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 of Records.
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:
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.