For Further Reading

A Bibliography on the History of
West Philadelphia and University City

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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

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