Inventory of the Papers of Park Elliott Dietz for the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography Dietz, Park Elliott, PapersMSS 86-1a

Inventory of the Papers of Park Elliott Dietz for the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography,

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The Arthur J. Morris Law Library, Special Collections
Collection Number MSS 86-1a


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Processed by: Michael Graham
July 1989

Repository
Special Collections, University of Virginia Law Library
Collection number
MSS 86-1a
Title
Inventory of the Papers of Park Elliott Dietz for the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography
Physical Characteristics
16 boxes (6.7 linear feet)
Language
English
Abstract
Most of this collection relates to Park Dietz' tenure on the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography (AGCP), which conducted a year-long study of the effects of pornography in the United States. The collection includes commission memoranda, correspondence, transcripts of testimony, reports prepared for the commission, and various drafts of portions of the final report written by the commissioners themselves.

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Inventory of the Papers of Park Elliott Dietz, MSS 86-1a, Box Number, Special Collections, University of Virginia Law Library.


Biographical/Historical Information

Park Elliott Dietz (A.B. Cornell; M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins) joined the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law in 1982, serving simultaneously as medical director of the University's Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy. In 1988 he moved to California to practice and teach psychiatry. In 1985, while at the University, he was appointed by then-Attorney General Edwin Meese to serve on the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography (AGCP). The commission conducted a year-long study of the effects of pornography in the United States, and made a number of recommendations in its report, published in July 1986. Most of this collection relates to Dietz' tenure on the commission. At the end of the commission's tenure, the Department of Justice gave Dietz a collection of pornographic literature which had been used in the commission's work. He deposited that collection with the Law Library in 1986, and, upon his 1988 departure from the University, donated it to the library, along with the materials comprising this particular collection. These research materials were removed from the collection in 1996.

Scope and Content

This collection of 16 boxes (6.7 linear feet), contains material dating as far back as 1973, and as recently as 1988, but most of it was produced during the AGCP's tenure in 1985-86, and includes commission memoranda, correspondence, transcripts of testimony, reports prepared for the commission, and various drafts of portions of the final report written by the commissioners themselves. Approximately three-quarters of these papers came to the library unfoldered.

In processing, a distinction has been made between official AGCP materials and Dietz' personal files, most of which related to the commission's work as well. This distinction was at times hard to maintain, but in general the papers in containers 1-10 are either material distributed to all commissioners as part of the AGCP's official business, or correspondence between the commissioners and with outsiders relating to the commission's work. The submissions and testimony from the various public hearings are particularly voluminous, as are the reports concerning the role played by organized crime in the distribution of pornography.

The first four folders in container 11 relate to the reaction generated by the report and the commission's deliberations, primarily from those opposed. The rest of container 11 and the remainder of the collection comprises material collected by Dietz but not necessarily sent to all commissioners or even related to the commission's work. These include correspondence of Dietz and his wife Laura, particularly after the AGCP report had been released, and materials relating to the ongoing campaign against pornography in which Laura Dietz appears to have taken a special interest. The last two folders in container 15 and all of container 16 hold clippings, some specifically relating to the commission or its report, and some more generally related to pornography.

Contents List

Files of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography
Box: 1-11
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  • Box 1
    [Commission Memoranda], 1985-86
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  • Box 1
    [Correspondence to Commission], 1985-86
    Physical Location:
  • Box 1
    [Correspondence within Commission], 1985-86
    Physical Location:
  • Box 1
    [Correspondence: Miscellaneous], 1985-86
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  • Box 1
    [Correspondence from Citizens], 1985-86
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  • Box 1
    [Member Lists, Expenses], 1985-86
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  • Box 1
    Pre-Washington, D.C. [June 1985] Materials, 1985
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  • Box 1
    [Press Conferences], 1986
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  • Box 1
    Press Instructions, 1985
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  • Box 1
    [Work Session Agendae], 1986
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  • Box 2
    [Washington, D.C. Hearing], 1985, June
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  • Box 2
    Washington, D.C., 1985, June
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  • Box 2
    Washington, D.C., June 17-20, 1985, June
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  • Box 2
    Chicago Meeting [Dietz absent], 1985, July
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  • Box 2
    Houston Hearings, 1985, September
    Physical Location:
    (3 folders)
  • Box 3
    Los Angeles Hearings, 1985, October
    Physical Location:
    (3 folders)
  • Box 4
    Miami Hearings, 1985, November
    Physical Location:
    (3 folders)
  • Box 4
    New York City Hearings, 1986, January
    Physical Location:
    (2 folders)
  • Box 5
    [Ancillary Materials for NYC Meeting], 1986
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  • Box 5
    Scottsdale Hearings, 1986, February
    Physical Location:
    (2 folders)
  • Box 5
    Child Pornography, 1986
    Physical Location:
    (2 folders)
  • Box 5
    [Court Decisions], 1985-86
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  • Box 6
    1986 Data Collected by Police, 1986
    Physical Location:
    (3 folders)
  • Box 6
    Dial-a-Porn, 1985
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  • Box 6
    [FBI Tape Transcript], 1979
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  • Box 6
    [Miscellaneous Reports, Testimony], 1985-87
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  • Box 7
    [Pornography Research Papers, Reports], 1980, 1984-86, n.d.
    Physical Location:
    (3 folders)
  • Box 7, 8
    [Organized Crime], 1977-81, 1984-85, n.d.
    Physical Location:
    (3 folders)
  • Box 8
    [Prosecutions: Material from M. Cohen], 1984-86
    Physical Location:
    (3 folders)
  • Box 8
    Social Science Findings [also includes correspondence, clippings], 1986
    Physical Location:
    (2 folders)
  • Box 9
    [Reuben Sturman: Investigative Report and Indictment], 1985
    Physical Location:
  • Box 9
    Television/Radio, 1986
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  • Box 9
    ["Victim's" Testimonials], 1985-86
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  • Box 9
    Personal Statement for AGCP [Dietz], 1986
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  • Box 9
    Personal Statements [Other Commission members], 1986
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  • Box 9
    [Fred Schauer's Draft Report], 1986
    Physical Location:
    (2 folders)
  • Box 9
    Schauer Draft [Annotated], 1986
    Physical Location:
    (2 folders)
  • Box 10
    [Various Drafts], 1986
    Physical Location:
    (4 folders)
  • Box 11
    AGPC Distribution/Reaction, 1986
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  • Box 11
    Media Coalition [Critical of Report], 1986-88
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  • Box 11
    AGPC: Opposition Campaign, 1986
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  • Box 11
    Playboy, Penthouse Lawsuit], 1986-87
    Physical Location:
Dietz' Personal Files Relating Primarily to AGCP Work
Box: 11-16
Physical Location:
  • Box 11
    American Sunbathing Association, 1985
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  • Box 11
    [Ancillary Materials: Miscellaneous], 1985
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  • Box 11
    [Anti-Pornography Groups], 1985-88
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  • Box 11
    [Article Manuscripts], 1986-87
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  • Box 11
    [Bible Advocate, 1985
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  • Box 11
    [Bradshaw to Dobson: Letters], 1985
    Physical Location:
  • Box 12
    [Child Pornography], 1988
    Physical Location:
  • Box 12
    Child Pornography: Case of Glen Foster, 1986
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  • Box 12
    Child Pornography and Pedophilia Report: U.S. Senate, 1986
    Physical Location:
  • Box 12
    Citizens For Decency Through Law, 1986-88
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  • Box 12
    Clinical Psychology News Interview, 1986
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  • Box 12
    [Correspondence: Park Dietz to June 1986], 1985-86
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  • Box 12
    [Correspondence: Park Dietz after June 1986], 1986-87
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  • Box 12
    [Correspondence: Laura Dietz], 1986-87
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  • Box 12
    [Correspondence with Diana Russell], 1987
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  • Box 12
    Correspondence with Dr. L. Smith, 1987
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  • Box 12
    [Civil Rights Approach Against Pornography], 1983-85
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  • Box 13
    [Criminal Justice Information], 1985
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  • Box 13
    [Dietz: Non-Pornography Work], 1973, 1987-88
    Physical Location:
  • Box 13
    Laura Dietz: Junior League of Richmond, 1986
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  • Box 13
    Feminists, 1985-86
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  • Box 13
    [Freedom of Expression Issues], 1982, 1985
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  • Box 13
    First Amendment, 1984
    Physical Location:
  • Box 13
    [Justice Department on Missing Children], 1986
    Physical Location:
  • Box 13
    Koskoff, H.: Film: "The Porning of America", 1985-86
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  • Box 13
    [Magazines: Assorted (3)], 1982, 1984
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  • Box 13
    [Magazines: Bondage], 1978, 1982, 1984, n.d.
    Physical Location:
  • Box 14
    [Magazines: Playboy], 1978, 1979, 1983
    Physical Location:
    (2 folders)
  • Box 14
    [Mail Solicitations], 1985-88
    Physical Location:
  • Box 14
    [Michael McManus], 1985-87
    Physical Location:
  • Box 14
    [Dottie Meyer in Penthouse], 1977-78
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  • Box 14
    [Miscellaneous Notes, etc], n.d.
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  • Box 14
    National Christian Association, 1984-86
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  • Box 14
    [National Coalition Against Pornography, Inc.], 1986
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  • Box 14
    National Conference of State Legislators, New Orleans [May, 1986], 1986
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  • Box 15
    [Ongoing Campaign Against Pornography], n.d.
    Physical Location:
  • Box 15
    [Playboy Cartoon Studies], 1985
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  • Box 15
    Presentencing, Mann Act, 1985
    Physical Location:
  • Box 15
    [Press Releases], 1985-86, 1988
    Physical Location:
  • Box 15
    Religious Alliance Against Pornography, 1986
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  • Box 15
    Rutledge Hill Press, 1986
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  • Box 15
    [Schauer Articles], 1979
    Physical Location:
  • Box 15
    [Sex Education], 1985
    Physical Location:
  • Box 15
    Speech: Pornography and Health, 1986
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  • Box 15
    TV Media, 1986
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  • Box 15
    [Violence and Sex], 1986-88
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  • Box 15
    [Zewe Case: U.S. Brief], 1986-87
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  • Box 15,16
    [Assorted Clippings], 1978-(1986-87)-1988
    Physical Location:
    (4 folders)
  • Box 16
    Newspaper Clippings/Popular Literature, 1977-85
    Physical Location:
    (2 folders)
  • Box 16
    [Media Reaction to Report], 1986
    Physical Location:
    (2 folders)