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Friends Housing Cooperative (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Collection ID

Acc. 933

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Collection Summary

Title

Friends Housing Cooperative (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Dates
1969-2016, bulk 1969-1996

Collection ID
Acc. 933

Creator
Friends Housing Cooperative (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Quantity
4 linear feet (4 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.
           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

In the mid-1940s two Quaker Organizations, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Friends Neighborhood Guild (FNG) were both concerned about urban housing.

Based upon the foresight of Mr. Francis Bosworth, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Friends Neighborhood Guild (FNG) began to explore a possible joint venture with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and the newly created Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.

The new 1949 Housing Act gave promise of a new era in urban housing. After long and extensive delays because of Federal and Municipal reluctance to support an integrated housing attempt, material shortages, etc. The American Friends Service Committee and the Friends Neighborhood Guild formed the Friends 'self-help' Housing Corporation (now called Friends Housing Cooperative, Inc.).

The Friends Housing Cooperative is an incorporated body and as such is governed by a Board of Directors. This board is composed of fifteen members, ten of whom are stockholders and are elected each year for a two-year term, and they may be reelected for a second term. The other five members are appointed by the sponsoring agencies, the Friends Neighborhood Guild and the American Friends Service Committee. The Board has regularly scheduled monthly meetings to discuss matters pertinent to the administration of the cooperative.

Purpose: The purpose of the cooperation is to provide its members with housing on a nonprofit basis in agreement with concurrently with the provisions set forth in its Certificate of Inc.

To construct, operate, maintain and improve and to sell, convey, assign, mortgage or lease any real estate and any personal property necessary to the operation of such project.

Membership: Any natural person approved by the Board of Directors shall be eligible for membership provided he or she executes a Subscription Agreement and on Occupancy Agreement in the usual form employed by the corporation covering a specific unit in the housing project.

Description of Collection

This collection contains minutes, reports, correspondence, financial records, budgets, legal materials, training session information, organizational projects, handbooks, and pamphlets related to the Friends Housing Cooperative. This collection includes preserved versions of the organization’s website, available through Archive-It.

For additional materials on the Friends Housing Cooperative, researchers should request the Friends Housing Cooperative, Inc. records, 1947-2009, Accession 1073, to which these records are an extension, with some overlapping of dates.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is organized into 9 series, each arranged chronologically:

Series 1: Administration (Box 1-2): This series include scheduled minutes and agendas by FHC, Board of Directors. Information was established by, inspection reports, building reports and management reports.

Series 2: Correspondence (Box 2): This series include typed and/or written request memos, and complaint letters. Letters recommending individuals as board member, and letters regarding resignation from board members.

Series 3: Financial (Box 3): This series include estimates, receipts, and financial statements regarding projects accomplished and those intended. Overview of FHC, board members budget, management, and operating budget.

Series 4: Legal Information (Box 4): This series include tenant rights, rights between owner and architect, contract for services, FHC by-laws, and employment/management, policies and procedures.

Series 5: Membership (Box 4): This series include information regarding FHC training sessions, management plan, and employee handbook.

Series 6: Other Organizations (Box 4): This series include files generated by FHC, construction consultants, and clear air counsel.

Series 7: Projects (Box 4): This series include FHC activities involving rehabilitation, maintenance and project proposals.

Series 8: Publications of Creating Organization (Box 4): This series include FHC handbook, goals and objectives the support the purpose of FHC including pamphlets on beginning an organization.

Series 9: Website versions in Archive-It, 2012-2016, contains preserved versions of the Friends Housing Cooperative’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

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5525276~S30

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. Certain digital files may also be inaccessible. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

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 Friends Housing Cooperative (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Temple University holds literary rights only for material created by university employees and to material given to the university with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary 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], Friends Housing Cooperative (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, Accession 933, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material

Friends Housing Cooperative (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1947-2009, Accession 1073, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Friends Neighborhood Guild Records, 1903-2004, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Friends Neighborhood Guild Records, 1922-1971, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Friends Housing Cooperative, November 2000.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in November 2013 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services. Finding aid updated with captured website information in July 2016.             

           

Index Terms

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

Corporate Names:
American Friends Service Committee
Friends Housing Cooperative (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Friends Neighborhood Guild
Philadelphia City Planning Commission
Philadelphia. Redevelopment Authority

Subjects:
Public housing

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Administrative records
Correspondence
Financial records
Minutes
Reports
Web sites
 

Inventory

Series 1: Administration, 1986-1996

BOX 1

1 Agenda UNDATED
2 Board of Directors Meeting UNDATED
3 Job Description UNDATED
4 Inspection Report UNDATED
5 Social Committee 1986 - 1989
6 Board of Directors April 1989
7 Annual Meeting May 1989
8 Damage Report August 1989
9 Building Report April 1990
10 Social Committee May 1990
11 Building Report July 1990
12 Inspection Report August 1990
13 Building Report October 1990
14 Building Report November 1990
15 Social Action November 1990
16 Annual Report December 1990
17 Building Report January 1991
18 Building Report March 1991
19 Board of Directors April 1991
20 Building Report April 1991
21 Building Report May 1991
22 Building Report July 1991
23 Building Committee August 1991
24 Building Inspection August 1991
25 Building Report September 1991
26 Minutes November 1991
27 Board of Directors 1992
28 Board of Directors May 1992
29 Board Meeting June 1992
30 Board Meeting July 1992
31 Minutes August 1992
32 Minutes September 1992
33 Board of Directors September 1992
34 Agenda October 1992
35 Minutes November 1992
36 Agenda January 1993
37 Board Meeting January 1993
38 Agenda February 1993
39 Board of Directors February 1993
40 Management Report February 1993
41 Agenda March 1993
42 Agenda April 1993
43 Minutes April 1993
44 Agenda May 1993
45 Agenda June 1993
46 Management Report June 1993
47 Monthly Report June 1993
48 Agenda July 1993
49 Management Report August 1993
50 Minutes August 1993
51 Agenda September 1993
52 Management Report September 1993
53 Board of Directors October 1993
54 Agenda November 1993
55 Minutes December 1993

BOX 2

1 Board of Directors January 1994
2 Board of Directors February 1994
3 Minutes February 1994
4 Minutes of the Board March 1994
5 Agenda April 1994
6 Agenda May 1994
7 Board Meeting May 1994
8 Meeting July 1994
9 Agenda August 1994
10 Minutes September 1994
11 Agenda October 1994
12 Meetings October 1994
13 Board of Directors November 1994
14 Board of Directors December 1994
15 Board of Directors February 1995
16 Board of Directors March 1995
17 Board of Directors April 1995
18 Agenda May 1995
19 Agenda June 1995
20 Board of Directors June 1995
21Board of Directors July 1995
22 Board of Directors August 1995
23 Board of Directors September 1995
24 Board of Directors October 1995
25 Board of Directors November 1995
26 Board of Directors December 1995
27 Agenda January 1996
28 Board of Directors January 1996
29 Agenda February 1996
30 Agenda March 1996

Series 2: Correspondence, 1969-1996

BOX 2

31 Building Committee UNDATED
32 Letters UNDATED
33 Notes UNDATED
34 Memos July 1969
35 Letters January 1988
36 Letters March 1988
37 Notes May 1988
38 Letters August 1988
39 Memo September 1988
40 Letters April 1989
41 Memo April 1989
42 Letters May 1989
43 Letters July 1989
44 Letters August 1989
45 Letters October 1989
46 List February 1990
47 Letters April 1990
48 Letters May 1990
49 Letters July 1990
50 Inspectors Memo July 1990
51 Letters August 1990
52 Letters September 1990
53 Letters October 1990
54 Letters November 1990
55 Letters December 1990
56 Building Report January 1991
57 Letters February 1991
58 Memorandum February 1991
59 Letters April 1991
60 Late Fee Policy June 1991
61 Management Report June 1991
62 Letters July 1991
63 Notes UNDATED
64 Letters August 1991
65 Letters September 1991
66 Letters May 1992
67 Notes May 1992
68 Notes June 1992
69 Letters July 1992
70 Letters August 1992
71 Notes December 1992
72 Letter (Mr. Womack) January 1993
73 Memo February 1993
74 Letters July 1993
75 Rehabilitation Program December 1993
76 Maintenance March 1994
77 Letters April 1994
78 Board of Directors May 1994
79 Petition June 1994
80 Memo August 1994
81 Board of Directors January 1995
82 All Cooperators March 1995
83 Memo April 1996

           

Series 3:Financial, 1982-1996

BOX 3

1 H.U.D. Budget Sheet UNDATED
2 Income and Expenses UNDATED
3 Invoices UNDATED
4 Record Finding UNDATED
5 Statements September 1982
6 Statements September 1988
7 Statements September 1989
8 Estimate October 1989
9 Receipts January 1990
10 Receipts November 1990
11 Receipts December 1990
12 Statement July 1991
13 Cost December 1991
14 Management Report May 1992
15 Statement May 1992
16 Management Report June 1992
17 Cost Flow Statement July 1992
18 Budget August 1992
19 Statements September 1992
20 Statements November 1992
21Invoice December 1992
22 Collections February 1993
23 Statements February 1993
24 Operating Budget July 1993
25 Finance Report August 1993
26 Late Charges January 1994
27 Budget January 1994
28 Finance Report February 1994
29 Budget April 1994
30 Statements April 1994
31Reports July 1994
32Statement of Revenue March 1994
33 Statements June 1994
34 NO FOLDER
35 Statements August 1994
36 Statements September 1994
37 Statements October 1994
38 Statements November 1994
39 Statements December 1994
40 Statements February 1995
41 Statements March 1995
42 Statements July 1995
43 Statements August 1995
44 Financial Report September 1995
45 Estimates January 1996
46 Statements January 1996
47 Statements February 1996
48 Estimates March 1996
49 Statements March 1996

 

Series 4: Legal Information, 1979-1994

BOX 4

1 By-Laws UNDATED
2 Promissory Note UNDATED
3 Tenants Rights UNDATED
4 Contract 196----- 1979
5 Management Contract September 1983
6 Employment Contract June 1986
7 Agreement April 1987
8 Agreement April 1989
9 Complaints October 1989
10 Employment Contract June 1990
11 Contract 1991
12 Proposal May 1991
13 Proposal June 1991
14 Letter August 1991
15 Escrow Letters November 1991
16 Counsel June 1992
17 Policies & Procedures November 1992
18 Agreement August 1993
19 Expenses & Agreement August 1993
20 Dessen, Moses & Sheinoff March 1994

Series 5: Membership, 1989-1994

BOX 4

21Customer List UNDATED
22 Management Plan UNDATED
23 Position Description UNDATED
24 Relations UNDATED
25 Resumes UNDATED
26 Personnel August 1989
27 Letter March 1991
28 Minutes December 1991
29 Training May 1992
30 Training June 1992
31 Training August 1992
32 Budget November 1992
33 Employee Handbook January 1993
34 Letter December 1993
35 Minutes April 1994
36 Resignation August 1994

Series 6: Other Organizations, 1990 and undated

BOX 4

37 Radon UNDATED
38 Construction Consultants Inc. July 1990

Series 7: Projects, 1988-1996

BOX 4

39 NO FOLDER
40 Contract Documents UNDATED
41 Management UNDATED
42 Roof Plans April 1988
43 Receipts September 1988
44 Roofs (Graphs) June 1989
45 Productivity Sheets 1990 ----- 1991
46 Reroofing May 1991
47 Physical Report September 1991
48 Reroofing April 1992
48 Reroofing June 1992
49 Proposal August 1992
50 Rehabilitation April 1993
51 Maintenance July 1993
52 Maintenance Report October 1993
53 Maintenance November 1993
54 Maintenance December 1993
55 Performances February 1993
56 Performances March 1994
57 Performances May 1994
58 Performances June 1994
59 Performances July 1994
61 Performances August 1994
61 Performances September 1994
62 Performances October 1994
63 Performances November 1994
65 Activities December 1994
66 Maintenance Service January 1995
67 Activities February 1995
68 Activities April 1995
69 Performances May 1995
69 Performances June 1995
70 Performances July 1995
71 Maintenance Service December 1995
72 Maintenance January 1996
73 Maintenance Request February 1996

Series 8: Publications of Creating Organization, 1981-1995

BOX 4

74 Pamphlet N.D
75 Handbook May 1971
76 Cooperative Housing Course 1981
77 Handbook 1988
78 Major Elements May 1990
79 Goals and Objectives 1992
80 Handbook 1995

Series 9: Website versions in Archive-It, 2012-2016

Series 9 contains preserved versions of the Friends Housing Cooperative’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.