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Friends Housing Cooperative (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Collection ID

Acc. 1073

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Collection Summary

Title
Friends Housing Cooperative (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Dates
1947-2016, bulk 1947-2009

Collection ID
Acc. 1073

Creator
Friends Housing Cooperative (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Quantity
3 linear feet (7 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.
           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

In the mid-1940’s 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.) in 1952, with the mission of creating affordable, urban housing for a diverse community.

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 who 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.

Today, the Friends Housing Cooperative is located in the Northern Liberties and consists of a city block of 1850s brick townhomes.

Description of Collection

The collection, consisting of 3 linear feet, covers the time period from 1948 to 2009, with a bulk of the materials dating from 2001 to 2009. The materials in the collection document the financial, legal, promotional and administrative operation of the Friends Housing Cooperative. There are also records documenting the membership of the cooperative and projects undertaken by the cooperative, specifically the West Poplar and East Poplar neighborhoods. The bulk of the material relates to the finances of the Friends Housing Cooperative, documenting particularly well the costs for major renovations to the corporation’s properties. 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, 1945-1981, Accession 993, to which these records are an extension, with some overlapping of dates.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 8 series as follows:

Series 1: Administrative, 1961-2009
Series 2: Correspondence, 1998-2007
Series 3: Financial, 1953-2008
Series 4: Legal, 2005-2008
Series 5: Membership, 2002-2005
Series 6: Projects, 2005-2008
Series 7: Publications, 1947-2007
Series 8: Website versions in Archive-It, 2012-2016
 

Series 1 comprises materials covering the general management of the Friends Housing Cooperative from 1961 to 2009. The bulk of the materials are minutes from Board of Directors meetings from 1992 to 2009 and reports from 1988 to 2000, including stockholder reports. Two of the stockholders were Albert V. Walker and Ellen J. Streibel. Other reports include information related to general maintenance and fire inspections. Some notable reports in this series are the Friends Housing Cooperative Handbook (1988), prepared by Marquette L. Cannon-Babb, (a Friends Housing Cooperative Treasurer), a membership training manual, and capital needs assessment reports composed by Sherick Property Management, Inc.

The bulk of Series 2 is correspondence from Jeffrey D. Servin, Esq. The Cooperative’s correspondence begins with collection notices. These are letters from the property management company to tenants regarding amount owed to the Friends Housing Cooperative. There is correspondence from Albert Foster, who was a vice president of the Board of Directors. The letters address problems between Friends Housing Cooperative and Cooperative and Management Co., a property management company. Another set of correspondence is from the Philadelphia Councilman at Large, the Honorable Darrell Clarke, regarding a block matter. The next set of letters includes manuscript letters from a tenant in House of 705 Rear (a property located at 705 N. 8th St.) concerning a complaint about allotment. There is also general tenant correspondence, composed of maintenance requests. Finally, there is correspondence to Jeffrey D. Servin, Esq. regarding legal issues that affect the Friends Housing Cooperative. The documents in this series span the years 1998 to 2007.

Series 3 includes sub sections of Account Ledgers, Audit Committee notes, Budget Proposals and Reports, Check reports, an Expense Report, Friends Housing Cooperative Financial Tests, Finance Committee Notes, Financial Statements, a Management Report, Receipts, Reserve Withdrawals, Account Statements and Friends Housing Cooperative Stock Certificates. The Financial series continues into Box 7, Folder 1 where oversized stock certificates are housed. The documents span the years 1953 to 2008, with the bulk dating between 2001 and 2005.

Series 4 includes tax notices and a Chapter 7 Liquidation Bankruptcy Notice. The organization and persons involved are Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson LLP, Ellen Streibel, and Marcus and Mary Cannon. The bulk of the material relates to a filing for bankruptcy in 2008, but the series spans the years 2005 to 2008.

Series 5 includes a membership application, dating from 2002 to 2005; a membership check-list for an application; and a list of registered cooperative managers.

Series 6  is divided into information about the West Poplar and East Poplar Neighborhoods. Included are flyers; newsletters; maps of the West Poplar neighborhood; a report by Master of City Planning students at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design; manuscript notes; a West Poplar Neighborhood Advisory Committee presentation; a development agreement; an East Poplar Redevelopment Area Plan (August 1948); a community briefing; hard-copies of Power-Point presentations, such as “Neighborhood Alternatives;” pamphlets; and other property maps. One folder of this series is located in Box 7, folder 2 and contains oversize newsletters and an architectural site plan for West Poplar (4/21/08). Notes from the Conservation Committee comprise the third folder in this series. This series spans the years 2005 to 2008.

In Series 7, folders 11 & 12 include an advertisement and flyers for Friends Housing Cooperative to recruit new members; a Friends Housing Cooperative memo from Micki Rozario, a site manager to tenants; other memos; research information on energy conservation; an impassioned letter of appeal from Celeste M. Johnson, a vice president of the board; Friends Housing Cooperative handbook materials; formal complaints; newsletters; and various notices on electric use, washing machines, and exterminators. These two folders range in date from 1997 to 2007. Examples of newsletters include “Friend’s Connection: a Friends Housing Cooperative Newsletter” (v. 1, issues 3, 6, & 7, dating from 2002 to 2003) and “Friends Housing Cooperative Newsletter,” (2006). Folder 12 includes the Friends Housing Cooperative Marketing Committee, extermination reports, complaints, harassing phone calls, newsletters and flyers, a RCM (Registered Cooperative Manager) code of ethical conduct for property managers and miscellaneous items. Folder 13 in Box 6 consists of newspaper clippings regarding legal issues with a separate co-op (Weavers Way), property taxes, and other miscellaneous topics, spanning the years 1947 to 2007. Oversized newspaper clippings are houses in Box 7, folder 3 at the end of the collection.

Series 8: 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=b5525277~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

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Friends Housing Cooperative (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, Acc. 1073, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material

Friends Housing Cooperative (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1969-1996, Accession 933, 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, May 1, 2010.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Beth Cackowski, Curt Chinnici, Mary Alice Cicerale, and Grace Lee, February 7, 2011. Finding aid entered into the Archivists' Toolkit by Garrett Boos. The creation of the electronic guide for this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project. 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, Inc.
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: Administrative, 1961-2009

Series 1 comprises materials covering the general management of the Friends Housing Cooperative from 1961 to 2009. The bulk of the materials are minutes from Board of Directors meetings from 1992 to 2009 and reports from 1988 to 2000, including stockholder reports. Two of the stockholders were Albert V. Walker and Ellen J. Streibel. Other reports include information related to general maintenance and fire inspections. Some notable reports in this series are the Friends Housing Cooperative Handbook (1988), prepared by Marquette L. Cannon-Babb, (a Friends Housing Cooperative Treasurer), a membership training manual, and capital needs assessment reports composed by Sherick Property Management, Inc.

1             1             Agendas, 1991-1998.
1             2             History, 1961.
1             3             Minutes, 1992-2000.
1             4             Minutes, 2001-2006.
1             5             Minutes, 2007-2009.
1             6             Personnel, undated.
1             7             Reports, 2002.
1             8             Reports, 1988-1990.
2             1             Reports, 1992-2000.
2             2             Reports, 2005.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1998-2007

The bulk of Series 2 is correspondence from Jeffrey D. Servin, Esq. The Cooperative’s correspondence begins with collection notices. These are letters from the property management company to tenants regarding amount owed to the Friends Housing Cooperative. There is correspondence from Albert Foster, who was a vice president of the Board of Directors. The letters address problems between Friends Housing Cooperative and Cooperative and Management Co., a property management company. Another set of correspondence is from the Philadelphia Councilman at Large, the Honorable Darrell Clarke, regarding a block matter. The next set of letters includes manuscript letters from a tenant in House of 705 Rear (a property located at 705 N. 8th St.) concerning a complaint about allotment. There is also general tenant correspondence, composed of maintenance requests. Finally, there is correspondence to Jeffrey D. Servin, Esq. regarding legal issues that affect the Friends Housing Cooperative. The documents in this series span the years 1998 to 2007.

2             3             Collection Notices, 1998-2006.
2             4             From Board Member Albert Foster, 2003.
2             5             From Councilman Darrell Clarke, 2007.
2             6             From House of 705 Rear, 1996.
2             7             Tenants, 1996-2008.
2             8             To Jeffrey D. Servin, Esq., 2004-2005.
2             9             To Jeffrey D. Servin, Esq., 2005-2006.
2             10             To Jeffrey D. Servin, Esq., undated.
3             1             Account Ledgers, 2001-2003.

Series 3: Financial, 1953-2008

Series 3 includes sub sections of Account Ledgers, Audit Committee notes, Budget Proposals and Reports, Check reports, an Expense Report, Friends Housing Cooperative Financial Tests, Finance Committee Notes, Financial Statements, a Management Report, Receipts, Reserve Withdrawals, Account Statements and Friends Housing Cooperative Stock Certificates. The Financial series continues into Box 7, Folder 1 where oversized stock certificates are housed. The documents span the years 1953 to 2008, with the bulk dating between 2001 and 2005.

3             2             Account Ledgers, 2001-2003.
3             3             Account Ledgers, 2001-2003.
3             4             Account Ledgers, 2001-2003.
3             5             Account Ledgers, 2004.
4             1             Audit Committee, 1953-2007.
4             2             Budgets, 2000-2003.
4             3             Budgets (2nd copy), 2000-2003.
4             4             Check Report, 2001-2002.
4             5             Expense Report, 2002.
4             6             Friends Housing Cooperative Financial Tests, 1992-2006.
4             7             Finance Committee Notes, 2008-2009.
4             8             Financial Statements, 1991-2002.
4             9             Financial Statements, 2001-2004.
4             10             Financial Statements, 1996-2000.
5             1             Financial Statements, 1998-2006.
5             2             Financial Statements, 1999-2003.
5             3             Financial Statements, 1999-2009.
5             4             Management Report, 1993.
5             5             Receipts, 1992-2001.
5             6             Reserve Withdrawals, 2001-2005.
5             7             Reserve Withdrawals, 2001-2005.
5             8             Account Statements, 1998-2008.
6             1             Statements of Account, 2004-2005.
6             2             Statements of Account, 2004-2005.
6             3             Statements of Account, 2007.
6             4             Statements of Account, 2005.
6             5             Stock Certificates, 1991.
7             1             Stock Certificates (oversize), 1991.

Series 4: Legal, 2005-2008

Series 4 includes tax notices and a Chapter 7 Liquidation Bankruptcy Notice. The organization and persons involved are Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson LLP, Ellen Streibel, and Marcus and Mary Cannon. The bulk of the material relates to a filing for bankruptcy in 2008, but the series spans the years 2005 to 2008.

6              6              Bankruptcy Forms, 2005-2008.

Series 5: Membership, 2002-2005

Series 5 includes a membership application, dating from 2002 to 2005; a membership check-list for an application; and a list of registered cooperative managers.

6              7               Membership, 2002-2005.

Series 6: Projects, 2005-2008

Series 6  is divided into information about the West Poplar and East Poplar Neighborhoods. Included are flyers; newsletters; maps of the West Poplar neighborhood; a report by Master of City Planning students at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design; manuscript notes; a West Poplar Neighborhood Advisory Committee presentation; a development agreement; an East Poplar Redevelopment Area Plan (August 1948); a community briefing; hard-copies of Power-Point presentations, such as “Neighborhood Alternatives;” pamphlets; and other property maps. One folder of this series is located in Box 7, folder 2 and contains oversize newsletters and an architectural site plan for West Poplar (4/21/08). Notes from the Conservation Committee comprise the third folder in this series. This series spans the years 2005 to 2008.

6             8             West Poplar Neighborhood, 2005-2008.
6             9             East Poplar Neighborhood, 2007-2009.
7             2             Newsletters/Building Plans (oversize), 2007-2008.

Series 7: Publications, 1947-2007

In Series 7, folders 11 & 12 include an advertisement and flyers for Friends Housing Cooperative to recruit new members; a Friends Housing Cooperative memo from Micki Rozario, a site manager to tenants; other memos; research information on energy conservation; an impassioned letter of appeal from Celeste M. Johnson, a vice president of the board; Friends Housing Cooperative handbook materials; formal complaints; newsletters; and various notices on electric use, washing machines, and exterminators. These two folders range in date from 1997 to 2007. Examples of newsletters include “Friend’s Connection: a Friends Housing Cooperative Newsletter” (v. 1, issues 3, 6, & 7, dating from 2002 to 2003) and “Friends Housing Cooperative Newsletter,” (2006). Folder 12 includes the Friends Housing Cooperative Marketing Committee, extermination reports, complaints, harassing phone calls, newsletters and flyers, a RCM (Registered Cooperative Manager) code of ethical conduct for property managers and miscellaneous items. Folder 13 in Box 6 consists of newspaper clippings regarding legal issues with a separate co-op (Weavers Way), property taxes, and other miscellaneous topics, spanning the years 1947 to 2007. Oversized newspaper clippings are houses in Box 7, folder 3 at the end of the collection.

6             10             Conservation Committee, 2007-2008.
6             11-13             Miscellaneous, 1947-2007.
7             3             News clippings (oversize), 1949-1975.
 

Series 8: Website versions in Archive-It, 2012-2016

Series 7 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.