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

James McCarey of the Philadelphia Fire Department is interviewed about his early work as president of a union in the wallpaper industry before joining the Philadelphia fire department. Mr. McCarey talks about the challenges he faced attempting to set up labor unions in and around Philadelphia. He then goes on to discuss the training he underwent in order to become a fireman as well as his work negotiating between city hall and the fire companies.

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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:
James McCarey Oral History, January 1, 1980
Subject:
Municipal government, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Narrator:
McCarey, James
Date:
1980-01-14
Language:
English
Personal Names:
Tate, James H. J. (James Hugh Joseph), 1910-1983
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Organization / Building:
Fire Department of Philadelphia (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:
AOHWMPJZ2015050007

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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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