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
Peter J. Camiel, prior state senator, discusses his career in Philadelphia politics. Camiel covers his relationship with Frank Rizzo, former Police Commissioner and Philadelphia Mayor, and their tribulations including attempted bribery, false accusations, excoriation, and unknown surveillance of Camiel and his family. He goes further into Rizzo's financial support systems and how he attempted and finally succeeded in unseating Camiel from senate.
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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