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Preliminary Inventory to the Leonard Weinglass Papers

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Collection processed by Daniel Michelson and Peter Filardo.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 22, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: Leonard Weinglass Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1960s-2011
Abstract: Leonard Irving Weinglass (1933--2011) was a U.S. criminal defense lawyer and constitutional law advocate who championed a number of liberal and radical causes. He served as co-chairman of the international committee of the National Lawyers Guild. Along with attorney William Kunstler, Weinglass represented the Chicago Seven in their 1968 trial. He also participated in the defense of Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo, who were charged with leaking the Pentagon Papers and whose trial ended in a dismissal of all charges. In 1970, he represented and won the acquittal of Angela Davis who was charged with participation in the abduction and murder of a local judge. Weinglass was the lead defense attorney for Mumia Abu-Jamal for several years. In 1995, he authored a book about Abu-Jamal's case entitled Race for Justice: Mumia Abu Jamal's Fight Against the Death Penalty. The unprocessed Leonard Weinglass Papers contain case files and related material for many famous legal struggles, such as the Pentagon Papers, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and the Chicago Seven, as well as other cases, including those of Kurt Alan Stand and Susan Komarisuk. Weinglass's speaking engagements and research files also make up a significant part of the collection. Aside from paper records, the collection contains audio-visual materials and artwork.
Quantity: 57.75 Linear Feet (61 boxes)
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to research visit.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM.584

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Historical/Biographical Note

Leonard Irving Weinglass (August 27, 1933--March 23, 2011) graduated from Yale Law School in 1958 and was a U.S. criminal defense lawyer and constitutional law advocate who championed a number of liberal and radical causes. An expert in constitutional law, he served as co-chairman of the international committee of the National Lawyers Guild. Along with attorney William Kunstler, Weinglass represented the Chicago 7 in their 1968 trial. He also participated in the defense of Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo, who were charged with leaking the Pentagon Papers and whose trial ended in a dismissal of all charges. In 1970, he represented and won the acquittal of Angela Davis who was charged with participation in the abduction and murder of a local judge. Weinglass was the lead defense attorney for Mumia Abu-Jamal for several years. In 1995, he authored a book about Abu-Jamal's case entitled Race for Justice: Mumia Abu Jamal's Fight Against the Death Penalty.

Other prominent clients included Kathy Boudin, a member of the Weather Underground charged with felony murder for her participation in an armed robbery; anti-war activist Ron Kaufman; Bill and Emily Harris (of the SLA) and Jimi Simmons, among others. In 1972, Weinglass took on the defense of John Sinclair, Chairman of the White Panther Party in Detroit, Michigan. The case became United States v. U.S. District Court, 407 U.S. 297 (1972) on appeal to the United States Supreme Court, a landmark decision prohibiting the government's use of electronic surveillance without a warrant. In 1985, Weinglass successfully defended Stephen Bingham, an attorney accused of smuggling a handgun to George Jackson in San Quentin Prison setting off an escape attempt that resulted in the death of Jackson, two other inmates, and three prison guards. Weinglass was the lead appellate attorney for the Cuban Five from 2002 until his death in 2011.

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Scope and Contents

The Leonard Weinglass Papers contain case files and related material for many famous legal struggles, such as the Pentagon Papers, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and the Chicago Seven, as well as other cases, including those of Kurt Alan Stand and Susan Komarisuk. Weinglass's speaking engagements (including regarding the case of Daniel Ellsberg) and research files also make up a significant part of the collection. Aside from paper records, the collection contains audio-visual materials and artwork.

Arrangement

This collection has not been arranged by an archivist. Materials are in the order in which they were received from the donor.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Weinglass, Leonard
  • Smith, Michael Steven, 1942-
  • Ellsberg, Daniel.
  • Abu-Jamal, Mumia
  • Komisaruk, Susan Alexis
  • Davis, Angela Y. (Angela Yvonne), 1944-
  • Stand, Kurt Alan

Document Type

  • Legal documents.
  • Legal correspondence.
  • Legal files.
  • Speeches.
  • Research (document genres).

Subject Organizations

  • National Lawyers Guild

Subject Topics

  • Freedom of information -x Government policy -- United States.
  • Chicago Seven Trial, Chicago, Ill., 1969-1970.
  • Lawyers -- Political activity -- United States.
  • Constitutional law -- United States -v Cases.
  • Civil rights -- United States.
  • Trials (Political crimes and offenses) -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by Leonard Weinglass, was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Leonard Weinglass Papers; TAM 584; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Separated Materials

One linear foot of books was separated to the Tamiment Library collection for cataloging.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Michael Smith in 2011. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 2011.079 and 2011.121.

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Files on Individuals (correspondence, clippings, etc.) and Contempt of Court Decision (1995)
1990s-2000s
Box: 2 Novaspes Records (including board minutes)
1996-2001
Box: 3 U.S. v. Susan Alexis Komisaruk
1987-1989
Box: 4 Research Files for Article on Contempt of Court
1970s-1990s
Box: 5 Files on Individuals (correspondence, clippings, etc.) and Organizations (especially anti-death penalty groups)
1990s-2000s
Box: 6 U.S. v. Filiberto Ojeda Rios, et al
1989-1990
Box: 7 Speaking Materials Research: Crime, Prisons, Law, and Government
1970s-2000s
Box: 8 Travel
2006-2007
Box: 9 U.S. v. Susan Alexis Komisaruk and Research Files on Juries
1960s-1970s, 1987-1989
Box: 10 Research Files on Juries, 4 West 21st Street (NYC) Construction (2005), and Diane Downey/Daniel Ligget Case
1960s-1970s, 2005
Box: 11 Film and Video of "Chicago Seven" (Pacific Street Films)
undated
Box: 12 Jacques Loussier v. Universal Music Group ("Eminem Case"), William Guerrero, et al v. Jerome Terrace, et al ("Feldman Case"), Craig Winchell Parole, and Files on Individuals (correspondence, clippings, etc.)
1970s-2009
Box: 13 Files on Individuals (correspondence, clippings, etc.), Real Estate Records, and Discovery: FBI Files on Anti-World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Protests
1980s-2000s
Box: 14 Alliance for Global Justice, et al v. District of Columbia, et al; Discovery: FBI Files on Anti-World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Protests; and Death Penalty
1970s-2000s
Box: 15 International Law, the Necessity Defense, Peru Case, Criminal Law Reporter, and Student Papers
1980s-2000s
Box: 16 Research Files on Juries and Student Papers
1970s
Box: 17 Research Files on Juries, Student Papers, and Various Cases Ordered by Subject
1970s-2003
Box: 18 Prisoners' Correspondence, Human Trafficking, California v. William Taylor Harris and Emily Montague Harris, FBI Files on Weinglass, and Various Manuscripts and Court Transcripts
1970s-2008
Box: 19 Speaking Materials; U.S. v. Gerardo Hernandez, et al; "Rights on the Line" Program (on Patriot Act and Other Anti-Terrorism Measures); and General Legal Files
1970s-2000s
Box: 20 U.S. v. Alexander Sanchez, Mammilla Cemetery Case (Jerusalem), New York v. Everton McKenzie, Newark Water Case, Melissa Roxas Case (Philippines), and Other Recent Cases and General Legal Files
1990s-2000s
Box: 21 U.S. v. Kurt Alan Stand, California v. Angela Y. Davis and Ruchell Magee, and Files on Courtroom Techniques
1970s-late 1990s
Box: 22 U.S. v. Anthony Joseph Russo and Daniel Ellsberg, U.S. v. Victor Gerena, et al, Judicial Misconduct, Flag Burning, and Iran-Contra
early 1970s-late 1980s
Box: 23 U.S. v. Anthony Joseph Russo and Daniel Ellsberg, U.S. v. Ronald Kaufman, Flag Burning, and Subject Files: U.S. Presidents, Rights of the Accused, Punishment/Prisons, Civil Liberties, U.S. War Crimes, Prosecutors, and Israel
1970s-2000s
Box: 24 Jury Nullification and Subject Files: Federal Courts/Supreme Courts, Law Enforcement, the Rich, Poverty, the Economy, Race, the Military, and Cuba
1970s-1980s, 2000s
Box: 25 Jury Nullification, Necessity Defense, and Speaking Files (including text of speeches)
1970s-2000s
Box: 26 Speaking Files (including text of speeches)
1970-2011
Box: 27 Speaking Files: Supportive Materials (includes files on human rights, torture, incarceration, and the Patriot Act) [folder level inventory inside box)
1990s-2000s
Box: 28 Speaking Files: Supportive Materials (includes files on foreign affairs, Israel, and various "personalities") [folder level inventory inside box]; Chicago Conspiracy Trial; Conference on Cuba; and Ongoing Cases
1970s-late 2000s
Box: 29 Legal Research on Juries, Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law v. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Other Recent Cases
1970s-2011
Box: 30 Legal Research on Juries
1970s-1980s
Box: 31 U.S. v. Victor Gerena, et al and Mumia Abu-Jamal Publicity
1980s-1990s
Box: 32 Mumia Abu-Jamal Publicity and Class Action Lawsuit vs. International Medical Research and Novaspes
1990s-2000s
Box: 33 Class Action Lawsuit vs. International Medical Research and Novaspes (including settlement and bankruptcy), Mumia Abu-Jamal, Sam Rosenwein Oral History, and Several Unlabeled Videos
1989-2000s
Box: 34 Dave Dellinger, Bloom v. Cochran, Wang Wu Case, Daniel Gross Case, Gerry Civin v. Reads Associates, et al, Speaking Materials, U.S. v. Anthony Joseph Russo and Daniel Ellsberg, and California v. William Taylor Harris and Emily Montague Harris
1960s-early 2000s
Box: 35 "Finished Cases, 2000-2001" (folder inventory on top of the box), Bruderhof Material relating to Mumia Abu-Jamal, and U.S. v. Victor Manuel Gerena, et al
1980s-early 2000s
Box: 36 U.S. v. Victor Manuel Gerena, et al, Correspondence and Meetings with Mumia Abu-Jamal, Family Correspondence and Writings, and Kathy Boudin
1960s-1990s
Box: 37 Correspondence and Meetings with Mumia Abu-Jamal, Family Correspondence and Writings, Khader Musa Hamide and Michel Ibrahim Shehadeh Case, Palestine, and U.S. v. Ruben Campa, et al
1960s-2000s
Box: 38 U.S. v. Ruben Campa, et al and Class Action Lawsuit vs. International Medical Research and Novaspes
1990s-early 2000s
Box: 39 Audio Cassettes (mostly speeches and lectures by Weinglass and others) and VHS Tapes and DVDs (mostly of Weinglass Speeches or regarding Mumia Abu-Jamal)
circa 1980s-1990s
Box: 40 Air Force Records and Miscellaneous General Files
1970, 1980s-2010
Box: 41 Recent General and Speaking Files; Chicago Trial and Related Material
1960s-2010
Box: 42 Chicago Trial and Related Material; U.S. v. Anthony Joseph Russo and Daniel Ellsberg; Vietnam and the United States
1960s-1970s
Box: 43 U.S. v. Anthony Joseph Russo and Daniel Ellsberg; Vietnam and the United States; U.S. v. Kurt Alan Stand
1960s-2000s
Box: 44 U.S. v. Kurt Alan Stand
late 1990s-2000s
Box: 45 Posters, Photographs, and Framed Artwork
Box: 46 Phonograph Record of Chicago Conspiracy Trial Play, Posters, Photographs, and Framed Artwork
Box: 47 U.S. v. Kurt Alan Stand
late 1990s-2000s
Box: 48 U.S. v. Kurt Alan Stand (Stand Remand #3)
late 1990s-2000s
Box: 49 U.S. v. Kurt Alan Stand (Stand Remand #1)
late 1990s-2000s
Box: 50 U.S. v. Kurt Alan Stand; U.S. v. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali [Folder level inventory inside box]
late 1990s-2000s
Box: 51 U.S. v. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali [Folder level inventory inside previous box]; Association of Professional Flight Attendants
2000s
Box: 52 Association of Professional Flight Attendants
2000s
Box: 53 Association of Professional Flight Attendants and Cooper, et al. v. TWA Airlines, et al. (includes CD-ROM)
2000s
Box: 54 LA 8
1980s-1990s
Box: 55 LA 8 and U.S. v. Kurt Alan Stand (Stand Remand #2)
1980s-2000s
Box: 56 U.S. v. Kurt Alan Stand (Stand Remand #2) and Speaking Files: Supportive Materials
1970s-2000s
Box: 57 Speaking Files: Supportive Materials, Class Action Lawsuit vs. International Medical Research and Novaspes, Teaching Materials, and Harvey/Klein and Texfel
1970s-2000s
Box: 58 Teaching Materials (primarily USC Criminal Trial Advocacy class); Notes re: Pentagon Papers Case; USA v. Anthony Joseph Russo, et al.; Select Portions of Legal Texts on Topics such as Cross Examination, Closing Argument; and Loose Pages Involving Various Cases
1969-1982
Box: 59 Teaching Materials; Personal: Speeches, Memorabilia, Photographs, Publicity, Travel; and Material re: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Phil Berrigan, Alger Hiss and others
1970s-2000s
Box: 60 Personal: Speaking Engagements, Photographs, Memorabilia, Publicity, Travel, Speaking Materials
1976-1999
Box: 61 Oversized Framed Work of Art (in need of custom box)

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