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Archival Record Series

Health, Bureau of

[Record Group 37]

37.1 Minutes
1795-1854; missing: 1799-1802, 1810-1816.
36 volumes, no index
For continuation of this record series,1855-1951, see Philadelphia Board of Health, Minutes.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.2 Papers
1809-1854
1 cu.ft., no index
General correspondence consists mainly of nuisance complaints and letters to and from Lazaretto; miscellaneous papers contain bonds, warrants, inventories of furniture and equipment, lists of deeds to property held by Board, expense accounts; Treasurer's reports of 1809 and 1812 lists, under account headings, receipts and expenditures, dates, and sources or purposes of each; 1848 report of total numbers only of births and deaths in City and districts, boroughs, and townships under Board of Health jurisdiction, in which deaths analyzed by cause, sex, age, race, week and Alms House inmates; birth analyzed by month and sex only.
For similar records, 1855-1859, see Philadelphia Board of Health, Papers .
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.3 Letter Book
1820-1836
2 volumes, no index
Copies of Board correspondence, in most cases to Lazaretto
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.4 Public Notices
1802-1807
1 cu.ft., no index
Copies of printed notices to public, river pilots, and private citizens of instructions and sections of Health Act of 1803, chiefly concerning ship quarantine and public nuisances.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.5 Reports and Publications
1848-1854
1 reel (microfilm), no index
Includes:

"Report on Asiatic Cholera" 1848

"Statistical Report on Cholera Epidemic" 1849

"Annual Report of the Committee on Public Hygiene of the Board. . . ." 1851

"Report on Yellow Fever Outbreak in Vicinity of South Street Wharf" 1853
Microfilm of original at Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


37.6 Treasurer's Ledger
1796-1817
3 volumes, index
Individual accounts list journal entries containing dates, amounts, from whom received or to whom paid, of receipts and expenditures; totals
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.7 Treasurer's Miscellaneous Receipt Book
1800-1854
1 volume, no index
Individual Treasurer's payment notices list date, name of account, order number, amount, payee signature; notices of receipts by Treasurer include his signature, date, amount, from whom received.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.8 Treasurer's Journal
1824-1854
2 volumes, no index
Journal listing of receipts and expenditures and periodic notices of examination by Board's Committee on Accounts; entries list date, item or order number, amount, from whom received or to whom paid; totals and balances.
For similar records 1855-1856, see Philadelphia Board of Health Treasurer's Journal.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.9 Memorandum Debts Ledger
1832-1845
1 volume, no index
For moneys due Board; entries list debtor, date debt incurred and itemization, amounts; paid, closed, or canceled notices.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.10 Bill Book
1849-1854
1 volume, no index
Journal of debts owed by Board; entries include warrant number, payee, itemization, totals.
For similar records 1855-1866, see Philadelphia Board of Health Bill Book
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.11 Accounts, Lazaretto Hospital
1794-1800
1 volume, index
Itemized accounts with ships' masters, owners or consignees, for board, nursing, and burial expenses of passengers or crew members at hospital; accounts with officials and workers for board; account of Health Officer at Lazaretto.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.12 Journal, Lazaretto and City Hospital
1798-1804
1 volume, no index
Daily entries of receipts and expenditures list date, account title, itemization of goods or services rendered or purchased, amounts.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.13 Accounts, Lazaretto Steward
1794-1801
1 volume, no index
Itemized journal of expenses of Health Officer at State Island, totaled monthly and balanced against payments made him by Board Treasurer; periodic examination entries.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.14 Day Book, Lazaretto and Lazaretto Hospital
1798-1801
1 volume, no index
Itemized daily entries of expenditures and receipts of steward of quarantine station; no totals (his workbook, or a private record kept to secure reimbursement?).
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.15 Inventories of Goods and Chattels, Lazaretto
1803-1854; missing: 1846-1853
2 volumes, no index
Annual inventory lists, some detailed by rooms.
For similar records 1855-1859, see Philadelphia Board of Health Inventories of Goods and Chattels, Lazaretto.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.16 Birth Total Returns
1839-1854
2 cu.ft., no index
Periodic compilations and reports by physicians of number of children delivered; detailed by race and sex.
For similar records 1855-1860, see Philadelphia Board of Health Birth Total Returns
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.17 Register, City Hospital
1840-1854
1 volume, , no index
Entries include patient's name, number, age, race and disease; date of admission, cure, death, discharge or escape.
For similar records 1855-1896, see Philadelphia Board of Health City Hospital Register.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.18 Interments, Blockley, Francisville & Cherry Hill Burial Grounds
1819-1836
1 volume, no index
entries for Blockley (1819-1836) list date, name, age, amount paid; those for Francisville (1833-1834) and Cherry Hill (1834) substitute cause of death for amount paid.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.19 Cemetery Returns
1803-1854; missing: 1836
78 cu.ft., index
Returns made to Health Office by sextons and/or superintendents of cemeteries within Board jurisdiction; entries list decedent's name, date and cause of death, age, attending physician, place of burial.
Index in Record Series 225.34; for similar records 1855-1860, see Philadelphia Board of Health Cemetery Returns.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.20 Vessels, Foreign Ports Register
1825-1848
2 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.
For similar records 1859-1892, see Philadelphia Board of Health Vessels, Foreign Ports Register.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.21 Vessels, Coastwise Register
1809-1824
2 volumes, no index
Entries list vessel's name, date of arrival, commander and last port

Volume 1817-1824 adds fees paid.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


37.22 Rain Gauge Accounts
1819-1838
1 volume, no index
Entries list date, length of time of rainfall, accumulation, annual totals.
Bound with Record Series 37.21.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.23 Privy Well Measurer's Book
1852-1854
1 volume, no index
Entries list location and dimensions of privy, date, permit number, cleaners, amount and condition of material removed.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
37.24 Laws Relating to the Board of Health, and Rules and Regulations Adopted by the Board
1848, 1858
2 volumes, index
Included are Acts of the Pennsylvania General Assembly relating to the Board Of Health; Acts of the United States Congress in relation to quarantines, health laws and passenger vessels;rules for the government of the Board Of Health, its officers, and committees; the Board's rules of order; rules of the Sanitary Committee, City Hospital, and the Lazaretto; and rules and regulations in relation to privies, all of which were in force at the time of publication of these compilations.
Vol. 1848 also includes a list of members of the Board of Health and officers and executive officers of the Board for the years 18481849.
Vol. 1858 adds a copy of the City and County Act of Consolidation of January 31, 1854 and various supplements to the Act for the years 1854 to 1859.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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