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."
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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