Parks & Recreation history and archive finding aids

Below are listed finding aids for materials in the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation archive. Make an appointment at the archive.

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Name Description Released Format
Aerial Mapping Project Files pdf Photographs, notes, and interpretations of multiple aerial mapping projects conducted in the City of Philadelphia. January 11, 2018
Art Collections pdf Artistic renderings and materials created of Fairmount Park January 11, 2018
Bartram’s Garden Maps, Plans, and Drawings Collection pdf Maps, plans, and drawings of Bartram's Garden and the Bartram House and building complex, including the seed house and barns January 11, 2018
Basement Recovery Drawings pdf Maps, plans, and drawings primarily of park landscapes which were recovered from the basement of Memorial Hall in the 1980s. January 11, 2018
Centennial Exhibition Plans and Drawings Collections pdf Centennial Exhibition Plans and Drawings Collection c. 1876. January 11, 2018
Cobbs’s Creek Park Maps, Plans, and Drawings Collection pdf These are materials on Cobb's Creek Park 1902-current. January 11, 2018
Cremer Stereograph Collection pdf Stereographs featured in this collection were created by James Cremer, c. 1870-1880. January 11, 2018
Fairmount Park Maps, Plans, and Drawings Collection pdf Items in this collection relate to East and West Fairmount Park, the original watershed parks of what has become the vast Philadelphia park system. January 11, 2018
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park Maps, Plans, and Drawings Collection pdf Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park (FDR Park) Maps, Plans, and Drawings 1901-current. January 11, 2018
Glass Plate Negatives Collections pdf Subject matter covered includes the Pennypack region, Rittenhouse Town, Fairmount Park races, and East and West Fairmount Park, all circa the late 19th-century. January 11, 2018
Greber Design Collection pdf Drawings by Jacques Greber (1882-1962) of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Logan Circle to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. January 11, 2018
Manayunk Maps, Plans, and Drawings Collection pdf Maps, drawings, and plans of Manayunk, Venice Island, and the Manayunk Canal in Philadelphia. January 11, 2018
Pennypack Park Maps, Plans, and Drawings Collection pdf A variety of maps, plans and drawings relating to Pennypack Park. January 11, 2018
A History of Philadelphia’s Department of Recreation 1880-2010 pdf A general history of municipal recreation in the City of Philadelphia, from roughly the 1880s to 2010. January 11, 2018
Loudoun Mansion Collection pdf The correspondence in this collection is primarily concerned with public service activity during World War II. January 11, 2018
The Mai Collection pdf Personal photographic prints, slides, and paper material primarily featuring the Mai family who operated the Carl Mai Restaurant at Belmont Mansion. January 11, 2018
Neighborhood Park Maps, Plans, and Drawings Collection pdf Maps, plans, and drawings of neighborhood parks operated by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. January 11, 2018
Photographic Prints Collection pdf Images of the Philadelphia park system created between 1855 to present in a variety of formats. January 11, 2018
Reference Collection pdf Various materials that document the history of Fairmount Park, and subsequently the history of the activities of the Fairmount Park Commission. January 11, 2018
Sculpture and Fountains Collection pdf Materials documenting public sculptures and fountains throughout the park system. January 11, 2018
Slide Collection pdf This collection of slides documents significant natural and architectural features of the Philadelphia park system. January 11, 2018
Tacony Creek Park Maps, Plans, and Drawings Collection pdf A variety of maps, plans, and drawings relating to Tacony Creek Park. January 11, 2018
Walter Pertuch Digital Images Collection pdf The collection features images from the late 19th century and early 20th century including the Centennial Exposition, Cobbs Creek, Fairmount, and Wissahickon watershed parks. January 11, 2018
Wilford Collection of Centennial Exhibition& Sesquicentennial Exposition pdf Materials from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition and the 1926 Sesquicentennial Exposition donated by the Wilfords. January 11, 2018
Wissahickon Valley Park Maps, Plans, and Drawings Collection pdf Wissahickon Valley Park Maps, Plans, and Drawings Collection 1758-current. January 11, 2018

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