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
Michael J. Byrne discusses his time in the Philadelphia Democratic Party as Deputy City Controller during the Joseph Clark Mayoral Administration. He describes the Democratic Party members from 1928 to the end of his career; including Dave Stern, owner of the newspaper "The Record." In his second interview, he discusses his early life and family. Byrne then describes the programs fulfilled by the city's political committees.
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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