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
George Schermer was the Executive Director of Philadelphia's Human Relations Commission from 1953-63. In this oral history he gives his account of his commission's actions and policies in regards to race relations in Philadelphia. He also gives his analysis of race relations at the time from a standpoint of class and what his commission did to improve them.
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.
- George Schermer Oral History May 2, 1976
- Municipal charters, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- Schermer, George
- Personal Names:
- Dilworth, Richardson, 1898-1974, Clark, Joseph S., Tate, James H. J. (James Hugh Joseph), 1910-1983
- Geographic Subject:
- 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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