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

Richard J. McConnell is interviewed on his early career before becoming Director of Finance for the Philadelphia city government. Mr. McConnell goes on to describe the city's financial condition during the Clark and Dilworth administrations. In particular, he discusses his work with the Greater Philadelphia Movement in the development of a Food Distribution Center. Mr. McConnell finishes the interview by describing his decision to leave the position of Finance Director in order to become head of the Food Distribution Center.

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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:
Richard J. McConnell Oral History, July 22, 1976
Subject:
Municipal officials and employees, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Narrator:
McConnell, Richard J.
Date:
1976-07-22
Language:
English
Personal Names:
Clark, Joseph S., Jr., Dilworth, Richardson, 1898-1974, Tate, James H. J. (James Hugh Joseph), 1910-1983
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Organization / Building:
Greater Philadelphia Movement
Repository Collection:
Walter Massey Phillips Oral Histories
Type:
Oral Histories
Contact:
Contact SCRC for the audio recording corresponding to this transcript.
Transcript Identifier:
AOHWMPJZ2015050008

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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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