Guide to the Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- AIS.1998.30.08

ULS Archives & Special Collections

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

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series VIII. Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division
Creator
Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-
Collection Number
AIS.1998.30.08
Date
1975-1977
Extent
11.25 linear feet
Abstract
Dick Thornburgh was sworn in as Assistant Attorney General on July 8, 1975. The Criminal Division dealt with organized crime and racketeering, fraud, government regulation, narcotics, internal security, management and labor, and general crime. Thornburgh considers his most important contribution the creation of a Public Integrity Section. He was a proponent of the recodification of federal criminal law, a task that remains unfinished today, but for which his interest has continued into his "Ongoing Career" and is evidenced in speeches and op-eds. Thornburgh resigned as Assistant Attorney General effective March 12, 1977, and returned to Pittsburgh where he campaigned for the Pennsylvania governor's office in the 1978 election. The files are arranged in thirteen sections: Speeches; News Releases; Events; Correspondence; Jim Seif's Files; AAG Thornburgh's Files; Memoranda; Articles and Newspaper Clippings; Calendars and Telephone Logs; Court Cases; DOJ Files; Strike Forces; and Issue References. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.
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Preferred Citation

Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- , AIS.1998.30, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 30, 2004

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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dick Thornburgh, February 27, 1998

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Nancy Watson, Curator of the Thornburgh Papers, Holly Mengel, Project Archivist, and a team of graduate students. Processing was made possible by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2002.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Holly Mengel in 2004. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 3608599

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Bar Association.
  • Kirkpatrick & Lockhart.
  • United States. Department of Justice. Criminal Division.
  • United States. Department of Justice. Public Integrity Section.
  • United States. Office of the Assistant Attorney General.
  • United States. Organized Crime Control Act of 1970.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- 1951-
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1974-1977

Personal Name(s)

  • Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-

Subject(s)

  • Business and Industry
  • Drug control
  • Drug traffic
  • Environment
  • Government
  • Organized crime -- United States
  • Personal papers
  • Political corruption -- Pennsylvania
  • Political corruption -- United States
  • Politics
  • Social action
  • White collar crimes -- United States

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Previous Citation

Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- , AIS.1998.30, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

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

Scope and Contents note

"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 Contents note

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.

  BoxFolder
List of Speeches and Testimony Given by Richard L. Thornburgh, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division July 1975 - February 1977 471
  Folder
 1. Graduating Class Career Prosecutor Course, National College of District Attorneys, Bates College of Law, University of Texas, Houston, TX July 25, 1975 2
("Graduating Class Career Prosecutor Course, National College of District Attorneys, Bates College of Law, University of Texas, Houston, TX" online pending)
  Folder
 2. "Challenges to Law Enforcement," Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, Inc., Rhinelander, WI August 19, 1975 3
Online
  Folder
 3. Graduating Class Advanced International Drug Enforcement School #12, Washington, D.C. August 29, 1975 4
Online
  Folder
 4. Excerpts, Pitt Law Alumni Dinner, Pittsburgh, PA September 26, 1975 5
Online
  Folder
 5. 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 6
Online
  Folder
 6. "Organized Crime - A Community Concern," Annual Conference of the National Association of Citizens' Crime Commissions, Biloxi, MS December 1, 1975 7
Online
  Folder
 7. "Criminal Collections - A New Slant," Eastern Region Collections Conference for United States Attorneys, Providence, RI December 2, 1975 8
Online
  Folder
 8. Fourth Controlled Substance Unit Conference, New Orleans, LA December 9, 1975 9
Online
  Folder
 9. Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa, FL December 19, 1975 10
Online
  Folder
 10. "The Federal Role in Law Enforcement," Annual Jaycee Week Banquet of the Hanover Jaycees, Hanover, PA January 22, 1976 11
Online
  Folder
 11. "The Justice Department's View of the Bank Protection Act," Seventh National Conference on Bank Security, New Orleans, LA January 26, 1976 12
(""The Justice Department's View of the Bank Protection Act," Seventh National Conference on Bank Security, New Orleans, LA" online pending)
  Folder
 12. House Committee on Ways and Means on Legislation Concerning Tax Return Confidentiality, Washington, D.C. January 28, 1976 13
Online
  Folder
 13. Pittsburgh Jaycees Man of the Year Award, Pittsburgh, PA February 1, 1976 14
Online
  Folder
 14. "White Collar Crime," United States Department of Commerce, California Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles, CA February 3, 1976 15
Online
  Folder
 15. Attorneys of the Criminal Division, Washington, D.C. February 12, 1976 16
Online
  Folder
 16. "Lawyers and Public Integrity," Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA March 11, 1976 17
Online
  Folder
 17. "Crime and the Business Community," Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Harrisburg Area, New Cumberland, PA March 26, 1976 18
Online
  Folder
 18. "Partners in Crime Prevention and Enforcement, " National Cargo Security Conference, Washington, D.C. March 31, 1976 19
Online
  Folder
 19. "Prevention and Enforcement - a Dual Response to the Rise in Crime," National Crime Prevention Association, Chicago, IL April 8, 1976 20
Online
  Folder
 20. "Law Day, 1976 - A Government of Laws, Not of Men," San Antonio Bar Association, San Antonio, TX April 27, 1976 21
Online
  Folder
 21. "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 22
Online
  Folder
 22. "Law Day, 1976 - A Government of Laws, Not of Men," Allegheny County Bar Association, Pittsburgh, PA April 30, 1976 23
Online
  Folder
 23. "The Effort to Contain Organized Crime - an Overview," Institute on Organized Crime, Philadelphia, PA May 4, 1976 24
Online
  Folder
 24. "Crime and Prevention: A Balance Sheet Approach," Pennsylvania Bankers Association, Atlantic City, New Jersey May 25, 1976 25
Online
  Folder
 25. "A Professional Approach to the Professional Criminal," Conference for a Safe Ohio, Columbus, OH May 27, 1976 26
Online
  Folder
 26. "Fair Trial-Free Press Issues," Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia, Hershey, PA May 28, 1976 27
Online
  Folder
 27. "To the Graduate: a Plea for the Healthy Skeptic," Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA May 29, 1976 28
Online
  Folder
 28. "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 29
Online
  Folder
 29. Draft Findings and Recommendations of the Federal Advisory Committee on False Identification, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. June 14, 1976 30
Online
  Folder
 30. 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 31
Online
  Folder
 31. "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 32
Online
  Folder
 32. "A New Partnership in Crime Prevention," Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Albuquerque, NM July 20, 1976 33
Online
  Folder
 33. "The Prosecutor and Drug Abuse," Fifth Controlled Substances Conspiracy Conference, Minneapolis, MN July 22, 1976 34
Online
  Folder
 34. Activities of the Interagency Committee on Auto Theft Prevention, Washington, D.C. August 4, 1976 35
Online
  Folder
 35. "New Limitations to Combat Corruption in Government," Better Government Association, Chicago, IL August 6, 1976 36
Online
  Folder
 36. "New Challenges Under the Speedy Trial Act of 1974," Judicial Administration Division American Bar Association, Atlanta, GA August 7, 1976 37
Online
  Folder
 37. "White Collar Crime - An Overview," Federal Bar Association, Washington, D.C. September 16, 1976 38
Online
  Folder
 38. "Priorities in Federal Law Enforcement," Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board, Pittsburgh, PA September 24, 1976 39
Online
  Folder
 39. Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D.C. September 28, 1976 40
Online
  Folder
 40. "The Challenges of Crime," National Institute of Municipal Law Offices, Las Vegas, NV October 12, 1976 41
Online
  Folder
 41. "Federal Role in Law Enforcement," Annual Federal Law Enforcement Dinner, Western District of Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI October 21, 1976 42
Online
  Folder
 42. "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 43
Online
  Folder
 43. "The Federal Role in Law Enforcement," Blair County Bar Association, Hollidaysburg, PA November 5, 1976 44
Online
  Folder
 44. "Cargo Security and the Justice Department," American Tracking Association, Inc. Security Council Meeting, Arlington, VA December 7, 1976 45
Online
  Folder
 45. "The War on Organized Crime: New Directions and New Priorities," Federal Law Enforcement Association, New Orleans, LA December 9, 1976 46
Online
  Folder
 46. "Some Thoughts about Criminal Justice ... and the Criminal Division," Rotary Club of Manassas, Manassas, VA December 15, 1976 47
Online
  Folder
 47. "Federal Assistance to State Prosecutors," Prosecutor's Institute of the DE Law School of Widener College, Wilmington, DE January 11, 1977 48
Online
  Folder
 48. "Cooperation in Crime Prevention, Is there any Alternative?" Securities Industry Association Forum on Lost Securities, New York, NY January 14, 1977 49
Online
  Folder
 49. House Subcommittee on Appropriations, Washington, D.C. February 9, 1977 50
Online
  Folder
 50. Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Committee on the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. February 23, 1977 51
Online
  Folder
 51. "Program Fraud - a Continuing Challenge," Joint Department of Justice, Department of Housing and Urban Development Training Seminar, Quantico, VA March 2, 1977 52
Online
  Folder
Various Undated Speech Drafts 1975-1977 53

Subseries  2. News Releases 

Scope and Contents note

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
 October, 1975-February, 1977 54
 1. Attorney General, Edward H. Levi, announced new internal procedures authorizing civil suits against any bank, savings and loan, or credit union that violates physical security regulations, October 7, 1975 Online
 2. Federal Grand Jury indictment charged Blue Sea Line with paying illegal rebates to importer, November 7, 1975 Online
 3. Creation of a Public Integrity Section within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, January 14, 1976 Online
 4. Appointment of three section chiefs in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, March 2, 1976 Online
 5. Japanese prosecutors in the Lockheed investigation met with representatives of the Criminal Division, April 9, 1976 Online
 6. Information in the possession of the Criminal Division relating to Lockheed Corporation was transmitted to the Netherlands Government, April 14, 1976 Online
 7. Documents provided to Italian law enforcement in the Lockheed matter may have been improperly disposed, April 24, 1976 Online
 8. Appointment of William R. Robertson as the head of the U.S. Justice Department's Organized Crime Strike Force in Newark, July 12, 1976 Online
 9. Creation of a new Special Prosecutions Unit within the Attorney General's office, August 20, 1976 Online
 10. Reassignment of two officials in the division: Kurt Muellenberg to head Organized Crime and Racketeering Section and William S. Lynch to become Chief of the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section, October 13, 1976 Online
 11. Formation of a task force to investigate allegations of corporate payments to foreign nationals, October 14, 1976 Online
 12. Attorney General announced that U.S. Attorneys will keep their offices open on election day, October 26, 1976 Online
 13. Thornburgh announced that Department of Justice Crime Strike Force offices in St. Louis and New Orleans will be closed within thirty days, October 27, 1976 Online
 14. Thornburgh announced Department of Justice Strike Force in the southern district of New York will merge into the U.S. Attorney's office in that district, November 23, 1976 Online
 15. Criminal use of false identification has become a national problem costing billions of dollars annually, December 7, 1976 Online
 16. Thornburgh announced the Department has petitioned five regulatory agencies for new sets of regulations governing physical security and procedures, December 12, 1976 Online
 17. Federal Grand Jury indicted State Representative Herbert Fineman on criminal charges, January 21, 1977 Online
 18. Federal prosecutions of those involved in public corruption offenses reached a new high, February 10, 1977 Online

Subseries  3. Events 

Scope and Contents note

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
Commission on Review of National Policy Toward Gambling, Philadelphia, PA May 29, 1975 55
  BoxFolder
Commission on Review of National Policy Toward Gambling, Philadelphia, PA May 29, 1975 481
  Folder
Teacher Training Institute, Fairfax, VA July 9, 1975 2
  Folder
Federal Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA July 21, 1975 3
  Folder
National College of District Attorneys, University of Houston, Career Prosecutor Course Graduation, Houston, TX July 25, 1975 4
  Folder
Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, Inc., Rhinelander, WI August 19, 1975 5
  Folder
Advanced International Drug Enforcement School #12 Graduation, Washington, D.C. August 29, 1975 6
  Folder
White House Conference on Domestic and Economic Affairs, St. Louis, MO September 12, 1975 7-8
  Folder
PA Tavern Association 22nd Annual Convention, Harrisburg, PA September 22, 1975 9
  Folder
"Marie Torre Show", Pittsburgh, PA September 23, 1975 10
  Folder
First Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, PA September 23, 1975 11
  Folder
Pitt Law Alumni Dinner, Pittsburgh, PA September 26, 1975 12
  Folder
Third Collection Conference for Assistant United States Attorneys, Paraprofessionals and Clerks, Attorney General's Institute, Atlanta, GA September 30, 1975 13
  Folder
National Conference on Organized Crime, Washington, D.C. October 1, 1975 14
  Folder
Omnibus Hearing Demonstration Program, Jacksonville, FL October 2-3, 1975 15
  Folder
Conference for Business Executives on Federal Government Operations, Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C. October 7, 1975 16
  Folder
Justice Wives Club, Tour of the Justice Building, Washington, D.C. October 20, 1975 17
  Folder
53rd Convention of the Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women, Pittsburgh, PA October 21,1975 18
  Folder
Attorney General's Senior Executives Seminar, Quantico, VA October 30, 1975 19
  Folder
Central Pennsylvania Pitt Club Alumni Association, Harrisburg, PA November 7, 1975 20
  Folder
Wheeling Bureau of Police, Wheeling, WV November 12, 1975 21
  Folder
Scripps-Howard Newspapers Debate on Editorial Policy, Washington, D.C. November 13, 1975 22
  Folder
United States Attorneys' Conference, Tucson, AZ November 19, 1975 23
  Folder
Annual Conference of the National Association of Citizens Crime Commissions, Biloxi, MS December 1, 1975 24
  Folder
Controlled Substance Conspiracy Conference, New Orleans, LA December 9, 1975 25
  Folder
Attorney General's 26th Annual Awards Ceremony, Washington, D.C. December 11, 1975 26
  Folder
Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section Chief's Meeting, Washington, D.C. December 17, 1975 27
  Folder
Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce "Forecast '76 - Finance," Tampa, FL December 19, 1975 28
  Folder
Meeting with Paul Marcus Concerning the Crime of Conspiracy, Washington, D.C. December 29, 1975 29
  Folder
Purchasing Management Association of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA January 20, 1976 30
  Folder
Annual Hanover Area Jaycees Bosses Night Banquet, Hanover, PA January 22, 1976 31
  Folder
National Conference on Bank Security, New Orleans, LA January 26, 1976 32
  Folder
Pittsburgh Jaycees Dinner: Thornburgh Man of the Year, Pittsburgh, PA February 1, 1976 33
Online
  Folder
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce "Crimes Against Business" Seminar, Los Angeles, CA February 3, 1976 34
  Folder
Drug Enforcement Administration Conference of Domestic and Foreign Directors, Washington, D.C. February 24, 1976 35
  BoxFolder
Harrisburg Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Harrisburg, PA March 5, 1976 491
  Folder
Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA March 11, 1976 2
  Folder
Annual Dinner of the Radio and Television Correspondents Association, Washington, D.C. March 25, 1976 3
  Folder
Villanova Law School Student Bar Association, Villanova, PA March 31, 1976 4
  Folder
Mercersburg Academy Magazine Interview, Mercersburg, PA April 7, 1976 5
  Folder
National Crime Prevention Association, Chicago, IL April 8, 1976 6
  Folder
Federal Criminal Investigators Association Law Enforcement Seminar, Arlington, VA April 24, 1976 7
  Folder
San Antonio Bar Association Law Day Luncheon, San Antonio, TX April 27, 1976 8
  Folder
Joint Montgomery City and County Bar Association Dinner, Montgomery, AL April 29, 1976 9
  Folder
Allegheny County Bar Association Law Day U.S.A. Luncheon, Pittsburgh, PA April 30, 1976 10
  Folder
Citizens Crime Commission of Philadelphia, Institute on Organized Crime, Philadelphia, PA May 4, 1976 11
  Folder
School of Law, University of Pittsburgh Graduation, Pittsburgh, PA May 8, 1976 12
  Folder
PA Bar Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA May 14, 1976 13
  Folder
Pittsburgh Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Bicentennial Luncheon, Pittsburgh, PA May 15, 1976 14
  Folder
Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, Atlantic City, NJ May 25, 1976 15
  Folder
Conference for a Safe Ohio, Columbus, OH May 27, 1976 16
  Folder
Annual Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit, Hershey, PA May 28, 1976 17
  Folder
Washington and Jefferson College Commencement, Washington, PA May 29, 1976 18
  Folder
Robert Morris College Commencement, Coraopolis, PA June 6, 1976 19
  Folder
Cleveland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Cleveland, OH June 8, 1976 20
  Folder
Crime Prevention/Preservation of Order Luncheon, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD June 9, 1976 21
  Folder
Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Fontana, WI June 18, 1976 22
  Folder
Virginia State Bar, Alexandria, VA July 9, 1976 23
  Folder
Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting, Albuquerque, NM July 20, 1976 24
  Folder
Controlled Substance Conspiracy Conference, Minneapolis, MN July 22, 1976 25
  Folder
"Good Morning America" Appearance, New York, NY July 26, 1976 26
  Folder
Better Government Association Membership Luncheon, Chicago, IL August 6, 1976 27
  Folder
American Bar Association Judicial Administration Division's Joint Luncheon, Atlanta, GA August 7, 1976 28
  Folder
Federal Bar Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. September 16, 1976 29
  Folder
Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board Luncheon, Pittsburgh, PA September 24, 1976 30
  Folder
National Institute of Municipal Law Officers Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV October 12, 1976 31
  Folder
Annual Federal Law Enforcement Dinner, Grand Rapids, MI October 21, 1976 32
  Folder
"America Remembers," Veterans Day, Arlington National Cemetery, VA October 25, 1976 33
  Folder
Yale Law School Advisory Conference on White Collar Crime, Mt. Kisco, NY October 29, 1976 34
  Folder
American Bar Association Luncheon, Washington, D.C. November 1, 1976 35
  Folder
Blair County Bar Association, Hollidaysburg, PA November 5, 1976 36
  Folder
Allegheny County League of Women Voters Luncheon "Man of the Year Award" to Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Pittsburgh, PA November 12, 1976 37
  Folder
Conference Board's International Council, New York, NY December 2, 1976 38
  Folder
WJAC "Viewpoint" Discussion of "Effective Law Enforcement," Johnstown, PA December 3, 1976 39
  Folder
American Trucking Associations, Inc., Security Council, Arlington, VA December 7, 1976 40
  Folder
Federal Law Enforcement Association, New Orleans, LA December 9, 1976 41
  Folder
Pennsylvania Society Annual Dinner, New York, NY December 11, 1976 42
  BoxFolder
Attorney General's Annual Awards Ceremony, Washington, D.C. December 14, 1976 501
  Folder
Manassas Rotary Club, Manassas, VA December 15, 1976 2
  Folder
Prosecutor's Institute DE Law School of Widener College, Wilmington, DE January 11, 1977 3
  Folder
Securities Industry Association, New York, NY January 14, 1977 4
  Folder
President's Commission on Whitehouse Fellowships, Washington, D.C. January 18, 1977 5
  Folder
Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Justice Seminar on Program Abuse, Quantico, VA March 2, 1977 6
  Folder
National Flexible Packaging Association, West Palm Beach, FL March 25, 1977 7
  Folder
Invitations to Events 1975 - 1977 8

Subseries  4. Correspondence 

Scope and Contents note

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
Correspondence Regarding Appointment as Assistant Attorney General 1975-1977 9-13
  Folder
Correspondence from Thornburgh July 14, 1975-February 11, 1977 14-17
  Folder
A-D July, 1975-March, 1977 18
  Folder
E-H July, 1975-March, 1977 19
  BoxFolder
I-L July, 1975-March, 1977 511
  Folder
M-P July, 1975-March, 1977 2
  Folder
Q-S July, 1975-March, 1977 3
  Folder
T-V July, 1975-March, 1977 4
  Folder
W-Z July, 1975-March, 1977 5
  Folder
Correspondence with American Civil Liberties Union regarding Grand Jury Interrogation by the FBI April, 1976 6
  Folder
Correspondence as Acting Deputy Attorney General February 14, 1977-March 11, 1977 7
  Folder
Correspondence Regarding Wire Tap Authorization October 17, 1977 8

Subseries  5. Jim Seif's Files 

Scope and Contents note

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

Subseries  6. Assistant Attorney General Thornburgh's Files 

Scope and Contents note

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
Appointment as Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division 1975 14
  Folder
Thornburgh Bios and one for Ginny Thornburgh 1975 15
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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 16
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"Criminal Division," by James Seif and Jay Waldman November 18, 1975 17
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Thornburgh Notes on Criminal Division Topics and To Do Lists 1975-1976 18
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Schedules of Department Activities 1975-1977 19
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Structural organization of the Criminal Division 1975-1977 20
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Report to the President by the Commission on CIA Activities within the United States June, 1975 21
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Criminal Division Reports to the Attorney General December 16, 1975-January 28, 1977 22
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Pennsylvania Crime Commission, Department of Justice, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Report: A Study of the Quality of Law Enforcement in Liberty Borough 1975 521
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Remarks of the President to the California State Legislature (annotated) September 5, 1975 2
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Supreme Court of the United States Briefs nos. 75-313 (Mazzei) and 75-6521 (Abney) October, 1975 and October, 1976 3
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Thornburgh's Investigation into the Testimony of Mr. Kearns regarding Insider Trading October, 1975 4
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Pennsylvania Bar Association 1975-1976 5
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Federal Bar Association 1975 6
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American Bar Association 1975-1976 7
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American Bar Foundation 1975-1976 8
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Public Integrity Section 1975-1977 9
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Western District of Pennsylvania 1975-1977 10
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Judiciary Committee Research on Grand Jury Reform (S.3274) 1975-1977 11
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Tax Reform 1975-1977 12-13
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Guidelines for Prosecutors on Prosecutorial Discretion 1975-1977 14
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Field Circuit Units 1975-1977 15
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Materials Regarding the Department of Justice's purported targeting of Mayor Frank Rizzo 1976 16
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United States Department of Justice Legal Activities (annotated) 1976 17
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Criminal Division: Major Fraud Section Activities December, 1976 18
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Materials Regarding the Testimony of Sidney T. Walker before the Federal Power Commission Judge 1976 19
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Report of the Department of Justice Task Force to review the FBI's Martin Luther King, Jr., Security and Assassination Investigations January 11, 1977 20
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State Department Luncheon regarding Mexico February, 1977 21
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"White Collar Crime: Nuts and Bolts," unpublished Op. Ed submitted to the New York Times February-March, 1977 22
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Reports of the Accomplishments of the Criminal Division 1977 23
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Assistant Attorney General's resignation 1977 531
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Acting Deputy Attorney General 1977 2
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Affidavit regarding Nicholas Gage New York Times Article May, 1977 3
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Magazine Articles regarding the Supreme Court (annotated) 1967-1977 4
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Memoranda July 14-December 31, 1975 5
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Justice Department clippings and articles 1975-1977 6
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Investigation of Former Office of Management and Budget Director, Bert Lance 1976-1979 7

Subseries  7. Memoranda 

Scope and Contents note

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).

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

Subseries  8. Articles and Newspaper Clippings 

Scope and Contents note

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.

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

Subseries  9. Calendars and Telephone Logs 

Scope and Contents note

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.

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Daily Calendar Pages 1975-1977 20-21
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Telephone Logs from Thornburgh as Assistant Attorney General July, 1975-February, 1977 541-2
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Telephone Log from Thornburgh as Deputy Attorney General February 11, 1977 - March 11, 1977 3
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Thornburgh's Notes of Telephone Conversations 1975-1977 4-6

Subseries  10 Court Cases 

Scope and Contents note

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.

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

Subseries  11. Department of Justice Files 

Scope and Contents note

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.

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

Subseries  12. Strike Forces 

Scope and Contents note

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.

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Correspondence from Thornburgh 1975-1977 551
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Memoranda to and from Thornburgh 1975-1977 2
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General Accounting Office, Correspondence 1976-1977 3
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General Accounting Office, Memoranda March, 1976-January, 1977 4-5
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Thornburgh's notes regarding the General Accounting Office 1976 6
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Pittsburgh Strike Force 1974-1976 7
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Clark Mollenhoff's Articles regarding Thornburgh and Strike Forces 1976 9
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"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 10

Subseries  13. Issue References 

Scope and Contents note

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.

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

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