Walnut Street Assocation (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Collection ID: 
Acc. 454
Date: 
1946-1980
Footage: 
4 linear feet (4 boxes)
Collecting Area: 

Collection Summary

Title
Walnut Street Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Dates
1946-1980      

Collection ID
Acc. 454

Creator
Walnut Street Association (Philadelphia, PA)

Quantity
4 linear feet (4 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English         

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Walnut Street Association (WSA) was established in 1905.The purpose of the organization is to improve, protect and advance the interests of Walnut Street Residents and Businesses from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River.

To carry out these objectives the Association encourages the enactment of State and Municipal legislation that improves the character of buildings within the area; promotes the establishment and maintenance of proper transportation facilities; aids municipal authorities in maintaining proper supervision over the lighting and cleaning of the area; encourages the use of correct architectural designs and discourages the erection of unsightly buildings, signs, and advertising devices; discourage the use of buildings for undesirable purposes; protects property owners from unjust, unfair and unequal taxation; and encourages the preservation and maintenance of buildings of historical interest, and collects and preserves historical documents, data and pictures relating to the Walnut Street area. The WSA also actively sponsors annual events including the Easter Promenade and Christmas season street decorations.

Description of Collection

This collection contains administrative records, meeting minutes, Board of Directors files, general and administrative correspondence, financial records, membership records, and other materials by and related to the Walnut Street Association.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 8 series as follows:

Series 1:  Administration, 1946-1977
Series 2:  Correspondence, 1946-1980
Series 3:  Financial, 1947-1977
Series 4:  Membership, 1950-1980
Series 5:  Activities, 1958-1980
Series 6:  Organizations, 1968-1972
Series 7:  Publications, 1947-1980
Series 8:  News clippings, 1946-1975

Series 1: Administration, include Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and meeting minutes. This series also contains files documenting the activities of the WSA Board of Directors.

Series 2: Correspondence, includes general and administrative correspondence from 1946 to 1980.

Series 3: Financial, includes bank statements, treasurers’ reports, and invoices and receipts.

Series 4: Membership, contains information about WSA membership including correspondence, name lists, membership applications and dues schedules.

Series 5: Activities, documents the various programs and activities sponsored by or participated in by the WSA. Projects of special interest include the annual Easter Promenade, Lets’ Walk Again, and Christmas season street decorations.

Series 6: Organizations, consists of files generated by WSA on various public and private agencies. Files are arranged alphabetically by agency name.

Series 7: Publications, includes brochures, newsletters, and flyers published by WSA and other institutions.

Series 8: News clippings, documents media coverage of WSA activities and other subjects of special interest.

Patron Information

Research Access

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.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Walnut Street Association (Philadelphia, PA) Records are in custody of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries.  Intellectual property 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.   

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Walnut Street Association (Philadelphia, PA) Records, Acc. 454, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Materials deposited in March 1981 by Ruth Ferber. 

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in June 2015.               

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Corporate Names:
Walnut Street Association (Philadelphia, PA)

Subjects:
Commerce -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Community development -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Community organization -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Neighborhood planning -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Urban renewal -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Administrative records
Bylaws (administrative records)
Case files
Clippings
Correspondence
Financial records
Minutes
Pamphlets
Photographs
Reports

Inventory

Series 1:  Administration, 1946-1977

Materials include Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and meeting minutes. This series also contains files documenting the activities of the WSA Board of Directors.

1          1          Articles of Incorporation          undated

1          2          Bylaws          1946-1947

1          3          Board of Directors          1947, 1950-1959, 1960, 1961, 1963-1964, 1967-1968, 1976-1977, undated

1          4          Meeting Minutes 1946-1947, 1950, 1953-1957, 1962, 1965, 1968, 1976-1977, undated

Series 2:  Correspondence, 1946-1980

This series includes general and administrative correspondence from 1946-1980.

1          5          General correspondence          1946

1          6          General correspondence          1947

1          7          General correspondence          1948

1          8          General correspondence          1949

1          9          General correspondence          1950

1          10          General correspondence          1951

1          11          General correspondence          1952

1          12          General correspondence          1953

1          13          General correspondence          1954

1          14          General correspondence          1955

1          15          General correspondence          1956

1          16          General correspondence          1957

1          17          General correspondence          1958

1          18          General correspondence          1959

1          19          General correspondence          1960

1          20          General correspondence          1961

1          21          General correspondence          1962

1          22          General correspondence          1963

1          23          General correspondence          1964

1          24          General correspondence          1965

1          25          General correspondence          1966

1          26          General correspondence          1967

1          27          General correspondence          1968

1          28          General correspondence          1969

1          29          General correspondence          1970

1          30          General correspondence          1971

1          31          General correspondence          1972

1          32          General correspondence          1973

1          33          General correspondence          1974

1          34          General correspondence          1975

1          35          General correspondence          1976

1          36          General correspondence          1977

1          37          General correspondence          1978

1          38          General correspondence          1979

1          39          General correspondence          1980

1          40          General correspondence          undated

Series 3:  Financial, 1947-1977

Materials include bank statements, treasurers’ reports, and invoices and receipts.

1          41          Miscellaneous Treasurer’s Reports, Bank Statements, Invoices, and Receipts          1947-1951,1956-1965 1967-1969, 1971- 1977, undated

Series 4:  Membership, 1950-1980

This series contains information about WSA membership including correspondence, name lists, membership applications and dues schedules.

2          1          General membership records          1964-1965

2          2          General membership records          1966

2          3          General membership records          1967

2          4          General membership records          1968

2          5          General membership records          1970

2          6          General membership records          1971

2          7          General membership records          1972

2          8          General membership records          1973

2          9          General membership records          1974

2          10          General membership records          1975

2          11          General membership records          1976-1977

2          12          General membership records          1979

2          13          General membership records          1980

2          14          Applications (completed)          1959-1960

2          15          Name Lists          1950-1980

2          16          Miscellaneous          1961-1977, undated

Series 5:  Activities, 1958-1980

This series documents the various programs and activities sponsored by or participated in by the WSA. Projects of special interest include the annual Easter Promenade, Lets’ Walk Again, and Christmas season street decorations.

2          17          Advertising          1967-1968

2          18          Advertising          undated

2          19          Association to Save Center City          1979

2          20          Christmas Decoration          1975

2          21          Christmas Lighting          1956

2          22          Christmas Lighting          1965

2          23          Christmas Lighting          1966

2          24          Christmas Lighting          1967

2          25          Christmas Lighting          1967

2          26          Christmas Lighting          1969

2          27          Christmas Lighting          1970

2          28          Christmas Lighting          1971

2          29          Christmas Lighting          1972

2          30          Christmas Lighting          1973

2          31          Christmas Lighting          1974

2          32          Christmas Lighting          1975

2          33          Christmas Lighting          1976

3          1          Bicentennial          1976

3          2          Decorations          1976

3          3          Easter Floralia          1973

3          4          Easter Promenade          1950

3          5          Easter Promenade          1960-1964

3          6          Easter Promenade          1965

3          7          Easter Promenade          1966

3          8          Easter Promenade          1967

3          9          Easter Promenade          1968

3          10          Easter Promenade          1969

3          11          Easter Promenade          1970

3          12          Easter Promenade          1971

3          13          Easter Promenade          1972

3          14          Easter Promenade          1973

3          15          Easter Promenade          1974

3          16          Easter Promenade          1975

3          17          Easter Promenade          1977

3          18          Easter Promenade          1977

3          19          Easter Promenade          1979

3          20          Easter Promenade          undated

3          21          Good Neighbor Award 1974 (blanks)          1974

3          22          Legal Documents Non-WSA          1945

4          1          Let's Walk Again          1971

4          2          Let’s Walk Again          1971

4          3          Let’s Walk Again          1972

4          4          McDonalds Controversy          1972

4          5          Press Release          undated

4          6          Speakers          1976

4          7          Street Vendors Bill          1974-1975, 1980

4          8          Super Sunday          1973

4          9          Tourism          1968

4          10          Zoning Resolution          1958

4          11          Miscellaneous          1946-1958, 1960- 1963,1965,1967,1969

4          12          Miscellaneous          1972-1976, 1979, undated

Series 6:  Organizations, 1968-1972

This series consists of files generated by WSA on various public and private agencies. Files are arranged alphabetically by agency name.

4          13          American Arbitration Association          1968, undated

4          14          Centennial Associates          1976, undated

4          15          Center City Residents Association, Inc.          1968-1969, 1971-1972

4          16          Center City Association of Proprietors CAP          1980, undated

4          17          Collegeville Inn          undated

4          18          South Philadelphia Community Development Corporation          1968, undated

4          19          WPBS The Philadelphia Bulletin Station          1970-1971, undated

Series 7:  Publications, 1947-1980

Materials include brochures, newsletters and flyers published by WSA and other institutions.

4          20          Publications, WSA          1947-1950, 1952- 1956, 1958-1960, 1962, undated

4          21          Publications, Other          undated

4          22          Organizations          1946-1947, 1952, 1955, 1958, 1965, 1973-1977, 1979, 1980, undated

Series 8:  News Clippings, 1946-1975

Materials document media coverage of WSA activities and other subjects of special interest.

4          22          News Clippings          1946-1970

4          23          News Clippings          1971-1975, undated

 

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