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
University of Pennsylvania president Gaylord P. Harnwell recounts his career since graduating college at Haverford College. From Haverford, Harnwell traveled to Cambridge, Princeton, and Cal Tech before getting his first job at the University of Pennsylvania in the physics department. Part of his job was to fundraise for the department and to help raise money to build a new physics building. His fundraising efforts eventually led to his position as president of the University of Pennsylvania. His fundraising efforts for the university brought him around the world. Harnwell was also engaged in local politics, but did not serve in office.
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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