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West Philadelphia Schools Committee Records

Collection ID

Acc. 306

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Description

Collection Summary

Title
West Philadelphia Schools Committee Records

Dates
1960-1971      

Collection ID
Acc. 306

Creator
West Philadelphia Schools Committee

Quantity
2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)         

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English

           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The West Philadelphia Schools Committee (W.P.S.C.) was founded in 1960 as an independent civic organization whose members included community groups, church groups, Home and School Associations, and interested individuals. The W.P.S.C. was formed to combat the existing problems of urban education including overcrowding of schools, teachers shortages, low achievement levels, high illiteracy rates, and the high dropout rate.

Their main belief centered around the goal that all children in Philadelphia should attend integrated schools that provide an equal opportunity for a quality education to work toward 1) the elimination of existing inequalities, 2) better use of resources, 3) increased expenditure public education, 4) a comprehensive building program, 5) improved school staffing, and 6) improved curriculum; the West Philadelphia Schools Committee formed various sub-committees.

These sub-committees (Research, School Visits, Communications) addressed specific projects such as the Operating Budget of the School System, a comprehensive report on the junior high school situation in West Philadelphia, and a newsletter to circulate committee findings. The reports/views of the committees were then presented to the School board, Board of findings, Education, City Council, and the State Legislature. Thus in expressing the views and research findings, the West Philadelphia Schools Committee enacted their belief in the duty and right of citizens to plead the case of a better education for Philadelphia's children.

Description of Collection

This collection contains membership materials, meeting minutes, financial records, correspondence–particularly from Helen Oakes, Chairwoman–publications, projects files, and clippings related to the West Philadelphia Schools Committee.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 9 series as follows:

Series 1: Administration and Organization, 1961-1970
Series 2: Finances, 1961-1968
Series 3: Correspondence, 1960-1969
Series 4: Publications, 1961-1967
Series 5: Projects, 1962-1970
Series 6: Other Organizations, 1965-1971
Series 7: File Copies, 1961-1968
Series 8: Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1968
Series 9: Miscellaneous, 1964-1968
 

Series 1: Administration and Organization. includes membership material such as attendance sheets, membership lists, Home and School Association Presidents lists, and mailing lists. Also includes monthly meeting material such as: monthly minutes, town meetings, plans for the year, public statements, and constitution on by law changes. Arranged chronologically.

Series 2: Finances. Includes various financial material such as: the proposed operating budget, Debt Limit Increase Material, and Miscellaneous Treasurer's reports. Material arranged chronologically.

Series 3: Correspondence. Includes miscellaneous correspondence from Helen Oakes, Chairwoman West Philadelphia Schools Committee to various organizations, groups, legislators, and individuals in the community. Arranged chronologically.

Series 4: Publications. Includes various publications both created by the West Philadelphia Schools Committee and sent to the WPSC by outside organizations. Publications include the West Philadelphia Directory of Commission Organizations, West Philadelphia High School Action Research Project, and the 7-4-4 Program Report. Arranged chronologically.

Series 5: Projects. Includes material relating to various special projects conducted by the West Philadelphia Schools visitation, Right to Read Campaign, and Special Education programs. Arranged Chronologically.

Series 6: Other Organizations. Includes materials relating to other organizations with which the West Philadelphia Schools Committee dealt such as: the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Philadelphia Fair Housing Commission, and the Paschall Betterment League. Arranged chronologically by organization.

Series 7: File Copies. Includes mimeo material from other series. Arranged chronologically.

Series 8: Newspaper Clippings. Includes various newspaper clippings dealing with subjects pertaining to the West Philadelphia Schools Committee, school board elections, proposed building programs, and urban education. Arranged chronologically.

Series 9: Miscellaneous. Includes various miscellaneous material relating to the West Philadelphia Schools Committee such as notes from meetings and art work. The Series also includes several items with no date concerning the Norristown Grassroots Network. Arranged by subject.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5623510~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 West Philadelphia Schools Committee Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Temple University holds intellectual property rights only for material donated to the university with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, 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], West Philadelphia Schools Committee Records, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by the West Philadelphia Schools Committee Records through Helen Oakes, August 1977.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in May 2014 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/Family Names:
Oakes, Helen

Subjects:
Education--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Public schools--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
School District of Philadelphia, Pa.


Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
West Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Material Types:
Administrative records
Clippings
Correspondence
Financial records
Manuscripts
Membership lists
Minutes
Newsletters
Photocopies
Publications
Reports
School records

Inventory

Series 1: Administration and Organization, 1961-1970

Box 1

 Membership, undated
 Attendance sheets, 1961-1968
 Membership, 1963-1967
 Home and School Association Pres., 1963-1965
 Mailing lists, 1970
 Monthly Meetings
 Meeting Minutes, 1962-1969
 Town Meeting, 1963
 Plans for year, 1965
 Public Statement, 1963, 1965-1967
 Constitution and By law Changes 1962, 1966

Series 2: Finance, 1961-1968

 Proposed Operating Budget, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1968
 Debt Limit Increase Resource Material, 1965, 1967
 Miscellaneous Treasurer's Report, 1965

Series 3: Correspondence, 1960-1969

Correspondence, 1960-1969

Series 4: Publications, 1961-1967

 West Philadelphia Directory of Commission Organizations, 1966-1967
 Joseph Priestly Science Center, 1966
 Report of 7-4-4 Program, 1966
 Debt limit increase resource material, 1966
 Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, 1966
 Powelton, Neighbors and West Philadelphia Corp, 1963, 1965
 West Philadelphia High School - Action Research Project, 1961

Series 5: Projects, 1962-1970

Box 2

 Junior High Schools, 1964-1967
 Right to Read Campaign, 1970
 Proposed Building Program, 1962, 1964-1965
 Special Education Programs, 1967-1968
 Home Rule Charter Amendment, 1967
 Election Material, 1968
 Special Projects, 1963, 1965-1967, 1969

Series 6: Other Organizations, 1965-1971

 Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, 1965- 1969, 1971
 Philadelphia Fair Housing Commission, 1965
 Paschall Betterment League, 1967

Series 7: File Copies, 1961-1968

All mimeo material, 1961-1968

Series 8: Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1968

Clippings, 1963-1968

Series 9: Miscellaneous, 1964-1968

Art Work, undated
Norristown Grassroots Network, undated
Notes, clippings, letters, 1962, 1964-1968