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University Settlements (Philadelphia, Pa.) Photograph Collection

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Collection Summary

University Settlements (Philadelphia, Pa.) Photograph Collection

Circa 1920-1966

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University Settlements (Philadelphia, Pa.)

0.25 linear feet (1 box)

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English


Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The University Settlements is comprised of three houses located in Philadelphia, including: University House, Dixon House, and the Western Community House. Western Community House was established in 1837 by the Western Soup Society of the Society of Friends. University House was established in 1901 as the Social Service Department of the Christian Association of the University of Pennsylvania. Dixon house was founded in 1934. In 1967 the Settlements disassociated themselves from the Christian Association and became Diversified Community Services, Inc. The area served by the Settlements is south of Market Street to Jackson Street, and from Broad Street west to the Schuylkill River. University Settlements also operated Camp Oxmead in Burlington County, New Jersey.

Description of Collection

This is a collection mostly contains snapshots showing various activities related to the houses comprising the University Settlements. Images depict activities such as sports, classes, and camping related to Dixon House, Western Community House, and University House. Most of the images are undated and unidentified. The collection also contains a small file of photographs detailing activities at Camp Oxmead, a camp operated by the organization in Burlington County, New Jersey. Photographers include Nason & Cullen, Photo-Illustrators, Jules Schick, and Standard Photo Service Co. Most images are undated and unidentified.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1701049~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.

Publication and Copyright Information

The University Settlements (Philadelphia, Pa.) Photograph Collection is 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], University Settlements (Philadelphia, Pa.) Photograph Collection, PC-5, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material

University Settlements (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records (Acc. 33 and 155), Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Philip How in February 1978.

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:

Social Settlements – Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Camp Oxmead (Burlington County, New Jersey)
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types


1                    Dixon House, Miscellaneous          Undated
1                    Morton Relocation Contract Signing, Germantown Settlement          1959
1                    Naudain Block Party          Undated
1                    Picnic Pictures          September 13, no year
1                    Swimming Pools (non-University Settlements)          Undated
1                    University House          Undated
1                    Delegation at Northfield          Undated
1                    Drama, "Peter & Wendy"          1935
1                    Miscellaneous          Undated
1                    Pageant          Undated
1                    Picnic, Fairmount Park          1957
1                    Play Hour          Undated
1                    Printing and Carpentry Class, Welfare Federation Diorama          Undated
1                    Sports - Boxers; Football Team; Staff and Boys, WFIL Broadcast on Don Kellett's Basketball Clinic          1946-1947
1                    Spring Festival          1942
1                    University Settlements, Inter-Racial Outing at Camp Oxmead          1949
1                    Western Community House, Study Center          1949, 1952
1                    Work Camp          1949, 1951