Urban Archives 50th Anniversary



Newly constructed Suburban  Station, circa September 1930



History of a City: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Urban Archives

September 2017 – January 2018

Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk



'Unedited Philadelphia: Urban Archives at 50.'

October 19, 2017

7:00 – 9:00 pm

International House of Philadelphia

3701 Chestnut St.

Temple University Libraries' Special Collections Research Center celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Urban Archives with 'Unedited Philadelphia: Urban Archives at 50.' The latest in the Unedited Philadelphia screening series highlights recently preserved and long-time favorites from the CBS3/KYW and WPVI6/WFIL news footage collections. 'Urban Archives at 50' draws on raw news footage, nightly broadcasts, outtakes, and Public Affairs and feature based programming to depict vignettes of life in the Philadelphia region from the 1940s through 1990s. Everyday and landmark moments in neighborhood life, art, music, politics, religion, and more will be included. Audience participation is encouraged throughout and after the screening.


Celebrating the Archives:

Please join us for this symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Urban Archives.  Panelists—a founder, head, students and researchers, donors--will talk about how they’ve worked with the Urban Archives and its collections, the influences that the Archives has had on their work, and speculate about what the Urban Archives of the future should be.

October 20, 2017

11:00 – 3:30

Reception 3:30 – 5:30

Temple Performing Arts Center

1801 N. Broad St.

Tentative Schedule

11:00 - 12:30

Greetings from Dean of Libraries Joe Lucia

Greetings and introductions from Margery Sly, Director, Special Collections Research Center

Herbert Bass, Emeritus Professor, Temple History Department, about the founding

Matthew  Countryman, Associate Professor of History, American Culture, University of Michigan, author of UpSouth:  Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia

Margaret Jerrido, former Head of the Urban Archives (1990 – 2007)


12:30     Lunch on your own


2:00 - 3:30      

Ang Reidell, Education Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration-Philadelphia

Frank Hoeber, on early donations 

Joe Slobodzian, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter

Sam Katz, History Making Productions


3:30 - 5:30 Reception


RSVP:  scrc@temple.edu; 215-204-8257