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
This oral history is given by Mercer Tate, who was a lawyer and a Democratic leader of the Ninth Ward. He had been a ward leader since 1974, and as such, was on the Democratic City Committee. He was a member of the Police Advisory Board from 1961-69, and its chairman from 1965-69. He has been a member and President of the Fellowship Commission as well, and discusses the actions of the Police Advisory Board as well as his involvement in the Democratic City Committee in this history.
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.
- Mercer Tate Oral History May 7, 1980
- Social problems, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- Tate, Mercer D.
- Personal Names:
- Tate, James H. J. (James Hugh Joseph), 1910-1983, Rizzo, Frank, 1920-1991
- Geographic Subject:
- Philadelphia (Pa.)
- Organization / Building:
- Police Advisory Board (Philadelphia, Pa.), Democratic City Committee (Philadelphia, Pa.)
- Repository Collection:
- Walter Massey Phillips Oral Histories
- Oral Histories
- Contact SCRC for the audio recording corresponding to this transcript.
- Transcript Identifier:
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