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Project Planning, Evaluation and Documentation in Community Arts: ARTE 3089SCRC

A guide to using materials in the Special Collections Research Center.

Guide to the Special Collections Research Center

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The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is the principal repository for and steward of Temple University Libraries’ rare books, manuscripts, archives and University records. We collect, preserve, and make accessible primary resources and rare or unique materials, so as to stimulate, enrich, and support research, teaching, learning, and administration at Temple University and beyond.

First time visitors should create an SCRC Researcher Account. To do that follow this link and click on either “Temple University Affiliates” or "Non-Temple Affilates."  You’ll need this account in order to request materials for your own research in the future.


Selected SCRC Resources

Archival Collections


Digitized Collections

Digitize photographs from our collection can be found here.  The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Photographs, the Housing Association of The Delaware Valley Photographs, the City Parks Association Photographs  are good starting places for historical photographs of the Philadelphia and the surrounding region.


Newspaper Clippings and Photographs

The clipping and photograph files of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and the Philadelphia Inquirer are great resources for getting up to speed on how a particular topic was covered in the popular press at the time.  You can search by subject (“Puerto Ricans” or “Germantown”) or personal names, ("Frank Rizzo").  

For a tutorial on how to request news clippings and photographs see this link


Secondary Sources and Non-Temple Materials

For help locating secondary sources, search terms, or subject headings, I recommend contacting your subject specialist, Jill Luedke

The Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network has digitized version of Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, and many others, which you can layer over Google Maps using their Interactive Maps Viewer.

Philadelphia Architects and Buildings is another great resource

Research Help

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Josue Hurtado
Special Collections Research Center
Temple University Libraries
1900 N. 13th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19122