THE PHILADELPHIA CITY ARCHIVES
The Philadelphia City Archives was established in 1952 in accordance with Section 5-1101d of
the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter of 1951. Its mission is to preserve all City records not in
current use which possess historical, administrative, legal, research, cultural or other important
value. Currently, it forms an integral part of the Records Management Division of the Department
The City Archives is located at:
548 Spring Garden Street
Record Storage Center is located at:
456 North 5th Street
Ward J. Childs, City Archivist
David Baugh, Archivist I
Finding Aids to the Collections:
Browse Philadelphia government agencies by name
- Use this to view the list of governmental departments, bureaus and agencies, both
past and present. A complete list of the City Archives' holdings of the records of
each agency may be found under the listing for that agency.
Philadelphia Court Sampling Project
Under a series of grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission from 1997 to
1999, the Philadelphia City Archives undertook a project to sample the criminal records of the
Quarter Sessions Court from 1940 to 1952. Click on the link above to view the various grants
and the results of this project.
- Also, visit our on-line exhibits: Our 1994-1995 exhibit showed the history
of child welfare and the private-public partnership necessary for successfully
caring for children. The Department of Human Services still uses the majority
of the exhibit for its promotional uses. It was called For
the Care of Children
- Our 1995-1996 exhibit highlighted the Department of Streets, entitled Clean and
Safe Streets which was on display at the Municipal Services Building during
October 1995-September 1996.
- Our 1996-1997 exhibit highlighted the history and work of the Fairmount Park
Commission and was entitled For the Health and Enjoyment of Citizens.