 15., Accession 618, contains records from 1976-1985.
Series 16., HADV Neighborhoods and Urban Renewal Areas (Accessions 781 and 980), contains 6 boxes of records from 1947-1972. This series consists of materials received from the Housing Association of the Delaware Valley and concerned with urban renewal areas within the city of Philadelphia. There are also a few files dealing with urban renewal in other areas. The majority of the materials were issued by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia. Of special interest is the large amount of material dealing with the Crosstown Expressway (Interstate 695) plans and protests.
Series 17., Accession 981, contains 6 boxes of records from 1953-1979.
Series 18., Newspaper Clippings, contains 23 reels of microfilm, covering the years 1911-1960.
Series 19., Negro Migrant Study Records, contains correspondence, reports, clippings, and The Negro Migrant in Philadelphia by William D. Fuller, 1924.
Series 20., Photographs: Numbered, consists of photographic prints and negatives. Subseries 20.1, Photographic Prints, contains photographs of housing interiors and exteriors, streets, courts, alleys, public housing projects, privy vaults, and sanitation conditions, arranged by box and item number . Each photograph entry may contain a description, date, zip code, address, and photographer name. Subseries 20.2, Photographic Negatives, is the set of negatives which accompanies the numbered print collection, and is arranged in the same manner.
Series 21., Photographs: Unnumbered, contains photographs and negatives representing all photographic materials received from the Housing Association of the Delaware Valley which had not been filed in the numbered collection. Of particular interest are several folders dealing with the North Philadelphia area, especially the ca. 1920s materials which show groups of African American children.
Series 22., PHA Lantern Slides, consists of lantern slides, prints made from the slides, and negative copies made from the slides. Subseries 22.1, Lantern Slides, contains lantern slides listed by numbered subject category. Subseries 22.2, Prints from Lantern Slides, consists of glossy photographic prints made from the lantern slides. Subseries 22.3, Negatives from Lantern Slides, contains photographic negatives made from the lantern slides. No inventories are available for the prints of negatives.
Alternate Form Available
A selection of photographs from this collection, primarily Subseries 20.1: Photographic Prints, circa 1897-1972 (PC-1), has been digitized and is available online on the Temple University Digital Collections website.
Other Finding Aids and Indices
To assist researchers the Special Collections Research Center has prepared the Housing Association of Delaware Valley and Octavia Hill Association Photograph Collections Streets and Other Locations Index. This index provides access to identified photographs by Philadelphia street name or number, Philadelphia non-street locations, and non-Philadelphia locations. Other indexes to the Numbered Housing Association Collection are available by subject, date, and zip code. These indexes are available in print format in the SCRC reading room.
Researchers desiring more description of the early manuscript records of the Housing Association may wish to review the booklet Housing Association of Delaware Valley: A Guide to the Collection (Philadelphia: Urban Archives Center, Temple University Libraries, 1976).
A record for this collection is available in Diamond, Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1841103~S14
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.
Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Certain digital files may also be inaccessible. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
Publication and Copyright Information
The Housing Association of Delaware Valley Records are on deposit with the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Temple University holds literary rights only for material created by university employees and to material given to the university with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary 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.
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Housing Association of Delaware Valley Records, SCRC 1, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Octavia Hill Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries.
Papers of John Ihlder. Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York.
URB 3 was placed on permanent deposit by the Philadelphia Housing Association, through Managing Director Cushing Dolbeare, as Accession 1. URB 3 records were accessioned in Fall 1967, accompanying books were accessioned Spring 1968.
URB 29 (Acc. 20) was deposited by the Housing Association of the Delaware Valley through Ann Turner, July 1969.
URB 31 was removed from the Philadelphia Housing Association pamphlet collection and assigned Accession number 194, October 1974.
Accession 63 was deposited by HADV, July 1970. Accession 74 was deposited by the Philadelphia Housing Association, October 30, 1970. Accession 192 was deposited by HADV, September 1974.
Accession 107 was deposited by HADV, January 1972. Accession 124 was deposited by HADV, August 1972. Accession 141 was deposited by HADV through Managing Director Shirley Dennis, January 1973. Accession 161 was deposited by HADV through Shirley Dennis, September 1972. Accession 162 was deposited by HADV through Shirley Dennis, October 1973. Accession 285 was deposited by HADV through Shirley Dennis, December 1976.
Accession 375 was deposited by HADV, March 1979. Accession 425 was deposited by HADV through Tony Lewis, May 1980. Accession 439 was deposited by HADV, June 1980. Accession 477 was deposited by HADV through Jim Berry, August 1981. Accession 561 was deposited by HADV through Jim Berry, September 1983. Accession 580 was deposited by the Tenant Action Group through Eva Gladstein. Accession 584 was deposited by HADV, January 1985. Accession 618 was deposited by HADV through Jim Berry, April 1986. Accession 781 was deposited by HADV.
Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in September 2013 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services.
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:
Dilworth, Richardson, 1898-1974
Dolbeare, Cushing N.
Freedman, Abraham L. (Abraham Lincoln), 1904-1971
Hallman, Howard W.
Montgomery, Dorothy Schoell
Parrish, Helen L., 1859-1942
Phillips, Walter Massey, 1912-1985
Veiller, Lawrence, 1872-1959
Churchwomen's Housing Committee of Philadelphia
Citizens' Council on City Planning (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Fairmount Park Commission (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Federation of Community Councils of Philadelphia
Fellowship Commission (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Friends Neighborhood Guild
Health and Welfare Council (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Citizens Housing and Planning Committee
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
National Housing Association (United States)
Octavia Hill Association (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Department of Licenses and Inspections
Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Redevelopment Authority
Philadelphia Housing Authority
United States Housing and Home Finance Agency
African Americans – Housing – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Housing rehabilitation – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Immigrants – Housing – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Public housing – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition (1926: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Tenement houses – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Working class – Dwellings
Labor movement – Dwellings
Labor – Dwellings
Series 1: URB 3, 1870-1970
Series 2: URB 29, 1909-1985
Series 3: Accession 63, circa 1968 (Unavailable)
Series 4: Accession 74, Undated (Unavailable)
Series 5: Accession 185, Undated (Unavailable)
Series 6: Accession 192, 1964-1974
Series 7: Accessions 107, 124, 141, 161, 162, 192, 239
Series 8: Accession 375, 1950-1977
Series 9: Accession 425, 1960-1979
Series 10: Accession 439, 1958-1979
Series 11: Accession 477, 1964-1982
Series 12: Accession 561, 1954-1982
Series 13: Accession 580, 1959-1982
Series 14: Accession 584, 1968-1984
Series 15: Accession 618, 1976-1985
Series 16: HADV Neighborhoods and Urban Renewal Areas (Accessions 781 and 980), 1947-1972
Series 17: Accession 981, 1953-1979
Series 18: Newspaper Clippings, 1911-1960
Series 19: Negro Migrant Study Records, 1923-1924 (URB 31)
Series 20: Photographs: Numbered, circa 1897-1972 (PC-1, PC-2)
Series 21: Photographs: Unnumbered, circa 1918-1967 (PC-4)
Series 22: PHA Lantern Slides, circa 1904-1929 (PC-7, PC-8, PC-9)