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Tenant Action Group (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

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Acc. 580

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Collection Summary

Title
Tenant Action Group (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records

Dates
1975-1983

Collection ID
Acc. 580

Creator
Tenant Action Group (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Quantity
22 linear feet (22 boxes)        

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English

           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Tenant Action Group (TAG) represents the militant community based activism of the 1970's, which organized groups of poor people for political action around specific grievances. TAG grew out of the Northwest Tenants Organization, which was founded in 1968 as a rent strike-oriented group. Between 1972 and 1974, TAG developed as a political action and lobbying organization. It also offered advice to tenants of private housing on legal rights and bureaucratic procedures.

In 1974 TAG persuaded Ethel Allen to introduce rent control legislation to the City Council, and for the next two years it organized campaigns in support of the bill. It also waged a campaign for better Housing Code enforcement and the creation of a Housing Court. By 1977, TAG had developed a repair and deduct law and a Women's Fair Housing Bill. In support of its cause, TAG sponsored hearings, conferences and demonstrations. It worked closely with Community Legal Services, with other activist organizations in Philadelphia on issues such as heat for tenants, and with national and state tenants' organizations, including the State Tenants Organization of Pennsylvania (STOP). In 1980 TAG helped secure the establishment of a Philadelphia Housing Court, and it began to receive VISTA funds for neighborhood centers. However, by 1982 it was severely critical of the Housing Court, and the Reagan Administration had ended its VISTA support. Thus TAG continued to struggle both for tenants rights and its own existence.

Like similar community organizations, TAG was constantly wrestling with problems of finance, structure and commitment. Much of its funding came from sympathetic foundations. TAG's governing structure usually included representatives of local tenant groups, while committees dealt with specific issues and ongoing concerns. But it proved difficult to get tenants involved in issues beyond the immediate concerns of their houses. A Repair Action Group (RAG), was formed in 1975 to deal with specific complaints to landlords and/or the city. In addition, TAG created clinics to educate tenants about their rights and how to secure assistance with problems, and by the late seventies it was receiving many hundreds of calls each year. As some activists pointed out, the organization was trying to be both a social service agency and a militant political group. But that grew out of the understanding that TAG's goals in City Council could only be accomplished if its represented a substantial number of people, such as the tenants whose main interest in TAG was in the immediate help it offered.

Description of Collection

These records illustrate the organization 's dual nature. Overall political and legislative activities are documented in a fairly complete set of minutes from 1975 to 1981, supplemented by correspondence files. Annual conference proceedings, publicity releases and other public relations files provide an overview of tactics and strategies. Specific tenant issues and campaigns around legislation in City Council are well documented, as are the activities of STOP, and the Repair Action Group. The largest single set of files--nearly half of the collection--consists of Interview Forms summarizing calls by tenants. The earliest date from 1975, but the bulk are from 1977 to 1981. The forms indicate the name and address of the complainant, the nature of the complaint and the action recommended by TAG. The organization would usually refer caller to the relevant city agency, Community Legal Services, or a politician, and/or send literature or try to get the tenant to attend a TAG clinic. The collection includes thousands of interview forms, providing a detailed and realistic picture of housing problems in Philadelphia.

See: Urban Archives Notes . No. 30, Spring 1986, p. 4-5

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 7 series as follows:

Series 1:  Administration, 1974-1982
Series 2:  Activities, 1972-1982
Series 3:  Legal Numbered Files, undated
Series 4:  Legal Subject Files, 1969-1982
Series 5:  Repair Action Group, 1975-1978
Series 6:  Telephone Interviews, 1976-1983
Series 7:  Other Organizations, 1972-1979

Series 1:  Administration, includes administrative files of the Tenant Action Group's early organizing efforts as well as the agendas and minutes of its Steering Committee meetings. Also included in this series are administrative correspondence and a number of miscellaneous items.

Series 2:  Activities, includes the Activities of the Tenant Action Group, including its dealings with the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Housing and Urban Development and the Philadelphia Housing Authority, as well as the general public. Also included are the records of the organizations efforts to promote rent control and fair housing legislation. Also included are the organization's records of heat abatement during the winters of 1977-82 and its media relations records.

Series 3:  Legal Numbered Files, are organized by number. Each number is taken from a list in records with each number on folder preceded by "D."

Series 4:  Legal Subject Files, includes a number of legal issues arranged in four major categories: Housing Court, Philadelphia Law, Pennsylvania Law and United States Law. The Housing Court files include the records of the Tenant Action Groups' efforts to organize a functional housing court as well as the records of the group's "Court Watch" committee, established to monitor the court. The Philadelphia legal files include the dealings of the Philadelphia Municipal Court, the United States District Court and housing code information. The bulk of the Pennsylvania legal files include TAG's efforts to pass legislation. The United States legal files include similar efforts on the federal level, including the Housing Act of 1978.

Series 5:  Repair Action Group, includes the records of this sub-organization.

Series 6:  Telephone Interviews, consists of thousands of standardized telephone interview forms filled out by TAG employees and volunteers as they spoke with tenants who had called the organization seeking some form of assistance. Arranged by ward.

Series 7:  Other Organizations, includes files and information on other tenant organizations. The Northwest Tenant's Organization -- based in the Germantown area of Philadelphia was the pre-cursor to TAG and continued to operate as its own organization after the formal organization of TAG. The Philadelphia Tenant's Information Service was directly linked to TAG and published the periodical "Tenant's Advocate." Also included in this series is information on the State Tenant Organization of Pennsylvania.

 

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 Tenant Action Group (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records are 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], Tenant Action Group (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records , Acc. 580, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Eva Gladstein in August, 1984         

Processing Information

Collection processed and inventory prepared by Matthew S. Hopper, November 1997.  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:
Tenant Action Group (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Subjects:
Housing -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Landlord and tenant -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types:
Administrative records
Ephemera
Correspondence
Legal records
Minutes
Press releases
Publications
Reports

Inventory

Series 1: Administration, 1974-1982

Series 1 includes administrative files of the Tenant Action Group's early organizing efforts as well as the agendas and minutes of its Steering Committee meetings. Also included in this series are administrative correspondence and a number of miscellaneous items.

1          1          Early Organization Efforts. First meetings - Early Organizing          1974

1          2          Early Organization Efforts. Initial Organizing Efforts          1976

1          3          Early Organization Efforts. Membership Registration          1975-1976

1          4          Steering Committee. Agendas and Minutes          1975

1          5          Steering Committee. Agendas and Minutes          January-May 1976

1          6          Steering Committee. Agendas and Minutes          June-December 1976

1          7          Steering Committee. Agendas and Minutes          January-May 1977

1          8          Steering Committee. Agendas and Minutes          June-September 1977

1          9          Steering Committee. Agendas and Minutes          September-December 1977

1          10          Steering Committee. Agendas and Minutes          January-June 1978

1          11          Steering Committee. Agendas and Minutes          July-December 1978

1          12          Steering Committee. Agendas and Minutes          January-June 1979

1          13          Steering Committee. Agendas and Minutes          July-December 1979

1          14          Steering Committee. Agendas and Minutes          January-June 1980

1          15          Steering Committee. Agendas and Minutes          July-December 1980

1          16          Steering Committee. Agendas and Minutes          1981

1          17          Steering Committee. Inner-Committee Correspondence          1977-1978

1          18          Steering Committee. Membership          1976

1          19          Correspondence. General Correspondence          1976

1          20          Correspondence. Letters:  Requests for help          1978-1981

1          21          Correspondence. Letters:  Requests for information          1979-1981

1          22          Indo-Chinese "Boat People,"          1979

1          23          Eva Gladstein Letters          1979

1          24          Budget          1981

1          25          Miscellaneous. "Paul Robeson" Membership Letter Responses          Undated

1          26          Miscellaneous. Electoral Politics Committee          1975

1          27          Miscellaneous. Services Assessment          1977

1          28          Miscellaneous. Office- General          1982

Series 2: Activities, 1972-1982

Series 2 includes the Activities of the Tenant Action Group, including its dealings with the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Housing and Urban Development and the Philadelphia Housing Authority, as well as the general public. Also included are the records of the organizations efforts to promote rent control and fair housing legislation. Also included are the organization's records of heat abatement during the winters of 1977-82 and its media relations records.

2          1          Department of Licenses and Inspections. General Information          Undated

2          2          Department of Licenses and Inspections. Publications          1975-1976

2          3          Housing Inspections          1972-1973

2          4          Housing Inspections          1974-1977

2          5          Housing Inspections          Summer 1976

2          6          Unfit Housing          1971-1973

2          7          Unfit Housing          1974-1975

2          8          Unfit Housing          1975-1977

2          9          Unfit Housing          1979

2          10          Cases          1974-1976

2          11          HUD/FHA. General Information          Undated

2          12          HUD/FHA. Research Materials. Notes (Stenton)          Undated

2          13          HUD/FHA. Research and Notes          Undated

2          14          HUD/FHA. Occupancy Report List          1974

2          15          HUD/FHA. Occupancy Report List          1975

2          16          HUD/FHA. Newsletters          1976-1977

2          17          HUD/FHA. Anti-HUD and Anti-FHA Newsletters          Undated

2          18          HUD/FHA. Meeting, Washington D.C.          1975

2          19          HUD/FHA. People United Against HUD (PUAH)          Undated

2          20          HUD/FHA. PHA/FHA- Investigation/Scandal          Undated

2          21          HUD/FHA. PHA          1981-1982

2          22          Heat Abatement. The Heat Abatement Issue          1977

2          23          Heat Abatement. Early Files          Undated

2          24          Heat Abatement. General          Undated

2          25          Intake          October 1977-January 1978

2          26          Intake          October 1979-January 1980

2          27          Intake          Resolved Cases, 1981

3          1          Intake          1982

3          2          Intake          1982-1983

3          3          Court Watch          Undated

3          4          Rent Control. Beginning Efforts          July 1974

3          5          Rent Control. Articles          Undated

3          6          Rent Control. Flyers          Undated

3          7          Rent Control. Signed Petitions          1975

3          8          Rent Control. Cambridge Tenants Meeting          Undated

3          9          Rent Control. Bill #1657          1974

3          10          Rent Control. Bill #1657. Synopsis          1974

3          11          Rent Control. Bill #1657. Testimony/Opinions          Undated

3          12          Rent Control. Bill #1982          1975

3          13          Rent Control. Bill #1982. Testimony          1975

3          14          Rent Control. Anti-Rent Control          1975

3          15          Rent Control. Questionnaire for Public Hearings on Rent Control Bill #1982          Undated

3          16          Conferences. First Annual          1975

3          17          Conferences. Second Annual          1976

3          18          Conferences. Third Annual          1977

3          19          Conferences. Registration Forms          Undated

3          20          Conferences. Fourth Annual          1978

3          21          Conferences. Registration Forms          Undated

3          22          Conferences. Evaluations          Undated

3          23          Conferences. Fifth Annual          1979

3          24          Conferences. Registration Forms          Undated

4          1          Conferences. Seventh Annual          1981

4          2          Fair Housing. General Information          Undated

4          3          Fair Housing. Housing Discrimination          1960s

4          4          Fair Housing. Statistics. Rent Increase, etc. Philadelphia          1977

4          5          Fair Housing. Section 8          Undated

4          6          Fair Housing. Wister Survey          Undated

4          7          Fair Housing. Bergert Questionnaire          Undated

4          8          Fair Housing. Training Workshop          August 11, 1979

4          9          Fair Housing. City-Wide Tenant's Council          Undated

4          10          Fair Housing. Tenants' Bill of Rights. Support Letters          1977

4          11          Fair Housing. Tenants' Rights Clinics/Eviction Clinics          1978-1979

4          12          Fair Housing. Landlord/Tenant Arbitration          Undated

4          13          Fair Housing. South Central Philadelphia Housing Study          1972-1973

4          14          Fair Housing. TAG/STOP Informational Meeting. Planning          January 1977

4          15          Fair Housing. Eva Gladstein:  "How to Research Housing Issues in Philadelphia”           1974

4          16          Fair Housing. McDougal, Harold A. (Rutgers). Papers          Undated

4          17          Fair Housing. Task Force on Tenant Participation          1978

4          18          Fair Housing. List of Philadelphia Apartment Buildings          Undated

4          19          Letters to Editor          Undated

4          20          Press Releases          1974

4          21          Press Releases          1975

4          22          Press Releases          1976

4          23          Press Releases          1977

4          24          Newsletters          Undated

4          25          Radio          Undated

4          26          T.V./Radio          Undated

4          27          Miscellaneous. Neighborhood Renewal Program. Data          1970-1971

4          28          Miscellaneous. Used House Program          Undated

4          29          Miscellaneous. Unemployment Compensation Information          Undated

4          30          Miscellaneous. Germantown          Undated

4          31          Miscellaneous. South Central Philadelphia Development Potential Study          1972

4          32          Miscellaneous. Arson Information          Undated

4          33          Miscellaneous. Suburban Housing          Undated

4          34          Miscellaneous. Allens Lane Apartments. West Mt. Airy Neighbors          Undated

4          35          Miscellaneous. Women's Credit Handbook          Undated

4          36          Miscellaneous. Consumer Education Program          Undated

4          37          Miscellaneous. Ward Leaders/Committee          Undated

Series 3:  Legal Numbered Files, undated

Series 3 contains legal numbered files that are organized by number. Each number is taken from a list in records with each number on folder preceded by "D."

5          1          01 1.1(1) Form 42, Lease Interpretation          Undated

5          2          1.1(2) Form 50, Uniform Lease Agreement         Undated

5          3          1.1(3)         Undated

5          4          1.1(5) Green Street West Lease         Undated

5          5          1.2 Construction of Leases         Undated

5          6          1.2(1) Independence of Lease Covenants         Undated

5          7          1.2(2) Adhesion Nature of Leases         Undated

5          8          1.2(3) Unconscionability of Leases         Undated

5          9          1.2(4) Effect of Fraudulent Inducement upon Leases         Undated

5          10          1.3(2) Law on Implied Warranty of Habitability         Undated

5          11          1.3(2)(2) Judicial Decisions on Implied Warranty         Undated

5          12          1.3(4) Security         Undated

5          13          2.1(1) Landlord Registration Ordinance         Undated

5          14          2.1(5) Defense of “No Demand for Rent"         Undated

5          15          2.1(6) Constructive Eviction         Undated

5          16          2.1(77) Waiver of Rent         Undated

5          17          2.2(1) Law vs. Distraint for Rent         Undated

5          18          2.2(3) Landlord and Tenant Officers         Undated

5          19          2.2(4) Bank Attachments         Undated

5          20          2.3(2) Unconscionability of Rent Increases         Undated

5          21          2.3(3) Obligation of Welfare Department to Pay for Rent Increases         Undated

5          22          2.4(1) Rent Control, Generally         Undated

5          23          2.5(1)(2) Constitutionality of Rent Withholding Act         Undated

5          24          2.5(1)(3) No. Of Six Month Terms under Rent Withholding Act         Undated

5          25          2.5(1)(4) Rent Withholding as Bar to Com. Law Rent Defense         Undated

5          26          2.5(1)(5)(1) “Unfit" Escrow Letter to Landlord         Undated

5          27          2.5(1)(6) Actions under Rent Withholding Act by Landlords to Recover Withheld Money         Undated

 5          28          2.5(1)(7)         Undated

5          29          2.5(2) Common Law, Rent Withholding         Undated

5          30          2.5(3)(1) Complaints (Preliminary Injunction against Defendants)         Undated

5          31          2.5(3)(2) Preliminary Objections to Complaint Inequity         Undated

5          32          2.5(3)(3) Memoranda in Support of Preliminary Injunctions         Undated

5          33          2.5(3)(5) Memos Opposing Equitable Relief         Undated

5          34          2.5(3)(6) Memos on Equity Jurisdiction         Undated

5          35          2.5(3)(7) Escrowee’s Liability         Undated

5          36          3.1(1) Landlord Tenant Act of 1951         Undated

5          37          3.1(1)(1) Jurisdictional Requirements of Eviction         Undated

5          38          3.1(1)(2) Adequate Notice and Service to Parties         Undated

5          39          3.1(1)(4) Appeals from Municipal Court         Undated

5          40          3.1(1)(5) Appeals - Nunc Pro Tunc         Undated

5          41          3.1(1)(6) Appeals - Bond Requirements         Undated

5          42          3.1(1)(7) Appeals - In Forma Pauperis         Undated

5          43          3.1(1)(8) Petitions to Quash Appeals         Undated

5          44          3.1(1)(9)(b) Petition to Stay Eviction - Opening and Striking Judgements         Undated

5          45          3.1(2)(1) Self-help Injunctions         Undated

5          46          3.1(2)(2) Self-help Briefs         Undated

5          47          3.1(2)(2)(1) and 3.1(2)(2)(2) Self-help Injunctions and Damages         Undated

5          48          3.1(3) Injunctions in Federally Controlled Housing         Undated

6          1          3.2(1) Retaliation (Eviction of Tenants on Rent Strike)         Undated

6          2          3.2(3) Abhorrence of Forfeitures         Undated

6          3          3.2(4)         Undated

6          4          4.4 Articles on Collective Bargaining Arguments and Tenant Unions         Undated

6          5          4.5 Arbitration         Undated

6          6          4.6(1) Conspiracy         Undated

6          7          4.7 Tenant Union Capacity to Sue         Undated

6          8          5.1(1) Municipal Court Act         Undated

6          9          5.1(2) Municipal Court Rules         Undated

6          10          5.1(3) Defense of Lack of Jurisdiction         Undated

6          11          5.2(1) Common Pleas Motion Court Rules         Undated

6          12          5.2(2) Common Pleas Motion Forms         Undated

6          13          5.3 District Court, Eastern District Pennsylvania         Undated

6          14          5.7 United States Supreme Court         Undated

6          15          5.8 Abuse and Malicious Use of Process         Undated

6          16          5.9 Contempt         Undated

6          17          8.1 Jurisdiction of United States Courts         Undated

6          18          8.2 HUD Civil Rights Acts         Undated

6          19          8.3 HUD Failure to Repair         Undated

6          20          8.4 HUD’s Obligation to Provide a Hearing         Undated

6          21          8.6 HUD’s Failure to Fund Programs         Undated

6          22          8.7 Actions to Quit Title         Undated

6          23          9.1(3) Appeals from Fair Housing Commission         Undated

6          24          9.1(4) Fair Housing Commission Hearing Briefs         Undated

6          25          9.2(2) Appeals from L & I Board of Review         Undated

6          26          9.2(3) Procedures of L & I Board of Review         Undated

6          27          9.3(3) Mandamus against L & I         Undated

6          28          9.3(4)         Undated

6          29          9.3(5) Collection of Fines by L & I         Undated

6          30          9.3(8) Action for Special Prosecutor         Undated

6          31          9.4(1) Primary Jurisdiction of Administrative Agency         Undated

6          32          9.5(1) HUD Programs         Undated

6          33          9.5(1)(1) Section 8 Housing         Undated

6          34          9.5(1)(2) Community Development Block Grants         Undated

6          35          9.5(1)(3) Rent Increase Hearing         Undated

6          36          9.6(1) Immunity         Undated

6          37          9.7         Undated

6          38          10.1 Injunctions - Repairs         Undated

6          39          10.2 Right to Repair and Deduct for Violations         Undated

6          40          11.1 Housing Discrimination - Complaints, etc         Undated

6          41          11.1(1) Diminution of Services due to Racial Change         Undated

6          42          11.1(2) Interference with First Amendment Rights         Undated

6          43          11.1(3) Denial of Due Process         Undated

6          44          12.2 Preliminary Objections and Motions to Dismiss         Undated

6          45          12.3 Answer and New Matter         Undated

6          46          12.4 Notice of Appeal         Undated

6          47          12.8 Model Interrogatories         Undated

6          48          12.10 Law and Forms on Intervention of a Party in a Lawsuit         Undated

6          49          12.11 Amendments to Complaints         Undated

6          50          12.12 Admissions in Pleadings         Undated

6          51          12.13 Counterclaim         Undated

6          52          12.14 Motion for Production of Documents         Undated

6          53          12.15 Petition to Assign Case to Single Judge         Undated

6          54          13 General Law on Landlord/Tenant Actions         Undated

6          55          14.2 Interpleader of Bank of the Escrowed Monies in a Rent Strike         Undated

6          56          14.3 Receivership         Undated

6          57          14.4 Attachment         Undated

6          58          15.1 Federal Jurisdiction         Undated

6          59          15.2 Consolidation of Actions         Undated

6          60          15.3         Undated

6          61          15.5 Statute of Limitations         Undated

6          62          15.6 Mootness         Undated

6          63          15.7 Res Judicata         Undated

7          1          15.8 Class Actions         Undated

7          2          15.9 Statutory Construction         Undated

7          3          15.10 Sample Orders         Undated

7          4          15.11 Subpoena         Undated

7          5          15.12 Stipulation to Extend Time to Plead         Undated

7          6          15.13 Real Party in Interest         Undated

7          7          16.1 Code of Professional Responsibility         Undated

7          8          17 Arbitration Procedures         Undated

7          9          18.1 Corporations: Legal Remedies         Undated

7          10          18.2 Cooperative Associations         Undated

7          11          19 Zoning         Undated

7          12          20 Legislation         Undated

7          13          21.1 Slumlordism as a Tort         Undated

7          14          21.2         Undated

7          15          21.3 Actions for Non-Repair Generally         Undated

7          16          21.4 Forcible Detainer         Undated

7          17          21.5 Lead-Paint Poisoning         Undated

7          18          21.6 Settlement Agreement         Undated

7          19          21.7 Necessity for Impact as Condition for Damages         Undated

7          20          21.8         Undated

7          21          22 Public Housing Authority         Undated

7          22          23 Miscellaneous         Undated

7          23          24         Undated

7          24          25         Undated

7          25          26         Undated

7          26          27         Undated

Series 4:  Legal Subject Files, 1969-1982

Series 4 includes a number of legal issues arranged in four major categories: Housing Court, Philadelphia Law, Pennsylvania Law and United States Law. The Housing Court files include the records of the Tenant Action Groups's efforts to organize a functional housing court as well as the records of the group's "Court Watch" committee, established to monitor the court. The Philadelphia legal files include the dealings of the Philadelphia Municipal Court, the United States District Court and housing code information. The bulk of the Pennsylvania legal files include TAG's efforts to pass legislation. The United States legal files include similar efforts on the federal level, including the Housing Act of 1978.

7          27          Housing Court. Philadelphia Housing Court Committee          Undated

7          28          Housing Court. Housing Court Committee          Undated

7          29          Housing Court. Landlord and Tenant Court          Undated

7          30          Housing Court. Early Organizing Efforts          Undated

7          31          Housing Court. General          Undated

7          32          Housing Court. Miscellaneous          Undated

8          1          Monitoring          1981

8          2          Press          Undated

8          3          Court Watch          Undated

8          4          Court Watch. Completed Forms          Undated

8          5          Multi-Family Housing Council. Court Cases          January-June 1982

8          6          Campaign for Justice          Undated

8          7          Philadelphia Law. Philadelphia Municipal Court. Prosecutions          Undated

8          8          Philadelphia Law. Philadelphia Municipal Court. Fines Paid          1973

8          9          Philadelphia Law. Philadelphia Municipal Court. Fines Paid          1974

8          10          Philadelphia Law. Philadelphia Municipal Court. Statistics          1977-1978

8          11          Philadelphia Law. United States District Court – Philadelphia. Kayden v. Horvath          1975

8          12          Philadelphia Law. United States District Court – Philadelphia. Walker/Aikens v. Smith          1975

8          13          Philadelphia Law. United States District Court – Philadelphia. Allen v. Druckenmiller          1976

8          14          Philadelphia Law. United States District Court – Philadelphia. Burrell v. Philadelphia- Escrow Case          Undated

8          15          Philadelphia Law. United States District Court – Philadelphia. City Council v. Consumer Ed. and Protect. Assoc.          1980

8          16          Philadelphia Law. United States District Court – Philadelphia. Whitman Park Lawsuit          1976-1977

8          17          Philadelphia Law. United States District Court – Philadelphia. Legal Cases. Miscellaneous          1972-1974

8          18          Philadelphia Housing Code. Information          Undated

8          19          Philadelphia Housing Code. Code Enforcement Study          Undated

8          20          Philadelphia Housing Code. Code Enforcement. Working Copy          Undated

8          21          Philadelphia Housing Code. Violations. Raw Data          Undated

8          22          Philadelphia Politics. North Philadelphia Political Address Directory          1969

8          23          Philadelphia Politics. Philadelphia Wards          1970s

8          24          Philadelphia Politics. Petitions. Public Utilities Commission. Proposed          Undated

8          25          Miscellaneous. Committee to Reorganize C.L.S.          1976-1977

8          26          Miscellaneous. Philadelphia Tenant Union. Landlord Relations Ordinance          Undated

8          27          Miscellaneous          1976-1977

9          1            Pennsylvania Legislation. S.B. #1079          1974

9          2          Pennsylvania Legislation. S.B. # 944          1977

9          3          Pennsylvania Legislation. H.B. #1335          1978

9          4          Pennsylvania Legislation. H.B. #1335. Campaign Letters          1978

9          5          Pennsylvania Legislation. Lien Bill          1979

9          6          Pennsylvania Legislation. H.B. #1762          1979-1980

9          8          Pennsylvania Legislative Updates. Community Legal Services          1977-1979

9          9          Pennsylvania Legislative Updates. Housing Legislation Information          1980

9          10          Pennsylvania Legislative Updates. Housing Legislation Information          1981

9          11          Pennsylvania Legislation. Miscellaneous          1972-1977

9          12          Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Profiles          1977-1978

9          13          Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Map          1977-1978

9          14          United States Law. Legislation          1976-1977

9          15          United States Law. Housing Act          1978

9          16          Legal Forms. IFP Potential Form          Undated

9          17          Legal Forms. Various          Undated

9          18          Legal Forms. Checklist of Documents Received          Undated

9          19          Legal Forms. Various-Blank          Undated

9          20          Legal Forms. Various-Blank          Undated

9          21          Legal Forms. Subpoena-Filled          Undated

Series 5:  Repair Action Group, 1975-1978

Series 5 includes the records of this sub-organization.

10          1          Minutes          1976

10          2          Minutes          1977

10          3          Minutes          1978

10          4          Press Releases, etc.          Undated

10          5          Miscellaneous          Undated

10          6          Correspondence. City/State Government          1975-1978

10          7          Correspondence. General Public          1975

10          8          Correspondence. General          1976

10          9          Correspondence. General Public          1976

10          10          Correspondence. "Dear Friends" Letters          1975-1976

10          11          Correspondence. General          1977

10          12          Correspondence. General          1977

10          13          Correspondence. General Public          1978

10          14          Correspondence. Department of L & I [Licenses and Inspections?]          1978

10          15          Correspondence. Incoming. Tenants          1977-1978

10          16          Correspondence. Incoming. General          1975-1977

10          17          Referrals          1976

10          18          Referrals          1976-1978

10          19          First Repair and Deduct Letter          Undated

10          20          Second Repair and Deduct Letter          Undated

10          21          Progress Report Forms          Undated

10          22          Action Taken. A-C          Undated

10          23          Action Taken. C-D          Undated

10          24          Action Taken. E-H          Undated

10          25          Action Taken. I-J          Undated

10          26          Action Taken. K-N          Undated

10          27          Action Taken. O-R          Undated

10          28          Action Taken. S-Z          Undated

10          29          Action Taken. Bessie Lewis          Undated

10          30          Action Taken. Gonzalves/Jardin          Undated

10          31          Phone Interviews          1975

10          32          Phone Interviews          August-September 1976

10          33          Phone Interviews          October 1976

10          34          Phone Interviews          October 1976

10          35          Phone Interviews          November 1976

10          36          Phone Interviews          December 1976

10          37          Phone Interviews          March 1977

Series 6:  Telephone Interviews, 1976-1983

Series 6 consists of thousands of standardized telephone interview forms filled out by TAG employees and volunteers as they spoke with tenants who had called the organization seeking some form of assistance. Arranged by ward.

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15          18          Outside Philadelphia          Undated

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Series 7:  Other Organizations, 1972-1979

Series 7 includes files and information on other tenant organizations. The Northwest Tenant's Organization -- based in the Germantown area of Philadelphia was the pre-cursor to TAG and continued to operate as its own organization after the formal organization of TAG. The Philadelphia Tenant's Information Service was directly linked to TAG and published the periodical "Tenant's Advocate." Also included in this series is information on the State Tenant Organization of Pennsylvania.

19          11          Northwest Tenants Organizations. Annual Report          1972

19          12          Northwest Tenants Organization. Correspondence          1972-1973

19          13          Northwest Tenants Organization. Correspondence          1974

19          14          Northwest Tenants Organization. Correspondence          1975

19          15          Northwest Tenants Organization. Potential Members          1976

19          16          Northwest Tenants Organization. Proposals/Evaluations          Undated

19          17          Northwest Tenants Organization. Code Enforcement          Undated

19          18          Northwest Tenants Organization. Tenants Bill of Rights          Undated

19          19          Northwest Tenants Organization. Memorandum of Law          1977

19          20          Northwest Tenants Organization. Pennsylvania Rent Withholding Law          Undated

19          21          Northwest Tenants Organization. Housing Information. United States. General          Undated

20          1          Northwest Tenants Organization. Housing Information. United States. General          Undated

20          2          Northwest Tenants Organization. Housing Information. Letter Writing Campaign          1976

20          3          Northwest Tenants Organization. Housing Information. Heat Complaints          Undated

20          4          Northwest Tenants Organization. Housing Information. Tenants' History Project          Undated

20          5          Northwest Tenants Organization. Housing Information. Woodbine Tenants Council          Undated

20          6          Northwest Tenants Organization. Housing Information. Housing Telecast Proposals          Undated

20          7          Northwest Tenants Organization. Miscellaneous. Forms, Various          Undated

20          8          Northwest Tenants Organization. Miscellaneous. Legal Forms          Undated

20          9          Northwest Tenants Organization. Miscellaneous. Legal Forms (blank)          Undated

20          10          Northwest Tenants Organization. Media. Feature Article          Undated

20          11          Northwest Tenants Organization. Miscellaneous          Undated

20          12          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Board of Directors          1973-1974

20          13          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Communication with C.L.S.          1975

20          14          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Lawyer Reference          1975

20          15          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Legal Referral          1975-1976

20          16          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Legal Referral Slips          1975-1976

20          17          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Housing Emergency Speech          Undated

20          18          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Advocate. Local Reports          Undated

20          19          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Charles Hibbs Information          Undated

20          20          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Earl Halpern Article. Final Product          1974

20          21          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Earl Halpern Article. Interview Notes          1974

20          22          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Earl Halpern Article. Raw Data          1974

20          23          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Earl Halpern Article. Raw Data          1974

20          24          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Earl Halpern Article. Drafts          1974

20          25          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Earl Halpern Article. Drafts          1974

20          26          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Earl Halpern Article. Property Cards          1974

20          27          Philadelphia Tenants’ Information Service. Earl Halpern Article. Documentary          1974

20          28          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Information          1970s

20          29          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Finance          1970s

20          30          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Miscellaneous          1970s

20          31          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Mortgage Disinvestment in Northwest Philadelphia          1973

21          1          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Central Escrow Collection          1975-1976

21          2          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Research methods          Undated

21          3          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Real Estate Research Services          Undated

21          4          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. 6203 Spruce Street          1973

21          5          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Miscellaneous Blank Legal Forms          Undated

21          6          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Miscellaneous          Undated

21          7          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          1974-1975

21          8          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          October 1975

21          9          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          November 1975

21          10          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          December 1975

21          11          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          January 1976

21          12          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          February 1976

21          13          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          March 1976

21          14          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          April 1976

21          15          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          May. 1976

21          16          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          June 1976

21          17          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          July-August. 1976

21          18          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          September 1976

21          19          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          October 1976

21          20          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          November 1976

21          21          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Phone Interviews          December 1976

21          22          Philadelphia Redevelopment Information. Correspondence          1975

21          23          State Tenant Organization of Pennsylvania. Administration. Planning

21          24          State Tenant Organization of Pennsylvania. Administration. Press/Public Relations          1976

21          25          State Tenant Organization of Pennsylvania. Tenant’s Advocate          Undated

21          26          State Tenant Organization of Pennsylvania. Tenant’s Advocate          Undated

21          27          State Tenant Organization of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Activities Information          Undated

21          28          State Tenant’s Organization of Pennsylvania. Literature          1977-1979

21          29          State Tenant’s Organization of Pennsylvania. Miscellaneous State Legislation          Undated

21          30          State Tenant’s Organization of Pennsylvania. Senate Bills 753, 1079          1973-1974

22          1          State Tenant’s Organization of Pennsylvania. H.B. 1570 and H.B. 1571          1975

22          2          State Tenant’s Organization of Pennsylvania. H.B. 1570 and H.B. 1571          1975

22          3          State Tenant’s Organization of Pennsylvania. Legislative Campaign          1976

22          4          State Tenant’s Organization of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania House Bills: H.B.1724, 1570, 1335          1977

22          5          State Tenant’s Organization of Pennsylvania. O'Donnell Study- Germantown HUD          1975

22          6          State Tenant’s Organization of Pennsylvania. "Mass Organizing" Speech, B. Jefferson          1975

22          7          State Tenant’s Organization of Pennsylvania. Annual Meeting          1976-1977

22          8          State Tenant’s Organization of Pennsylvania. Miscellaneous          1978-1979

22          9          Other Organizations. Black Political Convention          1979

22          10          Other Organizations. Democratic Party- Rules, Principles          Undated

22          11          Other Organizations. Institute for the study of Civic Values          1976

22          12          Other Organizations. Planners Network- San Francisco          1975

22          13          Other Organizations. Coalition Against Slum Housing (CASH)          Undated

22          14          Other Organizations. Padres Unitos          Undated

22          15          Other Organizations. Kensington Joint Action Council (KJAC)          Undated

22          16          Other Organizations. Preachers United To Save Housing (PUSH)          1975

22          16          Other Organizations. Other Information          Undated

22          17          Other Organizations. Philadelphia Periodicals on Housing          Undated

22          18          Other Organizations. Tenant Papers- United States          Undated

22          19          Other Organizations. East Coast Housing Information          1976

22          20          Other Organizations. Periodicals- United States, Miscellaneous          Undated