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

Senator Arlen Specter is interviewed on his early life and education before becoming an assistant DA in the City of Philadelphia. In particular, he describes his involvement in prosecution of the Teamsters Union which, according to the senator Specter, led Robert Kennedy to recruit him for the Hoffa prosecution. Senator Specter goes on to describe this work as Assistant Counsel for the Warren Commission and the development of the single bullet theory in the assassination of President Kennedy. The senator finishes the interview by describing his run for the office of District Attorney.

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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:
Arlen Specter Oral History, August 10, 1977
Subject:
Politicians, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Narrator:
Specter, Arlen
Date:
1977-08-10
Language:
English
Personal Names:
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Organization / Building:
Philadelphia (Pa) District Attorney's Office
Repository Collection:
Walter Massey Phillips Oral Histories
Type:
Oral Histories
Contact:
Contact SCRC for the audio recording corresponding to this transcript.
Transcript Identifier:
AOHWMPJZ2015050011

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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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