Industrial and Environmental history in Philadelphia
I'm considering researching the historically industrial neighborhoods of the city with an eye towards their environmental impact (pollution, health issues, why they were geographically located where they were, etc.) for a history grad school class, and I was wondering if the collective brain power of PS had any suggestions for resources.
I'm still in the very early planning stages (as in, my professor just e-mailed me that he thinks the topic is interesting), but I was hoping to see if anyone knew of databases/stats/reports that have been recorded as the city developed, or even any secondary literature that they know of. I don't have a particular time frame or neighborhood nailed down- I want to keep my options open now- but I think the mid-nineteenth century through the 1930's are probably going to be useful.
Naturally, Temple's Urban Archives is on my list to go through.
Just wanted to see if there were any interesting suggestions floating out there.
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