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Delaware Valley Council Records

Collection ID

Acc. 429

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Description

Collection Summary

Title
Delaware Valley Council Records

Dates
1941-1979      

Collection ID
Acc. 429

Creator
Delaware Valley Council

Quantity
14 linear feet (17 boxes)        

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.

           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Delaware Valley Council was a civic organization established as a non-profit corporation to plan and develop the Delaware Valley Region as an integrated economic unit. The Council pursued its goal of improving the region for all its citizens through a program of research and education that emphasized the orderly growth and development of regional resources. Its members included business leaders and elected and appointed officials from state and federal agencies. Its several standing committees included an agricultural committee which promoted crop exports and studied mosquito control, an aviation committee dedicated to expanding airport facilities, with a particular emphasis on the development of heliports, an emergency medical care committee which undertook an ambitious program in the later 1960s and early 1970s to resolve a critical shortage in emergency medical services, and several committees concerned specifically with water and air quality.

Originally encompassing ten counties in the Greater Philadelphia-South Jersey Council, an adjunct of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the group later changed its name to the Greater Philadelphia-Delaware-South Jersey Council to include New Castle County. In 1956, by mutual agreement, the Delaware Valley Council separated from the Chamber of Commerce and operated independently for the next twenty-three years. Four more New Jersey counties were added during the 1950s and 1960s. In the late 1970s several reports recommended the consolidation of civic organizations to better promote regional coordination. Accordingly, in 1979, the Delaware Valley Council terminated its activities as an independent organization by merging with Penjerdel Corporation, a companion organization to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, to form the Penjerdel Council.

Description of Collection

The collection includes the minutes from board and executive committee meetings, standing committee files and correspondence, a substantial press clippings file organized by subject, and reports prepared by the Council and other private and governmental agencies. The collection also includes a bound collection of the testimony and exhibits from New Jersey vs. New York, et al., a court case pertaining to water usage from the Delaware River.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 6 series as follows:

Series 1: Administration and Organization, 1954-1979
Series 2: Committees, 1956-1978
        Subseries 2.1: Administrative, 1956-1966
        Subseries 2.2: Agriculture, 1960-1970
        Subseries 2.3: Air Pollution, 1956-1978
        Subseries 2.4: Aviation, 1953-1975
        Subseries 2.5: Emergency Medical Care, 1968-1974
        Subseries 2.6: Water Resources, 1956-1979
Series 3: Publications and Publicity, 1949-1971
Series 4: The Delaware River Case, 1952-1954
Series 5: Reports, 1941-1979
Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1957-1975

Series 1: Administration and Organization, includes the minutes of meetings bound and organized chronologically, membership lists, and reports relating to the Council's separation from the Chamber of Commerce and its later union with Penjerdel.

Series 2: Committees, includes records of actions taken by the Council's standing committees with regards to matters of public concern. Includes records and literature from other community and governmental organizations describing or explaining individual programs or initiatives. Series 2 is divided into six subseries: Subseries 2.1: Administrative, Subseries 2.2: Agriculture (including Mosquito Control sub-committee), Subseries 2.3: Air Pollution, Subseries 2.4: Aviation, Subseries 2.5: Emergency Medical Care, and Subseries 2.6: Water Resources.

Series 3: Publications and Publicity, is a collection of published works by the organization including regional reports and newsletters. Also includes an extensive collection of bound press clippings from 1955-1961 arranged by subject, and loose clippings from 1949, 1958, and 1968-1972 arranged chronologically.

Series 4: The Delaware River Case, 1952-1954, houses bound volumes of the case of New Jersey vs. New York, et al., before the Supreme Court of the United States. Includes testimony and exhibits from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Court ruling revised water usage restrictions from the Delaware River and its tributaries, initially imposed by the Court in 1931.

Series 5: Reports, 1941-1979, includes reports and publications from various private and governmental organizations.

Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1957-1975, includes files relating to transportation and mass transit and a file from the Raritan Foundation.

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 Delaware Valley Council 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], Delaware Valley Council Records, Acc. 429, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Penjerdel through John J. McGarry, Executive Secretary, June 1980.           

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in April 2016.

           

Index Terms

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


Corporate Names:
Delaware Valley Council

Subjects:
Planning -- Delaware River Valley (N.Y.-Del. and N.J.)
Planning -- Pennsylvania
Regional Planning -- Delaware River Valley (N.Y.-Del. and N.J.)
Regional planning -- Pennsylvania

Material Types:
Administrative records
Bylaws (administrative records)
Clippings
Legal documents
Minutes
Pamphlets
Reports

Inventory

Series 1: Administration and Organization, 1954-1979

Series 1 includes the minutes of meetings bound and organized chronologically, membership lists, and reports relating to the Council's separation from the Chamber of Commerce and its later union with Penjerdel.

1          1          Bylaws and Amendments          1958, 1962, 1963, 1966

1          2          Personnel of Greater Philadelphia-Delaware-South Jersey Council          1954

1          3          Officers and Board          1962-1979

1          4          Membership          1969, 1973-1975

1          5          Agreement of DVC and Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia          1956

1          6          Statement of Purpose          1957

1          7          Annual Report          1956-1957

1          8          Philadelphia Partnership: Plenary Sessions and Steering Committee          1974 -1975

1          9          Philadelphia Partnership: Reports

1          10           Report - Strengthening Civic Organizations in Philadelphia          1978

1          11          Union of DVC and Penjerdel          March 22, 1979

2                    Board of Directors and Committee Minutes          1959

2                    Board and Administrative Committee Minutes (bound)          January 1959-December 1960

2                   Board and Administrative Committee Minutes (bound)           January 1961-December 1963

2                    Board and Administrative Committee Minutes (bound)          January 1964-May 1966

2                    Board and Administrative Committee Minutes (bound)          Board of Directors Minutes

2                    Board and Administrative Committee Minutes (bound)          June 1966-November 1969

2                    Board and Administrative Committee Minutes (bound)          January 1970-May 1973

2                    Board and Administrative Committee Minutes (bound)          Executive Committee Minutes

2                    Board and Administrative Committee Minutes (bound)          January 1964-January 1972

2                    Committee Meetings Minutes          March 1966-December 1975

Series 2: Committees, 1956-1978

Series 2 includes records of actions taken by the Council's standing committees with regards to matters of public concern. Includes records and literature from other community and governmental organizations describing or explaining individual programs or initiatives. Series 2 is divided into six subseries: Subseries 2.1: Administrative, Subseries 2.2: Agriculture (including Mosquito Control sub-committee), Subseries 2.3: Air Pollution, Subseries 2.4: Aviation, Subseries 2.5: Emergency Medical Care, and Subseries 2.6: Water Resources.

Subseries 2.1: Administrative, 1956-1966

3          12          Minutes          1956-1961

3          13          Minutes          1962-1966

Subseries 2.2: Agriculture, 1960-1970

3          14          Agriculture Committee, Meetings and Proceedings          1960, 1962-1964

3          15          Agriculture Committee, Meetings and Proceedings          1966-1968

3          16          Agriculture Committee, Meetings and Proceedings          1969-1970

3          17          Department of Interior Application          1965-1968

3          18          Mosquito Control Subcommittee, Meetings and Proceedings          1960-1962

3          19          Mosquito Control Subcommittee, Meetings and Proceedings          1964-1966

3          20          Produce Exporting Conference          1967

3          21          Produce Marketing          1968

Subseries 2.3: Air Pollution, 1956-1978

4          22          Meetings and Proceedings          1956

4          23          Meetings and Proceedings          1957

4          24          Meetings and Proceedings          1958

4          25          Meetings and Proceedings          1959

4          26          Meetings and Proceedings          1960

4          27          Meetings and Proceedings          1966

4          28          Meetings and Proceedings          1967

4          29          Meetings and Proceedings          1968

4          30          Meetings and Proceedings          1969

4          31          Meetings and Proceedings          1970

4          32          Meetings and Proceedings          1972

4          33          Wagner Report          1953

4          34           NY/NJ Air Pollution Abatement Conference          1967

4          35          Regional Conference of Elected Officials (RCEO) Application for Air Pollution

4          36          Automotive Catalyst System          1975

4          37          .03Sulfur-in-fuel requirement          1975-1976

4          38          SO2 Emissions Strategy          1978

Subseries 2.4: Aviation, 1953-1975

5          39          Meetings and Proceedings          1953

5          40          Meetings and Proceedings          1954

5          41          Meetings and Proceedings          1955

5          42          Meetings and Proceedings          1956

5          43          Meetings and Proceedings          1957

5          44          Meetings and Proceedings          1958

5          45          Committee Board Meeting          January 25, 1961

5          46          Greater Philadelphia-Delaware-South Jersey Council Airports Report          1953

5          47          Airport Improvement Authority report          1954

6          48          Economic Evaluation Committee for a Jetport for New Jersey Reports          1967-1970

6          49          Economic Evaluation Committee for a Jetport for New Jersey Minutes of Meetings          1967-1970

6          50          Correspondence          1967

6          51          Correspondence           January-May 1968

6          52          Correspondence          June 1968-January 1969

6          53          Publicity          undated

7          54          Helicopters and Heliports          1952-1953

7          55          Helicopters and Heliports          1954

7          56          Helicopters and Heliports          1955

7          57          Helicopters and Heliports          1956

7          58          Helicopters and Heliports          1957

7          59          Helicopters and Heliports          1962-1963, 1965

7          60          Helicopters and Heliports          1970-1973

7          61          Helicopters and Heliports          1975

Subseries 2.5: Emergency Medical Care, 1968-1974

8          62          History          undated

8          63          History          1968-1969

8          64          History          1971-1974

8          65          Symposium          1970

8          66          Symposium Press          1971

8          67          Symposium Finances          1971

8          68          Symposium Participants          1971

8          69          Symposium Plans and Structure          1971

8          70          Symposium Report          1971

8          71          Southeastern Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Planning Group          1975

9          72          Greater Delaware Valley Regional Medical Program          1970-1973

9          73          Philadelphia Anti-Poverty Action Commission          1971-1972

9          74          U.S. Public Health Service          1971-1972, 1974

9          75          Franklin Institute Project: Correspondence and Draft Reports          1971-1972, 1974

9          76          Franklin Institute Project: Proposal          1971

9          77          Franklin Institute Project: Interim Report          1972

9          78          Franklin Institute Project: Final Report          1973

Subseries 2.6: Water Resources, 1956-1979

10          79          Water resources          1956

10          80          Water resources          1960-1963

10          81          Water resources          1964-1966

10          82          Water resources          1967-1968

10          83          Delaware River Basin Commission          1961

10          84          Delaware River Basin Commission          1963

10          85          Delaware River Basin Commission          1964

10          86          Delaware River Basin Study          1979

10          87          Conservation Education          1960

10          88          Delaware Estuary Study          1964, 1966

10          89          Mason Dixon Task Force: Pipeline          1966

10          90          Evansburg Project          1967-1968

10          91          Watersheds and Water Resources Associations          1956-1961

10          92          Water Resources Association          1962-1963

10          93          Tocks Island National Recreation Area: Water Resources Report          April 6, 1973

Series 3: Publications and Publicity, 1949-1971

Series 3 is a collection of published works by the organization including regional reports and newsletters. Also includes an extensive collection of bound press clippings from 1955-1961 arranged by subject, and loose clippings from 1949, 1958, and 1968-1972 arranged chronologically.

11          94          Greater Philadelphia-Delaware-South Jersey Council Regional Research Report Number 1 - Zoning in the Greater Philadelphia South Jersey Area          undated

11          95          Greater Philadelphia-Delaware-South Jersey Council Regional Research Report Number 2 - Automobile Registration Statistics          undated

11          96          Greater Philadelphia-Delaware-South Jersey Council Regional Research Report Number 4 - Airports (with Particular Reference to Small Commercial Airport) in the Region          undated

11          97          Greater Philadelphia-Delaware-South Jersey Council Regional Research Report Number 5 - Digest of the Pollution Laws of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware          undated

11          98          Greater Philadelphia-Delaware-South Jersey Council Regional Research Report Number 6 - Ground Water Resources in the Area          undated

11          99          Delaware Valley Announcer          1960, 1962

11          100          Delaware Valley News          1971

11          101          News Releases and Press Clippings: Greater Philadelphia-South Jersey Council          1949

11          102          News Releases and Press Clippings: Greater Philadelphia-South Jersey Council          1958

11          103          News Releases and Press Clippings: Greater Philadelphia-South Jersey Council          1960-1961

11          104          News Releases and Press Clippings: Greater Philadelphia-South Jersey Council          1968-1969

11          105          News Releases and Press Clippings: Greater Philadelphia-South Jersey Council          1970-1972

11          106          News Releases and Press Clippings: Public Relations          1959, 1961-1964

11          107          News Releases and Press Clippings: South Jersey Public Relations Association          1969-1970, 1973

12                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Air Pollution          1956-1961

12                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Agriculture and Mosquito Control          1957-1961

12                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Aviation          1955-1961

12                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Channel (Delaware River, Trenton to Philadelphia)           1955-1961

12                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Delaware Valley Council          1960-1964

12                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: General Personal Items          1960-1966

12                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Highways, Expressways and Freeways          1955-1961

12                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Mass Transit          1955-1961

13                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Parks          1955, 1957-1961

13                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Planning and Research          1956-1961

13                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Population and Land Use          1957-1961

13                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Port Affairs          1955-1961

13                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Public Officials          1957-1961

13                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Regional Conference of Elected Officials          1957-1961

13                    Press Clippings Scrapbooks: Water Resources          1955-1961

Series 4: The Delaware River Case, 1952-1954

Series 4 houses bound volumes of the case of New Jersey vs. New York, et al., before the Supreme Court of the United States. Includes testimony and exhibits from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Court ruling revised water usage restrictions from the Delaware River and its tributaries, initially imposed by the Court in 1931.

14          Volume 1: New York Testimony          1952-1954

14          Volume 1: New York Exhibits          1952-1954

14          Volume 2: New Jersey Exhibits          1952-1954

14          Volume 2: New York Testimony          1952-1954

14          Volume 3: New Jersey Testimony          1952-1954

14          Volume 3: Pennsylvania Exhibits          1952-1954

14          Volume 4: Pennsylvania Testimony          1952-1954

14          Volume 5: Pennsylvania Testimony          1952-1954

14          Volume 6: Delaware Testimony          1952-1954

Series 5: Reports, 1941-1979

Series 5 includes reports and publications from various private and governmental organizations.

15                    Reports, pamphlets, and publications          1946-1979

16                    Reports, pamphlets, and publications          1941-1977

Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1957-1975

Series 6 includes files relating to transportation and mass transit and a file from the Raritan Foundation.

17          108          Parks and Recreation          1957

17          109          Department of Commerce          1960-1962, 1964, 1966

17          110          Customs Reorganization Plan, Statement           April 13, 1965

17          111          Bridge Tolls          1968

17          112          Mass Transit, E.I. Tennyson          1973-1974

17          113          SEPTA          1975

17          114          Regional Rail           1975

17          115          Port Authority Meeting          December 17, 1975

17          116          Various Newsletters          1961-1963, 1965, 1968, 1971

17          117          Raritan Foundation          1967-1968