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Chamber of Commerce of West Philadelphia Records

Collection ID

Acc. 488

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Description

Collection Summary

Title
Chamber of Commerce of West Philadelphia Records

Dates
1939-1980      

Collection ID
Acc. 488

Creator
Chamber of Commerce of West Philadelphia

Quantity
5 linear feet (10 boxes)          

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.         

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Chamber of Commerce of West Philadelphia, a branch of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, was founded in 1939 by a group of local businessmen and women led by Harry O. J. Childs. The group represented companies doing business in the district, comprising all of Philadelphia west of the Schuylkill River. Board members were chosen to represent the major businesses and institutions within the area while proprietors of small, independent businesses were encouraged to join as regular members, and to participate in Chamber activities and committees.

The Chamber's primary purpose was political advocacy on behalf of businesses in the region. In the early years, the Chamber was concerned with capital improvements, particularly mass-transit as well as road and highway construction. The Chamber also maintained a special relationship with the major transportation hub within the district, the Philadelphia International Airport.

The Chamber worked closely with the major educational institutions in West Philadelphia including the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. The Chamber also worked with several local high schools to develop vocational training for students.

Description of Collection

The collection includes administrative records, meeting minutes, financial records, committee files and correspondence, resolutions, press releases and policy statements from the Board on behalf of its members, and a nearly-complete collection of the Chamber's Awards Banquet programs.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 5 series as follows:

Series 1: Administrative, 1939-1980
Series 2: Committees, 1951-1980
Series 3: Public Affairs, 1950-1976
Series 4: Correspondence, 1950-1980
Series 5: Annual Awards Banquet, 1948-1980

Series 1. Administrative, houses constitution and by-laws, 1967-1979, and minutes of meetings, including executive committee, board of directors, annual membership and special committees not covered in Series 2. Also included are records of attendance at meetings, and notices of upcoming meetings.

Series 2. Committees houses records of the Chamber's individual committees: Ad-Hoc Committee on Vacant Buildings, Awards, Education, Finance, Membership, Nominating, Publicity, and Self Evaluation.

Series 3. Public Affairs, holds records of actions taken by the Chamber with regards to matters of public concern. Also includes records and literature from other community and governmental organizations describing or explaining individual programs or initiatives.

Series 4. Correspondence, contains routine correspondence not otherwise covered in Series 2 or 3. There are letters from members notifying the Board of Directors of a change in membership status, as well as queries from non-members about business and employment opportunities in the area, or questions about a particular member business

Series 5. Annual Awards Banquet, includes a collection of the official program from the Chamber's Annual Awards Banquet as well as records pertaining to the conduct of the banquet.

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 Chamber of Commerce of West Philadelphia 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], Chamber of Commerce of West Philadelphia Records, Acc. 488, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the organization through Alan B. Gross, President, December 1981 and November 1983.   

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:
Chamber of Commerce of West Philadelphia

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

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
West Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Material Types:
Administrative records
Bylaws (administrative records)
Correspondence
Minutes

Inventory

Series 1: Administrative, 1939-1980

1          1          Constitution and By-Laws          1967-1979

1          2          Meeting minutes          1939-1941

1          3          Meeting minutes          1942-1945

1          4          Meeting minutes          1946-1949

1          5          Meeting minutes          1950-1952

1          6          Meeting minutes          1953

1          7          Meeting minutes          1954

1          8          Meeting minutes          1955

1          9          Meeting minutes          1956

1          10          Meeting minutes          1957

1          11          Meeting minutes          1958

1          12          Meeting minutes          1959

1          13          Meeting minutes          1960

1          14          Meeting minutes          1961

1          15          Meeting minutes          1962

1          16          Meeting minutes          1963

1          17          Meeting minutes          1964

2          18          Meeting minutes          1965

2          19          Meeting minutes          1966

2          20          Meeting minutes          1967

2          21          Meeting minutes          1968

2          22          Meeting minutes          1969

2          23          Meeting minutes          1970

2          24          Meeting minutes          1971

2          25          Meeting minutes          1972

2          26          Meeting minutes          1973

2          27          Meeting minutes          1974

2          28          Meeting minutes          1975

2          29          Meeting minutes          1976

2          30          Meeting minutes          1977

2          31          Meeting minutes          1978

2          32          Meeting minutes          1979

2          33          Meeting minutes          1980

2          34          Luncheon meetings          1975-1977

2          35          Luncheon meetings          1978-1979

2          36          Rosenthal Red Cross Files          1952-1955

Series 2: Committees, 1951-1980

3          37          Ad-Hoc Committee on Vacant Buildings Near Commercial Areas          1976

3          38          Airport Luncheon Committee          1967-1973

3          39          Awards Committee          1953, 1955, 1966-1973

3          40          Awards Committee          1974-1977

3          41          Awards Committee          1978-1980

3          42          Education Committee          1967-1973

4          43          Finance Committee          1958, 1960-1966

4          44          Finance Committee          1967-1973

4          45          Finance Committee          1974-1980

4          46          Membership Committee          1967-1979

4          47          Nominating Committee          1951-1969

4          48          Nominating Committee          1970-1976

4          49          Nominating Committee          1977-1980

4          50          Program Committee          1962-1963, 1967-1970

4          51          Program Committee          1971-1974

5          52          Publicity Committee          1955, 1956, 1958, 1967-1972

5          53          Photographs          undated

5          54          Self-Evaluation Committee          1968

Series 3: Public Affairs, 1950-1976

5          55          Public affairs          1950-1959

5          56          Public affairs          1960-1969

5          57          Public affairs          1970

5          58          Public affairs          1971

5          59           Public affairs         1973-1976

Series 4: Correspondence, 1950-1980

6          60          Correspondence          1950

6          61          Correspondence          1951

6          62          Correspondence          1953

6          63          Correspondence          1954

6          64          Correspondence          1955

6          65          Correspondence          1956

6          66          Correspondence          1957

6          67          Correspondence          1958

6          68          Correspondence          1959

6          69          Correspondence          1960

6          70          Correspondence          1961

6          71          Correspondence          1962

6          72          Correspondence          1963

6          73          Correspondence          1964

6          74          Correspondence          1965

7          75          Correspondence          1966

7          76          Correspondence          1967

7          77          Correspondence          1968

7          78          Correspondence          1969

7          79          Correspondence          1970

7          80          Correspondence          1971

7          81          Correspondence          1972

8          82          Correspondence          1973

8          83          Correspondence          1974

8          84          Correspondence          1975

8          85          Correspondence          1976 January-July

8          86          Correspondence          1976 August-December

8          87          Correspondence          1977

8          88          Correspondence          1978

8          89          Correspondence          1979

8          90          Correspondence          1980

8          91          Rev. Hagedon Problem          1971

Series 5: Annual Awards Banquet, 1948-1980

9          92          Annual Awards Banquet Files          1955

9          93          Annual Awards Banquet Files          1956

9          94          Annual Awards Banquet Files          1957

9          95          Annual Awards Banquet Files          1964

9          96          Annual Awards Banquet Files          1969

9          97          Annual Awards Banquet Files          1970

9          98          Annual Awards Banquet Files          1972

9          99          Annual Awards Banquet Files          1975

9          100        Annual Awards Banquet Files            1977

9          101        Annual Awards Banquet Files            1978

9          102        Annual Awards Banquet Files            1979

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1948

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1949

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1951

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1952

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1953

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1954

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1955

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1956

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs           1957

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1958

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1959

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1960

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1961

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1962

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1963

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1964

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1965

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1966

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1967

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1968

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1969

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1970

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1971

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1972

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1973

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1974

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1975

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1976

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1978

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1979

10                    Annual Awards Banquet Programs          1980