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
William Zucker was a professor of management at the Wharton School and Associate Director of the Entrepreneurial Center at Wharton (U. of Pa.). Dr. Zucker has been involved in research studying minority entrepreneurship in Pennsylvania. He served as president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Economic Development Companies (SPECDO). This involved an integrated group of four companies, including the Development Fund, Development Corporation, SPDF Realty Corp., and the Job Loan Corp. In this oral history he talks about the time he spent in each organization and its impact on the city of Philadelphia as well as the region.
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.
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