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Public Works, Department of
Bureau of Street Cleaning

[Record Group 85-5]

85-5.1 Annual Report
1948, 1951
2 volumes, index
Volume for 1948 published jointly with the Annual Report of the Bureau of Highways.
For other Annual Reports between 1864-1938, see Office of the Mayor, Annual Reports

Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
85-5.2 Reports on Street Cleaning and Garbage Removal
1912-1920
3 volumes
Includes: "Report on Street Cleaning and on the Collection and Disposal of Refuse of the City of Philadelphia." Dodge, Day & Zimmerman. June 1912; "Report on Collection and Disposal of Garbage," Made to Director of Public Works by Irwin S. Osborn 1912; "Report on Investigation and Study of Methods of Street Cleaning and Waste Collection and Disposal with Recommendations as to Plan of Procedure for Philadelphia." 1920
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
85-5.3 Plans.
1926-1935
16 plans, no index
Includes the following plans: operation plan showing districts and daily ash and rubbish routes, dated 1932, which is marked with locations of stables, repair facilities, model farm, ash relay, garbage reduction plant, ash and garbage wharves, land dumps, storehouses, railroad relay station, harness shops and veterinary division and provides following information for each district: area of square yards cleaned, once, twice, three times and six times a week; total square yards cleaned per year; population and number of buildings; number of inlets; form of paving; number of lineal street miles, number of square miles of district; average width between curbs; cubic feet of mixed ashes, rubbish, ashes and rubbish; number of routes; average R.T. haul; tons of garbage collected once, twice, three times and six times per week; number of garbage routes; total tons collected; also included, total square miles of smooth, rough and macadam paving; two plans, dated 1932, 1933 of Horse Infirmary and Model Farm with locations of the mansion house, farmer's and farmers' helpers house, barns and stables, sheds, corn crib, chicken shed, blacksmith shop, stable and infirmary buildings, tractor garage, corn silo, bridge, pumping stations, pidgeon shed and the Cannon Ball Farm indicated, and also a table showing the symbol of field corn, sugar corn, rye, oats, timothy, millet and potatoes, the fields planted, acreage, dimension and yield; in 1935 the model farms in Southwest Philadelphia; corn crib at the horse infirmary; 1934, the cross section and elevation of chicken shed at the model farms; 1927, supporting frame for horseshoeing stock; 1933, study plans of the Bureau of Street Cleaning and eight plans 1926-1937 of the Wagon Shops located at 26th and Oakford Streets including a property plan with information on the lessor, date lease executed, and rent started, monthly and per annum rates, date of resolution, term of lease, date of expiration, ward number, area in square feet and assessment; plans of the smoke stack, elevation, floor plan, roof plans and cross section of steel shed, and smoke exhaust system; the plan of the forward deck, side framing, body plan, ends, and section of a proposed ash scow (n.d.); plan of office partitions, electrical outlets and cupboards of the 9th floor of City Hall Annex (1928).
(For other plans of the Wagon Shop see series 85.13a)
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
85-5.4 Agreements
1939, 1946-1951
1 cu.ft., no index
Agreements made by the Bureau of Highways and Street Cleaning or Bureau of Street Cleaning with property owners for the dumping of ashes and other waste materials on the property owner's lands. Information includes date, location of the property, fee, signature of Bureau officials and property owners.
Photostatic copies of originals
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
85-5.5 Specifications for Collection of Garbage
1917, 1921
2 volumes
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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