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American Planning Association, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Records

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Acc. 450

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Collection Summary

Title
American Planning Association, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Records

Dates
1969-2015      

Collection ID
Acc. 450

Creator
American Planning Association. Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter

Quantity
5 linear feet (10 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English        

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The American Planning Association resulted from the 1978 merger between the American Institute of Planners (AIP), founded in 1917, and the American Society of Planning Officials (ASPO), established in 1934. Prior to the merger, the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter was the Philadelphia regional chapter of the American Institute of Planners.

The American Institute of Planners’ Philadelphia Chapter represented city and regional planners, and was active in creating connections between related planning organizations in the Philadelphia area. The organization was involved in legal advocacy for responsible municipal planning on both the chapter and national levels. Examples of other activities include creating opportunities for student involvement in the local chapter, and participation in the planning of Philadelphia’s bicentennial celebration. A significant function of AIP was the development of standards for the certification of planners. Along with the merger of AIP and ASPO to form APA, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) emerged as the organization’s educational institute. The AICP continues to certify planners who meet specific educational and professional criteria, and who pass certification examinations.

Shortly after the formation of the APA, the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter reorganized to become the Pennsylvania Planning Association, Southeast Section. The Pennsylvania Planning Association is now a statewide chapter comprised of six local sections. Its members are involved in planning issues at both the state and local levels. The PPA has a current total membership of 2,900 throughout the state. The six sections are organized along geographic lines, including the Central, Lehigh Valley, Northeast, Northwest, Pittsburgh Regional, and Southeast Sections.

In 2003 the APA had 46 regional chapters and 17 divisions devoted to national and local planning interests. The national headquarters of the American Planning Association is located in Washington, DC, and houses AICP and the policy and public information departments. The research, publications, conference, education, membership, and marketing departments and council programs (chapter, division and student services) are housed in Chicago.

The APA publishes a monthly magazine titled Zoning News, and a monthly newsletter named The Journal of the American Planning Association in addition to a quarterly journal titled Land Use Law & Zoning Digest, and a quarterly newsletter named The Commissioner for Planning Officials. They publish other professional materials including 700 book titles produced by their Planners Press. The organization holds a National Planning Conference annually that brings together planning commissioners, planners, and students for five days of networking and workshops.

Description of Collection

The American Planning Association, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Records, 1969-1980, contains administrative records, case files, clippings, correspondence, financial records, minutes and agendas, and publications. The collections documents the activities of the group that in 1969 was the Philadelphia Regional Chapter of the American Institute of Planners (AIP), but became a chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) following the 1978 merger of the AIP with the American Society of Planning Officials (ASPO). This collection includes preserved versions of the organization’s website, available through Archive-It.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 6 series as follows:

Series 1:  American Institute of Planners-Philadelphia, 1968-1978
          Subseries 1.1:  Administration, 1968-1978 (Portions restricted)
          Subseries 1.2:  Committees, 1970-1978
          Subseries 1.3:  Correspondence, 1970-1978
          Subseries 1.4:  Financial, 1972-1978
          Subseries 1.5:  Legal Issues, 1975-1976
          Subseries 1.6:  Other Organizations, 1972-1976
          Subseries 1.7:  Programs, 1974-1976
          Subseries 1.8:  Publications, 1969-1976
Series 2:  American Institute of Planners-National, 1973-1978
          Subseries 2.1:  Administration, 1972-1978
          Subseries 2.2:  Correspondence, 1975-1976
          Subseries 2.3:  Departments, 1974-1975
          Subseries 2.4:  Financial, 1976-1977
          Subseries 2.5:  Membership, 1973-1977
          Subseries 2.6:  Policies, Undated
          Subseries 2.7:  Publications, 1975-1976
Series 3:  American Planning Association-Local, 1978-1980
          Subseries 3.1:  Administration, 1978-1980
          Subseries 3.2:  Correspondence, 1978-1980
          Subseries 3.3:  Financial, 1978-1980
          Subseries 3.4:  Legal Issues, 1979-1980
          Subseries 3.5:  Other Organizations, 1979
          Subseries 3.6:  Programs and Activities, 1979-1980
          Subseries 3.7:  Publications, 1979
Series 4:  American Planning Association-National, 1978-1980
Series 5:  American Planning Association-American Institute of Certified Planners, 1978-1980
Series 6: Website versions in Archive-It, 2000-2015

Series 1:  American Institute of Planners-Philadelphia, contains materials from the Philadelphia chapter of the AIP, the organization that combined with ASPO in 1978 to form the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the APA. All the materials in this series were created between 1969 and 1978. This series consists of eight sub series. The largest is the Administration sub series, which includes agendas for Executive Committee meetings, the bylaws of the organization, election information, inter-chapter relations, merger information, minutes of the executive committee meetings, membership information and personnel records (portions restricted), sections of the organization (which is information pertaining to regional areas – most of the information here pertains to the Susquehanna section), and information on the student affairs of the organization. Of particular interest in this sub series is the information about the AIP-ASPO merger, which contains impassioned correspondence both for and against the merger, along with documents about its success. The bylaws are also particularly useful, as they describe the purpose and area served by the organization as well as many of the administrative details.

The Committees sub series includes information by and about the various committees of the AIP-Philadelphia. These include: the Act 247 Committee, the Chapter Involvement in Local and Regional Issues Committee, the Education Committee, the Membership Committee, the Legislation and Policy Committee, the Planner-in-Charge Committee and the Women’s Rights Committee. Also included in this sub series are committee bylaws and the committee list for 1976. Of particular interest is the Women’s Rights committee folder, which includes a survey on the number of women planners vs. men planners, and correspondence regarding equal rights for women planners.

The Correspondence sub series, which is quite substantial, includes: general incoming and outgoing correspondence, and correspondence from individuals in the offices of the Chapter President and the Chapter Secretary. The Financial sub series includes auditor’s reports, budgets, budget and expense reports, and treasurer’s reports. The Legal Issues sub series includes information about two cases: the Buckingham Township case and the Byler case. Both include briefs filed by the AIP amicus curiae. The Buckingham Township Case was filed in protest of the court’s refusal to apply an ordinance, which the chapter felt undermined the municipal land-planning process in Buckingham Township.

The Other Organizations sub series includes information about organizations the AIP interacted with: the American Institute of Architects, the Center for Planning, Design, and Construction (which the AIP Philadelphia helped to found), and the Pennsylvania Planning Organization. The Programs sub series contains information about conferences and program activities. The Publications sub series contains newsletters, newspaper clippings, and public relations information by and about the AIP Philadelphia.

Series 2:  American Institute of Planners-National contains materials issuing from the national association of the AIP. The materials include committee reports on a membership questionnaire regarding licensing and registration requirements and the proposed merger of the AIP and ASPO; minutes of the Chapter Presidents’ Council Meetings (1972-1977); newsletters issued by the Chapter Presidents’ Council; council by-laws; regional reports; memoranda on dues restructuring; proposals for a department of planning and law with the API; correspondence among members of various technical departments, including Environmental Planning and Transportation Planning; budget proposals and reports; and financial statements. The series also contains a membership packet and samples of several AIP brochures and publications.

Series 3:  American Planning Association-Local concerns the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), reflecting the activities of the chapter under the new national organization that was formed from the 1978 merger of the AIP and ASPO. The materials include announcements of awards programs; budget reports and other correspondence on budgetary matters; chapter by-laws; minutes of the executive committee; statements from candidates for the board of directors; financial statements; and a small amount of general correspondence. The legislative reports include the APA's formal testimony on Solid Waste Management, given at hearings of the Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Environmental Resources.

Series 4:  American Planning Association-National. The bulk of the papers in this series have to do with the Chapter Presidents’ Council (1978-1980). The items include memoranda, minutes, conference reports, and correspondence. The series also includes statements of candidacy for the national Board of Directors; agendas and reports of the Board of Directors; memoranda on proposed legislative actions to be taken by the APA and membership brochures and forms. Of particular interest are numerous issues of the "Leadership Letter," a newsletter containing reports on administrative and legislative matters of interest to APA members, and the "agenda and notes" from the March 1979 APA meeting, the appendices to which report in great detail on the administrative structure of the newly formed association.

Series 5:  American Planning Association--American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), though limited in quantity, includes agendas, budgets, committee nominations and appointments, form letters detailing the requirements for membership in the AICP, a sub-group of the APA, correspondence regarding the written examination, and letters of congratulations to those who have passed the examination. The series also includes members' reactions to a draft statement on goals and objectives of the AICP; a reading list compiled by the AICP to assist members in professional development; and a draft report/discussion paper on "Dimensions of Comprehensiveness in Urban Planning Practice," prepared by Lawrence D. Mann of the AICP.

Series 6: Website versions in Archive-It, contains preserved versions of the American Planning Association, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter’s website. To access these sites, see the Temple University Special Collections Urban Archives Archive-It web page: https://www.archive-it.org/collections/4487

Patron Information

Research Access

There are some restricted materials in Subseries 1.1, as noted in the inventory. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

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.

Accruals

Additions to this collection are expected. Websites are captured using Archive-It periodically, and the latest additions may not yet be included in this finding aid. For information on material–physical and digital, including captured websites–that may have been added since the last finding aid update, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Publication and Copyright Information

The American Planning Association, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Records are the physical property 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], American Planning Association, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Records, Acc. 450, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Larry Waetzman in 1981.

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:
American Institute of Certified Planners
American Institute of Planners
American Planning Association
American Planning Association. Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter
American Society of Planning Officials

Subjects:
City planning -- Pennsylvania
Planning -- Pennsylvania
Regional planning -- Pennsylvania

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Administrative records
Articles of incorporation
Books
Bylaws (administrative records)
Case files
Clippings
Correspondence
Financial records
Minutes
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Publications
Reports
Web sites

Inventory

Series 1:  American Institute of Planners-Philadelphia, 1969-1978, undated

Series 1:  American Institute of Planners-Philadelphia, contains materials from the Philadelphia chapter of the AIP, the organization that combined with ASPO in 1978 to form the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the APA. All the materials in this series were created between 1969 and 1978. This series consists of eight sub series.

Subseries 1.1: Administration, 1968-1978 (portions restricted)

The Administration sub series includes agendas for Executive Committee meetings, the bylaws of the organization, election information, inter-chapter relations, merger information, minutes of the executive committee meetings, membership information and personnel records (portions restricted), sections of the organization (which is information pertaining to regional areas – most of the information here pertains to the Susquehanna section), and information on the student affairs of the organization. Of particular interest in this sub series is the information about the AIP-ASPO merger, which contains impassioned correspondence both for and against the merger, along with documents about its success. The bylaws are also particularly useful, as they describe the purpose and area served by the organization as well as many of the administrative details.

1          1          Agendas, Executive Committee          1972-1974
1          2          Agendas, Executive Committee          1976-1978

1          3          Bylaws          undated
1          4          Elections          1973-1977
1          5          Inter-Chapter Relation          1975-1976
1          6          Merger Information          1977-1978
1          7          Minutes, Executive Committee          1969
1          8          Minutes, Executive Committee          1970
1          9          Minutes, Executive Committee          1971
1          10          Minutes, Executive Committee          1972
1          11          Minutes, Executive Committee          April-December 1972
2          1          Minutes, Executive Committee          August- December 1972
2          2          Minutes, Executive Committee          November- December 1972
2          3          Minutes, Executive Committee          January- April 1973
2          4          Minutes, Executive Committee          May-August 1973
2          5          Minutes, Executive Committee          September- December 1973
2          6          Minutes, Executive Committee          1974
2          7          Minutes, Executive Committee          1975
2          8          Minutes, Executive Committee          1976
2          9          Minutes, Executive Committee          1977
2          10          Minutes, Executive Committee          1978
3          1          Membership (restricted)          1972-1978
3          2          Personnel (restricted)          1969-1976
3          3          Personnel (restricted)          1977-1978
3          4          Sections          1973-1976
3          5          Student Affairs          undated

Subseries 1.2:  Committees, 1970-1977

The Committees sub series includes information by and about the various committees of the AIP-Philadelphia. These include: the Act 247 Committee, the Chapter Involvement in Local and Regional Issues Committee, the Education Committee, the Membership Committee, the Legislation and Policy Committee, the Planner-in-Charge Committee and the Women’s Rights Committee. Also included in this sub series are committee bylaws and the committee list for 1976. Of particular interest is the Women’s Rights committee folder, which includes a survey on the number of women planners vs. men planners, and correspondence regarding equal rights for women planners.

3          6          Act 247          1976
3          7          Bylaws          1973-1977
3          8          Chapter Involvement 1976 in Local and Regional Issues          1976
3          9          Committee List          1976
3          10          Education          1973-1976
3          11          Legislation and Policy          1974, 1976
3          12          Membership Committee          1975-1977
3          13          Nominations          1970-1973
3          14          Planner-in-charge          December 1975
3          15          Women’s Rights          1975

Subseries 1.3:  Correspondence, 1970-1978

The Correspondence sub series, which is quite substantial, includes: general incoming and outgoing correspondence, and correspondence from individuals in the offices of the Chapter President and the Chapter Secretary.

4          1          General, incoming          1972-1973
4          2          General, outgoing          1973-1974
4          3          Chapter President          1970-1973
4          4          Chapter President          1974
4          5          Chapter President          1975
4          6          Chapter President          1977- Apr.1978
4          7          Chapter President          May-Dec. 1978
4          8          Chapter Secretary, incoming          January-May 1970
4          9          Chapter Secretary, incoming          June 1970-1971
5          1          Chapter Secretary, incoming          1972
5          2          Chapter Secretary, incoming          January- May 1973
5          3          Chapter Secretary, incoming          June-December 1973
5          4          Chapter Secretary, incoming          1974-1976
5          5          Chapter Secretary, outgoing          1970
5          6          Chapter Secretary, outgoing          1971-1973

Subseries 1.4:  Financial, 1972-1978

The Financial sub series includes auditor’s reports, budgets, budget and expense reports, and treasurer’s reports.

5          7          Auditor’s Reports          1975
5          8          Budgets          1973, 1978
5          9          Budget and Expense Reports          1976
5          10          Budgets          1977
5          11          Treasurer’s Reports          1972-1975

Subseries 1.5:  Legal Issues, 1975-1976

The Legal Issues sub series includes information about two cases: the Buckingham Township case and the Byler case. Both include briefs filed by the AIP amicus curiae. The Buckingham Township Case was filed in protest of the court’s refusal to apply an ordinance, which the chapter felt undermined the municipal land-planning process in Buckingham Township.
6          1          Buckinghouse Township Case, Briefs          1976
6          2          Buckinghouse Township Case, Correspondence          1976
6          3          Byler Case          1975-1976

Subseries 1.6:  Other Organizations, 1972-1976

The Other Organizations sub series includes information about organizations the AIP interacted with: the American Institute of Architects, the Center for Planning, Design, and Construction (which the AIP Philadelphia helped to found), and the Pennsylvania Planning Organization.

6          4          American Institute of Architects          1972
6          5          Center for Planning, Design, and Construction          1972
6          6          Pennsylvania Planning Association          1976

Subseries 1.7:  Programs, 1974-1976

The Programs sub series contains information about conferences and program activities.

6          7          Conferences          1974-1975
6          8          Program Activities          1974, 1976

Subseries 1.8:  Publications, 1969-1976, undated

The Publications sub series contains newsletters, newspaper clippings, and public relations information by and about the AIP Philadelphia.

6          9          Misc. Literature          undated
6          10          Newsletters          1969-1975
6          11          Newspaper clippings          June 1976
6          12          Public relations          1975-1976

Series 2:  American Institute of Planners-National, 1973-1978

Series 2:  American Institute of Planners-National contains materials issuing from the national association of the AIP. The materials include committee reports on a membership questionnaire regarding licensing and registration requirements and the proposed merger of the AIP and ASPO; minutes of the Chapter Presidents’ Council Meetings (1972-1977); newsletters issued by the Chapter Presidents’ Council; council by-laws; regional reports; memoranda on dues restructuring; proposals for a department of planning and law with the API; correspondence among members of various technical departments, including Environmental Planning and Transportation Planning; budget proposals and reports; and financial statements. The series also contains a membership packet and samples of several AIP brochures and publications.

Subseries 2.1:  Administration, 1972-1978

7          1          Board of Governors          1975-1976
7          2          Certification Committee          1977-1978
7          3          Chapter Presidents’ Council          1972-1976
7          4          Chapter Presidents’ Council          1977-1978

Subseries 2.2:  Correspondence, 1975-1976

7          5          Correspondence, general          1975-1976

Subseries 2.3:  Departments, 1974-1975

7          6          Environment          1974-1975
7          7          Transportation Planning          1975

Subseries 2.4:  Financial, 1976-1977

7          8          Financial Statements          1976-1977

Subseries 2.5:  Membership, 1973-1977

7          9          Membership          1973-1976
7          10          Philadelphia Regional Chapter          1975-1977 [?]

Subseries 2.6:  Policies, undated

7          11          Policy Resolutions          undated

Subseries 2.7:  Publications, 1975-1976

7          12          Publications and Newsletters          1975-1976
 

Series 3:  American Planning Association-Local, 1978-1980

Series 3:  American Planning Association-Local concerns the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), reflecting the activities of the chapter under the new national organization that was formed from the 1978 merger of the AIP and ASPO. The materials include announcements of awards programs; budget reports and other correspondence on budgetary matters; chapter by-laws; minutes of the executive committee; statements from candidates for the board of directors; financial statements; and a small amount of general correspondence. The legislative reports include the APA's formal testimony on Solid Waste Management, given at hearings of the Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Environmental Resources

8          1          Membership ballots          1979-1980

Subseries 3.1:  Administration, 1978-1980

9          1          Bylaws          1979
9          2          Executive Committee, minutes          1978-1980
9          3          Executive Committee, agendas          1978-1980
9          4          Elections (ballots)          1979-1980

Subseries 3.2:  Correspondence, 1978-1980

9          5          General          1978-1980

Subseries 3.3:  Financial, 1978-1980

9          6          Budgets and Financial statements          1978-1980

Subseries 3.4:  Legal Issues, 1979-1980

9          7          Legislation          1979-1980

Subseries 3.5:  Other Organizations, 1979

9          8          Metropolitan Policy Club          1979

Subseries 3.6:  Programs and Activities, 1979-1980

9          9          Awards Program          1979-1980
9          10           Conferences          1979-1980

Subseries 3.7:  Publications, 1979

9          11          Newsletters          1979

Series 4:  American Planning Association-National, 1978-1980

Series 4:  American Planning Association-National. The bulk of the papers in this series have to do with the Chapter Presidents’ Council (1978-1980). The items include memoranda, minutes, conference reports, and correspondence. The series also includes statements of candidacy for the national Board of Directors; agendas and reports of the Board of Directors; memoranda on proposed legislative actions to be taken by the APA and membership brochures and forms. Of particular interest are numerous issues of the "Leadership Letter," a newsletter containing reports on administrative and legislative matters of interest to APA members, and the "agenda and notes" from the March 1979 APA meeting, the appendices to which report in great detail on the administrative structure of the newly formed association.


10          1          Board of Directors          1979
10          2          Chapter Presidents’ Council          1978
10          3          Chapter Presidents’ Council          1979
10          4          Chapter Presidents’ Council          1980
10          5          Membership Applications          undated
10          6          Leadership Letters          1978-1980
10          7          Policy          1978-1980

Series 5:  American Planning Association: American Institute of Certified Planners, 1978-1980

Series 5:  American Planning Association--American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), though limited in quantity, includes agendas, budgets, committee nominations and appointments, form letters detailing the requirements for membership in the AICP, a sub-group of the APA, correspondence regarding the written examination, and letters of congratulations to those who have passed the examination. The series also includes members' reactions to a draft statement on goals and objectives of the AICP; a reading list compiled by the AICP to assist members in professional development; and a draft report/discussion paper on "Dimensions of Comprehensiveness in Urban Planning Practice," prepared by Lawrence D. Mann of the AICP.

10          8          Agendas          1978-1980
10          9          Correspondence          1978-1980
10          10          Form Letters          undated
10          11          Reading List          undated
10          12          Report on Urban Planning          1979

Series 6: Website versions in Archive-It, 2000-2015

Series 6: Website versions in Archive-It, contains preserved versions of the American Planning Association, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter’s website. To access these sites, see the Temple University Special Collections Urban Archives Archive-It web page: https://www.archive-it.org/collections/4487