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United Citizens for Law Enforcement (UCLE) Records

 Collection
Identifier: AC-274

Scope and Contents

The first of two intellectual series in this collection contains U.C.L.E. administrative records and files. The first ten folders in Box 1 document the lack of law enforcement in Jefferson County, the exposure of graft, formation of grand juries, court reports, statements and depositions. The next twelve folders contain the organization of U.C.L.E., its by-laws and incorporation, and U.C.L.E. Annual Reports from 1961 thru 1971. Folders 23 thru 36 consist of corporate papers and correspondence up to 1973.

The next six folders in Box 1 contain U.C.L.E. minutes of meetings from 1962 to 1972. Folders 46 thru 53 deal exclusively with the statements, transcripts and depositions in 136th District Court, et al, v. Ramie Griffin, then Criminal District Attorney for Jefferson County. Three folders (54-56) pertain to court reports, transcript and statements of Evans Cappel, grand juror. Folders 57 thru 62 in Boxes 1 and 2 contain grand jury reports of 1961 and 1962, Attorney General Will Wilson's address to U.C.L.E., community council report of 1961, and Aaron M. Kohl, managing director of Metropolitan New Orleans Crime Commission, 1958-62. Fourteen more folders in Box 2 (63-76) contain speeches, reports, statements and briefs by various officials close to the clean up campaign; such as J. C. Barry, Spain Bates, the Honorables Harold C. Clayton and L. B. Hightower. Folders 77 thru 88 pertain to U.C.L.E., its membership, contributors, endorsements, committees and mailing lists. Folders 89, 90 and 91 relate to the spread of Jefferson County's problems to a national Jewish organization.

U.C.L.E. press releases during 1961-62 can be found in Box 2, Folders 92 and 93. The remaining folders that contain materials included in the first intellectual series of this collection are found at the end of Box 3, and are concerned mainly with U.C.L.E. internal operations, committees, inventories and expenses, and the connections between U.C.L.E. and U. S. Department of Treasury, Texas Liquor Control Board, Jefferson County Bar Association, U. S. Post Office, and Texas Society of Pubic Accountants. Box 3 Folders 75 and 76 hold various photographs (most individuals not identified).

The second series of the collection contains newspaper clippings from area papers, primarily the Beaumont Enterprise, the Beaumont Journal, and the Port Arthur News. These clippings are contained in boxes 2 through 9.

Dates

  • 1929 - 1973

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The Tyrrell Historical Library holds copyright. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.

Conditions Governing Use

No restrictions apply.

Historical Note

On January 1, 1961, citizens of Jefferson County, Texas gathered to devise a plan of action against what they percieved as "organized gambling, prostitution, graft, vice, and corrupt officials" running rampant in the county. Civic leaders, labor spokesmen, and members of churches and schools met with members of the House General Investigating Committee (the James Commission), forming The United Citizens for Law Enforcement (UCLE). George Dishman, a local rice farmer from a well-known family in the region, was elected President.

The organization stated the following as their objective: "To bring about a climate and atmosphere to Jefferson County where good and honest law enforcement will prevail."

Extent

3 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

On January 1, 1961, citizens of Jefferson County, Texas gathered to devise a plan of action against what they percieved as "organized gambling, prostitution, graft, vice, and corrupt officials" running rampant in the county. Civic leaders, labor spokesmen, and members of churches and schools met with members of the House General Investigating Committee (the James Commission), forming The United Citizens for Law Enforcement (UCLE). The collection consists of organizational and administrative records including meeting minutes, by-laws, court reports, correspondence, and reports, as well as photographs and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two general intellectual series.

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1929-1973

Series 2: Newspaper Clippings, 1961-1973

Title
Finding Aid for the United Citizens for Law Enforcement (UCLE) Records, 1929-1973
Author
Jennifer Perritt
Date
November 25, 2020
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository

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