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

Activist and political operative Lenore Berson discusses her and her husband Norman Berson's involvement in the civic and political improvement of Philadelphia. She gives background information on her family's involvement in Center City civic activities. She discusses the extensive development of the 8th ward and the Democratic City Committee as well as her husband's career as a State Legislator. The interview focuses on the black wards and their involvement in the Democratic reform of Philadelphia.

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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.

Record Details

Title:
Lenore Berson Oral History, November 16, 1978
Subject:
Politicians, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Narrator:
Berson, Lenore
Date:
1978-11-16
Language:
English
Personal Names:
Berson, Norman
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Repository Collection:
Walter Massey Phillips Oral Histories
Type:
Oral Histories
Contact:
Contact SCRC for the audio recording corresponding to this transcript.
Transcript Identifier:
AOHWMPJZ2014110017

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Transcript Note

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About This Collection

Walter Massey Phillips Oral Histories

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Walter M. Phillips initiated an oral history project, and between c. 1974 and 1980 interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders.
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