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Surveys: 9th Survey District

[Record Group 90-9]

90-9.1 Official Correspondence
1894-1944
30 volumes, index
Letters chiefly to Office of Chief Engineer in reply to his requests concerning work of District; lesser number to office of City Solicitor often listing exact descriptions of properties against which City liens to be filed.
Missing 1898, 1921
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
90-9.2 Miscellaneous Correspondence
1895-1942
13 volumes, index
Letters on wide range of topics and to many recipients; not of especially technical nature.
Missing: 1909-1910
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
90-9.3 Committee Reports
1895-1943
6 volumes, index
Reports to the 9th Survey District by their committees; subjects include proposed ordinances, sewer applications, street openings.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
90-9.4 Certificate Book
1895-1944
14 volumes, index
Certificates returned to the Chief Surveyor by the Surveyor & Regulator of the 9th District. The 9th District covered the 22nd Ward before 1932 and the 21st and 22nd Wards after 1932.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
90-9.5 Property Descriptions
1925-1942
2 volumes, index
Entries list locations and metes and bounds surveyed for various purposes (e.g., lien descriptions, dedications, mandamuses); owner's name often included. Early entries are for the 22nd Ward. After 1932, entries are for 21st and 22nd Wards.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
90-9.6 Day Book
1915-1953
17 volumes, index
Entries for each surveyor's project list date and by whom requested, his address, type and location of work, voucher payment data, date job completed and surveyor's initials, references to field books in which data recorded. The 9th District covered the 22nd Ward before 1932 and the 21st and 22nd Wards after 1932.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
90-9.7 Grading and Calculation Books
1887-1898
8 volumes, index
Estimates and calculations made for grading streets including end areas, cubic volume of cut and fill; Also sketches of various properties surveyed within the district with calculations of property dimensions. The 9th Survey encompassed the 22nd Ward.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
90-9.8 Schedule and Grading Books
1895-1946
14 volumes, index
Sketches of locations of stakes and markings for construction of sewers and inlets, laying of curbing, grading, filling, intersection curves; Also locations of stakes and markings for surveyed properties along with their respective grades. The 9th Survey encompassed the 22nd Ward before 1932 and the 21st and 22nd Wards after 1932.
Missing: 1929-1939
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
90-9.9 Grade Sketches
1940-1946
1 volume
Letter form reports list sites surveyed and detailed scaled grade sketches.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
90-9.10 Field Books
1852-1880, 1886-1897
5 cu.ft., some indexed
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.
90-9.11 Maps and Plans, Chestnut Hill Branch, Reading RR, Railroad Grade Crossing Elimination
1916-1931
33 plans
Plans and maps showing existing conditions and proposed changes to Chestnut Hill branch of the Reading Railroad in order to eliminate grade crossings, especially at Mermaid Lane and Willow Grove Avenue. One plan shows new station at Chestnut Hill. Two plans illustrate revisions in the lines and grades of streets between Gowen Avenue and Graver's Lane affected by this work.
For related documents, see Reports, Contractors' Work on Manayunk Elevate and Elimination of Chestnut Hill Grade Crossings.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
90-9.12 Surveys, Plans and Maps

34 maps
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.
90-9.13 Paving, Sewer, Water Pipe, Miscellaneous Books
1886-1895
5 volumes
Include cost data and grading and metes and bounds information for individual paving, sewerage, and pipe-laying projects. Individual volumes include 2 volumes for sewers, 1888-1894, 1 volume for paving which ends in 1889, and 1 volume for water pipe laid, 1886-1895.
For similar water pipe records, see Iron Water Pipe Laid
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
90-9.14 Salary Book
1928-1940
1 volume, no index
Lists all employees of office by name, their annual salaries and semi-monthly payments. Also includes various office expenses for each period. Book is titled "Auxiliary Deed Book, No. 5, 9th Survey District."
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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