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Series II. Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice, 1975-1977

Scope and Content Notes:

Waldman moved with Thornburgh to Washington in 1975 when Thornburgh was named Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division. Waldman began as Special Assistant to Thornburgh and was promoted to Deputy Assistant Attorney General with responsibility for overseeing organized crime, official corruption, and narcotics matters within the department and the U.S. Attorneys’ offices. Waldman briefly continued in this position after March 1977 when Thornburgh returned to Pennsylvania. He then resigned on July 15th after working for those few months under Pete Flaherty, who was Thornburgh successor at the Department of Justice as Deputy Attorney General. The material in this series includes memos, correspondence, organization charts, case research, speeches, and departmental issues. This series is further subdivided into five subseries: Waldman/Thornburgh Files, Departmental Reorganization, Strike Forces, Cases/Issues, and Department Files. The dates here are from 1974 to 1977. Additional relevant research files can be found in the Dick Thornburgh Papers housed at the Archives Service Center.

Subseries 1. Waldman/Thornburgh Files, 1975-1977

Scope and Content Notes:

The memoranda contained in this subseries served as the principal method of communication within the division regarding department personnel, cases, and legal investigations. Both correspondence and memos to and from Waldman (JCW), Thornburgh (RLT), and others contain much substantive information about cases as well as other departmental matters of note. There is also correspondence from Waldman and Thornburgh containing miscellaneous speeches and articles by and about Thornburgh. Additionally, Thornburgh’s appointment as Deputy Attorney General and his resignation from the department are included in this subseries. The materials in this subseries date from 1975 to 1977.

Box 3
Folder 1 JCW Appointments and bios, 1975-1977
Folder 2 JCW Memos from, 1975-1976
Folder 3 JCW Correspondence from, 1975-1977
Folder 4 JCW Correspondence to, 1976-1977
Folder 5 JCW Reading File, 1975-1977
Folder 6 JCW Speeches/Testimony, 1976-1977
Folder 7 RLT Schweiker comment re DT appointment, 1975
Folder 8 RLT Memos to, 1975-1976
Folder 9 RLT Memos from, 1975-1977
Folder 10 RLT Correspondence from, 1975-1977
Folder 11 RLT Speeches, 1975-1976
Folder 12 RLT Articles by, 1976
Folder 13 RLT Appointed Deputy Attorney General, February 8, 1977
Folder 14 RLT Resignation correspondence to AG Bell, and President Carter, March 1977

Subseries 2. Departmental Reorganization, 1975-1977

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries pertains to the time when Thornburgh assigned Waldman and Seif, his two principal aides, to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the division’s management structure at the very outset of their arrival in Washington in 1975. This ultimately resulted in wide-spread and often especially difficult personnel changes, including the replacement or reassignment of most deputies and section chiefs. Additionally, a Public Integrity Section was created, which was a major contribution to accomplishments of the tenure of Thornburgh and Waldman. Related research, correspondence, drafts and comprehensive reports in this subseries enumerate the complexities associated with this reorganization and include the final report to Attorney General Griffin Bell. The material in this subseries dates from 1975 to 1977.

Folder 15 JCW handwritten notes, personnel and organization, 1975-1976
Folder 16 JCW handwritten organization chart, 1975
Folder 17 Memoranda, May 1975
Folder 18 Scarlata memoranda and notes, May 1975
Folder 19 Scarlata memoranda with RLT annotations, May 1975
Folder 20 Memoranda and draft briefings, July-October 1975
Folder 21 Review of Criminal Division, November 1975
Folder 22 Memorandum, December 5, 1975
Folder 23 Memorandum, December 16, 1975
Folder 24 Memoranda, February 1976
Folder 25 Draft Criminal Division report and recommendations to Attny General, September 1976
Folder 26 Draft report and recommendations, September 1976
Folder 27 Final Report and Recommendations to Attny Gen, September 10, 1976
Folder 28 Draft memorandum to Attny General Bell, January 17, 1977
Folder 29 Memorandum to Attny General Bell, The Criminal Division, January 28, 1977

Subseries 3. Strike Forces, 1976-1977

Scope and Content Notes:

Material in this subseries directly relates to the organized crime “Strike Forces.” Waldman had experience with the Strike Forces and related controversies from his years with Thornburgh in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh. There was pressure in the Criminal Division to integrate them into the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, with Waldman in charge of organized crime and related issues. The future of the “Strike Forces” was only decided in the fall of 1976. What ensued was an office-by-office appraisal of the various strike forces which is well documented in this material. Some strike forces were disbanded, others “folded in” to U.S. Attorneys’ offices, and some kept in operation but under much stricter guidelines which are enumerated in a December 1976 report. The materials date from 1976 to 1977.

Folder 30 Guidelines, August-September 1976
Folder 31 Guidelines, October-November 1976
Folder 32 Guidelines, December 1976
Folder 33 Organized Crime Program, December 1976
Folder 34 Correspondence and reports, January-March 1977
Folder 35 Evaluations, May-August 1976

Box 4
Folder 1 Evaluations, New York, Connolly Issue, 1976
Folder 2 Evaluations, New York, Connolly Issue, 1976
Folder 3 Evaluations, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, 1976
Folder 4 Evaluations, Newark, Detroit, 1976
Folder 5 Evaluations, New Orleans, St. Louis, 1976

Subseries 4. Cases/Issues, 1975-1977

Scope and Content Notes:

These files specifically relate to cases handled by the Criminal Division. Although it is not certain whether or not Waldman was specifically in charge of these, he was involved with the research and outcomes. Several files are on issues involving personnel matters intertwined with cases that were vexing and serious; “Curren” is one example of a case that goes into considerable detail. The materials in this subseries date from 1975 to 1977.

Folder 06-12 Tax Reform Act of 1976 (HB 10612) Revision, 1976-1977
Folder 13 IRS/DOJ guidelines and jurisdiction, 1975-1977
Folder 14 S495, Watergate Reorganization and Reform of 1976, 1976
Folder 15 S495, DT folder with annotations, 1976
Folder 16 Watergate, President Form and Dean Allegations, 1976
Folder 17 US Attorney Curren issue, 1975
Folder 18 US Attorney Curren issue, January-February, 1976
Folder 19 US Attorney Curren issue, March-May, 1976
Folder 20 US Attorney Curren issue, November 1976-April 1977
Folder 21 HR 214, Right to Privacy Act, 1976, 1976
Folder 22 Case, Olen/Ezrine, 1975
Folder 23 Case, Olen/Ezrine, 1975-1976
Folder 24 Case, Cutler/Cesario, 1975-1976

Subseries 5. Departmental Files, 1970-1977

Scope and Content Notes:

The files in this subseries generally pertain to the department and are generated by others rather than Waldman or Thornburgh. There are news releases, press clippings, memoranda, files of testimonies of Attorneys General Levi and Bell, and some files from March 1977 to July 1977, when Peter Flaherty (PF) had been appointed to the Department of Justice. Waldman resigned from the department in July 1977, and returned to Pennsylvania. These materials date from 1975 to 1977.

Folder 25 Clippings, 1975-1976
Folder 26 News releases, 1977
Folder 27 Resumes, memos, correspondence, 1975-1977

Box 5
Folder 1 “DC Legislation”, 1976-1977
Folder 2 Testimony AGs Levi and Bell, 1976-1977
Folder 3 JCW PA politics, 1970-1977
Folder 4 JCW Resignation, July 1977
Folder 5 JCW Legislation memos, March 1977
Folder 6 PF Memos and testimony, March-July 1977
Folder 7 PF Miscellaneous, June 1977
Folder 8 PF Correspondence, speech, resignation, 1977