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20.29 Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas

Insolvency Petitions and Bonds, 1790-1868.

Insolvency petitions are petitions to the civil court to be released from debtors’ prison and list debts, assets and creditors. The bond is the bond for prisoner’s release.


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21.21 Clerk of Quarter Sessions Court

Road Docket, 1685-1953, which includes petitions for laying out and opening roads.

Roads were open by the Court, which appointed a road jury to lay out a road in response to request by petitioners.


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25.2 Municipal Court

Abstinence Pledges, 1940-1948.

These are pledges by individuals to give up intoxicating beverages.


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60-4.2 Office of Mayor

Budget, 1920, 1934-1952.

Lists statements of City’s financial obligations appropriations recommended by Mayor for salaries and purchases of services, materials and supplies. It also includes inventory of City property.


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60.0 Office of Mayor

Press releases

 


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60-4.3 Office of Mayor

Budget Messages, 1925-1928, 1946-1948, 1951-1972, 1975-1978, 1980-1981.

Descriptions of chief operations and planned projects of each City and County Office with emphasis on main appropriation requests.


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60-5.2 Office of Mayor

Bureau of Contracts and Statistics, “Philadelphia” Magazine, 1909-1911

Includes articles on activities City departments or aspects of civic affairs in general.


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62-3.1 Director of Finance

Budget Bureau, Operating Budget, 1953-1969, FY1970-FY2000.

Summaries of aspects of proposed budget, statements of obligations of each City and County office and total appropriations recommended for them and proposed ordinance for various City Funds.


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62-3.2 Director of Finance,

Budget Bureau, Operating Budget, Supporting Detail, 1954-1968, FY1970-FY2000.

Lists specific appropriations recommended by Mayor for salaries of each officer and employee of all City and County offices, recommended number of employees for each category in each office. Appropriations recommended offices’ purchases of services, materials and supplies, and an inventory of equipment held by each office.


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62-3.6 Director of Finance

Budget Bureau, City Managers Reports, 1992-.

Summary reports issued monthly or quarterly on the finances and management of the City the purpose of which is to provide senior management staff with a clear and timely summary of the City’s progress in implementing the financial and management goals of the current year of the City’s Five Year Financial Plan.


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62-5.3 Director of Finance

Accounting Bureau, ”Philadelphia Financial Report” 1953-1954, 1957-1962, 1964.

Detailed report of all City funds which also includes statement of bonded indebtedness and general fixed assets, summarizing and statistical statements, and City Controller’s opinion.


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62-5.4 Director of Finance

Accounting Bureau, Financial Program, 1956-1968, FY1970, FY1972.

A booklet prepared for distribution to people of Philadelphia which provides a brief explanation of the sources of funds and expenditures of the General, Water, Sewer, and Operating Funds and the Capital Budget and Capital improvement Program. Also included is general information on outstanding debt, the assessed valuation rate, and current collection of real estate taxes; income, earnings, and net profits taxes; water rents and sewer charges; mercantile license tax.


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62-5.5 Director of Finance

Accounting Bureau, Financial Information, 1958-1966.

A booklet which presents in condensed form a comparison of the fiscal operations of the year of the report with those of the preceding year, and with the budget for the following year.


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62-5.7 Director of Finance

Supplemental Report of Revenues and Obligations, FY1977-FY1998.

Annual accounting of the revenues and expenditures of the City which consists of comparison of the actual revenues and obligations against the original estimated revenues and adjusted appropriations as approved by City Council.


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62-5.8 Director of Finance

Accounting Bureau, Report of Bonded Indebtedness, 1957-1962, FY1974-FY1998.

Annual accounting of the bonded debt outstanding at the beginning and end of each fiscal year, the amount of bonds issued and the amount of debt retired.


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63.2 City Solicitor

Opinions of the City Solicitor, 1883-present.

Legal advise by members of the City’s Law Department in response to requests by City and County officials.


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63.3 City Solicitor

Code of General Ordinances of the City Of Philadelphia, 1956, 1963.

Ordinances of the City which are in force at the time of publication grouped under the headings of the topics to which they relate.


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64.12 City Representative’s Office

Speeches of the Mayor and City Officials, 1962-1969.


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94.41 City Controller

Special Audits, 1936-1939, 1947-1950, 1951, 1953-1957,1961-1964,1968,1970-1987,1993,1997,2000, 2003.

Audits of specific operations within some City agencies as well of programs carried out with City funds by outside agencies.


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94.42 City Controller

Audits of Departments, 1951-present.

Detailed statement of audit of City and County offices which include comments and opinions of the Controllers and or auditing firm on conditions ,past practice of office, recommendations for future procedure, and prefatory summation of organizational structure of office audited.


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94.48 City Controller

Reports and Publications, 1940-1996.

Reports on a variety of topics and agencies including things like debt, finances, special investigations, contracts the Philadelphia School District of Philadelphia, operational audits, concessions, leases, and internal controls.


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226.4 Pennsylvania Economy League

Bureau of Municipal Research, Reports and Publications, 1911-1989.

Various reports relating primarily to aspects of Philadelphia government.


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226.15 Bureau of Municipal Research

Scrapbooks, 1888-1889, 1911, 1914-1928, 1938-1949.

Clippings from local Philadelphia newspapers on items concerning Philadelphia government. 1888-1889 includes clippings concerning civil service reform. 1911 is devoted to the Philadelphia Milk Show sponsored by BMR, the Department of Public Health and Charities and others.Vols. 1916-1921 contain many items relating to Charter of 1919.


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227.3 City Directories, 1785-1935.

Chiefly alphabetical listings of Philadelphia residents with occupation and addresses, and a street directory. Also wide range of miscellaneous information concerning federal, state and city governmental offices; schools, churches, business firms, public buildings, charitable and beneficial organizations, libraries, scientific and medical societies.

   
   

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