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About this collection

Image shows an African American man and woman sitting on the stairs of 1235 Bainbridge Street in Philadelphia. General dilapidation and surface drainage are evident. There is laundry hanging on clotheslines in the courtyard.

This digital collection contains photographs digitized from the Housing Association of the Delaware Valley Records, an archival collection held by the Special Collections Research Center. The digital collection displays images produced for the Housing Association of the Delaware Valley (previously the Philadelphia Housing Association), circa 1897-1972. It includes housing interiors and exteriors, streets, courts, alleys, public housing projects, privy vaults, and sanitation conditions. Most images are exteriors and the emphasis of the collections is on poor living conditions.


The Housing Association of the Delaware Valley Records document many aspects of the history of the Philadelphia metropolitan area from 1870 onward. Aside from providing a comprehensive account of housing, subjects within the records range from sanitary problems of the 1910s to the neighborhood struggles against expressways in the 1970s. In addition to the digitized photographs found here, records include office files, statistics, reports, publications, evaluations, photographs, and other materials.  

For more information about these photographs and the additional archival records, see the Special Collections Research Center finding aid for the Housing Association of Delaware Valley Records or contact the SCRC.

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation, including help with reading this content, please contact diglib@temple.edu .  

 

 
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