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Temple University Special Collections

Archive-It Partner Since: Jan, 2014

Organization Type: Colleges & Universities

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The Special Collections Research Center is the principal repository for and steward of the Libraries’ rare books, manuscripts, archives, and University records. We collect, preserve, and make accessible primary resources and rare or unique materials, to stimulate, enrich, and support research, teaching, learning, and administration at Temple University. SCRC makes these resources available to a broad constituency as part of the University's engagement with the larger community of scholars and independent researchers. Many of the SCRC’s collections documenting the Philadelphia region’s history are found in our Philadelphia Dance Collection, Philadelphia Jewish Archives, and Urban Archives. These Archive-It collections capture the on-line presence of some of the organizations whose archives are preserved by the SCRC. Complete information about the archives is available at .

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Urban Archives

Archived since: Mar, 2014


Established in 1967, the Urban Archives at the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, document the social, economic, political, and physical development of the greater Philadelphia region throughout the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Resources housed in the Urban Archives include a wide variety of organization records, photographs, news clippings, local TV newsreel footage, pamphlets and reports, city directories, Philadelphia atlases, and Sanborn fire insurance maps. The Urban Archives web archives captures web sites related to the Urban Archives.

Subject:   Politics & Elections Society & Culture African Americans Education -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia,  Housing -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia ,  Immigrants -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Social service -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Social Settlements -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Urban renewal

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