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City Charter Commission

[Record group 142]
Agency Function
This Commission has ceased to function.

This Commission was charged with the responsibility of revamping Philadelphia's city government and making provisions for integrating city and county functions into a working single governmental entity. A major product of the reform movements active in post-World War II Philadelphia, the Commission, a bi-partisan body, completely overhauled Philadelphia's existing governmental structure and executed a document which still acts as the City's basic frame of government today.

Agency History
Created to formulate a new City Charter in pursuance of an Act of April 21, 1949, and an ordinance of June 15 of that year and composed of fifteen members, nine of whom were appointed by the President of City Council and six by the Mayor. The Commission held two rounds of public hearings, in November 1949-January 1950 and September -November 1950. It presented its final proposed draft of the Charter to City Council on 14 February 1951. The voters approved this draft at an election held on 17 April 1951. The provisions of the Home Rule Charter took effect following the general election of 1951 and the institution of the new administration in January 1952.

Archival Records
142.1 Minutes of Meetings (July 1949-April 1951)

142.2 Transcripts of Public Hearings (1949-1950)

142.3 Drafting Committee. Drafts of City Charter (1949-1951)

142.4 Philadelphia Home Rule Charter (1951)

142.5 Philadelphia Charter Commission. Files (1949-1951)

142.6 Administrative Files (1949-1951)


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