SPECTER, Arlen (1930-2012)
Senate Years of Service: 1981-2011

SPECTER, ARLEN, a Senator from Pennsylvania; born in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kans., February 12, 1930; attended the public schools; graduated, University of Pennsylvania 1951; graduated, Yale University Law School 1956; served in the United States Air Force 1951-1953; admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1956 and commenced practice in Philadelphia; assistant district attorney of Philadelphia 1959-1964; assistant counsel, President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (Warren Commission) 1964; district attorney of Philadelphia 1966-1974; resumed the practice of law 1974-1980; admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1979 and to the District of Columbia bar in 1983; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1980; reelected in 1986, 1992, 1998 and in 2004; changed party affiliation, becoming a Democrat on April 30, 2009; unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the Senate in 2010, and served from January 3, 1981, to January 3, 2011; chair, Select Committee on Intelligence (One Hundred Fourth Congress), Committee on Veterans Affairs (One Hundred Fifth and One Hundred Sixth Congresses, One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 20, 2001-June 6, 2001], One Hundred Eighth Congress), Committee on the Judiciary (One Hundred Ninth Congress); died October 14, 2012; interment in Shalom Memorial Park, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

Hagley Museum and Library
Greenville, DE
Papers: Litigation records pertaining to Penn Central bankruptcy in David C. Bevan papers, 1951-1979.

National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC
Papers: Over 100 entries in National Archives on-line catalog (archives.gov/research/arc) in collections in Washington and Presidential libraries including textual, photographs, and moving images.

Temple University Libraries
Rare Book and Manuscript Collections
Philadelphia, PA
Oral history: Interview in Walter Massey Phillips project, 1975-1980.

Temple University
Urban Archives
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In Americans for Democratic Action, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter records, 1947-1967.

Thomas Jefferson University-East Falls/ University of Pittsburgh
Arlen Specter Center / Archives & Special Collection, University Library System
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1930-2011, ca. 1500 linear feet. Senatorial and personal papers are arranged into the following ten groups: Pre-Senatorial Career; Legislative; Personal, Political and Official; Office Administration; Constituent Services; Public Relations and Media; Campaign; Awards and Memorabilia; Photographs; and Electronic Records. Collection open for research. Finding aid available online. Press releases and speeches digitized and available online. Selected documents and photographs digitized and available online. Managed jointly by both institutions.

University of Oklahoma
Political Commercial Archive
Norman, OK
Papers: 202 recordings. 1980-2004. Topical index on-line.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983.

Vanderbilt University
Television News Archive
Nashville, TN
Papers: 698 recordings. 1968-2012. Searchable data base index on-line.

  • Fenno, Richard F., Jr. Learning to Legislate: The Senate Education of Arlen Specter. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 1991.
  • Specter, Arlen, with Charles Robbins. Life Among the Cannibals: A Political Career, a Tea Party Uprising, and the End of Governing as We Know It. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2012.
  • Specter, Arlen, with Frank J. Scaturro. Never Give In: Battling Cancer in the Senate. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2008.
  • Specter, Arlen. Passion for Truth: From Finding JFK's Single Bullet to Questioning Anita Hill to Impeaching Clinton. New York: William Morrow, 2000.
  • ___. Police Guide to Search and Seizure Interrogation, and Confession. Philadelphia: Chilton Books, 1967.
  • U.S. Congress. Tributes Delivered in Congress: Arlen Specter, United States Senator, 1981-2011. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2012.