Leon Mosley Papers

Manuscript Record Series: MsC-54

Leon Mosley, 1946-  .  Papers, 1983-2003.  16 linear feet.

Biography

Leon Mosley was born in Amory, Mississippi, on March 1, 1946.  When he was one year old, his family moved to Waterloo, where his father began work at Deere & Company.  Leon Mosley also worked for Deere & Company when he grew up.  In 1990, he was elected to the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors.  He has been deeply involved in local and state politics, as well as with many civic groups and local causes.

Papers

Boxes 1-17

The material in the first seventeen, regular-sized, archives boxes of the Mosley Papers (8.5 linear feet) arrived in the University Archives in the middle 1990s in several shipments.  Professor John Baskerville, of the University of Northern Iowa history faculty, arranged for the delivery of the papers.  Because there was no apparent arrangement to the material, the records processors, University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson and intern Curtis Hanson, grouped the collection into five main categories:  Republican Party, Campaign Material, Deere and Company, Civic Work, and Board of Supervisors.

The first category, the Republican Party, is located in Box 1 and contains documents Mosley collected on party news and issues.  Campaign Material, found in Box 2, is a collection of letters, campaign flyers, and invitations organized first chronologically and then by candidate.  Boxes 3 and 4 contain newsletters, letters, minutes, and other documents related to the Waterloo Waterworks and to Deere & Company.  Boxes 5 through 9, Civic Work, document Mosley's extensive work in the community on various issues and boards from 1993 through 1997.  The types of documents included in these boxes are letters, meeting minutes, newsletters, invitations, general mailings, and brochures.  The final, and largest, group contains materials documenting Mosley's work on the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors.  These papers, located in Boxes 10 through 17, contain budget and tax information; meeting minutes and agendas; and documents from offices such as Human Resource Services and Juvenile Detention Services.

Student intern Curtis Hanson processed Boxes 1-17 in the spring of 1998.

Boxes 18-22

Material in these five large archives cartons arrived in the University Archives from about 1999 through 2003.  Once again, Professor John Baskerville arranged for their delivery.  Because this material showed no apparent organization when it arrived in the Archives, University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson and University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee Library Science graduate student Dana Wallace decided to treat this material as an addendum to the existing collection and to follow the overall arrangement of the existing collection. 

Dana Wallace processed these five boxes as part of her fieldwork experience in March and April 2010.

The Mosely papers provide a good look at both Leon Mosely himself and at the matters that he addressed in his public and private life.  Because the papers arrived in several batches at different times, and additions were treated as addenda to the collection, researchers may need to go to several parts of the collection in order to cover the same matters.

Access to a few folders in the Mosley collection is restricted because of the nature of the contents.

 

Container Inventory

Box 1--Republican Party

  • County Republican issues, 1990, 1993-1997
     
  • National Rifle Association, 1995-1999
     
  • Political Action Committees (PAC's)
     
  • Republican National Committee
     
  • Statewide Republican issues, 1990, 1994-1997

 

Box 2--Campaign Material

  • Mosley campaign information--Board of Supervisors, 1994
     
  • Fred Grandy for Governor, 1994
     
  • Jim Nussle, 1994-1997
     
  • Paul Pate, 1994, 1997
     
  • Lamar Alexander for President, 1996
     
  • Rod Blum for Convention Delegate, 1996
     
  • Pat Buchanan for President, 1996
     
  • Leroy Corey for Senate, 1996
     
  • Bob Dole for President, 1996
     
  • Greg Ganske for US House of Representatives, 1996
     
  • Phil Gramm for President, 1996
     
  • Steve Grubbs for Senate, 1996
     
  • Alan Keyes for President, 1996
     
  • Jim Lightfoot for Senate, 1996
     
  • Kitty Rehberg for State Senate, 1996
     
  • Robert Smith for State Representative, 1996  
     
  • Arlen Specter for President, 1996
     
  • Maggie Tinsman for Senate, 1996
     
  • Terri Walker for Supervisor, 1996
     
  • David Oman for Governor, 1998
     
  • Terry Branstad
     
  • Charles Grassley
     
  • Miscellaneous National Elections
     
  • Miscellaneous State And Local Elections

 

Box 3--Waterworks

Waterworks:  budgetary, 1994-1997; minutes, meetings, agendas, 1993-1997

 

Box 4--Waterworks; Deere and Company

  • Waterworks: miscellaneous, 1984-1997; Washburn, 1994-1997; Water Tower Building, 1994-1997
     
  • Civic Action Fund, 1994, 1996
     
  • Miscellaneous, 1990-1997
     
  • Supervisor's Club, 1993-1997
     
  • Union Matters, 1994-1997
     
  • "Waterloo Weekly News", 1993-1997

 

Box 5--Civic Work

  • 4-H and FFA Fair Foundation, Incorporated, Board, 1996-1997
     
  • African-American Historical and Cultural Museum Board, 1996-1997
     
  • Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 1994-1997
     
  • Amateur Athletic Union, 1996
     
  • American Institute of Commerce Scholarship, 1994-1997
     
  • Appeals Review Board, 1993-1997
     
  • Arrive Alive Committee for Traffic Safety
     
  • Bashir Temple, 1993-1995
     
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors: 1986, 1991, 1993-1997; financial, 1992-1996
     
  • Black Hawk County Conservation Board, 1994-1997
     

Box 6--Civic Work (continued)

  • Black Hawk County Decategorization Project
     
  • Boy Scouts, Executive Board, 1995-1997
     
  • Bremwood Lutheran Children's Home
     
  • Cedar Falls Gun Club, 1994-1996
     
  • Cedar Valley Cultural Council, 1995-1996
     
  • Cedar Valley Economic Development Corporation, 1994-1997
     
  • Cedar Valley Food Bank
     
  • Cedar Valley Labor Management Council, 1993-1995
     
  • Cedar Valley United Way
     
  • Citizens for Community Improvement, 1994-1996
     
  • Columbus High School, 1993-1997
     
  • Exceptional Persons, Inc., 1996-1997
     
  • Exchange Club, 1994-1997
     

Box 7--Civic Work (continued)

  • Family and Children's Council Board of Directors, 1993-1997
     
  • Family Service League, 1993-1995
     
  • Farm Bureau, 1994
     
  • Gates Park Neighborhood Association, 1994-1996
     
  • Girl Scouts, 1994-1997
     
  • Goodwill Industries, 1994-1995, 1997
     
  • Grin and Grow Child Care, 1995-1997
     
  • Habitat for Humanity, 1994-1997
     
  • Independence Haven, 1994-1997
     
  • Iowa Workforce Development
     
  • KBBG, 1996
     
  • Library issues
     
  • Leadership Investment for Tomorrow
     
  • Lions Club
     
  • Main Street Waterloo, 1996-1997
     
  • Masons, 1993-1994, 1996
     
  • Metro Fund Distribution Coordination Council, 1992-1995
     

 

Box 8--Civic Work (continued)

  • Miscellaneous:  celebrity; neighborhood issues
     
  • National Parents Day
     
  • Opening Doors to the Future, Hawkeye Community College, 1995-1996
     
  • Operation Threshold
     
  • Optimist Club, 1993-1997
     
  • Quad County Firefighters
     
  • Quakerdale
     
  • Rotary Club, 1994-1997

 

Box 9--Civic Work (continued)

  • Service Corps of Retired Executives, 1996
     
  • United Housing Board (Including Prairie Park Apartments), 1994-1996
     
  • United Housing Board, 1996-1997
     
  • Veterans' issues, 1994-1997
     
  • The Village Initiative, 1994-1996
     
  • Violence Prevention Coalition, 1996
     
  • Visiting Nurses Association, 1994-1996
     
  • Waterloo and Cedar Falls Chambers of Commerce, 1991
     
  • Waterloo Community Playhouse, 1997
     
  • Waterloo Community Schools, 1994-1997
     
  • Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1993-1995
     
  • Waterloo Downtown Council
     
  • Waterloo Museum of Art, 1994-1997
     
  • Western Division Advisory Committee, 1993-1996
     
  • YMCA, 1994-1996

 

Box 10--Board of Supervisors

  • Auditor, 1993-1997
     
  • Black Hawk County Courthouse, 1994-1995, 1997
     
  • Black Hawk County Jail: 1989-1990, 1993-1997; Aladdin, Inc. vs. Black Hawk County, 1995-1997; Teague vs. Black Hawk County, 1994-1995; Waterloo Fish Company vs. Black Hawk County, 1994-1995

 

Box 11--Board of Supervisors (continued)

  • Budgetary and Taxes: 1984, 1989, 1991-1997
     
  • Central Point of Coordination, 1995-1997
     
  • Constituent Correspondence, 1994-1997

 

Box 12--Board of Supervisors (continued)

  • Country View Care Facility, 1990, 1993-1997
     
  • County related health issues, 1991, 1993-1997
     
  • First Judicial District, Department of Correctional Services, 1993-1997

 

Box 13--Board of Supervisors (continued)

  • Human Resources: 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992-1997; Labor Relations, 1990-1997; Policy and Employment Handbook
     
  • Independence Haven, 1995-1997
     
  • Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments, 1992-1996
     
  • Iowa Northland Regional Economic Development Commission, 1993, 1995-1996
     
  • Iowa State Association of Counties, 1993-1997
     
  • Management Information Services, 1993-1997

 

Box 14--Board of Supervisors (continued)

Minutes, meetings, and agendas, 1983-July 1995

 

Box 15--Board of Supervisors (continued)

  • Minutes,  meetings, and agendas, August 1995-December 1997
     
  • Miscellaneous

 

Box 16--Board of Supervisors (continued)

  • North Iowa Juvenile Detention Services, 1990, 1992-1997
     
  • Planning and zoning, 1993-1997

 

Box 17--Board of Supervisors (continued)

  • Relief Department, 1993-1996
     
  • Veteran Affairs Commission, 1990, 1993-1997
     
  • Vote Tabulation System, 1995
     
  • Washburn water and sewage system, 1993-1996
     
  • Washburn water and sewage system, Franzen, 1995
     
  • Washburn water and sewage system, Thiry, 1995-1996

 

Box 18 --Board of Supervisors

  • Audits, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997-1998
     
  • Black Hawk County Assessor
     
  • Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors, agenda and minutes, 1994-2000
     
  • Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors, building plan update, 1997-1998
     
  • Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors, building and remodeling projects, 1994, 1996-2000
     
  • Black Hawk County Care Facility--Country View
     
  • Black Hawk County Central Point of Coordination, 1996-1999
     
  • Black Hawk County Commission on Veterans Affairs, 1996-1999
     
  • Black Hawk County Community Services--Pinecrest, 1990-1991, 1995, 1997-1990, 2000
     
  • Black Hawk County Conservation Board, 1998-2000
     
  • Black Hawk County Courthouse security, 1997-1999
     
  • Black Hawk County decategorization, 1996-1998
     
  • Black Hawk County department head committee, 1996-1998
     
  • Black Hawk County employee benefits, procedures, rules of conduct
     
  • Black Hawk County Engineer
     
  • Black Hawk County financial statements and budgets, 1995-2000
     
  • Black Hawk County directory
     
  • Black Hawk County mental health and substance abuse, 1997-2000
     
  • Black Hawk County planning and zoning codes and ordinances, 1995, 1997-1999
     
  • Black Hawk County properties:  sales, purchases, auctions, citizens' property problems, 1994-1999
     
  • Black Hawk County property taxes, 1990-1994, 1996-2000
     
  • Black Hawk County research studies
     
  • Black Hawk County roads and surfaces projects, 1994-1996-1999
     
  • Black Hawk County zoning issues, 1994, 1996-1999
     
  • City of Waterloo, 1990, 1996, 1998-2000
     
  • Consolidated Public Safety Communications Center, 1994, 1997-1999

Box 19

  • Correspondence from the public to Leon Mosley
     
  • Correspondence to Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors, 1990, 1992-1994, 1996-1999
     
  • Environmental concerns, 1994, 1996-1997
     
  • First Judicial District, Department of Correctional Services, Committee, 1993-2000
     
  • Flood recovery plans, 1999
     
  • Geographical Information System Committee, 1994, 1996-1998
     
  • Invitations to Leon Mosley as member of Board of Supervisors
     
  • Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments, 1996-2000
     
  • Iowa Northland Regional Housing Council, 1996-1999
     
  • Legal matters, 1990, 1992-1994, 1996-1999
     
  • Liability insurance, 1996-1997
     
  • Management information services, 1997-1999
     
  • Miscellaneous agenda items, 1994, 1996-1999
     
  • Miscellaneous committees, 1994, 1996-2000
     
  • Miscellaneous sanitary sewew and drainage projects
     
  • New employment positions in Black Hawk County government
     
  • Non-bargaining employee matters, 1992-1993, 1998-1999
     
  • North Iowa Juvenile Detention Services Committee, 1996-1999
     
  • Overtime matters, 1996-1997
     
  • Payroll adjustments for Board of Supervisors, 1992-1994, 1996-1999
     
  • Reports to Boad of Supervisors, 1996-1998
     
  • Resumes submitted to the Board of Supervisors
     
  • Tax and budget protests, 1990, 1995, 1999
     
  • Union matters, 1994-2000
     
  • Washburn sanitary sewer and water system project, 1994-2000
     
  • Western Division Advisory Committee, 1994, 1996-1999

 

Box 20

  • Waterloo Waterworks, agenda, minutes, and resolutions, 1996-1999
     
  • Waterloo Waterworks, audits, 1996-1997, 1999
     
  • Waterloo Waterworks, bonds and loans, 1997-1999
     
  • Waterloo Waterworks, building projects and bids, 1996-1999
     
  • Waterloo Waterworks, correspondence and memos, 1996-1999
     
  • Waterloo Waterworks, employees, wages, pensions, benefits, 1996-1999
     
  • Waterloo Waterworks, financial reports, 1996-1999
     
  • Waterloo Waterworks, investments, 1996-1999
     
  • Waterloo Waterworks, liability insurance, 1998
     
  • Waterloo Waterworks, union issues, 1998-2001
     
  • Waterloo Waterworks, water usage and operating costs, 1992, 1995-1999
     
  • Personal calendar and appointment books of Leon Mosley, 1996-1999
     
  • Correspondence received by Leon Mosley; obituaries
     
  • Deere & Company matters
     
  • Handwritten notes, memos, and correspondence
     
  • United Housing, Incorporated--Prairie Park Apartments, 1992-2000

 

Box 21--Civic involvement

  • Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Black Hawk County, 1997-1999
     
  • American Institute of Commerce, 1996, 1998-1999
     
  • African-American Museum, 1996
     
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, 1994, 1996-1997-2000
     
  • Black Hawk County 4-H and Future Farmers of America Fair Foundation, Incorporated, 1994, 1996-1997
     
  • Black Hawk County Farm Bureau, 1998-1999
     
  • Black Kawk County Leadership, 1996-1998
     
  • Black Hawk County Veterans' Commission, 1998-1999
     
  • Boys' and Girls' Club of Waterloo, 1997-1998
     
  • Boy Scouts of American, Winnebago Council, 1996-1999
     
  • Cedar Valley Arboreteum and Botanical Gardens
     
  • Cedar Valley Economic Development Corporation, 1996
     
  • Cedar Vally United Way, 1992, 1997-2000
     
  • Citizens for Community Improvement, 1996
     
  • Exceptional Persons, Incorporated, 1997, 1999
     
  • Family and Children's Council,1994-1999
     
  • Family Service League--Crisis Services Advisory Board, 1998-1999
     
  • Girl Scouts, Conestoga Council, 1997-1998
     
  • Greater Black Hawk Habitat for Humanity, 1997-1999
     
  • Grin and Grow
     
  • Grout Museum, 1998-1999
     
  • Hartman Reserve Nature Center
     
  • Independence Haven, Incorporated, 1996-1998
     
  • Invitations and thank you notes for civic events
     
  • Iowa Family Policy Center, 1997-1999
     
  • Kiwanis Club, 1992, 1998
     
  • Main Street Waterloo, 1999-2000
     
  • Masons, 1994-1995, 1997-1999
     
  • Metro Exchange Club, 1994
     
  • Metro Fund Distribution Coordination Council, requests for funding, 1997
     
  • Mosley's Neighborhood Action Team
     
  • Neighborhood associations, 1994-1999
     
  • Optimist Club, 1994-2000
     
  • Quakerdale
     
  • Rotary Club, 1994-1997
     
  • Service Corps of Retired Executives, 1996-1998
     
  • Visiting Nurses Association, 1996, 1998-1999
     
  • Waterloo/Cedar Falls Common Ground, your multicultural newspaper, 1999
     
  • Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
     
  • Waterloo Community Playhouse, Black Hawk Children's Theater, 1998-1999
     
  • Waterloo Community Schools, 1994, 1997-1999

 

Box 22--Politics

  • Benton County Republicans
     
  • Black Hawk County Republicans, 1990, 1992, 1994-2000
     
  • The Black Hawk Group, 1993-1994, 1996-1999
     
  • Bremer County Republicans
     
  • Buchanan County Republicans
     
  • Clayton County Republicans
     
  • Fayette County Republicans
     
  • Miscellaneous county and college Republican groups
     
  • Tama County Republicans
     
  • Gary Bauer--Presidential campaign, 1999-2000
     
  • George W. Bush--Presidential campaign, 1998-2000
     
  • Bob Dole--Presidential campaign, 1994
     
  • Elizabeth Dole--Presidential campaign, 1999-2000
     
  • Steve Forbes--Presidential campaigns, 1995-1996, 1999-2000
     
  • Thurman Gaskill, Iowa Senate District 8, 1998
     
  • Phil Gramm--Presidential campaign, 1995-1996
     
  • Charles Grassley
     
  • Steve Grubbs--Senate campaign, 1995-1996
     
  • Almo Hawkins
     
  • Alan Keyes--Presidential campaign, 1999-2000
     
  • Jim LIghtfoot--gubernatorial campaign, 1998
     
  • Miscellaneous local, state, and national campaigns
     
  • Leon Mosley--various campaigns
     
  • Jim Nussle--Second District Congressman
     
  • Paul Pate
     
  • Dan Quayle
     
  • Kitty Rehberg, Iowa Senate District 14, 1996, 1998-1999
     
  • Marilyn Rubner, Fayette County Board of Supervisors campaign, 1998
     
  • Tommy Thompson, Governor of Wisconsin
     
  • Republican Party of Iowa, 1990, 1993-1999
     
  • Republican Party of Iowa, calendar of events, 1994-1995, 1998-1999
     
  • Republican caucus, 1995-1999
     
  • Republican Party of Iowa, invitations and thank you notes
     
  • Republican Party of Iowa, Leon Mosley expense accounts, 1996, 1998, 1999
     
  • Republican Party of Iowa, Leon Mosley's speech notes
     
  • Republican Party of Iowa, Central Committee, 1994-1999
     
  • Abstract of election, 1994

 


University of Northern Iowa Public History intern Curtis Hanson and University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson processed Boxes 1-17 of this collection in the spring of 1998; Gerald Peterson marked up a Web inventory at that time.  Intern Dana Wallace, doing her fieldwork for a degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, processed Boxes 18-22 in March and April 2010; Gerald Peterson then revised the Web inventory to reflect the additions to the collection on April 19, 2010.  Last updated April 20, 2010.


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