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Series VIII. Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice, 1975-1977

Scope and Content Notes:

"I received a March 1975 phone call at home from Attorney General Levi [who] asked if I wished to be considered for the post of Assistant Attorney General in Washington ... While it was hard to give up a post in my home town of Pittsburgh, I simply could not pass up the challenging opportunity to assist in the rehabilitation of the Justice Department in the post-Watergate era" ("Evidence" draft, p. 210). Thornburgh was sworn in as Assistant Attorney General on July 8, 1975, to head the Criminal Division. The Criminal Division was made up of sections that dealt with organized crime and racketeering, fraud, government regulation, narcotics, internal security, management and labor, and general crimes. Jim Seif and Jay Waldman, two men who worked in Thornburgh's U.S. Attorney's Office and continued later to work with Thornburgh during his governorship, joined Thornburgh as special assistants.

In addition to personnel changes, the structure of the Division was modified as well to reflect new priorities. "To support a stepped-up effort against public corruption, we ... created a Public Integrity Section that could take charge of corruption cases that a U.S. attorney was unable or unwilling to handle. I considered the creation of this section the most important contribution of my tenure at the Criminal Division" ( Evidence, p. 64).

An ongoing project to which Thornburgh attached himself was the recodification of federal criminal law, but the "central task of comprehensive reform remains unfinished today" ( Evidence, p. 67). Thornburgh's keen interest in promoting reform continues into his "Ongoing Career," and is evidenced in the online speeches and op-eds.

"In 1976, Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford in the presidential election, and my tenure at the department drew to a close" ( Evidence, p. 71). When Carter was inaugurated Thornburgh was "the most senior remaining member of Attorney General Levi's team to remain in office. Because of a delay in the confirmation of President Carter's choice for attorney general, Griffin Bell, I became the Acting Attorney General at 12 noon on January 20, 1977 and remained in that position for the next five days ... I reverted back to acting deputy attorney general when Judge Bell arrived" ("Evidence" draft, p.254).

Thornburgh resigned as assistant attorney general effective March 12, 1977, and in an accompanying letter to President Carter's new Attorney General, Griffin Bell, he identified areas of concern for the department as "white collar crime, official corruption, organized crime and trafficking in narcotics and dangerous drugs" ("Evidence" draft p.255), tasks beyond the reach of state and local law enforcement agencies. In closing the letter he states: "There is not, and never has been, anything necessarily inconsistent between a forceful and aggressive law enforcement effort and the absolute observance of the civil rights and civil liberties of all of our citizens ... So, in the final analysis, it is an important part of our professional responsibilities to ensure that such is not the case" ("Evidence" draft, p. 257).

"Long before I left Washington in March of 1977 to return to Pittsburgh, there had been widespread speculation that I would seek the Pennsylvania governor's office in the following year's election. This had been fueled, in part, by Governor Shapp's charges of 'political' prosecutions against his administration. But the most potent argument for my prospective candidacy derived from public concern about corruption and mismanagement in state government and the widely-acknowledged need to 'clean up Harrisburg'" ("Evidence" draft, p. 259).

Subseries 1. Speeches

Scope and Content Notes:

Information listed on the folders includes: speech title (if known), group or event to which it was delivered, and location. Relevant additional information can be found in the "Events" Section which follows. The folders contain final copies of the speeches and drafts (when available). The speeches are available here online and can be searched for topics of particular interest.


Box 47
Folder 1 List of Speeches and Testimony Given by Richard L. Thornburgh, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division July 1975 - February 1977
Folder 2 Graduating Class Career Prosecutor Course, National College of District Attorneys, Bates College of Law, University of Texas, Houston, TX July 25, 1975
Folder 3 "Challenges to Law Enforcement," Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, Inc., Rhinelander, WI August 19, 1975
Folder 4 Graduating Class Advanced International Drug Enforcement School #12, Washington, D.C. August 29, 1975
Folder 5 Excerpts, Pitt Law Alumni Dinner, Pittsburgh, PA September 26, 1975
Folder 6 Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Committee on the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives Concerning Bills to Provide for Compensation to Victims of Crime, Washington, D.C. November 18, 1975
Folder 7 "Organized Crime - A Community Concern," Annual Conference of the National Association of Citizens' Crime Commissions, Biloxi, MS December 1, 1975
Folder 8 "Criminal Collections - A New Slant," Eastern Region Collections Conference for United States Attorneys, Providence, RI December 2, 1975
Folder 9 Fourth Controlled Substance Unit Conference, New Orleans, LA December 9, 1975
Folder 10 Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa, FL December 19, 1975
Folder 11 "The Federal Role in Law Enforcement," Annual Jaycee Week Banquet of the Hanover Jaycees, Hanover, PA January 22, 1976
Folder 12 "The Justice Department's View of the Bank Protection Act," Seventh National Conference on Bank Security, New Orleans, LA January 26, 1976
Folder 13 House Committee on Ways and Means on Legislation Concerning Tax Return Confidentiality, Washington, D.C. January 28, 1976
Folder 14 Pittsburgh Jaycees Man of the Year Award, Pittsburgh, PA February 1, 1976
Folder 15 "White Collar Crime," United States Department of Commerce, California Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles, CA February 3, 1976
Folder 16 Attorneys of the Criminal Division, Washington, D.C. February 12, 1976
Folder 17 "Lawyers and Public Integrity," Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA March 11, 1976
Folder 18 "Crime and the Business Community," Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Harrisburg Area, New Cumberland, PA March 26, 1976
Folder 19 "Partners in Crime Prevention and Enforcement, " National Cargo Security Conference, Washington, D.C. March 31, 1976
Folder 20 "Prevention and Enforcement - a Dual Response to the Rise in Crime," National Crime Prevention Association, Chicago, IL April 8, 1976
Folder 21 "Law Day, 1976 - A Government of Laws, Not of Men," San Antonio Bar Association, San Antonio, TX April 27, 1976
Folder 22 "Law Day, 1976 - A Government of Laws, Not of Men," Montgomery County Bar Association and Montgomery Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL April 29, 1976
Folder 23 "Law Day, 1976 - A Government of Laws, Not of Men," Allegheny County Bar Association, Pittsburgh, PA April 30, 1976
Folder 24 "The Effort to Contain Organized Crime - an Overview," Institute on Organized Crime, Philadelphia, PA May 4, 1976
Folder 25 "Crime and Prevention: A Balance Sheet Approach," Pennsylvania Bankers Association, Atlantic City, New Jersey May 25, 1976
Folder 26 "A Professional Approach to the Professional Criminal," Conference for a Safe Ohio, Columbus, OH May 27, 1976
Folder 27 "Fair Trial-Free Press Issues," Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia, Hershey, PA May 28, 1976
Folder 28 "To the Graduate: a Plea for the Healthy Skeptic," Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA May 29, 1976
Folder 29 "Toward the Assurance of Public Integrity," Cleveland Chapter, Federal Bar Association, Bar Association of Greater Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, Cleveland, OH June 8, 1976
Folder 30 Draft Findings and Recommendations of the Federal Advisory Committee on False Identification, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. June 14, 1976
Folder 31 Senate Bill 1343 the Right to Financial Privacy Act of 1973, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Washington, D.C. June 17, 1976
Folder 32 "The Prosecutor's Role in the Search for 'The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth,' " The Criminal Law Section State Bar of Wisconsin, Fontana, WI June 18, 1976
Folder 33 "A New Partnership in Crime Prevention," Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Albuquerque, NM July 20, 1976
Folder 34 "The Prosecutor and Drug Abuse," Fifth Controlled Substances Conspiracy Conference, Minneapolis, MN July 22, 1976
Folder 35 Activities of the Interagency Committee on Auto Theft Prevention, Washington, D.C. August 4, 1976
Folder 36 "New Limitations to Combat Corruption in Government," Better Government Association, Chicago, IL August 6, 1976
Folder 37 "New Challenges Under the Speedy Trial Act of 1974," Judicial Administration Division American Bar Association, Atlanta, GA August 7, 1976
Folder 38 "White Collar Crime - An Overview," Federal Bar Association, Washington, D.C. September 16, 1976
Folder 39 "Priorities in Federal Law Enforcement," Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board, Pittsburgh, PA September 24, 1976
Folder 40 Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D.C. September 28, 1976
Folder 41 "The Challenges of Crime," National Institute of Municipal Law Offices, Las Vegas, NV October 12, 1976
Folder 42 "Federal Role in Law Enforcement," Annual Federal Law Enforcement Dinner, Western District of Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI October 21, 1976
Folder 43 "Federal Initiatives Against Public Corruption," Public Contract Law Sections of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and Unified District of Columbia Bar Association, Washington, D.C. November 1, 1976
Folder 44 "The Federal Role in Law Enforcement," Blair County Bar Association, Hollidaysburg, PA November 5, 1976
Folder 45 "Cargo Security and the Justice Department," American Tracking Association, Inc. Security Council Meeting, Arlington, VA December 7, 1976
Folder 46 "The War on Organized Crime: New Directions and New Priorities," Federal Law Enforcement Association, New Orleans, LA December 9, 1976
Folder 47 "Some Thoughts about Criminal Justice ... and the Criminal Division," Rotary Club of Manassas, Manassas, VA December 15, 1976
Folder 48 "Federal Assistance to State Prosecutors," Prosecutor's Institute of the DE Law School of Widener College, Wilmington, DE January 11, 1977
Folder 49 "Cooperation in Crime Prevention, Is there any Alternative?" Securities Industry Association Forum on Lost Securities, New York, NY January 14, 1977
Folder 50 House Subcommittee on Appropriations, Washington, D.C. February 9, 1977
Folder 51 Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Committee on the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. February 23, 1977
Folder 52 "Program Fraud - a Continuing Challenge," Joint Department of Justice, Department of Housing and Urban Development Training Seminar, Quantico, VA March 2, 1977
Folder 53 Various Undated Speech Drafts 1975-1977

Subseries 2. News Releases

Scope and Content Notes:

Folders of releases are arranged chronologically. These news releases were issued by the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and deal with all major topics involving the department, including its criminal investigations. The releases are available here online and may be searched for topics of particular interest.

Folder 54 October, 1975-February, 1977

Subseries 3. Events

Scope and Content Notes:

Folders here are arranged chronologically and the information listed includes event name and location. There is a depth of material available, for example: invitations, correspondence, schedules, background memos, personal notes of Thornburgh's and ephemera. Additionally there may be remarks of a more informal nature which are not included in the online speech files.

Folder 55 Commission on Review of National Policy Toward Gambling, Philadelphia, PA May 29, 1975

Box 48
Folder 1 Commission on Review of National Policy Toward Gambling, Philadelphia, PA May 29, 1975
Folder 2 Teacher Training Institute, Fairfax, VA July 9, 1975
Folder 3 Federal Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA July 21, 1975
Folder 4 National College of District Attorneys, University of Houston, Career Prosecutor Course Graduation, Houston, TX July 25, 1975
Folder 5 Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, Inc., Rhinelander, WI August 19, 1975
Folder 6 Advanced International Drug Enforcement School #12 Graduation, Washington, D.C. August 29, 1975
Folder 7-8 White House Conference on Domestic and Economic Affairs, St. Louis, MO September 12, 1975
Folder 9 PA Tavern Association 22nd Annual Convention, Harrisburg, PA September 22, 1975
Folder 10 "Marie Torre Show", Pittsburgh, PA September 23, 1975
Folder 11 First Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, PA September 23, 1975
Folder 12 Pitt Law Alumni Dinner, Pittsburgh, PA September 26, 1975
Folder 13 Third Collection Conference for Assistant United States Attorneys, Paraprofessionals and Clerks, Attorney General's Institute, Atlanta, GA September 30, 1975
Folder 14 National Conference on Organized Crime, Washington, D.C. October 1, 1975
Folder 15 Omnibus Hearing Demonstration Program, Jacksonville, FL October 2-3, 1975
Folder 16 Conference for Business Executives on Federal Government Operations, Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C. October 7, 1975
Folder 17 Justice Wives Club, Tour of the Justice Building, Washington, D.C. October 20, 1975
Folder 18 53rd Convention of the Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women, Pittsburgh, PA October 21,1975
Folder 19 Attorney General's Senior Executives Seminar, Quantico, VA October 30, 1975
Folder 20 Central Pennsylvania Pitt Club Alumni Association, Harrisburg, PA November 7, 1975
Folder 21 Wheeling Bureau of Police, Wheeling, WV November 12, 1975
Folder 22 Scripps-Howard Newspapers Debate on Editorial Policy, Washington, D.C. November 13, 1975
Folder 23 United States Attorneys' Conference, Tucson, AZ November 19, 1975
Folder 24 Annual Conference of the National Association of Citizens Crime Commissions, Biloxi, MS December 1, 1975
Folder 25 Controlled Substance Conspiracy Conference, New Orleans, LA December 9, 1975
Folder 26 Attorney General's 26th Annual Awards Ceremony, Washington, D.C. December 11, 1975
Folder 27 Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section Chief's Meeting, Washington, D.C. December 17, 1975
Folder 28 Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce "Forecast '76 - Finance," Tampa, FL December 19, 1975
Folder 29 Meeting with Paul Marcus Concerning the Crime of Conspiracy, Washington, D.C. December 29, 1975
Folder 30 Purchasing Management Association of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA January 20, 1976
Folder 31 Annual Hanover Area Jaycees Bosses Night Banquet, Hanover, PA January 22, 1976
Folder 32 National Conference on Bank Security, New Orleans, LA January 26, 1976
Folder 33 Pittsburgh Jaycees Dinner: Thornburgh Man of the Year, Pittsburgh, PA February 1, 1976
Folder 34 Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce "Crimes Against Business" Seminar, Los Angeles, CA February 3, 1976
Folder 35 Drug Enforcement Administration Conference of Domestic and Foreign Directors, Washington, D.C. February 24, 1976

Box 49
Folder 1 Harrisburg Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Harrisburg, PA March 5, 1976
Folder 2 Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA March 11, 1976
Folder 3 Annual Dinner of the Radio and Television Correspondents Association, Washington, D.C. March 25, 1976
Folder 4 Villanova Law School Student Bar Association, Villanova, PA March 31, 1976
Folder 5 Mercersburg Academy Magazine Interview, Mercersburg, PA April 7, 1976
Folder 6 National Crime Prevention Association, Chicago, IL April 8, 1976
Folder 7 Federal Criminal Investigators Association Law Enforcement Seminar, Arlington, VA April 24, 1976
Folder 8 San Antonio Bar Association Law Day Luncheon, San Antonio, TX April 27, 1976
Folder 9 Joint Montgomery City and County Bar Association Dinner, Montgomery, AL April 29, 1976
Folder 10 Allegheny County Bar Association Law Day U.S.A. Luncheon, Pittsburgh, PA April 30, 1976
Folder 11 Citizens Crime Commission of Philadelphia, Institute on Organized Crime, Philadelphia, PA May 4, 1976
Folder 12 School of Law, University of Pittsburgh Graduation, Pittsburgh, PA May 8, 1976
Folder 13 PA Bar Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA May 14, 1976
Folder 14 Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Bicentennial Luncheon, Pittsburgh, PA May 15, 1976
Folder 15 Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, Atlantic City, NJ May 25, 1976
Folder 16 Conference for a Safe Ohio, Columbus, OH May 27, 1976
Folder 17 Annual Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit, Hershey, PA May 28, 1976
Folder 18 Washington and Jefferson College Commencement, Washington, PA May 29, 1976
Folder 19 Robert Morris College Commencement, Coraopolis, PA June 6, 1976
Folder 20 Cleveland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Cleveland, OH June 8, 1976
Folder 21 Crime Prevention/Preservation of Order Luncheon, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD June 9, 1976
Folder 22 Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Fontana, WI June 18, 1976
Folder 23 Virginia State Bar, Alexandria, VA July 9, 1976
Folder 24 Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting, Albuquerque, NM July 20, 1976
Folder 25 Controlled Substance Conspiracy Conference, Minneapolis, MN July 22, 1976
Folder 26 "Good Morning America" Appearance, New York, NY July 26, 1976
Folder 27 Better Government Association Membership Luncheon, Chicago, IL August 6, 1976
Folder 28 American Bar Association Judicial Administration Division's Joint Luncheon, Atlanta, GA August 7, 1976
Folder 29 Federal Bar Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. September 16, 1976
Folder 30 Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board Luncheon, Pittsburgh, PA September 24, 1976
Folder 31 National Institute of Municipal Law Officers Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV October 12, 1976
Folder 32 Annual Federal Law Enforcement Dinner, Grand Rapids, MI October 21, 1976
Folder 33 "America Remembers," Veterans Day, Arlington National Cemetery, VA October 25, 1976
Folder 34 Yale Law School Advisory Conference on White Collar Crime, Mt. Kisco, NY October 29, 1976
Folder 35 American Bar Association Luncheon, Washington, D.C. November 1, 1976
Folder 36 Blair County Bar Association, Hollidaysburg, PA November 5, 1976
Folder 37 Allegheny County League of Women Voters Luncheon "Man of the Year Award" to Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Pittsburgh, PA November 12, 1976
Folder 38 Conference Board's International Council, New York, NY December 2, 1976
Folder 39 WJAC "Viewpoint" Discussion of "Effective Law Enforcement," Johnstown, PA December 3, 1976
Folder 40 American Trucking Associations, Inc., Security Council, Arlington, VA December 7, 1976
Folder 41 Federal Law Enforcement Association, New Orleans, LA December 9, 1976
Folder 42 Pennsylvania Society Annual Dinner, New York, NY December 11, 1976

Box 50
Folder 1 Attorney General's Annual Awards Ceremony, Washington, D.C. December 14, 1976
Folder 2 Manassas Rotary Club, Manassas, VA December 15, 1976
Folder 3 Prosecutor's Institute DE Law School of Widener College, Wilmington, DE January 11, 1977
Folder 4 Securities Industry Association, New York, NY January 14, 1977
Folder 5 President's Commission on Whitehouse Fellowships, Washington, D.C. January 18, 1977
Folder 6 Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Justice Seminar on Program Abuse, Quantico, VA March 2, 1977
Folder 7 National Flexible Packaging Association, West Palm Beach, FL March 25, 1977
Folder 8 Invitations to Events 1975 - 1977

Subseries 4. Correspondence

Scope and Content Notes:

Folders are arranged chronologically although some folders contain correspondence that is arranged in reverse chronological order. Of special note is one folder of Thornburgh's correspondence as Acting Deputy Attorney General (February 8, 1977-March 11, 1977).

Folder 9-13 Correspondence Regarding Appointment as Assistant Attorney General 1975-1977
Folder 14-17 Correspondence from Thornburgh July 14, 1975-February 11, 1977
Folder 18 A-D July, 1975-March, 1977
Folder 19 E-H July, 1975-March, 1977

Box 51
Folder 1 I-L July, 1975-March, 1977
Folder 2 M-P July, 1975-March, 1977
Folder 3 Q-S July, 1975-March, 1977
Folder 4 T-V July, 1975-March, 1977
Folder 5 W-Z July, 1975-March, 1977
Folder 6 Correspondence with American Civil Liberties Union regarding Grand Jury Interrogation by the FBI April, 1976
Folder 7 Correspondence as Acting Deputy Attorney General February 14, 1977-March 11, 1977
Folder 8 Correspondence Regarding Wire Tap Authorization October 17, 1977

Subseries 5. Jim Seif's Files

Scope and Content Notes:

These are Seif's "reading files," consisting of correspondence and memoranda to and from Jim Seif, Special Assistant to AAG Thornburgh, as well as a few files to and from Thornburgh himself. These reading files are arranged chronologically. There is also a folder containing FBI-related materials, such as booklets, pamphlets and other relevant articles, including one about J. Edgar Hoover. The Criminal Division Report by Seif and Waldman will be found in the AAG's files, dated November 18, 1975.

Folder 9-11 Correspondence and memoranda to and from Seif and AAG Thornburgh July, 1975-April, 1977
Folder 12 Memoranda and notes, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division 1975-1976
Folder 13 FBI articles, booklets, magazines, and FBI Director Clarence M. Kelley speech, "Perspectives of Power" 1973-June, 1976

Subseries 6. Assistant Attorney General Thornburgh's Files

Scope and Content Notes:

These chronological files consist of a variety of Criminal Division files that the Assistant Attorney General kept for convenience and reference. The folders begin with Thornburgh's appointment as Assistant Attorney General and extend to his brief time as Acting Deputy Attorney General, and even Acting Attorney General, in February and March of 1977. Notably, within these files, are: Thornburgh's work on the Criminal Division Strike Forces, Thornburgh's Criminal Division Reports to the Attorney General and Thornburgh's invaluable staff and personal notes.

Folder 14 Appointment as Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division 1975
Folder 15 Thornburgh Bios and one for Ginny Thornburgh 1975
Folder 16 The United States Senate Report of Proceedings Hearing held Before the Committee on the Judiciary: Nomination of Richard L. Thornburgh to be Assistant Attorney General, volumes 1 and 2, Washington, D.C. June 12, 1975
Folder 17 "Criminal Division," by James Seif and Jay Waldman November 18, 1975
Folder 18 Thornburgh Notes on Criminal Division Topics and To Do Lists 1975-1976
Folder 19 Schedules of Department Activities 1975-1977
Folder 20 Structural organization of the Criminal Division 1975-1977
Folder 21 Report to the President by the Commission on CIA Activities within the United States June, 1975
Folder 22 Criminal Division Reports to the Attorney General December 16, 1975-January 28, 1977

Box 52
Folder 1 Pennsylvania Crime Commission, Department of Justice, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Report: A Study of the Quality of Law Enforcement in Liberty Borough 1975
Folder 2 Remarks of the President to the California State Legislature (annotated) September 5, 1975
Folder 3 Supreme Court of the United States Briefs nos. 75-313 (Mazzei) and 75-6521 (Abney) October, 1975 and October, 1976
Folder 4 Thornburgh's Investigation into the Testimony of Mr. Kearns regarding Insider Trading October, 1975
Folder 5 Pennsylvania Bar Association 1975-1976
Folder 6 Federal Bar Association 1975
Folder 7 American Bar Association 1975-1976
Folder 8 American Bar Foundation 1975-1976
Folder 9 Public Integrity Section 1975-1977
Folder 10 Western District of Pennsylvania 1975-1977
Folder 11 Judiciary Committee Research on Grand Jury Reform (S.3274) 1975-1977
Folder 12-13 Tax Reform 1975-1977
Folder 14 Guidelines for Prosecutors on Prosecutorial Discretion 1975-1977
Folder 15 Field Circuit Units 1975-1977
Folder 16 Materials Regarding the Department of Justice's purported targeting of Mayor Frank Rizzo 1976
Folder 17 United States Department of Justice Legal Activities (annotated) 1976
Folder 18 Criminal Division: Major Fraud Section Activities December, 1976
Folder 19 Materials Regarding the Testimony of Sidney T. Walker before the Federal Power Commission Judge 1976
Folder 20 Report of the Department of Justice Task Force to review the FBI's Martin Luther King, Jr., Security and Assassination Investigations January 11, 1977
Folder 21 State Department Luncheon regarding Mexico February, 1977
Folder 22 "White Collar Crime: Nuts and Bolts," unpublished Op. Ed submitted to the New York Times February-March, 1977
Folder 23 Reports of the Accomplishments of the Criminal Division 1977

Box 53
Folder 1 Assistant Attorney General's resignation 1977
Folder 2 Acting Deputy Attorney General 1977
Folder 3 Affidavit regarding Nicholas Gage New York Times Article May, 1977
Folder 4 Magazine Articles regarding the Supreme Court (annotated) 1967-1977
Folder 5 Memoranda July 14-December 31, 1975
Folder 6 Justice Department clippings and articles 1975-1977
Folder 7 Investigation of Former Office of Management and Budget Director, Bert Lance 1976-1979

Subseries 7. Memoranda

Scope and Content Notes:

Folders here are arranged chronologically. The memoranda primarily are from Thornburgh to other members of the Department of Justice. The remainder are to Thornburgh from his staff members. Two files of note are: "Review of the Criminal Division" and one of memoranda from Thornburgh as Acting Deputy Attorney General (February 8-March 11, 1977).

Folder 8-10 Memoranda from Thornburgh January 1, 1976-February 11, 1977
Folder 11 Memoranda to Thornburgh 1975-1977
Folder 12 Memoranda from Thornburgh to Criminal Division 1975-1977
Folder 13 Memoranda from Thornburgh to Attorney General 1975-1977
Folder 14 Review of the Criminal Division to Jay Waldman and Jim Seif from Thornburgh November 18, 1975
Folder 15 Memoranda as Acting Deputy Attorney General February 14-March 11, 1977

Subseries 8. Articles and Newspaper Clippings

Scope and Content Notes:

Folders are arranged chronologically and contain articles and newspaper clippings from 1975-1977, many of which Thornburgh underlined and annotated. These articles and clippings are maintained in three categories: political, criminal justice, and crime and corruption.

Folder 16 Article on politics (annotated) 1975-1977
Folder 17 Criminal Justice Issue Clippings (annotated) 1975-1977
Folder 18-19 Clippings and Articles on Crime and Corruption (annotated) 1975 - 1977

Subseries 9. Calendars and Telephone Logs

Scope and Content Notes:

The calendar folders are chronological and consist of the pages from Thornburgh's office page-a-day calendar. Entries include professional, social and family obligations. The telephone logs are spiral bound notebooks that record incoming and outgoing telephone calls made from the Assistant Attorney General's office. Information included in the logs is: the time of call, with whom Thornburgh spoke and whether it was an incoming or outgoing call. Also included is the Acting Deputy Attorney General's telephone log. The telephone memos consist of Thornburgh's outline of topics covered during phone conversations as well as the time, date and with whom he spoke.

Folder 20-21 Daily Calendar Pages 1975-1977

Box 54
Folder 1-2 Telephone Logs from Thornburgh as Assistant Attorney General July, 1975-February, 1977
Folder 3 Telephone Log from Thornburgh as Deputy Attorney General February 11, 1977 - March 11, 1977
Folder 4-6 Thornburgh's Notes of Telephone Conversations 1975-1977

Subseries 10 Court Cases

Scope and Content Notes:

Folders are arranged chronologically and contain court opinions and final judgments from court cases. As Assistant Attorney General, Thornburgh kept tabs on situations and investigations with which he had interest from his time as the United States Attorney of Western Pennsylvania.

Folder 7 United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit: United States vs. Frank Mazzei, Western PA May 8, 1975
Folder 8 United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit: United States vs. Frank C. Hilton, Western PA 1975
Folder 9 United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit: United States vs. Joseph Sica, Western PA April 6, 1976
Folder 10 United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania: United States vs. George J. Mowod 1976
Folder 11 United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division: United States vs. Jack Payner 1976-1977
Folder 12 United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit: United States vs. Cameron David Bishop, CO May, 1977
Folder 13 Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, PA: Robert E.S. Curran vs. The Philadelphia Inquirer 1977

Subseries 11. Department of Justice Files

Scope and Content Notes:

Folders are arranged chronologically and include materials about: Blair A. Griffith, U.S. Attorney of Western Pennsylvania, Attorney General Edward H. Levi and Attorney General Griffith Bell. The two Annual Reports of the Attorney General included in this subseries are in book form.

Folder 14 Press Releases: Blair A. Griffith, U.S. Attorney for Western PA July, 1975-April, 1976
Folder 15-16 Annual Report of the Attorney General of the United States 1975-1976
Folder 17 Articles and Speeches: Attorney General Edward H. Levi 1975-1977
Folder 18 Articles and Speeches: Attorney General Griffin Bell 1977
Folder 19 Interim Report of the Attorney General's White Collar Crime Committee 1977

Subseries 12. Strike Forces

Scope and Content Notes:

These files serve as an interesting follow-up to those on the subject in the U.S. Attorney section. The folders include correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, notes and reports. Notably, these files contain the critique by the General Accounting Office of the necessity of Strike Forces and the subsequent correspondence regarding that opinion. This is not the last time there will be strike force files in this archive as the issue persists during his years as Attorney General of the United States.


Box 55
Folder 1 Correspondence from Thornburgh 1975-1977
Folder 2 Memoranda to and from Thornburgh 1975-1977
Folder 3 General Accounting Office, Correspondence 1976-1977
Folder 4-5 General Accounting Office, Memoranda March, 1976-January, 1977
Folder 6 Thornburgh's notes regarding the General Accounting Office 1976
Folder 7 Pittsburgh Strike Force 1974-1976
Folder 9 Clark Mollenhoff's Articles regarding Thornburgh and Strike Forces 1976
Folder 10 "War on Organized Crime Faltering: Federal Strike Forces Not Getting the Job Done," Report to the Congress by the Comptroller of the United States March 17, 1977

Subseries 13. Issue References

Scope and Content Notes:

These files represent topics of interest to Thornburgh including published reports kept for reference. The folders are listed by topic and are followed by reports that are in chronological order. All items contain the familiar underlining and/or annotations by Thornburgh.

Folder 11 Watergate 1973-1976
Folder 12 People in Politics 1975-1977
Folder 13 Oil/Energy 1975-1976
Folder 14 FBI 1972-1977
Folder 15 Legal Rights 1975-1976
Folder 16 Speeches by President Gerald Ford 1975
Folder 17 Bertram Zweibon et al., v. John N. Mitchell, Attorney General of the United States June 23, 1975
Folder 18 Law and the American Future, American Assembly on Law and the Changing Society II, Palo Alto, CA June 26-29, 1975
Folder 19 "A Report on the Pennsylvania Crime Commission," by the Pennsylvania Association of Bailbond Underwriters December 31, 1975
Folder 20 "The Criminal Use of False Identification," report of the Federal Advisory Committee on False Identification, DOJ November, 1976
Folder 21 "Evaluation of the Special Prosecutor's Office of Philadelphia," by Samuel Dash and Charles H. Rogovin February 10, 1977
Folder 8 News Clippings, Memos and Notes 1975-1977