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Records of the National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement

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  • 10.2 RECORDS OF THE COMMISSION 1929-31 185 lin. ft.


Established: By President Herbert Hoover under the chairmanship of George W. Wickersham, pursuant to the Supplemental Appropriation Act (45 Stat. 1613), March 4, 1929. Consisted of 11 committees (each headed by a commissioner) that investigated separate aspects of the commission's mandate.

Function: Investigated problems associated with law enforcement, especially those relating to prohibition.

Abolished: By failure of appropriations, June 30, 1931; the Washington, DC, office closed August 1931.

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government. Records of the Committee on the Cost of Crime and the Committee on the Business of the Federal Courts in the Harvard and Yale Law School Libraries, respectively. Books and publications from the commission's library in the Library of Congress.

Subject Access Terms: Wickersham Commission.

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Textual Records: Records of the Office of the Chairman, the research staff and library, the Committee on Prohibition, and the Committee on Official Lawlessness (including Mooney-Billings case records of staff members Walter H. Pollak and Carl S. Stern), 1929-31.

Subject Access Terms: Billings, Warren K.; Mooney, Thomas T.

Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
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