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

An oral history given by Joseph Stratos Jr., a Philadelphia lawyer who was a close friend of Richardson Dilworth, Mayor of Philadelphia from 1956-1962. He was very active in Dilworth's campaigns and after Dilworth was elected to the mayor's office, worked for a time in the City Solicitor's office. He was also the liaison person between Dilworth's administration in City Hall and Bill Green, Sr., the head of the Democratic City Committee. Stratos gives an in-depth account of his friendship with Dilworth from their meeting while he was in college to Dilworth's death in 1974. Dilworth's political campaigns are also discussed.

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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

Joseph Stratos Jr. Oral History January 24 1979
Politicians, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Stratos, Joseph
Personal Names:
Dilworth, Richardson, 1898-1974, Dilworth, Ann, Clark, Joseph S., Jr.
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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