William L. Rafsky Papers

Collection ID: 
Acc. 355
Date: 
1952-1970
Footage: 
2 linear feet (2 boxes)
Collecting Area: 

Subjects:

 

Biographical

This collection contains material detailing the life of William L. Rafsky between 1952 and 1970. Mr. Rafsky held prominent posts both within the City of Philadelphia government and in the private sector during this time period, including positions on the Mayor’s cabinet and on both government and private redevelopment interests. Mr. Rafksy was influential in many forms of redevelopment occurring in Philadelphia during this time, including the development of low-income housing and the expansion of the City’s automobile-based transportation system, as well as the general redevelopment of Philadelphia’s downtown area.

 

  • 1952-1956 City of Philadelphia Housing Director
  • 1956 Executive Secretary to City of Philadelphia Mayor Joseph Clark
  • 1963 City of Philadelphia Development Coordinator
  • 1963 Director of City of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority
  • 1963-1970 Executive Director of Old Philadelphia Development Corporation
     

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into six series:

 

  1. Personal
  2. Organizations
  3. Correspondence
  4. Financial
  5. Speaking Arrangements
  6. Administration

 

Series I: Personal. This series consists of biographical data concerning Mr. Rafsky’s personal life and career. Main content between January 1967 and December 1965.

Series II: Organizations. Information regarding Mr. Rafsky’s time as a member of the Sunday Breakfast Club.

Series III: Correspondence. Consists of both personal and general correspondence. Personal correspondence details some aspects of Mr. Rafsky’s private life between December 1967 and January 1963. General correspondence consists of letters regarding Mr. Rafsky’s interactions at work between December 1965 and January 1964.

Series IV: Financial. Regards Mr. Rafsky’s personal and business expenses between December 1970 and January 1963. Also contains receipts from various periods.

Series V: Speaking Arrangements. Contains outlines of Mr. Rafsky’s speeches between December 1970 and January 1953, as well as correspondence regarding these speaking engagements.

Series VI: Administration. Consists of Mr. Rafsky’s daily summaries of work activities between April 1963 and June 1956, during which Mr. Rafsky was employed as the City of Philadelphia Development Coordinator, as well as between May 1956 and January 1956, when Mr. Rafsky was serving as the Director of the City of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. Also contains the daily time records of Philadelphia Mayor Joseph Clark, during whose administration Mr. Rafsky served as the City of Philadelphia Housing Director (Jan. 1952 – June 1956) and as the Mayor’s Executive Secretary (Jan. 1954 – Jan. 1956). These documents detail the daily work activities of Mr. Rafsky.

Separated Material

For photographs, see the Miscellaneous Photographs Collection (PC-49), Box 9, Folder 6.
 

Inventory

Series I. Personal

BOX 1

1 Biographical DataDec. 1967-Jan. 1965
2 Biographical DataUnknown

SERIES II. ORGANIZATIONS

3 Sunday Breakfast ClubDec. 1967-Jan. 1963

SERIES III. CORRESPONDENCE

4 PersonalDec. 1967-Jan. 1963
5 GeneralDec. 1965-Jan. 1965
6 GeneralDec. 1964-Jan. 1964

SERIES IV. FINANCIAL

7 ExpensesDec. 1970-Jan. 1968
8 ExpensesDec. 1967-Jan. 1963
9 Miscellaneous ReceiptsUnknown

SERIES V. SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

10 Outlines and CorrespondenceDec. 1970-Jan. 1969
11 Outlines and CorrespondenceOct. 1968-Jul.1968
12 Outlines and CorrespondenceJun. 1968-May 1968
13 Outlines and CorrespondenceApril 1968
14 Outlines and CorrespondenceMarch 1968
15 Outlines and CorrespondenceDec. 1967- Jul. 1967
16 Outlines and CorrespondenceJun. 1967-Jan. 1967
17 Outlines and CorrespondenceNov. 1966-Jul. 1966
18 Outlines and CorrespondenceJun. 1966- May 1966
19 Outlines and CorrespondenceApr. 1966-Jan. 1966
20 Outlines and CorrespondenceDec. 1965-Jan. 1965
21 Outlines and CorrespondenceDec. 1963-Jan. 1963
22 Outlines and CorrespondenceDec. 1962-Jan. 1961
23 Outlines and CorrespondenceDec. 1960-Jan. 1958
24 Outlines and CorrespondenceDec. 1957-Jan. 1953
25 Outlines and CorrespondenceUnknown
26 Outlines and CorrespondenceUnknown

Series VI. ADMINISTRATION

27 Summary of ActivitiesApr. 1963-Jan. 1963
28 Summary of ActivitiesDec. 1962-Nov. 1962
29 Summary of ActivitiesOct. 1962-Sept. 1962
30 Summary of ActivitiesAug. 1962-Jul. 1962
31 Summary of ActivitiesJun. 1962-May 1962
32 Summary of ActivitiesApr. 1962-Mar. 1962
33 Summary of ActivitiesFeb. 1962-Jan. 1962
34 Summary of ActivitiesDec. 1961-Nov. 1961
35 Summary of ActivitiesOct. 1961-Sept. 1961

SERIES VI: ADMINISTRATION

BOX 2

1 Summary of ActivitiesAug. 1961-Apr. 1961
2 Summary of ActivitiesMarch 1961
3 Summary of ActivitiesFeb. 1961-Jan. 1961
4 Summary of ActivitiesDec. 1960-Nov. 1960
5 Summary of ActivitiesOct. 1960-Sept. 1960
6 Summary of ActivitiesAug. 1960-Jul. 1960
7 Summary of ActivitiesJun. 1960- May 1960
8 Summary of ActivitiesApr. 1960-Mar. 1960
9 Summary of ActivitiesFebruary 1960
10 Summary of ActivitiesJanuary 1960
11 Summary of ActivitiesDec. 1959-Nov. 1959
12 Summary of ActivitiesOct. 1959-Aug. 1959
13 Summary of ActivitiesJul. 1959-Jun. 1959
14 Summary of ActivitiesMay 1959
15 Summary of ActivitiesApril 1959
16 Summary of ActivitiesMarch 1959
17 Summary of ActivitiesFeb. 1959-Jan. 1959
18 Summary of ActivitiesDec. 1958-Nov. 1958
19 Summary of ActivitiesOctober 1958
20 Summary of ActivitiesSept. 1958-Aug. 1958
21 Summary of ActivitiesJuly 1958
22 Summary of ActivitiesJun. 1958-May 1958
23 Summary of ActivitiesApr. 1958-Mar 1958
24 Summary of ActivitiesFeb. 1958-Jan. 1958
25 Summary of ActivitiesDec. 1957-Nov. 1957
26 Summary of ActivitiesOct. 1957-Sept. 1957
27 Summary of ActivitiesAug. 1957-Jul. 1957
28 Summary of ActivitiesJun. 1957-May 1957
29 Summary of ActivitiesApr. 1957-Mar. 1957
30 Summary of ActivitiesFeb. 1957-Jan. 1957
31 Summary of ActivitiesDecember 1956
32 Summary of ActivitiesNov. 1956-Oct. 1956
33Summary of ActivitiesSept. 1956-Aug. 1956
34 Summary of ActivitiesJuly 1956
35 Summary of ActivitiesJun. 1956-May 1956
36 Summary of ActivitiesApr. 1956-Mar. 1956
37 Summary of ActivitiesFeb. 1956-Jan. 1956
38 Time Records (J. Clark)Dec. 1955-Sept. 1955
39 Time Records (J. Clark)Aug. 1955-Jun. 1955
40 Time Records (J. Clark)May 1955-Mar. 1955
41 Time Records (J. Clark)Feb. 1955-Jan. 1955
42 Time Records (J. Clark)Dec. 1954-Oct. 1954
43 Time Records (J. Clark)Sept. 1954-Jul. 1954
44 Time Records (J. Clark)Jun. 1954-Apr. 1954
45 Time Records (J. Clark)Mar. 1954-Jan. 1954
46 Time Records (J. Clark)Dec. 1953-Oct. 1953
47 Time Records (J. Clark)Sept. 1953-Jul. 1953
48 Time Records (J. Clark)May 1953-Apr. 1953
49 Time Records (J. Clark)Mar. 1953-Jan. 1953
50 Time Records (J. Clark)Dec. 1952-Oct. 1952
51 Time Records (J. Clark)Sept. 1952-Jul. 1952
52 Time Records (J. Clark)Jun. 1952-Apr. 1952
53 Time Records (J. Clark)Mar. 1952-Jan. 1952