About this Collection
Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)
About this Interview
Robert W. Crawford, former commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, is interviewed about his early career as well as his work for the city. In particular, Mr. Crawford talks about his work with Mr. Frederic Mann on improving the condition of the Department and their joint effort in improving recreation facilities throughout the city. He goes into detail regarding some of the difficulties faced by the department during the beginning of his tenure including issues with employees as well as disagreements with members of the city council. At the time of the interview, Mr. Crawford had been commissioner of this department for over twenty-one years.
Biographical / Historical Note
Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.
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