Leon Mosley. Papers, 1983-2003. 

Collection Overview

Title: Leon Mosley. Papers, 1983-2003. 

Record Series: MsC-54

Creator: Leon Mosley

Date: 1983-2003

Extent: 13.34 linear feet,  22 boxes

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

There are no restrictions on the use of this material.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Leon Mosley Papers, 1983-2003, Manuscript Record Series MsC-54, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content

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.

Inventory

Box 1--Republican Party

Folder 1: County Republican issues, 1990, 1993-1997

Folder 2: National Rifle Association, 1995-1999

Folder 3: Political Action Committees (PAC's)

Folder 4: Republican National Committee

Folder 5: Statewide Republican issues, 1990, 1994-1997

Box 2--Campaign Material

Folder 1: Mosley campaign information--Board of Supervisors, 1994

Folder 2: Fred Grandy for Governor, 1994

Folder 3: Jim Nussle, 1994-1997

Folder 4: Paul Pate, 1994, 1997

Folder 5: Lamar Alexander for President, 1996

Folder 6: Rod Blum for Convention Delegate, 1996

Folder 7: Pat Buchanan for President, 1996

Folder 8: Leroy Corey for Senate, 1996

Folder 9: Bob Dole for President, 1996

Folder 10: Greg Ganske for US House of Representatives, 1996

Folder 11: Phil Gramm for President, 1996

Folder 12: Steve Grubbs for Senate, 1996

Folder 13: Alan Keyes for President, 1996

Folder 14: Jim Lightfoot for Senate, 1996

Folder 15: Kitty Rehberg for State Senate, 1996

Folder 16: Robert Smith for State Representative, 1996  

Folder 17: Arlen Specter for President, 1996

Folder 18: Maggie Tinsman for Senate, 1996

Folder 19: Terri Walker for Supervisor, 1996

Folder 20: David Oman for Governor, 1998

Folder 21: Terry Branstad

Folder 22: Charles Grassley

Folder 23: Miscellaneous National Elections

Folder 24: Miscellaneous State And Local Elections

Box 3--Waterworks

Folder 1: Budgetary, 1994-1997

Folders 2-4: 1993-1997

  • Folder 2: Minutes
  • Folder 3: Meetings
  • Folder 4: Agendas, 1993-1997

Box 4--Waterworks; Deere and Company

Folder 1: Waterworks: miscellaneous, 1984-1997; Washburn, 1994-1997; Water Tower Building, 1994-1997

Folder 2: Civic Action Fund, 1994, 1996

Folder 3: Miscellaneous, 1990-1997

Folder 4: Supervisor's Club, 1993-1997

Folder 5: Union Matters, 1994-1997

Folder 6: "Waterloo Weekly News", 1993-1997

Box 5--Civic Work

Folder 1: 4-H and FFA Fair Foundation, Incorporated, Board, 1996-1997

Folder 2: African-American Historical and Cultural Museum Board, 1996-1997

Folder 3: Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 1994-1997

Folder 4: Amateur Athletic Union, 1996

Folder 5: American Institute of Commerce Scholarship, 1994-1997

Folder 6: Appeals Review Board, 1993-1997

Folder 7: Arrive Alive Committee for Traffic Safety

Folder 8: Bashir Temple, 1993-1995

Folders 9-12: Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors

  • Folder 9: 1986
  • Folder 10: 1991
  • Folder 11: 1993-1997
  • Folder 12: Financial, 1992-1996

Folder 13: Black Hawk County Conservation Board, 1994-1997

Box 6--Civic Work 

Folder 1: Black Hawk County Decategorization Project

Folder 2: Boy Scouts, Executive Board, 1995-1997

Folder 3: Bremwood Lutheran Children's Home

Folder 4: Cedar Falls Gun Club, 1994-1996

Folder 5: Cedar Valley Cultural Council, 1995-1996

Folder 6: Cedar Valley Economic Development Corporation, 1994-1997

Folder 7: Cedar Valley Food Bank

Folder 8: Cedar Valley Labor Management Council, 1993-1995

Folder 9: Cedar Valley United Way

Folder 10: Citizens for Community Improvement, 1994-1996

Folder 11: Columbus High School, 1993-1997

Folder 12: Exceptional Persons, Inc., 1996-1997

Folder 13: Exchange Club, 1994-1997

Box 7--Civic Work

Folder 1: Family and Children's Council Board of Directors, 1993-1997

Folder 2: Family Service League, 1993-1995

Folder 3: Farm Bureau, 1994

Folder 4: Gates Park Neighborhood Association, 1994-1996

Folder 5: Girl Scouts, 1994-1997

Folder 6: Goodwill Industries, 1994-1995, 1997

Folder 7: Grin and Grow Child Care, 1995-1997

Folder 9: Habitat for Humanity, 1994-1997

Folder 10: Independence Haven, 1994-1997

Folder 11: Iowa Workforce Development

Folder 12: KBBG, 1996

Folder 13: Library issues

Folder 14: Leadership Investment for Tomorrow

Folder 15: Lions Club

Folder 16: Main Street Waterloo, 1996-1997

Folder 17: Masons, 1993-1994, 1996

Metro Fund Distribution Coordination Council, 1992-1995

Box 8--Civic Work

Folder 1: Celebrity

Folder 2: Neighborhood issues

Folder 3: National Parents Day

Folder 4: Opening Doors to the Future, Hawkeye Community College, 1995-1996

Folder 5: Operation Threshold

Folder 6: Optimist Club, 1993-1997

Folder 7: Quad County Firefighters

Folder 8: Quakerdale

Folder 9: Rotary Club, 1994-1997

Box 9--Civic Work

Folder 1: Service Corps of Retired Executives, 1996

Folder 2: United Housing Board (Including Prairie Park Apartments), 1994-1996

Folder 3: United Housing Board, 1996-1997

Folder 4: Veterans' issues, 1994-1997

Folder 5: The Village Initiative, 1994-1996

Folder 6: Violence Prevention Coalition, 1996

Folder 7: Visiting Nurses Association, 1994-1996

Folder 8: Waterloo and Cedar Falls Chambers of Commerce, 1991

Folder 9: Waterloo Community Playhouse, 1997

Folder 10: Waterloo Community Schools, 1994-1997

Folder 11: Waterloo Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1993-1995

Folder 12: Waterloo Downtown Council

Folder 13: Waterloo Museum of Art, 1994-1997

Folder 14: Western Division Advisory Committee, 1993-1996

Folder 15: YMCA, 1994-1996

Box 10--Board of Supervisors

Folder 1: Auditor, 1993-1997

Folder 2: Black Hawk County Courthouse, 1994-1995, 1997

Folder 3: Black Hawk County Jail: 1989-1990, 1993-1997

Folder 4: Aladdin, Inc. vs. Black Hawk County, 1995-1997

Folder 5: Teague vs. Black Hawk County, 1994-1995

Folder 6: Waterloo Fish Company vs. Black Hawk County, 1994-1995

Box 11--Board of Supervisors

Folder 1: Budgetary and Taxes: 1984, 1989, 1991-1997

Folder 2: Central Point of Coordination, 1995-1997

Folder 3: Constituent Correspondence, 1994-1997

Box 12--Board of Supervisors 

Folder 1: Country View Care Facility, 1990, 1993-1997

Folder 2: County related health issues, 1991, 1993-1997

Folder 3: First Judicial District, Department of Correctional Services, 1993-1997

Box 13--Board of Supervisors

Folders 1-6: Human Resources:

  • Folder 1: 1986
  • Folder 2: 1988
  • Folder 3: 1990
  • Folder 4: 1992-1997
  • Folder 5: Labor Relations, 1990-1997
  • Folder 6: Policy and Employment Handbook

Folder 7: Independence Haven, 1995-1997

Folder 8:Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments, 1992-1996

Folder 9: Iowa Northland Regional Economic Development Commission, 1993, 1995-1996

Folder 10: Iowa State Association of Counties, 1993-1997

Folder 11:Management Information Services, 1993-1997

Box 14--Board of Supervisors

Folders 1-3: 1983-July 1995

  • Folder 1: Minutes
  • Folder 2: Meetings
  • Folder 3: Agendas

Box 15--Board of Supervisors 

Folders 1-3: August 1995-December 1997

  • Folder 1: Minutes
  • Folder 2: Meetings
  • Folder 3: Agendas,

Folder 4: Miscellaneous

Box 16--Board of Supervisors

Folder 1: North Iowa Juvenile Detention Services, 1990, 1992-1997

Folder 2: Planning and zoning, 1993-1997

Box 17--Board of Supervisors

Folder 1: Relief Department, 1993-1996

Folder 2: Veteran Affairs Commission, 1990, 1993-1997

Folder 3: Vote Tabulation System, 1995

Folder 4: Washburn water and sewage system, 1993-1996

Folder 5: Washburn water and sewage system, Franzen, 1995

Folder 6: Washburn water and sewage system, Thiry, 1995-1996

Box 18--Board of Supervisors

Folder 1: Audits, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997-1998

Folder 2: Black Hawk County Assessor

Folder 3: Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors, agenda and minutes, 1994-2000

Folder 4: Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors, building plan update, 1997-1998

Folder 5: Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors, building and remodeling projects, 1994, 1996-2000

Folder 6: Black Hawk County Care Facility--Country View

Folder 7: Black Hawk County Central Point of Coordination, 1996-1999

Folder 8: Black Hawk County Commission on Veterans Affairs, 1996-1999

Folder 9: Black Hawk County Community Services--Pinecrest, 1990-1991, 1995, 1997-1990, 2000

Folder 10: Black Hawk County Conservation Board, 1998-2000

Folder 11: Black Hawk County Courthouse security, 1997-1999

Folder 12: Black Hawk County decategorization, 1996-1998

Folder 13: Black Hawk County department head committee, 1996-1998

Folder 14: Black Hawk County employee benefits, procedures, rules of conduct

Folder 15: Black Hawk County Engineer

Folder 16: Black Hawk County financial statements and budgets, 1995-2000

Folder 17: Black Hawk County directory

Folder 18: Black Hawk County mental health and substance abuse, 1997-2000

Folder 19: Black Hawk County planning and zoning codes and ordinances, 1995, 1997-1999

Folder 20: Black Hawk County properties, sales, purchases, auctions, citizens' property problems, 1994-1999

Folder 21: Black Hawk County property taxes, 1990-1994, 1996-2000

Folder 22: Black Hawk County research studies

Folder 23: Black Hawk County roads and surfaces projects, 1994-1996-1999

Folder 24: Black Hawk County zoning issues, 1994, 1996-1999

Folder 25: City of Waterloo, 1990, 1996, 1998-2000

Folder 26: Consolidated Public Safety Communications Center, 1994, 1997-1999

Box 19

Folder 1: Correspondence from the public to Leon Mosley

Folder 2: Correspondence to Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors, 1990, 1992-1994, 1996-1999

Folder 3: Environmental concerns, 1994, 1996-1997

Folder 4: First Judicial District, Department of Correctional Services, Committee, 1993-2000

Folder 5: Flood recovery plans, 1999

Folder 6: Geographical Information System Committee, 1994, 1996-1998

Folder 7: Invitations to Leon Mosley as member of Board of Supervisors

Folder 8: Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments, 1996-2000

Folder 9: Iowa Northland Regional Housing Council, 1996-1999

Folder 10: Legal matters, 1990, 1992-1994, 1996-1999

Folder 11: Liability insurance, 1996-1997

Folder 12: Management information services, 1997-1999

Folder 13: Miscellaneous agenda items, 1994, 1996-1999

Folder 14: Miscellaneous committees, 1994, 1996-2000

Folder 15: Miscellaneous sanitary sewew and drainage projects

Folder 16: New employment positions in Black Hawk County government

Folder 17: Non-bargaining employee matters, 1992-1993, 1998-1999

Folder 18: North Iowa Juvenile Detention Services Committee, 1996-1999

Folder 19: Overtime matters, 1996-1997

Folder 20: Payroll adjustments for Board of Supervisors, 1992-1994, 1996-1999

Folder 21: Reports to Boad of Supervisors, 1996-1998

Folder 22: Resumes submitted to the Board of Supervisors

Folder 23: Tax and budget protests, 1990, 1995, 1999

Folder 24: Union matters, 1994-2000

Folder 25: Washburn sanitary sewer and water system project, 1994-2000

Folder 26: Western Division Advisory Committee, 1994, 1996-1999

Box 20

Folders 1-11: Waterloo Waterworks

  • Folder 1: Agenda, minutes, and resolutions, 1996-1999
  • Folder 2: Audits, 1996-1997, 1999
  • Folder 3: Bonds and loans, 1997-1999
  • Folder 4: Building projects and bids, 1996-1999
  • Folder 5: Correspondence and memos, 1996-1999
  • Folder 6: Employees, wages, pensions, benefits, 1996-1999
  • Folder 7: Financial reports, 1996-1999
  • Folder 8: Investments, 1996-1999
  • Folder 9: Liability insurance, 1998
  • Folder 10: Union issues, 1998-2001
  • Folder 11: Water usage and operating costs, 1992, 1995-1999

Folder 12: Personal calendar and appointment books of Leon Mosley, 1996-1999

Folder 13: Correspondence received by Leon Mosley; obituaries

Folder 14: Deere & Company matters

Folder 15: Handwritten notes, memos, and correspondence

Folder 16: United Housing, Incorporated--Prairie Park Apartments, 1992-2000

Box 21--Civic involvement

Folder 1: Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Black Hawk County, 1997-1999

Folder 2: American Institute of Commerce, 1996, 1998-1999

Folder 3: African-American Museum, 1996

Folder 4: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, 1994, 1996-1997-2000

Folder 5: Black Hawk County 4-H and Future Farmers of America Fair Foundation, Incorporated, 1994, 1996-1997

Folder 6: Black Hawk County Farm Bureau, 1998-1999

Folder 7: Black Hawk County Leadership, 1996-1998

Folder 8: Black Hawk County Veterans' Commission, 1998-1999

Folder 9: Boys' and Girls' Club of Waterloo, 1997-1998

Folder 10: Boy Scouts of American, Winnebago Council, 1996-1999

Folder 11: Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Folder 12:

Folder 13: Cedar Valley Economic Development Corporation, 1996

Folder 14: Cedar Vally United Way, 1992, 1997-2000

Folder 15: Citizens for Community Improvement, 1996

Folder 16: Exceptional Persons, Incorporated, 1997, 1999

Folder 17: Family and Children's Council,1994-1999

Folder 18: Family Service League--Crisis Services Advisory Board, 1998-1999

Folder 19: Girl Scouts, Conestoga Council, 1997-1998

Folder 20: Greater Black Hawk Habitat for Humanity, 1997-1999

Folder 21: Grin and Grow

Folder 22: Grout Museum, 1998-1999

Folder 23: Hartman Reserve Nature Center

Folder 24: Independence Haven, Incorporated, 1996-1998

Folder 25: Invitations and thank you notes for civic events

Folder 26: Iowa Family Policy Center, 1997-1999

Folder 27: Kiwanis Club, 1992, 1998

Folder 28: Main Street Waterloo, 1999-2000

Folder 29: Masons, 1994-1995, 1997-1999

Folder 30: Metro Exchange Club, 1994

Folder 31: Metro Fund Distribution Coordination Council, requests for funding, 1997

Folder 32: Mosley's Neighborhood Action Team

Folder 33: Neighborhood associations, 1994-1999

Folder 34: Optimist Club, 1994-2000

Folder 35: Quakerdale

Folder 36: Rotary Club, 1994-1997

Folder 37: Service Corps of Retired Executives, 1996-1998

Folder 38: Visiting Nurses Association, 1996, 1998-1999

Folder 39: Waterloo/Cedar Falls Common Ground, your multicultural newspaper, 1999

Folder 40: Waterloo Chamber of Commerce

Folder 41: Waterloo Community Playhouse, Black Hawk Children's Theater, 1998-1999

Folder 42: Waterloo Community Schools, 1994, 1997-1999

Box 22--Politics

Folder 1: Benton County Republicans

Folder 2: Black Hawk County Republicans, 1990, 1992, 1994-2000

Folder 3: The Black Hawk Group, 1993-1994, 1996-1999

Folder 4: Bremer County Republicans

Folder 5: Buchanan County Republicans

Folder 6: Clayton County Republicans

Folder 7: Fayette County Republicans

Folder 8: Miscellaneous county and college Republican groups

Folder 9: Tama County Republicans

Folder 10: Gary Bauer--Presidential campaign, 1999-2000

Folder 11: George W. Bush--Presidential campaign, 1998-2000

Folder 12: Bob Dole--Presidential campaign, 1994

Folder 13: Elizabeth Dole--Presidential campaign, 1999-2000

Folder 14: Steve Forbes--Presidential campaigns, 1995-1996, 1999-2000

Folder 15: Thurman Gaskill, Iowa Senate District 8, 1998

Folder 16: Phil Gramm--Presidential campaign, 1995-1996

Folder 17: Charles Grassley

Folder 18: Steve Grubbs--Senate campaign, 1995-1996

Folder 19: Almo Hawkins

Folder 20: Alan Keyes--Presidential campaign, 1999-2000

Folder 21: Jim LIghtfoot--gubernatorial campaign, 1998

Folder 22: Miscellaneous local, state, and national campaigns

Folder 23: Leon Mosley--various campaigns

Folder 24: Jim Nussle--Second District Congressman

Folder 25: Paul Pate

Folder 26: Dan Quayle

Folder 27: Kitty Rehberg, Iowa Senate District 14, 1996, 1998-1999

Folder 28: Marilyn Rubner, Fayette County Board of Supervisors campaign, 1998

Folder 29: Tommy Thompson, Governor of Wisconsin

Folder 30: Republican Party of Iowa, 1990, 1993-1999

Folder 31: Republican Party of Iowa, calendar of events, 1994-1995, 1998-1999

Folder 32: Republican caucus, 1995-1999

Folder 33: Republican Party of Iowa, invitations and thank you notes

Folder 34: Republican Party of Iowa, Leon Mosley expense accounts, 1996, 1998, 1999

Folder 35: Republican Party of Iowa, Leon Mosley's speech notes

Folder 36: Republican Party of Iowa, Central Committee, 1994-1999

Folder 37: Abstract of election, 1994

Processing Information

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 by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017. Linear feet count updated on August 9, 2017.

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