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[Record Group 76]

76.1 Minutes
1855-1974; missing: February-August 1856, 1863, 1966-1969
40 volumes, 11 cu.ft., no index
For similar records, 1794-1854, see Board of Health Minutes
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.2 Papers
1855-1859, 1914
1 cu.ft., no index
General correspondence 1855-1859 consists chiefly of nuisance complaints and letters to and from Quarantine Station; miscellaneous papers include bonds, warrants, inventories, lists of deeds to properties owned by Board, expense accounts, and "Instructions for Local (Vital Statistics) Registrars," 1914, compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.3 Health, Board of, Department of, Bureau of. Annual Reports
1860-1878, 1882-1923, 1939-1951
73 volumes, index
For other annual reports between 1856-1938 see Record Series 60.1
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.4 Reports
1856-1870
2 volumes
Philadelphia County Medical Society, Meteorological and Mortuary Report for 1855, 1856; "Historical Sketches of [Ship] Quarantine," 1857; Report of Committee on Quarantine, 1858, Remarks on the Origin and Mode of Progression of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia based on the occurrence of the disease in that City and at the Lazaretto, in the months of July, August, and September 1870, by R. La Roche, M.D., member of the Board of Health, 1871. (Bound with 1870 Annual Report)
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.5 Report on Proposed Negro Health Centers
1937
1 volume
Covers ward 11-16, 20, 28-29, 32, 47; includes proposals for centers, their locations, activities, personnel, salaries, building and equipment costs.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.6 Accounts Committee, Minutes
1867-1900; missing: July 1881-December 1894
3 volumes, no index
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.7 Lazaretto Committee, Minutes
1859-1893
2 volumes, no index
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.8 Office Committee, Minutes
1875-1883
1 volume, no index
A total of six entries only.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.9 Office Committee, Absentee Lists
1894
13 sheets, no index
Lists submitted to Office Committee containing dates, names of absentees, place of employment, dates absent.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.10 Office Committee, Supply Book
1894
1 volume, no index
Under headings of various offices and officers, lists of supplies issued them; entries contain date, item, amount.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.11 Sanitary Committee, Minutes
1891-1898
1 volume, no index
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.12 Treasurer's Journal
1854-1856
1 volume, no index
Listing of receipts and expenditures and periodic notices of examination by Accounts Committee; entries list date, itemization or order number, amount, from whom received or to whom paid, totals and balances.
For similar records, 1824-1854, see Board of Health Treasurer's Journal.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.13 Bill Book
1854-1866, missing: June 1856-June 1858
2 volumes, no index
Journal of debts owed by Board; entries include warrant number, payee, itemization, totals.
For similar records 1849-1854, see Board of Health, Bill Book .
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.14 Health Officer's Cash Book
1867-1876; missing: 1869-1872
2 volumes, no index
Daily entries of cash receipts, itemized and totalled periodically.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.15 Health Officer, Annual Report of Births, Marriages, and Deaths
1872-1886
15 volumes, index
Totals of births analyzed by race, sex, city ward, multiple births, months, yearly quarters; total marriages by age, U.S. and foreign born, months, yearly quarters, sexes within age groups, type of ceremony; total deaths by age, sex, race, cause, stillbirths, weeks, city wards, ratio to population; total interments by sex, age group, race, case; suicides by sex, age, birthplace, city wards; all above categories often recapitulated from 1860, also included is weather data, with which deaths correlated, showing weekly rainfall and thermometer and barometer ranges.
For other Annual Reports 1875-1896, see Office of the Mayor, Annual Reports
For similar reports, 1924-present, see Department of Public Health, Vital Statistics Reports.

Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.16 Birth Register
1860-1915
81 volumes, 10 cabinets, index
Entries list dates of birth and registration, child's name, sex, race, place of birth (including ward number), parents' names, father's occupation, name and address of physician or midwife.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.17 Birth Returns
1860-1915
453 cu.ft., index
Filed alphabetically by physician within each year. Individual monthly reports of physicians and midwives list practitioner's name and address and, for each birth attended that month, child's name, sex, race, date of birth, address, ward, parents' names, father's occupation; all in practitioner's handwriting; this the source of entries in Birth Register.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.18 Monthly Summaries of Births
1864-1915
13 volumes, no index
Grouped by last initial; monthly entries in name of each physician or midwife reporting list his name, address, and number only of deliveries attended that month.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.19 Birth Totals Returns
1855-1860
1 cu.ft., no index
Periodic compilations and reports by physicians of number only of deliveries attended, analyzed by race and sex
For similar records 1819-1854, see Board of Health Birth Totals Returns.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.20 Birth Authentications
1867-1891
1 cu.ft., index
Late registrations made under Act February 27, 1867; individual forms include child's name, race, date and place of birth, parents' names (including mother's maiden name) and birthplaces, father's occupation, two affidavits in support of authentication; births thus registered range in date from 1829-1882.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.21 Death Register
1860-1903
87 volumes, index
Entries list dates of death and registration, decedent's name, age, sex, race, martial status, occupation, parents (only if a minor), place of birth (city or state only), address at which death occurred (including ward number), cause of death, attending physician, date and place of burial.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.22 Death Certificates
1860-1915
437 cu.ft., index
Entries contain same information as Death Register and add birth date, parents names and birthplaces, length of residence at address at which death occurred, duration of illness, physician's address and period of attendance, undertaker's name and address.
Records July 1860-June 1890 arranged by week and cemetery.
Records July 1890-December 1903 arranged by numerical sequence based upon July-June fiscal year.
Records January 1904-June 1915 arranged by numerical sequence based upon calendar year.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.23 Cemetery Returns
1855-1860
20 cu.ft., index in Record Series 225.34
Returns made by sextons of cemeteries; entries list decedent's name, date and cause of death, age, attending physician, place of burial.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.24 Weekly Return of Deaths
1861-1864, 1877
3 volumes
Weekly (totals only) of deaths, analyzed by cause, sex, age, race, place of birth, city wards, Alms House; all classes totaled. 1861-1864 volumes has entry of "Country", i.e., those dying outside of city and/or Board's jurisdiction but buried within it. 1877 volume has entry for Municipal Hospital deaths, contains meteorological observations taken at the Signal Office in Philadelphia; and has comparative weekly total statistics for 1875, 1876 and 1877. 1861-1864 volumes in ms.; 1877 volume published.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.25 Marriage Register
1860-1885
23 volumes, index
Entries list dates of marriage and registration, names, ages, race, and places of birth and residence of both parties (city, state, or country only), occupation of male, type of ceremony employed and name and address of person performing ceremony.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.26 Marriage Returns
1860-1885
56 cu.ft., index
Returns made four times annually to Health Office in handwriting of person performing ceremonies, list his name and address and, for each ceremony performed, date, parties' names, their ages, places of birth and residence (city, state or country only), male's occupation, race; these are the source of entries in Marriage Register
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.27 Index of Clergymen
1910-1949
3 volumes, no index
Entries list, for each clergyman, his name, address, denomination, date of registration.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.28 Contagious Diseases Register
1854-1897; missing: March 1855-November 1860, June 1868-May 1890
4 volumes, no index
Entries include date, name of patient, disease, date of death, age, residence, physician; added variously are race, sex, date disease contracted.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.29 City Hospital Register
1855-1896; missing: June 1862-April 1865
3 volumes, no index
Entries include patient's name, number, age, race, disease; dates of admission, cure, death, discharge or escape; remarks;
Vol 1865-1881 adds birthplace, residence, occupation, number of times admitted, whether a free or paying patient;
Vol 1881- 1896 adds detailed vaccination information.
For similar records 1840-1854, see Board of Health, City Hospital Register.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.30 Nurses Register
1896-1898
1 volume, index
Entries include nurse's name, date of registration, residence.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.31 Vaccine Case Collector's Record
1860-1861
1 volume,
Entries include name of person interviewed, his race, sex, age and address, notations as to whether he has had small pox or variola and is willing or not to be vaccinated; name of attending physician.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.32 Privy Wells Abandoned
1865-1866, 1893
2 volumes, no index
Entries list location and owner, date abandoned;
Vol. 1893 adds names of cleaners, inspectors, dates orders to clean or close received and compiled with.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.33 Plumbing Violations Reports
1925-1951
15 cu.ft., no index
Complaint folders contain investigation request, inspector's report listing date, violation, its address and name of owner; copies of orders to correct violation, occasional correspondence from violators or attornies; occasional requests to City Solicitor's office to prosecute for failure to comply.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.34 Nuisance Bill Book
1867-1870
1 volume, no index
Monies due Board for removing nuisances; entries include debtor's name, address, date debt incurred and itemization, amounts; paid, cancelled or lien notices.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.35 Disposition of Nuisance Charges
1918-1925
1 volume, no index
Monthly statements of general classes of work completed, monies receivable, running totals for year.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.36 Inventories of Goods and Chattels, Lazaretto
1855, 1858-1859
1 volume, no index
Annual lists, some detailed by rooms
For similar records, 1803-1859, see Board of Health, Lazaretto, Inventories of Goods and Chattels.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.37 Vessels, Foreign Ports Register
1859-1892; missing: May 1862-June 1879, December 1888-June 1890
3 volumes, no index
Entries include vessel's name, date of arrival, commander, last port; other data included variously list pilot, date of clearing last port, home port, consignee, number of crew and passengers, cargo, fees and totals;
Vols. 1859-1862 and 1890-1892 also include some entries for coasting vessels.
For similar records 1825-1854, see Board of Health, Vessels, Foreign Ports Register.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.38 Scrapbooks
1891-1893, 1896-1897, 1899-1900
5 volumes, no index
Press clippings concerning matters specifically or generally relevant to public health.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.39 Appropriation Expenditure Journal
July 1857-December 1861
1 volume, no index
Entries under each appropriation item heading list daily expenditures showing date, amount, warrant number, and some descriptive itemization, no totals.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.40 Laws and Regulations
1907, 1909, 1911, 1922-1960
7 volumes, index, 1911 only
Included are three individual volumes of rules and regulations for the years 1907-1909, a one-volume digest of statutes and ordinances relating to public health of 1911, and three loose-leaf books which contain a variety of laws and regulations of the Board and Bureau of Health covering the years 1922-1960.

Vol. 1907, entitled Regulations of the Board of Health of Philadelphia approved June 28, 1907, Governing Slaughter Houses, Shops, Wagons, and Places where Meat, Poultry, Fish, Game, and Shell-Fish are prepared for use as Food and Sold,also contains regulations governing pork packing, smoking, canning, pickling, sausage-making and scrapple-making shops and killing places, and the "Act of June 7, 1907 to regulate tenement-houses in cities of the first class and to require those owning or conducting the same to secure a license from the Mayor."

Vol. 1909, entitled Rules and Regulations required of the Board of Health of the Department of Public Health and Charities Governing the Sale of Milk and its Fluid Derivatives . . . Adopted October 15, 1909, includes the Act of the General Assembly of 27 Aptil 1909 and the general rules of the Board regulating the sale of milk and its fluid derivatives, rules governing wholesale milk dealers and milk depots, stores where merchandise other than milk is sold, and dairy farms. Other topics mentioned include contagious diseases, stables, barnyards, water supply, and utensils.

Vol. 1911, entitled A Digest of the Statutes and Ordinances Relating to Public Health Governing the Department of Public Health and Charities, 1911, includes all laws in force pertaining to the Board of Health at the date of publication.

Vols. 1922-1960 include a variety of individual laws and regulations governing areas over which the Board or Bureau had jurisdiction. See shelflist for a complete list of the contents.

Vol. 1952-1960 also includes a copy of the Health Code, Approved 27 September 1954; ordinances amending various Health laws and regulations; and a survey of local and State laws, rules, regulations in areas of activities where the Health Code authrizes regulation but excluding State laws, rules, regulations in those areas where local regulation exists.
For similar records, 1952-date, see Department of Records, Rules and Regulations of City Departments, Boards and Commissions Filed with the Department of Records.
For other health laws and regulations 1848 & 1858, see Board of Health, Laws Relating to the Board of Health. For 1928 laws, see Department of Public Health, Laws, Ordinances and Regulations.

Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.


76.41 Deaths from Unnatural Causes
1937
1 volume, no index
Includes deaths by auto, falls and homicide. Each lists the deceased's name and address, date place and specific cause of death.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.42 Public Hearing of Regulation Governing the Conduct, Operation and Maintenance of Emergency Care and Facilities in Hospitals
17 September 1969
1 , index
The Regulation was approved by the Board of Health on 31 July 1969 by the Department of Law on 11 August 1969, and advertised by the Department of Records on 15 August 1969. Includes names of Board members and Assistant City Solicitor conducting hearings, list of persons making presentations and their hospital or community group affiliation, and statements of each.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.43 Secretary to the Board of Health, Studies Pertaining to the Medically Needy
1955-1957
4 volumes
Includes a number of studies prepared by Leonard J. Zimet, Secretary to the Board of Health, on the medically needy.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.
76.44 Chief of The Bureau of Public Health, Annual Report
1912
1 volume
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
76.45 HEALTHFAX
6 January 1930 - 31 December 1931
2 volumes, no index
Includes Volumes 3 and 4 of the weekly publication of the Department of Public Health, Healthfax. Each volume includes Numbers 1 to 52. In each issue there is usually found lists of health statistics for the period covered by the issue and a brief article. Articles cover the following topics: barber shops, the campaign to reduce the high mortality from acute appendicitis, the City Health Center, the common cold, diseases, diphtheria prevention, health examinations of children of school age, humans bitten by animals, Philadelphia infant mortality, meat poisoning, physical examinations of the pre-school child, raw milk, restaurants, technique of the Schick test, transportation of the infected sick, and using the unemployed to clean the streets.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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