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The papers of Jerris Leonard, Administrator, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, Department of Justice, were received by the Office of Presidential Papers on March 12, 1973.

Under the terms of a standard deed of gift, some materials which contain information of a personal nature or are security classified have been removed and placed in. a closed folder. A Withdrawal Sheet, GSA Form 7122, with a description of each restricted document has been inserted at the beginning of each folder from which the material has been removed. A Document Control Record indicates the original position of the withdrawn item within the folder. The staff periodically reviews closed materials for the purpose of opening materials which no longer require restriction. Certain classified documents may be declassified under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to a Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

Extent:   6 linear feet, 2 linear inches
Approximate number of pages:  11,000

Biographical Note

1931, January 17 Born, Chicago, Illinois
1952 B.S., Marquette University
1953 Married Mariellen C. Mathie
1955 J.D., Marquette University
1956-60 Member, Wisconsin State Assembly
1960-68 Member, Wisconsin State Senate
1967-68

Majority Leader, Wisconsin State Senate

1969-71 Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice
1971-73 Administrator Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, Department of Justice
1973- Partner, Law Firm - Leonard, Cohen, Gettings & Sher

Scope and Content Note

The papers of Jerris Leonard encompass the years 1969-73. During this time Mr. Leonard served as Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice (1969-71) and as Administrator, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration or LEAA, Department of Justice (1971-73). The bulk of the papers deal with his tenure as LEAA Administrator. However, before assuming his posts within the Department of Justice Mr. Leonard served in both the Wisconsin State Assembly (1956-60) and in the Wisconsin State Senate (1960-68).

The collection begins chronologically in 1969 with the congratulatory messages subseries. This subseries contains letters and cards (some with envelopes) from citizens and personal and professiona1 acquaintances from Wisconsin and throughout the nation. The records in this subseries relate to Mr. Leonard's appointment as an Assistant Attorney General in 1969 and again in 1971 as LEAA Administrator. Each incoming correspondence is attached to a reply letter from Mr. Leonard. The majority of the Leonard papers, the correspondence and memoranda series, follow this format. Leonard's tenure as an Assistant Attorney General (1969-71) is covered only in these series.

The correspondence series is divided into four subseries: official correspondence, alphabetical and chronological files, and congratulatory messages. Correspondents include members of the Cabinet, Senators, Representatives, Governors (Richard Ogilvie of Illinois, Russell Peterson of Deleware, Ronald Reagan of California, Nelson Rockefeller of New York, George Wallace of Alabama), mayors, police chiefs, district and circuit court judges, college officials, and numerous civic and community oriented group leaders (National Sheriffs' Assoc., The American Legion). Topics covered include invitations to Mr. Leonard to attend various civic and professional functions, civil disorder programs, civil rights compliance, requests and inquiries concerning LEAA programs, functions, and assistance. Newspaper clippings sent to Mr. Leonard appear throughout this series. Almost all items in the correspondence series include a reply letter by Mr. Leonard.

The memoranda series is divided into two subseries: Justice Department and other Federal Agencies, and White House. The former deals with numerous governmental officials while the latter with members of the White House staff. Both subseries include the domestic themes of civil rights compliance (minority participation in law enforcement agencies) and law and order (civil disorders, reorganization of LEAA, national conferences on the judiciary, corrections, and criminal justice). Memoranda are exchanged with Attorneys General John Mitchell and Richard Kleindienst, and White House officials John Ehrlichman, Leonard Garment, John Dean and Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

The subject file contains publications resulting from Leonard's role as Administrator of LEAA: the reorganization (decentralization) of LEAA, and the High Impact Anti-Crime Program (with the goal of reducing burglary and street crime) are but two examples. The series of speeches shows the importance of LEAA's role in addressing the problem of law and order. Mr. Leonard's extensive travel schedule, and varied constituency point out the weight of the Nixon Administration commitment toward reducing crime by improving law enforcement programs and techniques. The final series, printed matter, contains material, among other things, explaining the reorganization and progress of the LEAA under the Administrative leadership of Jerris Leonard.

Series Description

Boxes:   1-7
Series:   Correspondence | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1973
Description:   Letters, memoranda, routing slips, cards, envelopes, newspaper clippings, telegrams, invitations, and notes sent and received; copies of letters, memoranda, and newspaper clippings received. Arranged in four subseries as follows:

  • Official Correspondence, Mar. 1971-Dec. 1972, Boxes 1-3. Copies of letters and memoranda sent and received; originals of routing slips, and a few letters and memoranda received. Folders and material in folders arranged in chronological order.

  • Alphabetical File, Boxes 4-5. Originals of letters, routing slips, newspaper clippings, telegrams, envelopes, memoranda and invitations received. Copies of letters and memoranda sent. Folders arranged in alphabetical order, material in folders arranged in chronological order.

  • Chronological File, Apr. 1971-Nov. 1972, Boxes 5-6. Copies of letters and memoranda sent. Folders and material in folders arranged in chronological order.

  • Congratulatory Messages, Jan. 1969-July 1971, Box 7. Originals of letters, cards, envelopes, newspaper clippings, notes and telegrams received. Copies of letters sent. Folders and material in folders arranged in chronological order.

Boxes:   8-9
Series:   Memoranda | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1973
Description:   Letters, memoranda, drafts of reports, reports, brochures., routing slips, itineraries, newspaper clippings, telegrams, photographs, articles and speeches received. Copies of letters, memoranda and publications sent. Arranged in two subseries as follows:

  • Justice Department and other Federal Agencies, 1969-73, Box 8-9. Folders arranged in alphabetical order by name of individual and Federal agency. Material in folders arranged in chronological order.

  • White House, 1969-73, Box 9. Folders arranged in alphabetical order by name of White House official. Material in folders arranged in chronological order.

Boxes:   10-12
Series:   Subject Files | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1973
Description:   Original and copies of publications, news releases, reports, and memoranda sent and received. Folders arranged in alphabetical order.

Boxes:   13
Series:   Speeches | Folder Title List
Spans:   1970-1973
Description:   Copies of speeches, statements and addresses. Folders arranged in chronological order.

Boxes:   14
Series:   Printed Matter | Folder Title List
Spans:   1970-1973
Description:  Originals and copies of news letters, press releases, articles, interviews, and an editorial. Arranged in three subseries as follows:

  • News Letters, March 1971-Jan. 1973. Copies and originals of news letters. Folders and material in folders arranged in chronological order.

  • Press Releases~ Mar. 1971-Jan. 1973. Copies and originals of press releases. Folders and material in folders arranged in chronological order.

  • Articles and Interviews, Oct. 1971-Apr. 1972. Copies of articles, interviews and an editorial. Folders arranged in chronological order excepting those titled Dec. 1971 and Nov. 1971.

Folder Title List

Series I: Correspondence, 1969-73: Official Correspondence [1971-72]

Box 1

Official Correspondence [Mar.-May 1971]
Official Correspondence [June 1971]
Official Correspondence [July 1971]
Official Correspondence [Aug. 1971]
Official Correspondence [Sept. 1971]
Official Correspondence [Oct. 1971]
Official Correspondence [Nov. 1971]
Official Correspondence [Dec. 1971]

Box 2

Official Correspondence [Jan. 1972]
Official Correspondence [Feb. 1972]
Official Correspondence [Mar. 1972]
Official Correspondence [Apr. 1972]
Official Correspondence [May 1972]
Official Correspondence [June 1972]

Box 3

Official Correspondence [July 1972]
Official Correspondence [Aug. 1972]
Official Correspondence [Sept. 1972J
Official Correspondence [Oct. 1972]
Official Correspondence [Nov.-Dec. 1972]

Series I: Correspondence, 1969-73: Alphabetical File

Box 4

A
B
C
D-F
G
H
I-J
K-L
M
N

Box 5

O
P-Q
R
S
T-V
W
XYZ

Series I: Correspondence, 1969-73: Chronological File [1971-72]

Chronological File [Apr. 1971]
Chronological File [May 1971]
Chronological File [June 1971]
Chronological File [Aug. 1971]

Box 6

Chronological File [Sept. 1971]
Chronological File [Oct. 1971]
Chronological File [Nov. 1971]
Chronological File [Dec. 1971]
Chronological File [Jan. 1972]
Chronological File [Feb. 1972]
Chronological File [Mar. 1972]
Chronological File [Apr. 1972]
Chronological File [May 1972]
Chronological File [June 1972]
Chronological File [July 1972]
Chronological File [Aug. 1972]
Chronological File [Sept. 1972]
Chronological File [Oct. 1972]
Chronological File [Nov. 1972]

Series I: Correspondence, 1969-73: Congratulatory Messages [1969-71]

Box 7

Congratulatory Messages [Jan. 1969]
Congratulatory Messages [Feb. 1969] [1 of 2]
Congratulatory Messages [Feb. 1969] [2 of 2]
Congratulatory Messages [Mar.-Apr. 1969]
Congratulatory Messages [Mar.-Ju1y 1971] [1 of 2]
Congratulatory Messages [Mar.-Ju1y 1971] [2 of 2]

Series II: Memoranda, 1969-73 [Justice Department and Other Federal Agencies 1969-73]

Box 8

Administrative Division [Feb. 1969-1972]
Assistant Attorneys General (Miscellaneous Memos) [Sept. 1969-Oct. 1972]
Attorney General [John N.] Mitchell [Feb. 1969-Sept. 1971]
Bureau of Prisons [June 1971-Aug. 1972]
Coster, Clarence [Associate Administrator, LEAA] [Mar. 1971-Nov. 1972]
Department of Health, Education and Welfare [Oct. 1969-Apr. 1972]
Deputy Attorney General [Richard G. Kleindienst] [Feb. 1969-Nov. 1972]
Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys [Dec. 1969-July 1972]
FBI [Sept. 1969-Oct. 1972]
General [July 1969-Dec. 1972]
General Counsel [Paul L. Woodard] [June 1971-Nov. 1972]
Griswold, Erwin [Solicitor General] [Mar. 1969-May 1971]
LEAA Administrative Mgmt. [Mar. 1971-Nov. 1972]
LEAA Personnel [May 1971-May 1972]
LEAA Senior Staff [May 1971-Nov. 1972]
National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice [Mar. 1971-Nov. 1972]
Office of Criminal Justice Assistance [Apr. 1971-Nov. 1972]

Box 9

Office of Inspection and Review [May 1971- Nov. 1972]
Office of Legal Counsel [Mar. 1970-Ju1y 1971]
Poh1enz, Dean [Assistant Administrator, LEAA] [Apr. 1971-Nov. 1972]
Public Information Office [Oct. 1969-Nov. 1971]
Region I Boston [Aug. 1971-Jan. 1972]
Region II New York [Sept. 1971-Nov. 1972]
Region III Philadelphia [Apr. 24, 1972]
Region IV Atlanta [July 1971-Oct. 1972]
Region V Chicago [June 1971-Nov. 1972]
Region VI Dallas [Aug. 1971-Nov. 1972]
Region VII Kansas City [Aug. 17, 1972]
Region VIII Denver [July 1971-Ju1y 1972]
Region IX San Francisco [Apr. 1971-Nov. 1972]
Region X Seattle [Jan.-Oct. 1972]
U.S. Marshall's Service [Jan. 1970-Nov. 1972]
Ve1de, Richard [W.] [Associate Administrator, LEAA] [June 1970-Nov. 1972]
Wilson, Will [R.] [Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division] [Apr. 1969-Jan. 1972]

Series II: Memoranda, 1969-73 [White House, 1969-73]

White House Ehrlichman, John [D;] LAssistant to the President for Domestic Affairs] [Oct. 1969-Nov. 1972]
White House Flemming, Harry [S.] [Special Assistant to the President] [Sept. 1969-Feb. 1971]
White House Garment, Leonard [Special Consultant to the President] [Apr. 1969-June 1971]
White House Krogh, Egil [Jr.] [Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs] [June 1971-Feb. 1972]
White House MacGregor, Clark [Counsel to the President] [Jan. 1971-Jan. 1972]
White House Miscellaneous [Apr. 1969-Nov. 1972]
White House Moynihan, Daniel Patrick [Assistant/Counsellor to the President] [June 1969-June 1970]

Series III: Subject Files, 1970-73

Box 10

Civil Rights Compliance [1972]
Criminal Justice System Standards and Goals [Apr.-Sept. 1971] (folder 1) [1 of 2]
Criminal Justice System Standards and Goals [Nov. 1971-Jan. 1973] (folder 2) [2 of 2]
Development of LEE [Mar. 3, 1973] (folder 1) [1 of 4]
Development of LEE [Mar. 3, 1973] (folder 2) [2 of 4]
Development of LEE [Mar. 3, 1973] (folder 3) [3 of 4]
Development of LEE [Mar. 3, 1973] (folder 4) [4 of 4]

Box 11

[The] Equipment System Improvement Program [ESIP] [Apr. 1970-Oct. 1972] (folder 1) [1 of 4]
[The] Equipment System Improvement Program [ESIP] [Apr. 1970-Oct. 1972] (fo1der 2) [2 of 4]
[The] Equipment System Improvement Program [ESIP] {Apr. 1970-Oct. 1972] (folder 3) [3 of 4]
[The] Equipment System Improvement Program [ESIP] [Apr. 1970-Oct. 1972] (folder 4) [4 of 4]
High Impact Anti-Crime Program [Sept. 1971-Dec. 1972] (folder 1) [1 of 3]
High Impact Anti-Crime Program [Sept. 1971-Dec. 1972] (folder 2) [2 of 3]
High Impact Anti-Crime Program [Sept. 1971-Dec. 1972] (folder 3) [3 of 3]

Box 12

National Conference on Criminal Justice [Jan. 23-26, 1973] (folder 1) [1 of 4]
National Conference on Criminal Justice [Jan. 23-26, 1973] (folder 2) [2 of 4]
National Conference on Criminal Justice [Jan. 23-26, 1973] (folder 3) [3 of 4]
National Conference on Criminal Justice [Jan. 23-26, 1973J (folder 4) [4 of 4]
Policy imput by [Jerris] Leonard [Administrator, LEAA] [Dec. 1972-Jan. 1973] (folder 1) [1 of 3]
Policy imput by [Jerris] Leonard [Administrator, LEAA] [Mar. 1971-Dec. 19.72] (folder 2) [2 of 3]
Policy imput by [Jerris] Leonard [Administrator, LEAA] [Kansas Law Review Article, Jan. 22, 1973] (folder 3) [3 of 3]
State Planning Agencies [S.P.A.] [Nov. 1972]

Series IV: Speeches, 1970-73 [1971-73]

Box 13

National League of Cities, [U.S. Conference of Mayors, Washington, D.C.] May 4, 1971
Milwaukee Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, [Milwaukee, Wisconsin] May 18, 1971
Senate Judicary Committee [Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Deliquency, Washington, D.C.] May 26, 1971
Beltway Crime Conference [the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area] June 1, 1971
Wisconsin Attorney General's Law Enforcement Conference [Madison, Wisconsin] June 3, 1971
Illinois Chamber of Commerce, [Chicago, Illinois] June 10, 1971
Annual Meeting of U.S. Attorneys, [Washington, D.C.] June 16, 1971
National Sheriffs' Assoc., [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] June 22, 1971
National Conference of State Legislative Leaders, [Manchester, New Hampshire] July 14, 1971
Denver, Colorado July 20, 1971
Dallas, Texas July 21, 1971
Northern Virginia Police Academy [Arlington, Virginia] Aug. 20, 1971
Attorney General's Conference on Crime Reduction, [Washington, D.C.] Sept. 9, 1971
Southern Regional Meeting of U.S. Attorneys, [New Orleans, Louisiana] Sept. 10, 1971
International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police, [Anaheim, California] Sept. 28, 1971
Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, [Tampa, Florida] Sept. 29, 1971
House Committee on Government Operations, [Subcommittee on Legal and Monetary Affairs, Washington, D.C.] Oct. 7, 1971
Pennsylvania Governor's Justice Commission, [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania] Oct. 18, 1971
National Council on Crime and Deliquency, [before the National Executives' Committee and Board of Directors, Chicago, Illinois] Oct. 21, 1971
National Society of State Legislators Annual Convention, [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] Oct. 22, 1971
Criminal Justice Roundtable, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 1, 1971
Southern Governor's Conference, [Atlanta, Georgia] Nov. 9, 1971
House Committee on Legal and Monetary Affairs, [Washington, D.C.] Nov. 12, 1972
Response to U.S. Conference of Mayors statements, Nov. 15, 1971
Scripps-Howard Newspaper Alliance Editors, [Memphis, Tennessee] Dec. 6, 1971
Introduction of Chief Justice [Warren E. Burger] at National Conference on Corrections, [Williamsburg, Virginal Dec. 6, 1971
Press Conference announcing High impact anti-crime program, [Washington, D.C.] Jan. 13, 1971
Eastern Regional Law. Enforcement Organized Crime Training Conference, [Williamsburg, Virginia] Jan. 24, 1972
Criminal Justice Manpower Development Conference, [Omaha, Nebraska] Feb. 9, 1972
National Conference of Governors, [Washington, D.C.] Feb. 24, 1972
Republican Leadership Conference, [Washington, D.C.] Mar. 2, 1972
Texas Criminal Justice Council, [Austin, Texas] Mar. 10, 1972
Coldwell-Banker & Company, Mar. 16, 1972
State Planning Agency Directors Luncheon, [Washington, D.C.] Mar. 20, 1972
Senate Appropriations Committee, [Washington, D.C.] Apr. 13, 1972
LEAA and the Democratic and Republican Conventions, Apr. 29, 1972
On the Death of J. Edgar Hoover, May 2, 1972
Citizens for Law Enforcement Needs, [Los Angeles, California] May 17, 1972
Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis [Medal of Valor Luncheon, St. Louis, Missouri] May 18, 1972
Republican Women's Group, May 19, 1972
Interdepartmental Council to Coordinate [All] Federal Juvenile Delinquency Programs, May 22, 1972
House Committee on the Judiciary, [Washington, D.C.] May 24, 1972
National Governor's Conference, [at the panel discussion of the "Intergovernemental Commitment to Reduce Crime," Houston, Texas] June 5, 1972
State Bar of Wisconsin June 15, 1972
National Institute on Crime and Delinquency, [Portland, Oregon] June 19, 1972
National Sheriffs' Assoc., [Palm Springs, California] June 21, 1972
Federal Bar Assoc., Chicago, Chapter [Chicago, Illinois] June 22, 1972
National Assoc. of Attorneys General, [Lake Tahoe, Nevada] June 26, 1972
1972 Candidates' Conference, July 1, 1972
"Friends of Richard Nixon" Seminar, [Washington, D.C.] July 29, 1972
National Assoc. for State Information Systems, [New Orleans, Louisiana] Aug. 3, 1972
New Orleans, Louisiana Aug. 4, 1972
National S.P.A. [State Planning Agencies]
Conference, [Boston, Massachusettes] Aug. 9, 1972
Rotary Club of Wilmington, [Wilmington, Delaware] Aug. 10, 1972
High impact master plan press conference, [Cleveland, Ohio] Sept. 7, 1972
Jackson, Mississippi Sept. 8, 1972
Southeastern States Seminar, [Biloxi, Mississippi] Sept. 11, 1972
Jackson, Mississippi news conference. Sept. 11, 1972
Kansas City, Missouri [two copies] Sept. 13, 1972
Topeka, Kansas news conference, Sept. 13. 1972
Criminal Justice Planning Conference, [Anchorage, Alaska] Sept. 20, 1972
Annual Fall Conference of the U.S. Attorneys, [Myrtle Beach, South Carolina] Sept. 22, 1972
Chicago, Illinois Sept. 22, 1972
Atlanta, Georgia Sept. 27, 1972
Knoxville, Tennessee Oct. 2, 1972
Knoxville Bar Asscc., [Knoxville, Tennessee] Oct. 2, 1972
Republican Candidates dinner, [Milwaukee Wisconsin]
Oct. 6, 1972 Milwaukee law students, [Milwaukee, Wisconsin]
Oct. 6, 1972 Renovation of LEAA offices, Oct. 11, 1972
Renovation of LEAA offices, Oct. 12, 1972
Renovation of LEAA offices, Oct. 18, 1972
Baltimore, Maryland Oct. 26, 1972
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma [statement and remarks] Oct. 27, 1972
Elephant Forum, [Miami, Florida] Oct. 30, 1972
Miami, Florida [also a statement in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida] Oct. 31, 1972
Court Leadership Conference [Seminar] Nov. 15, 1972
National Advisory Committee on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals, [San Diego, California] Nov. 16, 1972
Council of State Court Representatives, [Denver, Colorado] Nov. 17, 1972
League of Cities committee on Public Safety, [Indianapolis, Indiana] Nov. 27, 1972
Two Hundred Club of Greater Miami, [Miami, Florida] Dec. 11, 1972
National Assoc. of Citizens Crime Commissions, [Atlanta, Georgia] Dec. 12, 1972
Informal guidelines conference, [Washington, D.C.] Dec. 21, 1972
National Conference on Criminal Justice press briefing, Dec. 27, 1972
National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals press briefing on its report, Jan. 14, 1973

Series V: Printed Matter, 1970-73 [Newsletters, 1971-73]

Box 14

LEAA Newsletter Mar.-Dec., 1971
LEAA Newsletter Jan. 1972-Jan. 1973

Series V: Printed Matter, 1970-73 [Newsreleases, 1971-73]

LEAA News Releases Mar.-Sept. 1971
LEAA News Releases Oct. 1971-Jan. 1973
Leonard interview, U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 11, 1971
Leonard article, [LEAA-] "A Federal Attack on Crime," the [Milwaukee Bar Assoc.] Gavel, Dec. 1971
Leonard article, "High-Impact Funding," [New York State Assoc. of Chiefs of Police, Inc.] Chief Topics, Nov. 1971
Leonard editorial, [National Association of Counties] County News, Mar. 31, 1972
Leonard interview on 60 Minutes, Congressional Record, Apr. 1972

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