Urban Archives








Independence Hall in sepia toneEstablished in 1967, Temple University’s Urban Archives document the social, economic, political, and physical development of the greater Philadelphia region throughout the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Resources housed in the Urban Archives, now a part of the Special Collections Research Center, document the development of an urban region through a wide variety of organization records including local businesses like the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.; nonprofits and community organizations like the Friends Neighborhood Guild and the Housing Association of Delaware Valley.  The 4 million images and 7 million news clippings from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin provide a comprehensive view of life in the Philadelphia region. The Urban Archives also includes local TV newsreel footage from KYW and WPVI and an additional 100 photographic collections from organizations including the City Parks Association, the Philadelphia Fellowship Commission, and the Gray Panthers.  An extensive pamphlet and reports collection, city directories, Philadelphia atlases, and Sanborn fire insurance maps further round out the collection.  



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