Philadelphia Board of Realtors Records, Series VI: Education

Collection ID: 
Record Group 119, 300
Date: 
1922-1976
Collecting Area: 

BACKGROUND


The Philadelphia Board of Realtors (PBR) was a professional organization established as a non-profit corporation on April 21, 1908 to "encourage trade and commerce in Real Estate, to inculcate just and equitable principles in trade, to [protect] against imposition and fraud, to bring about greater uniformity and certainty in business practices, and to establish closer ties of business association among the members."

Originally comprised of Center City realtors, the Board steadily incorporated chapters from outlying wards within the city of Philadelphia. By 1957 a formal amalgamation agreement ensured that all chapters would participate in the nomination and election of officers to the Board.

The Board worked closely with state and national organizations, the Pennsylvania Board of Realtors and the National Association of Real Estate Boards (NAREB), respectively. During the late 1950s through the 1960s, the Board enjoyed considerable influence on the national level. John E. "Jack" Teller, who served the Board in an administrative capacity for over twenty years, was an active member of the NAREB Executive Officers Council (EOC), and served as President of the Secretary's Council (the predecessor to the EOC) in 1958.

Major activities included training and certification of members, conducting appraisals of property, and hearing and adjudicating complaints against Board members brought either by other Realtors or by consumers.

During the mid- to late-1960s, the Board's self-policing functions were steadily superceded by governmental action as community organizations and civic groups pressed for greater oversight of real estate activities. These issues became particularly salient in the wake of major civil rights legislation that sought to end discriminatory practices in real estate. The Board resisted these efforts for a time but were forced to accomodate to the changing times under the threat of costly litigation and through the active involvement of federal, state and local governments.

ORGANIZATION
 

The collection has been divided into 9 series:
  • Series I: Administration and Organization
  • Subseries IA: Minutes of Meetings
  • Subseries IB: Correspondence and General Office Files
  • Series II: Financial Records
  • Series III: Property Appraisals
  • Series IV: Arbitration and Ethics
  • Series V: The Realtor (Magazine)
  • Series VI: Education
  • Series VII: Photographs
  • Series VIII: Membership Applications
  • Series IX: Miscellaneous


SCOPE AND CONTENT
 

The collection includes the minutes from executive committee and general membership meetings, correspondence and general office files, financial records, over one thousand property appraisals conducted between 1925 and 1959 (indexed separately by appraisal number and property name), Arbitration and Ethics Committee files, including the formal records of cases adjudicated by the panel, publications from both the PBR and state and national organizations, files from educational courses offered by the Board, and a sampling of membership applications (Closed to researchers).

Files relating to courses conducted by the Board for the purposes of certifying new members and maintaining and expanding professional knowledge. (4 Boxes, unprocessed as of July 1996).

Deposited by John E. Teller through the Philadelphia Board of Realtors, Executive Vice President, 1602-04 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, May 1972 and May 1977.
Inventory compiled by Christopher A. Preble, June 1996.

 

INVENTORY


Box 55
Course Administration
Educational Committee
001 1958-1959
002 1961-1962
Educational Courses
003 1951-1952
004 1952-1953
005 1953-1954
006 1954-1955
007 1955-1956
008 1956-1957
009 1957-1958
010 1958-1959
011 1959-1960
012 1960-1961
Book Orders
013 1955-1956
014 1956-1957
015 Memoranda, 1955-1956
016 School Literature
Financial Reports
017 1952-1953
018 1953-1954
019 1954-1955
020 Financial Statements
021 School Accounts
022 Payments
023 Delinquent Accounts
024 Stewart, Walter D., Account
Veterans Administration
025 Correspondence and Materials
Eligibility Certificates
026 1949
027 1950
028 1951
029 Vouchers, 1951-1952 Box 56 Individual Courses Appraisal I Correspondence
001 1953-1954
002 1954-1955
003 1956-1957
004 1957-1958
005 1958-1959
006 1959-1960
007 1960-1961
008 1961-1962
Course Materials
009-10 1954-1955 (2 folders)
011-12 1955-1956 (2 folders)
013 1961-1962
M.A.I. Payments
014 1954-1955
015 1955-1956
016 1956-1957
Appraisal II
Correspondence
017 1955-1956
018 1956-1957
019 1959-1960
020 1961-1962
Course Materials
021-22 1952-1953 (2 folders)
023-28 1955-1956 (6 folders)
Box 57 001 1959-1960
002 1961-1962
003 M.A.I. Payments, 1955-1956
004 Prospects, 1952
Building Construction
005 Correspondence, 1960-1961
006 Course Materials, 1960
007 Conveyancing and Real Estate Law, 1952-1953
Cram Courses
008 1952-1953
009 1954-1955
010 Credit Analysis, 1958
Insurance
011 1952-1953
012-13 1953-1954 (2 folders)
Law and Conveyancing
Correspondence
014 1953-1954
015 1954-1955
016 1955-1956 017 1956-1957
018 1957-1958
019 1958-1959
020 1959-1960
021 1960-1961
022 1962-1963
Materials
023 1952
024-25 1955 (2 folders)
026 1956-1957
027 1961-1962
License Preparatory Course
028 1956-1957
029 1957-1958
030 1961-1962
Mortgage Financing
Correspondence
031 1956-1957
032 1957-1958
033 1958-1959
Materials
034 1956-1957
Property Management
035 Correspondence, 1960-1961
036 Materials, 1960-1961
Real Estate
Correspondence
037 1952-1953
038 1953-1954
039 1954-1955
040 1955-1956
041 1956-1957
042 1957-1958
043 1958-1959
044 1959-1960
045 1960-1961
046 1961-1962
Materials
047 1954-1955
048 1961-1962
049 Refresher Course, 1953-1954
050 Salesmanship, 1952-1954
051 Salesmanship and Advertising, 1952-1955
Seminar
052 1952
053 1958, April 17-18
054 Tax Course 1957-1958
Roll Books
055 Appraisal I, 1953-1955 056 Appraisal II, 1952-1953 057 Conveyancing and Real Estate Law, 1952-1953
058 Insurance 1952-1954
059 Real Estate Law and Conveyancing, 1953-1954
060 Real Estate Practice, 1952-1953, 1954-1955
061 Salesmanship 1953-1954
062 Salesmanship and Advertising