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

First Interview: Dr. Norman R. Ingraham worked in public health after his medical schooling. He made the transition because he was interested in syphilis control. He also worked at Philadelphia General Hospital with syphilitic mothers and their children. Then he went on to the University of Pennsylvania to take up dermatology and syphilology. He left the university and eventually became head of the venereal division of the state of New Jersey. With federal funding, Ingraham organized the Institute for the Control of Syphilis (later known as the Study of Venereal Disease) and remained the administrative head of the organized until the organization disbanded in about 1954. Ingraham went on to personally treat the first syphilitic pregnant women that were ever treated with penicillin and to participate in national endeavors to eradicate the disease. Second Interview: Ingraham recalls the organization of a new charter by the Board of Health and funding negotiations to bring better medical care to Philadelphia. Third Interview: Ingraham continues outlining the health planning development in the city administration and in the community at large. The involvement of the federal government in the 1960s and 1970s supported this development through funding and programming.

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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

Norman R. Ingraham Oral History, June 19, 1978
Social reformers, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Ingraham, Norman R.
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Repository Collection:
Walter Massey Phillips Oral Histories
Oral Histories
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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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