William Barr, Office of Policy Development: Deputy Assistant Director for Legal Policy, 1982-1983

c16471-15, William Barr shakes hands with President Reagan
during an NSC meeting in the Oval Office, 8/9/83.

On May 3, 1982, Barr joined the Office of Policy Development at the White House reporting to Roger Porter and Michael Uhlmann. Barr was the Deputy Assistant Director for Legal Policy. His responsibilities included civil rights (fair housing, women’s equality issues, affirmative action, desegregation in education, etc.), crime, and immigration. Barr left this position on September 5, 1983 to return to Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge.

This collection covers William Barr’s 18 months working in the White House at the Office of Policy Development. As the Deputy Assistant Director for Legal Policy he reported to Michael Uhlmann and worked in a team with Stephen Galebach. His material is concentrated around the introduction of major changes and/or regulations ongoing during his tenure at the White House. His file folders are grouped around these bills such as the Crime Bills introduced in 1981, 1982 and 1983; the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983 and the introduction of the Tuition Tax Credit Bill in 1982 and 1983. It also focuses on Executive Order 12336 of 1981 which created the Task Force on Legal Equity for Women. This task force was charged with eliminating or altering rules and regulations within the federal government which were not gender-neutral. It served as an umbrella group for all civil rights issues for women in the Reagan Administration.

The majority of the remainder of his material deals with other civil rights issues such as fair housing, equality opportunity, affirmative action, and desegregation in education.

Barr did not generate a lot of original material. While there are some memos and hand-written notes and comments, these are usually on material generated by someone else. Barr was assigned follow-up work from Uhlmann and often completed requests from White House Office of Records Management Subject File case files on behalf of Uhlmann. It appears his most personal involvement was with the efforts to introduce and pass a Tuition Tax Credit Bill, the Indian policies and policy statement, and the legal equity issues for women.

On December 7th, 2018, President Trump announced he intended to nominate William Barr as Attorney General of the United States. 

Full Collection Description and Inventory List

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Collection Description

I. Subject File

This series consists of material related to the proposed cap on attorney fee’s in suits against the U.S. government; the overhaul of the Bankruptcy Courts done in 1983; the Bob Jones University controversy over withholding non-profit tax status from an institution which practices discrimination in violation of federal statutes; suggestions for anti-crime policy and anti-crime legislation; crime bills involving the insanity defense, reform of habeas corpus and the death penalty; the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1983; Fair Housing Act Amendments proposed by the Administration; the efforts to enact the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983; Native American Indian policy including background material and composition of the President’s Statement on Indian Policy on January 24, 1983; review of Legal Services Corporation 1982 reform legislation; editing and assistance in creating the 1982 Tuition Tax Credit Bill; creating and editing the anti-discrimination aspects of the Tuition Tax Credit Bill; working with religious schools, particularly Catholic schools to refine the Tuition Tax Credit Bill; efforts to pass the Tuition Tax Credit Bill in Congress; and all women’s legal equity issues which includes: comparable work; equal pay for equal work issues; child support; the "50 States" project; legal equity issues; Executive Order 12366, and the Task Force on Legal Equity for Women..

II. Chronological File 

This series consists of material related to legal policy initiatives, legal policy advice, and Office of Policy Development issue alerts of the Reagan Administration, 1982-1983. The material is a combination of actions or comments requested by the Office of Policy Development or the White House Staff Secretary on specific topics. The material is mostly memorandums from Mike Uhlmann to Edwin Harper (Assistant to the President for Policy Development) and/or memos from Stephen Galebach and/or William Barr to Harper/Uhlmann on particular topics. It also includes background papers on certain issues and some policy alerts from the Office of Policy Development. The subjects are heavily concentrated in the same subjects as the Subject File: civil rights, crime, immigration, Indian policy, tuition tax credits and women’s issues. Many are duplicates from these folders but some are originals on the topic and they add to the general background information from the subject files.

This series is not a typical "Chronological file" although that is how Barr filed and identified it. The material was kept in a three-ring binder, referred to as "the book" on filing notations. Barr had a single folder entitled "Memos 1982" which consisted of this exact same material with 3- hole punches and was a time period gap from the Chron folders. The Library integrated the "Memos 1982" material with the chron folders to create the full series on this material. It appears that Barr was maintaining this "book" of nearly all outgoing memos from the Legal Policy group: himself, Michael Uhlmann and Stephen Galebach..


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Box 1

[Abortion]
[Administration Accomplishments]
[Affirmative Action Studies] (1)
[Affirmative Action Studies] (2)
[Affirmative Action Studies] (3)
[Affirmative Action Studies] (4)
[Affirmative Action Studies] (5)
[Affirmative Action Studies] (6)
[Affirmative Action Studies] (7)
[Afghan Refugees]
Agudath Israel of America
[Alternatives to ERA (Equal Rights Amendment)]
[Amendments to the Federal Tort Claims Act]
[American Coalition Against Crime] (1)
[American Coalition Against Crime] (2)
[American Indians]
[Attorney Fee Reform Legislation]
Balanced Budget (Empty)
Bank Secrecy Act Amendments (1)
Bank Secrecy Act Amendments (2)
Bank Secrecy Act Amendments (3)
Bankruptcy Court Reform (1)
Bankruptcy Court Reform (2)

 

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Box 2

Bankruptcy Court Reform (3)
Bankruptcy Court Reform (4)
Bob Jones University
[Bob Jones & Goldsboro] (1)
[Bob Jones & Goldsboro] (2)
[Bob Jones & Goldsboro] (3)
[Bob Jones & Goldsboro] (4)
[Bob Jones & Goldsboro] (5)
[Bob Jones & Goldsboro] (6)
[Bob Jones & Goldsboro] (7)
[Bob Jones & Goldsboro] (8)
[Bob Jones & Goldsboro] (9)
[Bob Jones & Goldsboro] (10)
[Bob Jones & Goldsboro] (11)
[Bob Jones & Goldsboro] (12)
[Bob Jones & Goldsboro] (13)
Cabinet Council on Legal Policy (1)
Cabinet Council on Legal Policy (2)
[Catholic League]

 

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Box 3

Civil Rights – General – 1982 (1)
Civil Rights – General – 1982 (2)
Civil Rights – General – 1982 (3)
Civil Rights – General – 1982 (4)
Civil Rights – General – 1982 (5)
Civil Rights: Historical Background on CRC (Civil Rights Commission)
[Civil Service Spouses for Equity]
[Comparable Worth] (1)
[Comparable Worth] (2)
[Comparable Worth] (3)
Constitutional Amendment – Balanced Budget (1)
Constitutional Amendment – Balanced Budget (2)
Constitutional Amendment – Balanced Budget (3)
Constitutional Amendment – Balanced Budget (4)
Constitutional Amendment – Balanced Budget (5)
Constitutional Amendment – Balanced Budget (6)
Constitutional Amendment – Balanced Budget (7)
Constitutional Amendment – Balanced Budget (8)
Copyright (Audio and Video Issues) (1)
Copyright (Audio and Video Issues) (2)
Copyright (Audio and Video Issues) (3)

 

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Box 4

Copyright (Audio and Video Issues) (4)
Copyright (Audio and Video Issues) (5)
[Court Cases re First Amendment Establishment Clause] (1)
[Court Cases re First Amendment Establishment Clause] (2)
[Court Cases re First Amendment Establishment Clause] (3)
[Crime: Articles and Papers] (1)
[Crime: Articles and Papers] (2)
[Crime Bills: 1981 – Death Sentence]
[Crime Bills: 1982] (1)
[Crime Bills: 1982] (2)
[Crime Bills: 1982] (3)
[Crime Bills: 1982] (4)
[Crime Bills: 1982] (5)
[Crime Bills: 1983]
[Crime Bills: Congressional Testimony and Statements] (1)
[Crime Bills: Congressional Testimony and Statements] (2)
[Crime Bills: Congressional Testimony and Statements] (3)
[Crime Bills: Congressional Testimony and Statements] (4)
[Crime Bills: Memos] (1)
[Crime Bills: Memos] (2)

 

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Box 5

[Crime Bills: Memos] (3)
[Crime Bills: Memos] (4)
[Crime Bills: Press Releases and Statements] (1)
[Crime Bills: Press Releases and Statements] (2)
[Crime: Jackson Lecture]
[Criminal Law Initiatives]
[Dent, Edward: Americans for the National Voter Initiative Amendment]
[Dent, Edward: Court Backlogs]
Domestic Terrorism
[Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Week]
[Economic Equity Act of 1983] (1)
[Economic Equity Act of 1983] (2)
[Economic Equity Act of 1983] (3)
[Economic Equity Act of 1983] (4)
[Economic Equity Act of 1983] (5)
[Economic Equity Act of 1983] (6)
Emergency Mobilization Preparedness (1)
Emergency Mobilization Preparedness (2)
Emergency Mobilization Preparedness (3)
Emergency Mobilization Preparedness (4)
[Employment Discrimination Court Cases] (1)
[Employment Discrimination Court Cases] (2)
[Equal Employment Advisory Council: Annual Report 1982]
[Equal Employment: Court Rulings] (1)

 

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Box 6

[Equal Employment: Court Rulings] (2)
[Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Statistics]
[Equal Opportunity re: Minority College Graduate Job Opportunities] (1)
[Equal Opportunity re: Minority College Graduate Job Opportunities] (2)
[Equal Opportunity re: Minority College Graduate Job Opportunities] (3)
[Equal Opportunity re: Minority College Graduate Job Opportunities] (4)
Exclusionary Rule (1)
Exclusionary Rule (2)
["Expropriations" re: Economic Decline by Robert Reich] (1)
[Extradition Act] (1)
[Extradition Act] (2)
[Fair Housing Act Amendments] (1)
[Fair Housing Act Amendments] (2)
[Fair Housing Act Amendments] (3)
[Fair Housing Amendments of 1983 - Transmittal to Congress]
Fair Housing Bill [1983] (1)
Fair Housing Bill [1983] (2)
[Fair Housing - S1670 & S570]
[Federal Election Commission – Legislative Recommendations, 1982]
[FTC (Federal Trade Commission) – Automobile Defect/Warranty Disclosures]
[Fire Fighters]
Flextime (1)
Flextime (2)

 

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Box 7

[Forced Busing]
[Higher Education Desegregation Plan, 1978] (1)
[Higher Education Desegregation Plan, 1978] (2)
[Higher Education Desegregation Plan, 1978] (3)
["Immigration and California: Issues for the 1980s", Rand Paper]
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983] (1)
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983] (2)
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983] (3)
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983] (4)
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983] (5)
[Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983: House Judiciary Committee Report] (1)
[Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983: House Judiciary Committee Report] (2)
[Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983: Senate Judiciary Committee Report] (1)
[Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983: Senate Judiciary Committee Report] (2)
[Immigration Reform - Articles]
[Immigration Reform - Status Memos]
Indian Land Claims Legislation (1)
Indian Land Claims Legislation (2)
Indian Land Claims Legislation (3)
Indian Land Claims Legislation (4)
Indian Land Claims Legislation (5)
Indian Land Claims Legislation (6)
Indian Land Claims Legislation (7)

 

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Box 8

Indian Policy (1)
Indian Policy (2)
Indian Policy (3)
Indian Policy (4)
Indian Policy (5)
Indian Policy (6)
Indian Policy (7)
Indian Policy (8)
Indian Policy (9)
Indian Policy (10)
Indian Policy (11)
Indian Policy (12)
Indian Policy (13)
Indian Policy (14)
Indian Policy (15)
Indian Policy (16)
[Indian Reservation Economies: American Indian Development Corporation]
Indian Reservation Economies, President’s Commission on (1)
Indian Reservation Economies, President’s Commission on (2)
Indian Reservation Economies, President’s Commission on (3)
Indian Reservation Economies, President’s Commission on (4)
Intelligence
[Intergovernmental Office – Legislative Concerns]

 

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Box 9

Justice Assistance Act of 1982 (1)
Justice Assistance Act of 1982 (2)
LEAA (Law Enforcement Assistance Administration)
Law of the Sea (April 1982-05/20/1982)
Law of the Sea (05/21/1982-05/24/1982)
Law of the Sea (05/24/1982-05/25/1982)
Law of the Sea (05/25/1982-06/06/1982)
Law of the Sea (06/07/1982-06/08/1982)
Law of the Sea (06/08/1982-06/09/1982)
Law of the Sea (06/10/1982)
Law of the Sea (06/11/1982-06/14/1982)
Law of the Sea (06/15/1982-06/18/1982)
Law of the Sea (06/19/1982-06/23/1982)
Law of the Sea (06/24/1982-06/28/1982
Law of the Sea (06/29/1982-07/12/1982)
Law of the Sea (07/13/1982-07/17/1982)
Law of the Sea (07/18/1982-08/12/1982)
Law of the Sea (08/13/1982-08/17/1982)
Law of the Sea (08/18/1982-October 1982)

 

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Box 10

Law of the Sea (November 1982-February 1983)
[Law of the Sea – Bob Keating] (1)
[Law of the Sea – Bob Keating] (2)
[Legislative Agenda for the 98th Congress – Agudath Israel of America, 1983]
[Legal Services Corporation]
[Legal Services Corporation Act Amendment of 1981] (1)
[Legal Services Corporation Act Amendment of 1981] (2)
[Legal Services Corporation - Congressional Record] (1)
[Legal Services Corporation - Congressional Record] (2)
[Legal Services Corporation - Congressional Record] (3)
[Legal Services Corporation - Meeting of the Committee on Operations and Regulations, 08/06/1982] (1)
[Legal Services Corporation - Meeting of the Committee on Operations and Regulations, 08/06/1982] (2)
[Legal Services Corporation - Meeting of the Committee on Operations and Regulations, 08/06/1982] (3)
[Letters from Children re: Nuclear Bombs]
Military Manpower
[National Coalition for Children's Justice]
[National Commission on Crime Control and Administration of Justice Policy]
[Nixon v. Fitzgerald]
[Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982]
[OMB Circular A-110/A-122 re Non-Profit Organizations]
[OPD (Office of Policy Development) and OPL (Office of Public Liaison) Areas of Specialization]
[Parents and the Army]
[Patsy v. Florida Board of Regents]
[Personal]
[Postal Rate Commission]
President Reagan’s 50 States Project: "Status of the States," 1982 Year End Report

 

 

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Box 11

President’s Task Force on Victims of Crime – Final Report – December 1982 (Booklet)
Product Liability (1)
Product Liability (2)
Product Liability (3)
Product Liability (4)
Product Liability (5)
Product Liability (6)
Product Liability (7)
Product Liability (8)
Product Liability (9)
Product Liability (10)
Product Liability Working Group Meeting 07/13/1982 (Binder) (1)
Product Liability Working Group Meeting 07/13/1982 (Binder) (2)
Product Liability Working Group Meeting 07/13/1982 (Binder) (3)
Simpson-Mazzoli Topic Index to Congressional Reports, 07/18/1983
[The State Justice Institute Act]
[Supplemental Appropriations, 1983]
[Title IX Policy]
TRIS (Chemical Flame Retardant) (1)
TRIS (Chemical Flame Retardant) (2)
TRIS (Chemical Flame Retardant) (3)

 

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Box 12

Tuition Tax Credit (1)
Tuition Tax Credit (2)
Tuition Tax Credit (3)
Tuition Tax Credit (4)
Tuition Tax Credit (5)
Tuition Tax Credit (6)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (1)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (2)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (3)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (4)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (5)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (6)

 

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Box 13

[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (7)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (8)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (9)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (10)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (11)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (12)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (13)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (14)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (15)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill] (16)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill: Anti-Discrimination Issues] (1)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill: Anti-Discrimination Issues] (2)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill: Anti-Discrimination Issues] (3)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill: Anti-Discrimination Issues] (4)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill: Anti-Discrimination Issues] (5)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill: Anti-Discrimination Issues] (6)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill: Anti-Discrimination Issues] (7)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill: Anti-Discrimination Issues] (8)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill: Anti-Discrimination Issues] (9)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill: Anti-Discrimination Issues] (10)
[Tuition Tax Credit Bill: Anti-Discrimination Issues] (11)

 

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Box 14

[United States v. Enmons (Hobbs Act]
[Veto Bait]
[Women’s Bureau: Department of Labor] (1)
[Women’s Bureau: Department of Labor] (2)
[Women’s Career Choice Act of 1983]
[Women in the Army]
[Women’s Issues] (1)
[Women’s Issues] (2)
[Women’s Issues] (3)
[Women’s Issues] (4)
[Women’s Issues] (5)
[Women’s Issues: Gender Gap]
[Women’s Issues: Report of the Attorney General …As Required by Executive Order 12336 (Legal Equity for Women) Third Quarterly, July 1983] (1)
[Women’s Issues: Report of the Attorney General …As Required by Executive Order 12336 (Legal Equity for Women) Third Quarterly, July 1983] (2)
[Women’s Issues: Report of the Attorney General …As Required by Executive Order 12336 (Legal Equity for Women) Third Quarterly, July 1983] (3)
[Women’s Issues: Report of the Attorney General …As Required by Executive Order 12336 (Legal Equity for Women) Third Quarterly, July 1983] (4)
[Women’s Issues: Report of the Attorney General …As Required by Executive Order 12336 (Legal Equity for Women) Third Quarterly, July 1983] (5)
[Women’s Issues: Report of the Attorney General …As Required by Executive Order 12336 (Legal Equity for Women) Third Quarterly, July 1983] (6)
[Women’s Issues: Republican Congresswomen] (1)
[Women’s Issues: Republican Congresswomen] (2)
[Women’s Issues: Resource Manual on Women’s Issues] (1)
[Women’s Issues: Resource Manual on Women’s Issues] (2)
[Women’s Issues: Resource Manual on Women’s Issues] (3)

 

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Box 15

[Women’s Issues: Resource Manual on Women’s Issues] (4)
[Women’s Issues: Resource Manual on Women’s Issues] (5)
[Women’s Issues: Resource Manual on Women’s Issues] (6)
[Women’s Issues: Resource Manual on Women’s Issues] (7)
[Women’s Issues: Retirement Equity Act of 1983]
[Women’s Issues: Task Force on Legal Equity for Women]
[Women’s Strategy]
[Working Women]
Chron File, 04/16/1982-06/04/1982
Chron File, 06/04/1982-06/09/1982
Chron File, 06/10/1982-06/23/1982
Chron File, 06/24/1982-07/09/1982
Chron File, 07/09/1982-07/19/1982
Chron File, 07/19/1982-08/04/1982
Chron File, 08/04/1982-08/08/1982
Chron File, 08/09/1982-08/15/1982
Chron File, 08/16/1982-08/17/1982
Chron File, 08/18/1982-08/23/1982

 

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Box 16

Chron File, 08/23/1982-08/24/1982
Chron File, 08/25/1982-08/31/1982
Chron File, 09/01/1982-09/02/1982
Chron File, 09/02/1982-09/12/1982
Chron File, 09/13/1982-09/23/1982
Chron File, 09/24/1982-10/06/1982
Chron File, 10/07/1982-10/17/1982
Chron File, 10/18/1982-10/31/1982
Chron File, 11/01/1982-11/17/1982
Chron File, 11/18/1982 12/05/1982
Chron File, 12/06/1982-12/13/1982
Chron File, 12/14/1982-01/20/1983
Chron File, 01/21/1983-01/23/1983
Chron File, 01/24/1983-02/15/1983
Chron File, 02/15/1983-02/25/1983
Chron File, 02/25/1983-03/09/1983
Chron File, 03/10/1983-03/25/1983
Chron File, 03/25/1983-04/06/1983
Chron File, 04/07/1983-04/12/1983
Chron File, 04/13/1983-05/05/1983
Chron File, 05/06/1983-05/15/1983
Chron File, 05/16/1983-06/13/1983
Chron File, 06/14/1983-06/30/1983
Chron File, July 1983
Chron File, August 1983-September 1983