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Arnold Sagalyn Papers

VOLUME: 4.5 linear feet

ACCESS: This collection is open to the public upon request.

COPYRIGHT: Please consult the archivist for information about duplication or publishing of any materials from this collection.

Biographical Note

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 The collection includes published and unpublished articles and reports (1961-2003); memorandums, transcripts and notes (1961-2004); a scrapbook of Christmas cards from Interpol heads and officers from around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).

Provenance

Arnold Sagalyn donated this collection of papers and some books to the AU Library in March of 2004.

Processing Note

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

Box 1

  • Biographical
    • Biographical Sketch
    • 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
  • FEMA
    • 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
    • EOC/911, 1965, 1976-1980
      • [Antiterrorism], 1979-1980 (2 folders) - See also: Sagalyn Associates Law-Enforcement Antiterrorism
      • Emergency Communications, 1980
      • Executive Order 12148, 1978-1979
      • Mutual Aid, Nov. 2, 1979
      • [National] Governor’s Association, Feb. 28, 1978
      • Origins of 911 Number, January 1, 1964, Oct. 21, 1965 - See also: Sagalyn Associates-Law Enforcement Assistance Administration
      • [Publications and Notes], 1976-1980 (3 folders)
    • Terrorism, 1979-1980 - See also: Sagalyn Associates-Law Enforcement Antiterrorism

Box 2

  • FEMA
    • Vulnerability Project, 1977, 1979-1980
      • [Draft Final Report], Sept. 1, 1980
      • Governors Emergency Planning/Response, March 14, 1980
      • [Memos and Drafts], 1977, 1979-1980
  • HUD, July, 1967
    • Crime General, July, 1967
  • Interpol, 1960-1969, 2002-2003
    • [General Articles, Clippings, Memos and Photos], 1964-1969
    • [Publications], January, 1960-1966, 2002-2003 (2 folders) - See also: Biographical [Scrapbook]
  • Kerner Commission, 1967-1970, 1993
    • Civil Disorder Reports, 1967-1970
      • National Guard Bureau, 1967-1969 (3 folders)
      • Riot Control, 1967-1968
      • Riot Control Hong Kong Police Principles/Guidelines, N.D.
      • [State and Federal Laws on Riots], Aug. 22, 1967
      • US Army Civil Disorder Guidelines, 1969-1970 - See also: Sagalyn Associates Law Enforcement Assistance Administration and Treasury
      • [Various], 1970
    • Commands by Commissioners, Jan.-Feb. 1968
    • Rockefeller Institute Symposium, 1967, 1993
      • [Eisenhower Foundation Report], Feb. 28, 1993
      • Kerner Commission 1993
      • [Symposium Packet and Clippings], 1993
    • Telephone Directories and Consultants, Jan. 1968
    • Sagalyn Correspondence, 1967-1968
      • Sagalyn Reports, 1967-1968
      • Draft Public Safety Dec. 22, 1967 [and comments]
      • Riot Commission/A.S. Reports, etc., 1967-1968 - See also: Biographical-Publications/Articles by A.S.
    • Testimony, 1967-1968
      • [Excerpts from statements organized alphabetically by date of testimony] (1967-1968
      • [Excerpts from statements organized by release date], 1967-1968
      • Transcript Proceedings of Public Safety Seminar [Nov. 1, 1967]
  • National War College
    • [October 1966 Slides]
  • North Atlantic Treaty, 1949

Box 3

  • Sagalyn Associates
    • Law Enforcement Antiterrorism
      • Police & Terrorism Reform, 2001-2002 - See also: FEMA-Civil Disturbances, EOC/911, Terrorism
    • Law Enforcement Assistance Administration
      • [Emergency Prep Plans State and National], 1976-1980 - See also: FEMA- EOC/911
      • Police Intelligence, 1973, 1975
      • A Review of the VIII Pan American Games, 1979
      • [Training], 1978-1979 (2 folders) - See also: Kerner Commission-US Army Civil Disorder Guidelines and Treasury
      • Urban Crisis Management Memo, 1979
      • [Workshop], 1979
    • Law Enforcement-International
      • British Police, 2002
      • Police Peacekeeping, 1994-2000
    • Law Enforcement-Local
      • Community Policing for Safe Neighborhoods, Aug. 1993
      • Community Policing Literature, 1988-1993
      • Community Policing Materials for Justice Conference, 1989-1996 (2 folders)
      • [Violent Crime in Georgetown], May 1991
    • Law Enforcement, Non-Lethal Weapons
      • [Report to National Sciences Foundation], 1972
  • Treasury
    • National Crime Commission Meeting, 1965-1967
    • Training                                                            
      • [Syllabus Drafts], 1978, 1980 (2 folders)
      • Training and Education Program Review, Dec. 12/13, 1979
      • Treasury Law Enforcement Training School, 1958-1960 (2 folders) - See also: Kerner Commission-US Army Civil Disorder Guidelines and Sagalyn Associates-Law Enforcement Assistance Administration