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Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia records


Held at: Historical Society of Pennsylvania [Contact Us]1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

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The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia was formed by the merger of the Trades League of Philadelphia and the Merchants and Manufacturers Association in 1915, followed by the Philadelphia Board of Trade in 1942. The Chamber of Commerce is an independent organization for the promotion and improvement of local commerce, business, and manufacturing interest.

The earliest records in the collection come from a subscribers account book dating from 1869; however, the earliest minutes are from the Trades League of Philadelphia, 1891 to 1893. Minute books continue for the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 1913-1968 (some of which include full committee reports) and Executive Council, 1942-1958. There are also scattered minutes of various standing and special committees: Bridge, 1895; Reorganization, 1914-1915; Fire and Insurance, 1921-1944; Aviation, 1927-1946; Foreign Trade, 1933-1947; Transportation, 1934-1946; and Safety, 1958-1959. Volumes of highly miscellaneous financial and organizational material are included as well.

The Chamber of Commerce loose files, 1949-1966, contain irregular records of correspondence, memoranda, and background material for committees and projects. Among the file labels are the following: Commerce and Industry Council; Manpower Resources Committee; Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation; National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1963-1964; and the proposed 30th Street Stadium, 1964.

Gift of the Chamber of Commerce; acquired 1969.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Arek Torosian
Finding Aid Date
; 2012
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Collection Inventory

Reports and Correspondence, A-D, 1949-1962.
Box 1
Reports and Correspondence, E-Man, 1949-1962.
Box 2
Reports and Correspondence, Miscellaneous-N, 1949-1962.
Box 3
Reports and Correspondence, O-S, 1949-1962.
Box 4
Reports and Correspondence, T-Z, 1949-1962.
Box 5
Reports and Correspondence, A-G, 1962-1963.
Box 6
Reports and Correspondence, R-T, 1962-1963.
Box 7
Reports and Correspondence, A-F, 1963-1964.
Box 8
Reports and Correspondence, G-NASA, 1963-1964.
Box 9
Reports and Correspondence, NASA-PIDC, 1963-1964.
Box 10
Reports and Correspondence, PID-U, 1963-64.
Box 11
Reports and Correspondence, A-M, 1964-1965.
Box 12
Reports and Correspondence, N-T, 1964-1965.
Box 13
Reports and Correspondence, U-Z, 1964-1965.
Box 14
Reports and Correspondence, A-O, 1965-1966.
Box 15
Board of Directors Minutes, 1952-1954.
Box 16a
Board of Directors Minutes, 1954-1955.
Box 16b
Board of Directors Minutes, 1955.
Box 16c
Executive Committee Minutes, 1952-1953.
Box 16d
Executive Committee Minutes, 1953-1954.
Box 16e
Executive Committee Minutes, 1954-1955.
Box 16f
Reports and Correspondence, P-T, 1955-1956.
Box 17
Tribute to George B. Roberts, January 30, 1897.
Box 18
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1913-1914.
Volume 1
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1922-1923.
Volume 2
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1933-1935.
Volume 3
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1935-1937.
Volume 4
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1937-1939.
Volume 5
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1939-1941.
Volume 6
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1941-1942.
Volume 7
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1943-1944.
Volume 8
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1947-1949.
Volume 9
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1949-1950.
Volume 10
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1949-1951.
Volume 11
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1951.
Volume 12
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1951-1952.
Volume 13
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1953-1954.
Volume 14
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1955-1956.
Volume 15
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1957-1958.
Volume 16
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1959-1960.
Volume 17
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1961-1962.
Volume 18
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1963-1964.
Volume 19
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1965.
Volume 20
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1966.
Volume 21
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1967.
Volume 22
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1968.
Volume 23
Minutes, Trades League of Philadelphia's Board of Managers, 1891-1893.
Volume 24
Minutes, Bridge Committee, Trades League of Philadelphia, 1895.
Volume 25
Minutes, Manufacturer's Club, 1893-1898.
Volume 26
Minutes of Reorganization Committee, 1913-1915.
Volume 27
Minutes, Fire Prevention & Insurance Committee, 1921-1922.
Volume 28
Minutes, Transportation Committee, 1934.
Volume 29
Minutes, Foreign Trade Commission, 1936.
Volume 30
Minutes, Philadelphia Board of Trade, 1942.
Volume 31
Minutes, Executive Committee & Board of Trade, 1942-1949.
Volume 32
Minutes, Philadelphia Charter Commission, 1949-1950.
Volume 33
Index of Public Hearing, Philadelphia Charter Commission, 1949-1950.
Volume 34
Minutes, Executive Committee, 1949-1955.
Volume 35
Minutes, Executive Committee & Board of Directors, 1958.
Volume 36
Minutes, Board of Governors Safety Council, 1958-1959.
Volume 37
Subscriber Account Book on Dividend Payout, 1869-1895.
Volume 38
Investment Account Book, 1917-1957.
Volume 39
"News" Accounts Receivable Book, 1948-1953.
Volume 40
Minutes, Philadelphia Charter Commission, 1950.
Volume 41
Air Pollution Documents (New Mexico-South Dakota), 1953-1956.
Volume 42
Departmental Organizations, Budgets and Work Program, 1956-1957.
Volume 43
Council and Committees Membership, 1956-1957.
Volume 44
Details of Budget, 1956-1957.
Volume 45
Program of Work, 1956-1957.
Volume 46
Air Pollution Documents (K-New York City), 1956-1957.
Volume 47
Air Pollution Control Ordinance and Reference Proposals for Legislation, 1957.
Volume 48
Air Pollution Documents (New York State), 1957.
Volume 49
Incorporation of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, 1957.
Volume 50
Articles of Chamber of Commerce, 1957.
Volume 51
Research Department Documents, 1957-1958.
Volume 52
Commerce and Industry Scrapbook, 1962.
Volume 53
Commerce and Industry Scrapbook, 1963-1964.
Volume 54
School Facilities Survey, School District of Philadelphia, 1965.
Volume 55
Directory of State, Regional and Commercial Organizations, 1971.
Volume 56

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