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
Martin Meyerson, best known as a United States city planner and president of the University of Pennsylvania, recalls his early training at Harvard University and his work with the City Planning Commission when it was first established. He also briefly discusses a national organization he started called "ACTION," or the American Council to Improve Our Neighborhoods, before becoming president of the university. Meyerson goes on to discuss city and university involvement in city planning in Philadelphia, university strengths by department, and recruitment of faculty and students to the university.
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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