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Human Services, Department of

[Record Group 84]

84.1 Annual Reports
1921-1922, 1953-1969, FY1970, FY1972-FY1978, FY 1981, FY 1985-FY 1986, FY 1989, FY 1996
31 volumes, index
For other Annual Reports between 1920 - 1938, see Office of the Mayor, Annual Reports
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.2 "Background Material"
1952-1956
2 volumes, index
Reports prepared for submission to City Council's Committee on Public Welfare; include brief histories and organizational and budget outlines of Department and its subsidiary House of Correction, County Prisons, Home for the Age (Riverview), surplus food programs, etc.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.3 Reports and Publications
1956-1959, 1967, 1978, 1986, 1990
8 volumes
Includes: Towards Human Dignity, 1952-1955, 1956;
A Study of the Problem of Mental Retardation in the City of Philadelphia. A Progress Report of the Philadelphia Commission on the Mentally Retarded. February 1956;
Towards Future Progress. An Interim Progress Report to the Philadelphia Commission on the Mentally Retarded. June 21, 1956;
Design for Human Dignity, ca. 1959;
The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society, report by The President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration, February 1967;
Homemaker Service Manual. July 1964, revised September 1978;
Connections (newsletter) August 1986;
Towards a Better Future for Philadelphia's Children: Report of the Philadelphia Task Force on Children at Risk. 1990
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.4 Specifications, Extension and Improvement of Riverview Home for Aged
1955
4 volumes, index
Specifications for boiler house construction, and furnishings, equipment, elevators, plumbing, heating, and electrical facilities of other new buildings and outside utilities.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.5 Internal Audit of Children's Cases
1952
1 volume
Study financed by Adam and Maria Sarah Seybert Institution for Poor Boys and Girls; provides detailed information on five thousand child welfare cases administered confusedly until time of study.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.6 Bureau of Charities and Correction. Annual Report
1920, 1922-1923, 1948, 1950
5 volumes, index
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.7 House of Correction / Tailoring Division. Monthly Record
1920-1924
1 volume
Monthly reports list items and quantities made and repaired and total value; monthly cash accounts balance that value against cost of materials purchased for use in division.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.8 Bureau of Personal Assistance. Annual Report
1948
1 volume
For other Annual Reports between 1923 - 1938, see Record Series 60.1
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.9 Board of Trustees, Philadelphia County Prisons. Annual Reports
1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1977-1982, 1985-1993, 1997, 1998
16 volumes, index
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.9a Board of Trustees, Philadelphia County Prisons, Reports & Publications
1952-1966
1 cu.ft.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Shelf list is available.
84.9b Philadelphia Prisons: Detention Center, Inmate Folders
1972
10 cu.ft., no index
Each folder includes inmate's name, number, dates of his court appearances. Also included are:
A commitment order (form 30-83) listing inmate's name, address, names of witnesses, charge, date, time and location of trial, name of judge, amount of bail; a copy of charge; an extract of the inmate's past criminal record lising case number, inmate's aliases, date of birth, sex, race, address, record of past arrests and disposition of each case;
An "Inmate Clothing and Personal Belongings Record (form 86-50), which describes items received on entry into Detention Center, and lists names of guards receiving and releasing articles;
A "Visitors' Record" (form 86-32) which includes the names of authorized visitors, their addresses, relationship to inmate, and signature;
A "Detentioner Summary" (form 86-3), which lists inmate's name, address, age, birthdate, birthplace, race, sex, religion, postal zone, charges, source of commitment code, bill of indictment number, police and prison numbers; name, address, and telephone number of immediate relatives; a classification profile including medical information, prison, parole or probation experience, employment, marital status, interviewer's notes and classification;
A "Detentioner Record" (form 86-38) which repeats much of the information on the "Detentioner Summary" but adds a note of court action; a chronological record, on a daily basis, of significant information pertaining to inamte, e.g. disciplinary actions, court appearances, compalints, observations; reports of medical and/or psychiatric examinations; work assignment questionnaire, drug questionnaire, and inmate's photograph.
Other items often found in inmates' folders include chronological records of medical or psychiatric care, physicians' or nurses' progress reports, "Report of Injuries to Newly Admitted Inmates" (form 86-40), which includes police photograph number, location of arrest, place where injury occurred, date and time of injury, description of injury, and supervisory officer's statement; detainer form of Probation Department, requesting that the inmate be committed and retained to answer charges of parole or probation violation; "warrants to commit and retain" issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Board if Probation and Parole, "Detainer Release" form, and application for parole.
This is a sample of 230 cubic feet of inmate folders for the year 1972. Because of the privileged nature of these records, reference to them must be approved by the City Archivist.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.10 Social Service Division, Closed Case Files
1972 and prior
102 cu.ft., no index
Individual case folders for each person assisted include his name, case number, application for assistance; information on subject's family, finances and (if a child) school situation; "Case Record" containing a detailed journal of events, interviews, and Departmental actions; reports of medical and psychiatric examinations; copies of delinquency records from Juvenile Division of County Court, of placement agreements between parents and Department, of adoption or commitment papers and support orders; reports to and from chil placement agencies.
Because of the privileged nature of these records, reference to them must be approved by the City Archivist.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.11 Child Welfare Advisory Board, Stenton and Callowhill Child Centers. Annual Reports
1963, 1964; FY 1970
3 volumes
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.12 Board of Trustees, Home for the Indigent Aged (Riverview). Reports and Annual Reports
1954-1955
3 volumes
Includes: House of Correction, History & Report, March 1952; Intake and Release Procedures in the House of Correction. Report of a Survey by Francis H. Hiller & Milton G. Rector, November 1953; A Manual for the New Inmate, ca. 1955
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.13 Trustees of the House of Correction. Annual Reports
1953
1 volume, index
For other Annual Reports between 1860-1882, see Office of the Mayor, Annual Reports
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.13a Trustees of the House of Correction; Reports and Publications
1952-1955
3 volumes, no index
Includes:
House of Correction, History and Reports, March 1952
Intake and Release Procedured in the House of Correction. Report of a Survey by Francis H. Hiller & Milton G. Rector, November 1953
A Manual for the New Inmate, ca. 1955
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.14 House of Correction Project, Temple University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Annual Report
1960
1 volume
The purpose of the program was to establish a pilot treatment and research program for alcoholic inmates at the House of Correction. Contents include information on the functions of the program; its organization and activities, including its method of treatment and research; the evaluation of the program and recommendations with respect to the staff, institutionalized inmates and discharged inmates. Present research and its relationship to the community problem; budget; list of staff personnel.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.15 Foster Home Records
1957-1972
4 cu.ft.,
Individual case folders for each foster home includes foster parent's name, address, case number, race, religion, telephone number; relationship and ages of others in household; type of dwelling (house or apartment), number of rooms; type of child preferred; an "Application to Board Children" form which adds spouse's name, previous addresses, length of residence at each address, foster parent's and spouse's birthdates, birthplaces, citizenship, occupation, name of employer, length of employment, number of children, their birthdates, school attended or occupation, amount of rent, number of rooms and bedrooms, physician's and references' names, addresses and telephone numbers, pastor's name and church, and school a foster child would attend; correspondence with foster parent and her physician, references and pastor, with the courts, welfare agencies, and intradepartmental communications; a "Temporary or Interim Care Home Request" form which lists foster child's name, birthdate, sex, race, home address, date of placement and anticipated length of placement, lists of foster children resident in foster home and period of residence; a study of foster home including its description, capacity, description of foster family, and problematic areas, health information, adoptive or permanent parent information; bills for expenses incurred; and a "Case Record" or chronological summary of contacts with foster parent and children under her care.
For similar information see Record Series 84.16.
Because of the privileged nature of these records, reference to them must be approved by the City Archivist.

Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.16 Bureau of Child Care, Case Records
1937-1967
1 cu.ft., no index
The Bureau for Child Care, formerly known as the Bureau of Colored Children, was a social welfare agency from which the Department of Public Welfare contracted services. When this agency closed in 1966 these cases were transferred to the Department of Public Welfare. This record series includes two types of case folders: case records for children placed with the agency; and, case files for the foster homes where the children were placed. Individual case files for each child assisted include the child's name and case number, age, sex, race, date of birth, nationality, religion, whether legitimate or illegitimate, date of admission to agency, name of agency from which received, previous placements and date placed and removed from each; child's health, education and mentality; mental test results, and information about parents and other relatives; medical and health history of the child, his parents and siblings; medical and surgical consent forms; court orders placing child with agency; Police Department custodial admission reports (when pertinent); "Periodic Report of Child Placing Agencies and Institutions" submitted to the Department of Public Welfare which includes information regarding type of placement, child's adjustment to placement, child's school program and relationship of parents and otherrelatives to child, and a chronological record of the case worker's contact with child, its parents and foster parents. The individual case folder for each foster home includes foster parent's name and case file number; the forms "Foster Home Application" and "Application to Board Children" which include the foster parent's age, date of birth, nationality, religion, marital status, birthplaces, occupation, average income, name of person by whom they were married, names of their own children, their birthdates and school attended or occupation, type of child desired, names of children placed, the child's case file number, birthday and date placed; correspondence with parents, foster parents and other social welfare agencies; reports on foster parent's health; records of reimbursements to foster parents; and chronological record of the case worker's contact with foster family.
For similar information see Record Series 84.15.
Because of the privileged nature of the records, reference to them must be approved by the City Archivist.

Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.17 Services to Children. Annual Report
1953
1 volume, index
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.18 Youth Conservation Services. Annual Report
1963
1 volume
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
84.19 Riverview Home for the Aged. Death Charts
1972-1973
19 cu.ft., index
Files include name of the deceased, date of birth, religion, marital status, address, age, race, occupation, birthplace, parents' names, social security or railroad employment number, names of relatives and/or references, report of the death (including copy of the death certificate), application for admission to Riverview, pre-admission medical examination, medical history, condition upon arrival to the facility, medical reports (i.e. EKG, X-Ray, etc.), nursing records and reports, medication and treatment records, incident reports, visiting records, and occasional medical summaries. Some medical records date back to 1956. Also included are some financial records relating to the disposition of funds received from outside sources.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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