The Philadelphia City Archives, an unit of the Philadelphia Department of Records, was created under the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter of 1952, §5-1101(d) to "Preserve all City records not in current use and of historical, administrative, legal, research, cultural or other important value in the archives of the City which shall be under the care and supervision of an archivist." To accomplish this, the City Archives gathered historic records from agencies citywide. As Philadelphia has not experienced any major natural disasters during the city's existence, the City Archives are rich and deep in historic materials.
Listed below is a selection of Philadelphia city publications in our print collection. Many are also available via the Internet Archive's Philadelphia Municipal Documents collection.