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This guide is intended for students in Urban Studies 210 who are researching small areas within Philadelphia. Census Manuscript details the process of locating census schedules by address. Data and Documents lists ways to access Census data as well as city planning documents. Maps and Photographs introduces Sanborn fire insurance and other historical maps, as well as collections of photographs. City Directories and Newspapers explain holdings in Philadelphia newspapers and the city directories that functioned like telephone directories before telephones were widespread.
Most Philadelphia-related books are at call number F 158.18. Unless otherwise noted, links below lead to Franklin, which will tell you where the book is located. More books can be found by searching in Franklin for Philadelphia History as a Subject.
Draw on census schedules, court records, city directories, and tax records as well as newspaper files and other sources to give a picture of the ways in which less-privileged groups of Philadelphians lived.
Three centuries of the planning history of the city, from William Penn’s original concept to the design of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the renewal efforts that made Philadelphia a national leader in city planning and urban revitalization.
One-volume older history of Philadelphia, produced through the Federal Writers' Project, Works Progress Administration. Divided into two parts: "The city and its background" and "Roads and rambles in and around the city".