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Human Relations, Commission on

[Record Group 148]

148.1 Annual Reports
1948-1951, 1953-1969, 1971, 1974-1980, 1987, 1992, 1995
29 volumes, index
Volume for 1974 also contains statistics for 1972 and 1973. Volumes 1977-1978, 1979-1980 are biennial reports.
Volumes for 1995 and following years are published jointly with the Annual Report of the Fair Housing Commission.

Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.2 Files
52 cu.ft., no index
This series is principally constituted of files originating in the Commission's Community Relations Division but also includes files of the Executive Director and other officers. Contents include, chiefly, papers concerning the Commission's work with a great number of neighborhood and community action groups, professional organizations, related social agencies, with groups such as RAM and the American Nazi Party, and in connection with specific incidents of group tensions; also agendas and minutes of Commission meetings, historical publications, Commission history, weekly reports to Mayor's office, weekly calendars of Commission activities, staff training material, population studies, relocation reports, compilations of school data, public statements, statement of program goals, requests by public for information, press clippings. There are also included studies and surveys of employment practice and discrimination in city contracts and in the following industries: banks, hospitals, hotel and restaurants, loan and insurance companies, stores and on the waterfront, and in barber shops (1957 to 1967); and correspondence and papers relative to the Technical Advisory Committee on Human Relations Training For Police Personnel.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.3 Closed Case Files
29 cu.ft., no index
Files include respondent firm accused of unfair discrimination in employment practices, complainant and his charge, date, investigatory reports, correspondence and memos, notifications to respondent and his replies, various materials used as evidence, records of non-case contacts, some minutes of Commission hearings, findings.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.4 Reports & Publications
19 volume, index
Philadelphia's Negro Population: Facts on Housing," 1953; "Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia," 1954; "NonWhite Residential Patterns," 1959; "What To Do Kit, No. 3, For Citizens Facing Housing Restrictions," 1960; "Intergroup Problems in Housing, 1958-1960," 1961; "Philadelphia's Non-White Population, 1960, Report No. 1, Demographic Data," 1961; "Philadelphia's Non-White Population, 1960, Report No. 2, Housing Data," 1961; "Philadelphia's Non-White Population, 1960, Report No. 3, Socio-economic Data," 1962; "Social Status and Aspirations in Philadelphia's Negro Population," 1962; "Philadelphia's Puerto Rican Population with 1960 Census Data," 1964; "Insurance Industry Patterns of Employment, 1964 and 1966."
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.5 Division of Public Information. Files
1 cu.ft., no index
Contents include mimeographed copies of Commission's weekly reports for the years 1967-1971; press releases and "press and photo memos" for the period 1970-1971; and the correspondence of the Information Supervisor for the years 1970-1971.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.6 Non-Case Contacts
1 cu.ft., no index
Files vary in content. Typical file includes a "Contact Record" form providing name, address, and telephone number of complainant; date; name of interviewer and his division of Human Relations Commission; identification and address of "other party"; statement of basis for contact, and/or other statement of complaint; information provided by "other party" to justify its action including employment application form of complainant, and statement of employment policy; and statement of Commission's reasons for refusal to accept complaint. Some folders contain additional items including "Plant Inspection Report" forms with infommation on the name, address and telephone number of plant against which complaint is made, the name and title of its spokesman, date of establishment of firrrl, location of its plant, address of main office, nature of business, name and title of head of firm, its sources of recruitment, employee data including the number of Negro and of other non-white employees, number of employees absent for Rosh Hashanah, areas and occupations in which Negro and Jewish employees are employed; reason why Negro employees are in non-skilled positions only, and why there are no Jewish employees, the firm's non-discriminatory employment policy, if any, labor organizations to which employees belong, evaluation by Commission; "Employment Statistics" form with a breakdown of total employees at each employment level into number of Negro, Jewish and SpanishAmerican, number of females, number of females in each minority group, number anticipated to be hired, total employees previous year, number of apprentices; correspondence with firm against which complaint is made; correspondence with complainant; and summary of steps taken to investigate complaint.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.7 Employment and Public Accommodations Division. Cases Closed
9 cu.ft., no index
Content of files varies, however, generally included are the following items: copy of complaint with the name and address of complainant and respondent, docket number, reason for offense and date on which it occurred; contact record; progress notes; correspondence with complainant and respondent; employer information report including statistics supplied by employers of job categories held by minority groups; statements by respondents; employment information and case closing statement.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.8 Hearing Transcripts
14 cu.ft., part indexed
Testimony before the Commission at public investigatory hearings and hearings on specific charges of discrimination brought both by private individuals and the Commission staff, particularly in relation to housing, employment, and public accommodations. Includes a number of hearings relating specifically to the investigations of alleged discriminatory employment practices by hotels and restaurants (1959-1960), alleged unethical soliciting practices by real estate agents and brokers (1960), incidents of intimidation and mob pressure forcing minority families to vacate their homes (1960), alleged discrimination by employers, labor unions and others on public works contracts with the City of Philadelphia (1963), and discrimination in housing (1965). Files 1959-1965 arranged by date of hearings. Files 1964-1981 arranged by Commission case number.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.9 Housing Division. Case Files. Closed
12 cu.ft., no index
Filed alphabetically by respondent. Contents vary from folder to folder but, generally, contents include copy of complaint including docket number, names and addresses of complainant and respondent, date and charge, correspondence with complainant and respondent, contact record, progress notes or docket narrative, Commission on Human Relations "Testing Program...Housing Ordinance Compliance" form (which seems to be record of test made against realtor complained of), memoranda, and report on case record and closing.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.9a Housing Division. Consent Order Case Files. Closed.
7 cu.ft., no index
Files contain much the same information as those in Record Series 148.9, Housing Division. Case Files. Closed. Also included are copies of consent orders and decrees in which respondent waives public hearings and agrees to comply with Commission's rules and directives
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.9b Housing Division. Reporting Regulation Case Files. Closed
2 cu.ft., no index
Arranged by docket number, files contain much the same information as Record Series 148.9 Housing Division. Case Files. Closed. Files relate to action taken against various apartment house owners for non-compliance with Commission's regulations.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.10 Affirmative Programs. Closed Case Files
8 cu.ft., no index
Files include the case number, name of complainant, identification of the firm against which charges of discrimination are alleged, cause of complaint, date, correspondence and memoranda, case records, investigation rreports, materials used as evidence, and notification of Commission's findings.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.11 Affirmative Programs. Employment Practices Files
2 cu.ft., no index
Includes compliance reports by contractors with the City of Philadelphia indicating to what extent they have complied with the non-discrimination provisions of City contracts. There are also included in many folders an employment statistics sheet which indicates the total number of employees, total males and females, and number of Negro, Jewish, and Spanish American employees of each sex. The files are arranged alphabetically by the name of the contractor.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.12 Affirmative Programs. Name Files
1 cu.ft., no index
Complaints containing no allegations of discrimination and therefore, there is no basis for action by the Commission. Includes name and address of complainant and the other party and statement of complaint. Occasionally correspondence or other materials are filed with complaint.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.13 Affirmative Programs Division. City Employment Study. Papers
1 cu.ft., no index
A study undertaken as a result of allegations that discriminatory practices existed in the Streets Department which led the Commission to make a study of employment practices in all City departments. Included are letters of complaint of discrimination; letters addressed to department heads by the Commission, and replies; memoranda of interviews with complainants and departmental personnel officers; lists of job classifications and pay schedules; press releases & clippings; analyses of the employees of each department by job title, pay classification, and the numbers of White, Black, and Spanish-Speaking Americans holding each job title; a City Solicitor's Opinion; findings and recommendations
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.14 Affirmative Programs Division. Job Bank Files
1 cu.ft., no index
Included are a copy of an agreement between the Commission on Human Relations and the Pennsylvania State Employment Service (28 May 1970) for participation in the Philadelphia Job Bank; description of the Job Bank and its procedures, job counselling statistics, correspondence with prospective employers, memos, form letters and other business forms, lists of referral resources, pamphlets and brochures regarding occupations and careers; employment applications which include applicant's name, address, sex, marital status, military status, birthdate, number of dependants, school and employment hisotry, skills and hobbies; copies of "Public Works Contract Summary" (City of Philadelphia, Form 68-2) listing City Department engaged in contract, amount of contract, date bid number, limit of contract, work to be performed under contract, and account code for the year 1975; letters to clients and to employers announcing termination of Job Bank services.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.15 Plant Inspections, Name Files
2 cu.ft., no index
For each plant or business inspected there are included some or all of the following: "Plant Inspection Report" listing name, address and spokesman for the firm; the nature of the firm's business, location of its home office, and an indication of its willingness to adopt various policies of Affirmative Action; "Equal Employment Opportunity, Employee Information Report" which lists the firm's name and address, and name, sex, race, and employment position title of each of the firm's employees; a report of compliance with the non-discrimination provisions of the City of Philadelphia contracts, employment application forms, statement of firm's employment policy, and Commission's recommendations to the employer.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
148.16 Newsletters and Bulletins
1958, 1960, 1989
Includes miscellaneous issues of Inside Facts, 1958, 1960; Bulletin, 1958; and Cares, 1989
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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