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Fairmount Park Historic Resource Archives [Contact Us]
1920-1982
(Bulk: 1981-1982)
Extent: 2 linear feet
This collection contains photographs, notes and interpretations of multiple aerial mapping projects conducted over the city of Philadelphia. The largest of the “Aerial maps” series (1981-1982) contains two linear feet of black and white photos which are the result of a major Fairmount Park Commission mapping project undertaken between 1981 and 1983. The survey was performed by Aerial Data Reproduction Associates, Incorporated. This series contains visual documentation of East and West Fairmount Park, Wissahickon Valley Park, Pennypack Park, Cobb’s Creek Park and Tacony Creek Park. The series contains both positive and negative images. The photos are accompanied by three binders of analytical aero-triangulation data and field notes. (View full finding aid.)
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Aerial Mapping Project Files
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FP.2011.007
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2 linear feet
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1920-1982
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1981-1982
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This collection contains photographs, notes and interpretations of multiple aerial mapping projects conducted over the city of Philadelphia. The largest of the “Aerial maps” series (1981-1982) contains two linear feet of black and white photos which are the result of a major Fairmount Park Commission mapping project undertaken between 1981 and 1983. The survey was performed by Aerial Data Reproduction Associates, Incorporated. This series contains visual documentation of East and West Fairmount Park, Wissahickon Valley Park, Pennypack Park, Cobb’s Creek Park and Tacony Creek Park. The series contains both positive and negative images. The photos are accompanied by three binders of analytical aero-triangulation data and field notes.
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Fairmount Park Historic Resource Archives [Contact Us]
circa 1855-circa 2012
Extent: 52 linear feet
One of the United States' largest and oldest municipally-operated park systems, Fairmount Park encompasses 9,200 acres and includes sixty three neighborhood and regional parks. The formation, growth, maintenance and enjoyment of Fairmount Park has produced one of the longest-standing examples of city and citizen cooperation. This collection contains a multitude of images of the Fairmount Park system created between 1855 and 2000 in a variety of formats. (View full finding aid.)
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Photographic Prints
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FP.2010.002
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52 linear feet
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circa 1855-circa 2012
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One of the United States' largest and oldest municipally-operated park systems, Fairmount Park encompasses 9,200 acres and includes sixty three neighborhood and regional parks. The formation, growth, maintenance and enjoyment of Fairmount Park has produced one of the longest-standing examples of city and citizen cooperation. This collection contains a multitude of images of the Fairmount Park system created between 1855 and 2000 in a variety of formats.
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Fairmount Park Historic Resource Archives [Contact Us]
1690-2010
(Bulk: 1874-2000)
Creator:
Fairmount Park Commission (Philadelphia, Pa.).
Extent: 86 linear feet
In the early part of the nineteenth century, Philadelphia City Council took action to protect the purity of public water. This involved the acquisition of property on the banks of the Schuylkill River in order to eliminate polluting waste that had previously been generated by various industrial sites along the river. The City’s newly acquired property was dedicated to the health and enjoyment of the citizens of Philadelphia, and became known as Fairmount Park. The Fairmount Park Commission (FPC) was established by Act of the Assembly, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, March 26, 1867. Over the course of this organization’s history (1867 to 2010) the FPC continued to acquire land for the people of Philadelphia, and operated with a single continuous mission: to preserve and protect its open space; provide opportunities for recreation; maintain the landscapes and structures, streams and woodlands that exist within the Fairmount Park System. This collection contains various materials that document the history of the Fairmount Park, and subsequently the history of the activities of the Fairmount Park Commission. The collection also includes a good deal of contextual information, such as information on the early history of Philadelphia and its surrounding area. This collection demonstrates at once the autonomy of the Fairmount Park Commission and its integral role in the evolution of Philadelphia’s urban landscape. This collection is relevant to researchers interested in the history of park property in Philadelphia; the history of water sanitation; the development of ecological studies; urban land management; organizational history in general, or specific to the FPC; art history; public art in Philadelphia; and juried public art design competitions. (View full finding aid.)
title
Reference collection
creator
Fairmount Park Commission (Philadelphia, Pa.).
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FP.2010.001
repository
extent
86 linear feet
inclusive date
1690-2010
bulk date
1874-2000
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In the early part of the nineteenth century, Philadelphia City Council took action to protect the purity of public water. This involved the acquisition of property on the banks of the Schuylkill River in order to eliminate polluting waste that had previously been generated by various industrial sites along the river. The City’s newly acquired property was dedicated to the health and enjoyment of the citizens of Philadelphia, and became known as Fairmount Park. The Fairmount Park Commission (FPC) was established by Act of the Assembly, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, March 26, 1867. Over the course of this organization’s history (1867 to 2010) the FPC continued to acquire land for the people of Philadelphia, and operated with a single continuous mission: to preserve and protect its open space; provide opportunities for recreation; maintain the landscapes and structures, streams and woodlands that exist within the Fairmount Park System. This collection contains various materials that document the history of the Fairmount Park, and subsequently the history of the activities of the Fairmount Park Commission. The collection also includes a good deal of contextual information, such as information on the early history of Philadelphia and its surrounding area. This collection demonstrates at once the autonomy of the Fairmount Park Commission and its integral role in the evolution of Philadelphia’s urban landscape. This collection is relevant to researchers interested in the history of park property in Philadelphia; the history of water sanitation; the development of ecological studies; urban land management; organizational history in general, or specific to the FPC; art history; public art in Philadelphia; and juried public art design competitions.
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Fairmount Park Historic Resource Archives [Contact Us]
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The Mai Collection: Belmont Mansion restaurant and banquet facility
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FP.2012.001
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1 linear feet
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1923-1986
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1952-1956
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Fairmount Park Historic Resource Archives [Contact Us]
c. 1880- c. 1940
Creator:
Pertuch, Walter A. R. , Mr., 1888-1976
Extent: 452 plates
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Walter Pertuch Digital Images Collection
creator
Pertuch, Walter A. R. , Mr., 1888-1976
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FP.2011.012
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452 plates
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c. 1880- c. 1940
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Fairmount Park Historic Resource Archives [Contact Us]
c. 1930s
Extent: 20 linear feet
This collection is composed of maps sponsored and created by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. It contains topographic plans of East Fairmount Park, West Fairmount Park, and Cobb's Creek Park. All items in this collection have been digitized and are available online at the Philadelphia Athenaeum's website: http://www.philageohistory.org/rdic-images/index2.cfm?ct=17 (View full finding aid.)
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Works Progress Administration Map Collection
creator
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FP.2012.10
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extent
20 linear feet
inclusive date
c. 1930s
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This collection is composed of maps sponsored and created by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. It contains topographic plans of East Fairmount Park, West Fairmount Park, and Cobb's Creek Park. All items in this collection have been digitized and are available online at the Philadelphia Athenaeum's website: http://www.philageohistory.org/rdic-images/index2.cfm?ct=17
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