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Philadelphia-Camden Social Service Exchange Records, Collection Overview

Collection ID

URB 21

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Collection Summary 

Philadelphia-Camden Social Service Exchange Records
Collection ID
URB 21
Philadelphia-Camden Social Service Exchange 
37 boxes + 1 map folder
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials in English
Detailed Collection Information 
Historical Note 
The Philadelphia-Camden Social Service Exchange was a private coordinating and registration center for social service organizations. The Exchange kept records of referrals and services performed by social workers, counselors, settlement houses and other agencies. It was founded as the Registration Bureau of Philadelphia, incorporated as the Philadelphia-Camden Social Service Exchange in 1921, and disbanded in 1970.
Description of Collection 
Collection contains meeting records, correspondence, lectures and papers, financial records, subject files, and publications of the Philadelphia-Camden Social Service Exchange, as well as records related to social exchanges in other regions.
Organization and Arrangement 
The collection is arranged into 6 series as follows:
Series 1, Administrative, includes Board of Directors minutes, annual reports, committee minutes, annual meetings, publications, and other records.
Series 2, Financial Records, includes Finance Committee records, budgets, financial statements, and United Fund reports.
Series 3, United Fund of the Philadelphia Area, contains Agency Operation Departments and other records.
Series 4, Social Service Exchanges in Other Cities, includes correspondence with other exchanges.
Series 5, Other Organizations, includes correspondence with other social work and counseling agencies, community chests, Health and Welfare Council of Philadelphia, government agencies, and records of the Newtown (Bucks County) Conference.
Series 6, Subject File, contains papers, reports, studies, and articles.
Patron Information 

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5425901~S30

Research Access 
Collection is open for research. The Exchange has also deposited with the Special Collections Research Center approximately two million case record cards which are available only through special arrangement.
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.
Publication and Copyright Information 
The Philadelphia-Camden Social Service Exchange 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], Philadelphia-Camden Social Service Exchange Records, URB 21, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Administrative Information 
Acquisition Information
Deposited by the Exchange through George W. Buckmaster, Executive Director, 1970 as Accessions 56 and 64.
Processing Information 
Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in March 2013 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:
Personal Names:
Dunham, Arthur, 1893-
Corporate Names: 
Association of Executives of Social Service Exchanges
Association of Social Service Exchanges in New Jersey
Community Chests and Councils of America
Health and Welfare Council (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Newtown Conference
Pennsylvania Social Service Exchange
Philadelphia (Pa.). Redevelopment Authority
Pennsylvania. Department of Public Welfare
Social Service Exchange of Raritan Valley (N.J.) 
University of Pennsylvania. School of Social Work
Mental health services
Social service exchanges
Social settlements
Camden (N.J.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Material Types: 
Clippings (information artifacts)
Financial records
Manuscripts (document genre)