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

Lee, former president of the Western Savings Fund Society of Philadelphia, is asked to recall the formation of the Greater Philadelphia Movement. He had been president of Western Savings Fund since 1939, so he did not have any role in the formation of the GPM, he simply joined it. Phillips, the interviewer, then asks how Lee got interested in Housing Authority and Lee said that he joined because he was asked to join and ended up serving ten years. Jim Tate, a Democratic politician, allegedly fired Lee after ten years because he was a Republican. As a member of the Housing Authority, Lee singles out his experiences building public housing projects and individual homes in Philadelphia. Due to the large number of individual homes, he described Philadelphia as a "city of homes."

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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:
P. Blair Lee Oral History, October 31, 1978
Subject:
City planning, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Narrator:
Lee, P. Blair
Date:
1978-10-31
Language:
English
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:
AOHWMPJZ2015010021

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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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