For Further Reading
A Bibliography on the History of
West Philadelphia and University City
There are a wide variety of materials that cover the history and development of Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, and University City. The following list is by no means comprehensive, but should provide a good start for any research on the area.
General histories of Philadelphia
- Russell F. Weigley (ed.), Philadelphia: A 300 Year History, 1982
- Thomas J. Scharf and Thompson Westcott, History of Philadelphia, 1609-1884, 3 vols., 1884
- John Cotter, The Buried Past: An Archaeological History of Philadelphia, 1992
Histories specific to West Philadelphia and University City
- Joseph Minardi, Historic Architecture in West Philadelphia, 1789-1930s, 2011
- Leon S. Rosenthal, A History of Philadelphia's University City, 1963
- M. Lafitte Viera, West Philadelphia Illustrated: Early History of West Philadelphia and Its Environs; Its People and Its Historical Points, 1903
Some books with sections dealing with West Philadelphia
- Sam Bass Warner, The Private City, 1968, see Chapter IX
- John R. Stilgoe, Borderland: Origins of the American Suburb, 1820-1939, 1988, see Chapter 12
- Robert Shackleton, The Book of Philadelphia, 1918, see Chapter XVII "A College Town Within the City"
- Essays by Christopher Morley collected in Ken Kalfus, editor, Christopher Morley's Philadelphia, 1990, see "In West Philadelphia" and "The University and the Urchin"
- Joseph Jackson, Market Street, Philadelphia, (1918?), see Chapter XXV "West Philadelphia-Washington Street and the West Chester Road-Hamiltonville"
Resources on the World Wide Web
- Van Pelt Library at The University of Pennsylvania has prepared a Resource Guide on Philadelphia history with an emphasis on West Philadelphia
- The Philadelphia City Planning Commission created a Plan for West Philadelphia in 1994
- Information on many sites and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places is available at UCHS's Historic Districts page
- The University City Review, the neighborhood's weekly newspaper. See what's happening now.