H.J. Anslinger papers, 1835-1975

1875

Collection Overview

Title:
H.J. Anslinger papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1835-1975 (bulk 1918-1963)
Dates (Inclusive):
1918-1963
Creator:
Anslinger, H. J. (Harry Jacob), 1892-1975
Abstract:
Harry Jacob Anslinger served in the U.S. Government from 1918-1963. As commissioner, Bureau of Narcotics 1930-1963, he was the American government's chief law enforcement officer in the fight against illegal drugs. The collection consists of personal and professional correspondence, typescripts, 13 books shelved separately, journals, publications, and photos, written or collected by Anslinger on narcotic drug use. It also includes 6 audiocassettes, 21 negatives, and 20 reels of microfilm of this collection.
Collection Number:
1875
Size:
13.23 Cubic feet
Size:
60 items
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Harry Jacob Anslinger was born 20 May 1892 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He attended Pennsylvania State College, 1913-1915, and received his LL. B. from American University in 1930. Anslinger served in the U.S. Government, 1918-1963, under nine presidents; he held consular posts in The Netherlands, Germany, Venezuela, and the Bahamas, 1918-1926; Treasury Department, chief of Division of Foreign Control, 1926-1929, assistant commissioner of prohibition, 1929-1930, and commissioner, Bureau of Narcotics, 1930-1963. He was the U.S. representative at League of Nations conferences on narcotics, and served on the United Nations Narcotic Drugs Commission. Anslinger served for many years as the American government's chief law enforcement officer in the fight against illegal drugs. Anslinger was the commissioner of the Treasury Department's Bureau of Narcotics from its inception in 1930 until his retirement in 1963. He also authored several books in which he presented the story of police efforts to curb the import and use of dangerous drugs. Materials written or collected by Anslinger on narcotic drug use include personal and professional correspondence, addresses, reports, typescripts, articles, clippings, pamphlets, journals, and photos. The papers include material on Anslinger's work with the League of Nations and United Nations, and the U.S. Consular Service. There are also typescript and galley proofs of his book, The Murderers, (1961) and photocopies of writings on narcotics by other authors.

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Collection Overview

Personal and professional correspondence, addresses, reports, typescripts, articles, clippings, pamphlets, journals, and photos, written or collected by Anslinger on narcotic drug use. The papers include material on Anslinger's work with the League of Nations and United Nations, and the U.S. Consular Service. There are also typescript and galley proofs of his The Murderers (1961) and photocopies of writings on narcotics by other authors. Personal correspondents include his niece Barbara Kober, U.S. District Judge William T. McCarthy (author of a 1944 Bureau of Narcotics 8-p. publication), and newspaperman Reginald Wright Kauffman.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], H. J. Anslinger papers, HCLA 1875, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Harry J. Anslinger, 1959.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm reproductions from this collection are available at the Special Collections Library. It may be possible to borrow them through interlibrary loan. Contact the Research Services Department at ul-spcolref@lists.psu.edu for more information.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Audio
  • Photographic
  • Microforms
  • Scrapbooks

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Collection Inventory

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