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.
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.
- Richard J. McConnell Oral History, July 22, 1976
- Municipal officials and employees, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- McConnell, Richard J.
- 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
- Oral Histories
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- Transcript Identifier:
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