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.

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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:
Martin Meyerson Oral History, December 22, 1978
Subject:
City planning, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Narrator:
Meyerson, Martin.
Date:
1978-12-22
Language:
English
Personal Names:
Mitchell, Bob, Meyerson, Martin
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Organization / Building:
City Planning Commission (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:
AOHWMPJZ2015010037

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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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