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
Lawrence M.C. Smith is interviewed on his early education and career in Washington before the founding of WFLN radio. Mr. Smith goes on to describe his work as chairman of the ADA, first in Washington and later in Philadelphia. Following his return to Philadelphia, Mr. Smith shares his views on Ed Bacon's Society Hill revival. In 1956 Mr. Smith and his wife Eleanor founded the Schuylkill Valley Nature 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.
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