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Archival Record Series

Electrical Bureau;
Police & Fire Alarm Telegraph

[Record Group 73]

73.1 Electrical Bureau, Police and Fire Alarm Telegraph. Annual Reports
1884, 1886, 1888-1908, 1910-1912, 1914-1919, 1948
33 volumes, index
For other Annual Reports between 1884-1938, see Record Series 60.1
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
73.2 Letter Book
1916-1919; missing: February-July, 1917
3 volumes, index (ea. vol.)
Letters on a wide variety of subjects, the majority of which are signed by the Chief of the bureau.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
73.3 Record of Fire Alarms
1856-1868
1 volume, no index
Entries list date, hour, district and signal box from which alarm received, location of fire, owner and occupant, loss, whether or not insured; remarks list type of signal runf, whether fire detected first from State House Steeple, whether alarm rung at all.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
73.4 Electric Street Light Inspections
1897
1 volume, no index
Grouped by District numbers, entries list date, light location, and remarks, including whether light functioning properly, length of time out.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
73.5 Returns of Attachments to City Poles
1881-1887
1 volume, index
Under headings of street locations, lists of sites and numbers of attachments and electrical companies owning them.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
73.6 Record Book, Sites of Private Electrical Companies' Installations
1886-1900; missing: 1894-1896
3 volumes, index
Under headings for each company, list of number of wires, poles, fixtures, and locations of each.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
73.7 "Diary"
1882
1 volume, no index
A standard patent diary book, apparently kept by this office; entries list date, work performed, including wire strung or repaired, poles erected, etc.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
73.8 Contracts
1888-1897
1 cu.ft., no index
Contracts for electrical supplies and services; each lists contractor, date, specifications, price, and Mayor's signature
This record series has been vacated and the contracts interfiled with the Mayor's Contracts.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
73.9 Receipts for Electrical Equipment
1896-1897
1 volume, index
Entries list item descriptions, date and place of receipt, supplier. Some entries included items on hand.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
73.10 Scrapbook
1850-1858
1 volume, no index
Contains clippings, chiefly from Philadelphia and New York newspapers, of items concerning telegraphy; apparently kept by an officer or employee of this department.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
73.11 Photographs and Drawings of Street Lighting Equipment
March 1926
1 volume, no index
Photographs and copies of drawings of street lamps prepared by the Transmission and Distribution Department of the Philadelphia Electric Company. Includes photos and drawings of the following models: side drive boulevard post, main drive boulevard post, single arm lamp post, Chestnut Street Bridge type, and Island type lantern; and photographs of several other models. Drawings include the following information: lamp drawing number, column drawing number, base drawing number, height of column and of lamp, width of base, scale of drawing, date of drawing and drawing number. Some drawings add additional information such as cross arm, incandescent pendant, pedestal, step, split-ring or inside pole drawings. Each photograph bears a negative number
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
73.12 Official Municipal Telephone Directory
ca. 1951
1 volume, index
Lists, under department, division and unit, names, job titles, room locations, and telephone extensions of City officials and employees. Indexed by City department or division.
For similar records, 1951-1993, see Department of Public Property, Municipal Telephone Directories.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
73.13 Drawings and Plans
27 April 1923 - 20 June 1924
2 plans, index
Includes the following plans for City Hall: "Design of a Long Bracket for Corner Stairways" 27 April 1923 and "Sub-Feeders for East and West Turret Electrical Elevators (Southeast and Southwest sides of Courtyard)" 20 June 1924.
Plans include blueprint and drawing made on linen. Sizes of plans range from 12 1/4" x 18 1/8" and 18 1/8" to 26 1/4". Scale 1/16" = 1' and unknown.

For similar records see the following:
Commissioners for the Erection of the Public Buildings, Drawings and Plans(1871-1901)
City Architect, City Hall Drawings & Plans (1901-1918)
Department of City Transit, Plans (1916-1928)
City Architect, City Hall Drawings & Plans (1920-1951)
Department of City Property, City Hall, Drawings & Plans (1934)
Public Buildings Commission, City Hall Floor Plans(1953). Department of Public Property, Division of Architecture & Engineering, Drawings & Plans (1952-1972)
Department of Public Property, Electrical Bureau, Plans (1955-1958)

Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104



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