James Smart's Philadelphia
at the Urban Archives, Paley Library, Temple University
13th and Berks Streets, Philadelphia -- 215-204-8257
The Urban Archives houses, among its vast collection of Philadelphia research material, the Library of the old Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. James Smart was a 25-year staff member of The Bulletin, and later a frequent contributor. He later worked as an editor, public relations executive, author and in related occupations. He is gradually providing his papers and other materials to the Archives, to give others access to his research and writings.
Written by James Smart:
Bicentennial Diary: Reports of news in Philadelphia 200 years on each date, published in Evening Bulletin Sept. 1974 through Sept. 1976 -- research notes, carbons, clippings, list of nearly 100 sources.
Revolutionary Bulletin: history of the American Revolution with Philadelphia emphasis, tabloid, published monthly in 1976 in the Sunday Bulletin
20 Decades of American History: a 20 newspaper page U. S. history published in the Bulletin on July 4, 1976
The Bell Moves at Midnight: dedicatory poem read at ceremony when Liberty Bell was moved from Independence Hall at midnight, 1975-76
Other Bicentennial material:
Bicentennial Daybook: daily research on the Revolution issued by National Park Service, Sept. '74 to Dec. '76 1976
Bicentennial celebration: material on proposals and planning, assembled by Smart from the late 1960s to 1977, including plans, reports, publications, clippings, news releases, ephemera
Philadelphia July 4 Celebrations: 1960 to 1990: news releases, letters, notes, programs of city ceremonies and events, tickets to reserved seats, other ephemera
Century IV celebration: 1982 (300th anniversary of founding of Philadelphia:) news releases, etc. We the People 200: 1987 (20th anniversary of U. S. Constitution) news releases, etc.
Material on the founding, history and activities of civic activist organization, 1968 to 1973 (Smart was vice president.)
OLD FORT MIFFLIN:
Shackamaxon Society's major project was restoration and administration of historic Fort Mifflin, beginning in 1968. Files of Shackamaxon's activities, historical research, maps, photos (many color slides of restoration work, military re-enactments, etc.) 1968 to 1973
BUILDING & REALTY RECORD:
Tabloid newspaper covering Philadelphia area real estate and construction; copies from founding in 1952 to closing in 1981; valuable resource of history of local residential and commercial development, particularly when it was a weekly paper in the 1950s and '60s; business records from Smart's tenure as publisher, 1977 to 1981.
DELAWARE VALLEY BUSINESS:
Monthly local business magazine; copies and business records from Smart's tenure as publisher, 1980 to 1983; some back copies and ephemera from previous publisher
Guidebooks, annual reports of city departments and agencies, and related research material, most from the 1960s
MORE MATERIAL WILL BE ADDED TO THE COLLECTION PERIODICALLY