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

Interview with Henry Sawyer, a lawyer and city councilman whose interests lied heavily in civil rights. He talks about his life and education prior to working in Philadelphia, his relationships with Richardson Dilworth, Jim Tate and others, and his civil rights work such as bringing suits against Philadelphia police for discrimination.

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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:
Henry Sawyer Oral History, October 19, 1976
Subject:
Civic improvement, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Narrator:
Sawyer, Henry
Date:
1976-10-19
Language:
English
Personal Names:
Clark, Jim, Tate, James H. J. (James Hugh Joseph), 1910-1983, Rizzo, Frank, 1920-1991, Dilworth, Richardson, 1898-1974
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Organization / Building:
Industrial Development Corporation (Philadelphia, Pa.), Society Hill Club (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:
AOHWMPJZ2015020006

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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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