Philadelphia Board of Realtors Records, Series IV: Arbitration and Ethics

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Record Group 119, 300
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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During the mid- to late-1960s, the Board's self-policing functions were steadily superceded by governmental action as community organizations and civic groups pressed for greater oversight of real estate activities.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.


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


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).

This committee is established to hear formal complaints against Board members, and is empowered to render judgments and punish members in the event of wrong-doing. Records include recorded testimony, evidence presented and the decisions and actions taken by the board.

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.



Box 46
File Arbitration and Ethics Committee
001 Correspondence, 1943-1944 , 1948-1949

Unnumbered Complaints(First Named/Second Named)

002 Hinlein/ Maquire
003 Smith/ Boyer
004 Shoemaker/ Gray, William 005 Zotter/ Riegel 006 Stern/ Triester 007 Bannister/ McCracken 008 Vallorani /Copp 009 Schreffler/ Smith (Hart) 010 Scarborough/ Smith 011 Kaiser/ Reuter 012 Blood/ Leider 013 Sutton/ Fish

Box 47
Case No. Name of Case, First Named /Second Named

1 Armatrudo Diluzio
1A The Custis Case, File 1 Custis
1A The Custis Case, File 2 Custis
1A The Custis Case, File 3 Custis
2 Bass Przybylowski (Miller Realty Co.)
3 Axelman Fox
4 Barber, Hartman, & Co. Waldis
5 Brenner Herbert
6 Klingel-Wilson Schmid
7 Connor Schonberger-Kassel
8 Feinstermaker Hodgkins 9 Gowland Bros, Inc. Pratt

Box 48
Case No. Name of Case, First Named /Second Named
10 Gordon Armstrong
11 Lara Sherman & Sherman
12 Lenoir A.P Orleans & Co.
13 Livezly Stuempfig
14 Longhaul Apts. Levy
15 Maring Vetrone Realty Co.
16 Melvin Carr
17 McKenna Sterne
17A McKenna Sterne
18 Nash Realty, Co. Leonard
19 Keller McIlhinney
20 Osborne Schnabel
21 Rabinowitz Armstrong
22 Ruleff Godwin-Strauss
23 Baron Idler
24 Steinberg Yentis
25 Stout Schnabel

Box 49
Case No. Name of Case, First Named/ Second Named
26 Lanard & Axilbund Levy & Stangler
27 Reilly Rowan & Sons
28 Kope Worrell
29 Knight Vearling
30 Reese Brucker
31 Priestman-Hemeltag Donnelly & Sons
32 Randazzo Yentis
33 Doyle Pfeifer
34 Essayian Clarke
35 Shearman Mazella
36 Getz Hopman
37 Ross Konell
38 Rycharski Forderer
39 Wish Kaplan Realty Co.
40 Carney Sheetz & Sons
41 Marple & Clemens R & R Realty Co.
42 Beavers, Sr. Delaney Co.
43 Brody Baron
44 Mattson Hild
45 Barber Phila. Life Insurance Co.
46 Johnson Brucker
47 Abad Erb
48 Campbell Seitzman Co.
49 Ciancaglini Ghen
50 Guyton Shulman
51 Finn & Co. Falcone
52 Gross McKenna
53 Gordon Gerber & Sons

Box 50
Case No. Name of Case, First Named Second Named

54 Baitzel Shearman
55 Elfant, M. M. Hagedorn & Co.
56 Stern, Milton Brucker & Co.
57 Dingle Gross, J. & Bros.
58 Messer, Morris Matsinger, Maurice
59 Goldman & Bros. Davis, John Jr.
60 Dunnet, Isabelle Randall, Harrold
61 Widmer, Elmer F. Leider, B.B. & Co.
62 Shaffer, E. D. Berman Bros.
63 Phila. Real Estate Board Marker, William B.
64 Stern, Milton Burns, Arthur L.
65 Schovish, Mr. & Mrs. Edward DeWaele, Frank
66 Green, H. & Cola, G. Triester, David E.
67 Cook, Nancy L. Fasy, Joseph F. X.
68 Greene, Charles A., Jr. Gray, Wm. A., Inc.
69 Livezly, James H. Seese, Chas., Inc.
70 Howe, J.J. Clarke, Frank J.
71 Boldaski, Anna Weinberg, Albert T.
72 Godwin & Strauss, Inc. Dolan & Meehan
73 Exec. Committee, P.B.R. Fish, Charles R.

Box 51
Case No. Name of Case, First Named /Second Named

74 Rathgeber, Marie U. Lowery, Sylvester
75 Wilkinson & Foyle Friedman, Lionel
76 Yannie, Rose M. O'Neill, Felix
77 Gay, George B. Niskoff, Nathan
78 Langlois, Esther Gay, George B.
79 Blanck, Leonard Burchuck, Alex
80 Pugh, William Home Builders and Loan Association
80A Arzt, Edward Plummer, Louis J.
81 Diller & Fisher Bell, N. Stuart
82 Gelber, William Hall, Irvin K.
83 Times Realty Co. & Leon Kazanjian Giunta, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony & DeGeorge, Thomas
84 Donnelly & Seuss, Inc. Lyet, J. Paul (t/a Arthur Boswell)
85 Hanson, Howard W., Jr. Roy and Waldis
86 Baron, Samuel A. Fisher, Mrs. Mae
87 Baron, Samuel A. & Co. Richardson, H. H.
88 Stoyan, Walter Blourne, Hazel E.
89 Realtors, Sundry Major Shiffer
90 Realtors, Various Tripp-Hanna, Mrs.
91 Waddington, Robert M. Hoye, John J.
92 Bass, Alex E. Spellman, James

Box 52
Case No. Name of Case, First Named /Second Named
93 Corrigan, A.C. Sinnott, Inc.
94 Bopp, Raymond W. Schnabel, Carl F.
95 Fitt, Fred C. Bopp, Raymond
96 Bopp, Raymond North City Realty
97 Eckard, Joseph Smuszynski, Stella
98 Lahner, William F. Egan, Caroline
99 Neely, William R. Hess, Harold B.
100 Schneider, Theodore, Jr. Townsend, M. M.
101 Hoffman, Jacob Giacobbo, Frank
102 Moffley, J. W. & Co. Keck, John G.
103 Gross, J. & Bros. Waslee, G. W.
104 Ulrich, George McMurtrie, Richard
105 O'Donnell, D. Rueter Realty Co.
106 McQuillen, Joseph McIlhinney, John J.
107 Ricks, Jonah C. Ghen, David M.
108 Logan Scully