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Urban Archives

About the Collection

Established in 1967, Temple University’s Urban Archives documents 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 such as the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and nonprofits and community organizations including 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 holds 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.  

  • African Americans
  • Agriculture
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Benevolent Societies
  • Business And Economic Development
  • Community Affairs
  • Congregations
  • Crime and the Legal System
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Immigrant-Ethnic Communities
  • Labor
  • Miscellaneous
  • News Media
  • Planning
  • Politics and Protest
  • Rabbis
  • Senior Citizens
  • Social Services
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Transportation
  • Travel
  • Women


Special Collections Research Center


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