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.