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The archives of The Philadelphia Contributionship span the period from 1752 until the present. They comprise roughly 300 linear feet and consist of Minutes of the Board of Directors, Committee Minutes, Treasurer's Reports, ledgers, surveyors' books and other underwriting registers.

In addition to these basic records are the correspondence files of treasurers and directors as well as assorted miscellaneous files such as publications, real estate, and as separate listings within this group, volunteer fire companies and mutual fire insurance companies. The company also maintains its canceled surveys and policies. Researchers draw most heavily upon these latter files for details on individual properties as well as more general information on the socio-economic structure of the city in prior years.

Surveys and other key records can be found on this website by selecting the "Collections" tab above. Minutes of the Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Contributionship are available at the Contributionship Digital Archives, and more information about the company can be found on the website of the Philadelphia Contributionship.

You may also find relevant information in this institution's Online Public Access Catalog.


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