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 centers on Paul Ylvisaker , who was Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. In 1952, while he was teaching government and economics at Swarthmore College, he came to the attention of Joe Clark, who was then mayor of Philadelphia. Clark asked him to work for him, while still juggling his duties at Swarthmore. He helped Clark with budgetary matters and speech writing as well as other duties. A heart attack ensued due to the intense pressure of maintaining two roles and Ylvisaker decided to accept a job with the Ford Foundation, which would allow a slackening of pace.

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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:
Paul Ylvisaker Oral History November 14, 1977
Subject:
Politicians, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Narrator:
Ylvisaker, Paul
Date:
1977-11-14
Language:
English
Personal Names:
Clark, Joseph S.
Geographic Subject:
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:
AOHWMPJZ2015030023

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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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