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Born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1918, Arnold Sagalyn graduated from Oberlin College and the Graduate Institute of International Studies at Geneva, Switzerland. In 1939, Sagalyn became a special assistant to Eliot Ness in Cleveland, Ohio, where he helped reorganize the police department. He came to Washington in 1942 to help organize a nation-wide law enforcement program against prostitution. As aide to the Chief of the Public Safety Division of the Office of Military Government in Germany, Mr. Sagalyn helped direct the reorganization of the German police system. He served as assistant publisher of the “Northern Virginia Sun” from 1957 to 1961.
He served as the US representative for the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) from 1961 to 1967 and was Senior Vice President of that organization from 1962 to 1965.
In 1961, Mr. Sagalyn was appointed Director of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Law Enforcement Coordination. In his capacity at the Treasury Department, Sagalyn was responsible for the coordination of criminal investigative activities of the Bureau of Narcotics. In 1965 Sagalyn became the Treasury Representative to the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, commonly known as the Crime Commission. In this capacity, he also served as the Advisor on Public Safety to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. In 1967, Sagalyn served as associate public safety director of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, commonly known as the Kerner Commission.
As founder and president of Security Planning Corporation, Mr. Sagalyn consulted on a wide range of crime prevention and security projects for major private corporations and governmental agencies, including FEMA and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration.
Scope and Content Note
The Arnold Sagalyn Papers document aspects of Sagalyn’s career, focusing primarily on aspects of terrorism, civil disorder, and law enforcement in his work with the Kerner Commission, FEMA on the EOC, Interpol, the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, and the Treasury department. The collection includes published and unpublished articles and reports (1961-2003); memorandums, transcripts and notes (1961-2004); a scrapbook of Christmas cards from Interpol heads and officers from around the world (1964-1967); pamphlets on drug and drug abuse (1966-1970); a collection of 10 slides (1966); as well as training documents for governmental agencies (1961-1980).
Arnold Sagalyn donated this collection of papers and some books to the AU Library in March of 2004.
The Arnold Sagalyn papers were arranged according to subjects. These subjects were designated by projects that were undertaken for specific organizations, and kept in their original order as much as possible. All staples, paper clips, and bindings were removed. The scrapbook of Christmas cards in box 1 was taken apart and placed into folders. Newspaper clippings were scanned and the originals discarded. A set of 10 slides was placed into protective sheets.
Box & Folder Listing
Clippings, Arnold Sagalyn, 1961-1973
Publications/Articles by A.S., 1965-1974 (2 folders) - See also: Kerner Commission-Sagalyn Reports and Interpol
[Scrapbook]: Christmas-Holiday Greetings from Interpol Heads/Officers from Around the World, 1964-1967 (4 folders)
Drugs and Drug Abuse, 1966-1988
Control of Narcotics Traffic [Research for Objective Paper], 1972-1988 (2 folders)
Pamphlets on Drug and Drug Abuse, 1966-1970
Federal Specifications for Equipment, 1969, 1972
Civil Disturbances, 1967, 1979-1980
Attorney General’s Memo, August 7, 1967
Civil Disorder Conference, June 30-July 1, 1980
Justice Community Relation Seed – Urban Watch, N.D.
Louis Martin/Black Youth Unemployment, June-July, 1980
Memos on Civil Disturbance Threats, 1979, May 1980
Miami After Action Report, July 1980
Terrorism, 1979-1980 - See also: Sagalyn Associates-Law Enforcement Antiterrorism