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

Walter M. Phillips discusses his involvement in the Joseph Clark, prior Philadelphia mayor, administration as City Representative and Director of Commerce. He speaks briefly of a visit from President Richard Nixon in 1954 then describes the influence that Roosevelt and the New Deal had on the economic and social changes in Philadelphia at the time. The rest of the interview is spent discussing city planning, city policies, and the Better Philadelphia Exhibition in the late 1940's.

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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:
Walter M. Phillips Oral History, June 07, 1975
Subject:
Politicians, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Narrator:
Phillips, Walter Massey, 1912-1985
Date:
1975-06-07
Language:
English
Personal Names:
Clark, Joseph S., Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Geographic Subject:
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:
AOHWMPJZ2015050015

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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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