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Discovering Community History Project Oral Histories

Collection ID

SCRC 284

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Collecting Area(s)


Collection Summary

Discovering Community History Project Oral Histories


Collection ID
SCRC 284

1.4 linear feet (4 boxes)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English.

Detailed Collection Information

Description of Collection

This collection contains tapes for 42 interviews, as well as some transcripts and indexes to the interviews. The collection was created by the culmination of individual interviews conducted by Temple University graduate and senior students for dissertation or course purposes and for the Discovering Community History Project.

The collection deals with the Philadelphia area during 1900-1970 and includes the topics of housing, education, politics, social welfare, labor unions, Jews, immigrants, and some local neighborhoods. Interviews were conducted during 1969-1979.

Patron Information

Other Finding Aids and Indices

Please see also the Index of Oral Histories by Personal Name.

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.

Technical Access

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Discovering Community History Project Oral Histories is 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], Discovering Community History Project Oral Histories, SCRC 284, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Discovering Community History Program through Charles Hardy, July 1980.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in August 2015. Finding aid revised to reflect survey information in June 2017 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services.

Index Terms

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


Community life -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Housing -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Immigrants -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Jews -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
Labor -- Social aspects -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Oral histories
Sound recordings

List of Interviewees:

Barkas, Benjamin
Becker, Joseph Rev.
Boucher, Mary. SEE: Whitman Meeting
Brosilow, Samuel
Bubba, Olivia M.
Burns, William
Caplan, Adolph
Cavanaugh, Ann Ryder Mrs.
Cheston, Emily Fox
Collins, Irene. SEE: Whitman Meeting
Coppola, James
Cottler, Joseph and Elizabeth
Covey, Mrs.
Dilworth, Richardson
Dingle, Arthur
Gentner, Frederick W.
Hamilton, John
Hoffner, Tom
Horr, Morris
Horr, Myndel
Ingersoll, C. Jared
Kelly, John B.
Keyser, Henrietta
Knowlton, Frank. SEE: Whitman Meeting
Lieberman, Stanley
Lisan, Jacob
Lousinian, Varsen
MacWilliams, Viola
Mann, Kay
McEntee, Marie
Nearing, Scott
O’Keefe, Mary
Osser, Maurice S.
Polis, Harold
Rementer, Joseph. SEE: Whitman Meeting
Riegel, Marguerite L.
Rugg, Martin
Schumate, Marie Mrs.
Shepard, James
Silbert, Rose
Trainer, Bill and Whalen, Tom
Tucker, Benjamin
Wachs, Isadore
Weinhouse, Adele Klein
Wexler, Elias
Whitman Meeting