Richardson Dilworth papers 1881-2002, undated 1940 - 1972
The papers of Richardson Dilworth include correspondence, office files, accounts, reports, political campaign materials, brochures, pamphlets, scrapbooks, and photographs that primarily pertain to the immediate years before and after he became mayor of Philadelphia (1956-1962). The collection also contains papers related to Dilworth́s role on the Philadelphia Board of Education, his failed run for Pennsylvania governor, and from his law firm Dilworth Paxson LLP.
This collection documents the career of Richardson Dilworth, primarily in the form of office records generated in the years before and after he served as mayor of Philadelphia. These papers consist of correspondence, reports, political campaign materials, brochures, pamphlets, and scrapbooks. Additionally the collection contains Dilworth́s office files related to his law work, Board of Education activities, city planning, housing, civic organizations and projects, the Reading Railroad receivership, and the Pennsylvania Governoŕs Committee on Transportation. There is also a sizeable amount of Dilworth́s personal correspondence, as well as clippings he collected on various politicians, campaigns, and political, cultural, and social issues related to Philadelphia. Other material includes photographs, check stubs, typescripts of speeches, and papers related to the naming and dedication of the Richardson Dilworth International Terminal at Philadelphia International Airport. The collection also features personal documents from Dilworth's numerous trips abroad, including files related to his trip on the ill-fated SS Andrea Doria.This collection provides an extraordinary behind-the-scenes view of Philadelphia from the perspective of one of the most influential persons in public office and in the political reform movement of the city. These papers would be of special interest to researchers on Philadelphia politics, education, urban development, city planning, and United States political history during the 1950s and 1960s.
Folders 5-6 in Box 187 are restricted until Deborah D. Bishoṕs death. The rest of the collection is open for research.
Processing Information: This collection was processed as part of the Civic Engagement Collections Project. Funding for this project was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and Dilworth Paxson LLP. Processing was completed in December 2010. The collection was processed using guidelines based on the "More Product, Less Process" approach to archival processing. This collection was composed of several accessions aquired by HSP at different points in time. Some of these accessions were already organized presumably by Dilworth himself by subject in alphabetical order. Other accessions were organized by subject but not in alphabetical order or not organized in any discernible manner. Box level description reflects subject files in Dilworth's original order (not always alphabetical). In cases where old folders have been replaced titles have been transcribed exactly as in the original. Several folders featured a number that seems to correspond to a classification system used by Dilworth́s office. These numbers have also been transcribed. As part of the ́More Product, Less Procesś approach the number of newspaper clippings selected to be photocopied was kept to a minimum. Researchers interested in the scrapbooks should be aware that, due to brittleness, several of these items are difficult to handle. A good number of newspapers clippings in the collection are also brittle. Since all of these come from 20th century publications researchers have the option to consult the Historical Society of Pennsylvania newspaper holdings.
87.7 Linear feet ; 258 boxes, 19 volumes, 7 flat files
1940 - 1972