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United Neighbors Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Photograph Collection

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Collection Summary

United Neighbors Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Photograph Collection

Circa 1954-1963

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United Neighbors Association (Philadelphia, Pa.)

0.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English


Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The United Neighbors Association was the result of a 1946 merger of three settlement houses in Southeast Central Philadelphia: Workman Place House, Stanfield House, and Southwark House. After a second merger in 1950, the House of Industry joined UNA, and Workman Place House was closed.  The area covered by the Association was then bounded by Front Street, Kater Street, Broad Street and Washington Avenue. The Association was primarily concerned with block organizations, home and school associations, community councils and urban renewal. The Association was actively involved in promoting racial harmony between the diverse racial groups that resided in the area. Through block groups and community councils, the association organized neighborhood residents to fight first for street lights and stop signs and then for zoning

changes and a voice in city urban renewal and public housing plans. In addition, the Association sponsored and worked with youth programs such as Camp Linden, tutoring projects, supervised playgrounds, and home and school associations.  The Association was also active in a variety of coordinating agencies dealing with problems and planning in South Philadelphia.  The agency is now known as United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia.

Description of Collection

This is a collection of snapshots and some full-size photographs which are generally undated and unidentified. The folder headings generally represent the headings of the folders in the manuscript collection from which the photographs were drawn. Most folders with dates appended will also contain undated photographs. Many of the images are of poor housing conditions. Other materials in the collection include negatives of the Queen Village area of the City of Philadelphia, annual United Neighbors Association luncheons, unidentified color slides, and 1 reel to reel tape entitled "Futurama."

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1719768~S12

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 United Neighbors Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Photograph Collection 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], United Neighbors Association (Philadelphia, Pa.), PC-19, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material

United Neighbors Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records (Acc. 2 and 113), Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Martin S. Barol in September 1971, as part of the United Neighbors Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records (Acc. 2 and 113).

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in July 2015.      


Index Terms

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

Corporate Names:
United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia
United Neighbors Association (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Housing -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Social settlements

Philadelphia (Pa.)
Queen Village (Philadelphia, Pa.)
South Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Material Types
Sound recordings


1                    Annual Meetings and Luncheons          1958-62
1                    Bartlett Community Center          Undated
1                    Bella Vista          1960-1962
1                    Bella Vista          1960-1962
1                    Campbell School          Undated
1                    Flowerbox Committee          1954
1                    Housing Violations          1961
1                    Lane Bryant Annual Awards          1959
1                    Mildred Street, 732-56 South          1959
2                    Miscellaneous Old Philadelphia Neighborhood          Undated
2                    Queen Village          1962-1963
2                    Senior Citizens          1957
2                    Southwark Plaza, Drawings and Construction          1962
2                    Starr Garden Carnival          1954-1956
2                    Washington Avenue and Ninth Street          Undated
2                    Color Slides (3 sheets)          Undated
2                    Futurama (1 reel-to-reel audio tape)          Undated
2                    Two Groups of curled photographs          Undated