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.
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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This is a transcript of a tape-recorded interview. The interviewee/narrator read the transcript and made minor corrections, but the reader should bear in mind that it represents a transcription of the spoken word.
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