THOMAS G. CODY PAPERS, (1969) 1972-1976 (1979)

Executive Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission;
Assistant Secretary for Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development


Fragmentary materials, including both manuscript and printed or near-print items, documenting his government service. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission papers, 1972-74, include information on the development and implementation of policy and staff training and management. The Department of Housing and Urban Development papers, 1974-76, relate primarily to internal departmental administration and organization.

2.4 linear feet (ca. 4,800 pages)

Thomas G. Cody (accession number 83-57)

Open. Some items are temporarily restricted under terms of the donor's deed of gift, a copy of which is available on request, or under National Archives and Records Administration general restrictions (36 CFR 1256).

Thomas G. Cody donated to the United States of America his copyrights in all of his unpublished writings in National Archives collections. The copyrights to materials written by other individuals or organizations are presumed to remain with them. Works prepared by U.S. Government employees as part of their official duties are in the public domain.

Prepared by Gregory Kinney & William McNitt, April 1989
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Thomas G. Cody

Feb. 19, 1929 - Born, Holyoke, MA

1950 - A.B., College of the Holy Cross

1950-52 - Graduate Studies, Boston College

1953-55 - United States Marine Corps

1955-57 - M.B.A., Harvard University

1956-62 - Various sales and marketing positions in several corporations

1962-72 - Fry Consultants, Inc., international management consulting firm. He became a vice-president in 1966, a partner in 1967, and managed the Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices of the firm.

1972-74 - Executive Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

1974-76 - Assistant Secretary for Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development

1976- - L.B. Knights and Associates and Thomas G. Cody and Associates, management consulting firms


Thomas G. Cody was a former management consultant who served as Executive Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from May 1972 to April 1974. Following his resignation from the EEOC, Cody became Assistant Secretary for Administration in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in which position he served until November 1976. The Cody Papers consist of fragmentary materials concerning his administrative and management work in both agencies.

The EEOC is an independent government commission created in 1965 to administer Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Principal activities of the Commission include the development and implementation of equal employment opportunity policy and the investigation of complaints of racial, sexual or other forms of employment discrimination in both the public and private sectors. In the position of Executive Director, Cody was responsible for the day-to-day management of the EEOC under the direction of the Commission's Chairman. Disagreements with Commission Chairman John Powell led Cody to announce his resignation in March 1974.

When Cody joined HUD in 1974, the department was under criticism for its management and personnel problems. Cody and his staff were responsible for addressing these problems and providing administrative support for the Secretary, Under Secretary, other Assistant Secretaries, and the department's field operations. Major functional areas of operation included budget, finances and accounting, personnel, contracting, management and organization systems, and computer operations.

The materials from both of Cody's positions are fragmentary. Many items are either publications or near-print items which were widely distributed. Only occasional letters and memoranda appear. Cody apparently left the bulk of his files with the two agencies.

The EEOC materials consist mainly of manuals and reports concerning equal employment laws, staff procedures and guidelines, and summaries of Commission activities. The HUD materials deal primarily with internal administrative matters such as departmental reorganization, implementation of new management and accounting systems, and adoption of automated data processing systems. Questions of housing policy are dealt with only tangentially.

Related Materials (April 1989)
The White House Central Files Subject File contains related materials in categories FG 24 (Department of Housing and Urban Development), FG 109 (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), and HU 2-2 (Equality - Employment).


Employment Opportunity Commission Papers, 1972-74.  (Boxes 1-4, 1.4 linear feet)
Reports, manuals and handbooks, planning documents, printed material and occasional memoranda created by the EEOC staff, other government agencies, and outside consultants. Topics include: investigations of discrimination complaints, investigative procedures and training of investigators, staff productivity and performance measurement, and historical development of equal employment opportunity law. The series includes scattered materials pre-dating and post-dating Cody's service with the Commission.

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development Papers, 1974-76.  (Boxes 4-6, 1.0 linear feet)
Reports, department organization charts, printed material and occasional letters and memoranda relating to the administrative structure and management of HUD. Subjects covered include: reorganization of the department, personnel management, implementation of a goals management system, departmental productivity, adoption of automated data processing systems, and the mortgage insurance accounting program.

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Box 1 - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Papers

  • Chronology of EEOC Guidelines, 1964-77
  • Compliance Manual (1)-(2)
  • Conciliation Standards for Compliance Personnel
  • Comptroller General Report on EEOC Progress in Eliminating Employment Discrimination
  • Elimination of Discrimination in Employment by Affirmative Government Action - Draft Project Manual (1)-(6)
  • Employment Discrimination Law

Box 2 - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Papers

  • Equal Employment Law and Litigation (1)-(4)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Performance Measurement
  • Field Office Reports on Office of Compliance Performance Management System Plan for FY1974
  • Foundations of Equal Employment Opportunity (1)-(3)

Box 3 - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Papers

  • Guidelines for Investigation of Employment Discrimination
  • Guidelines on Employment Discrimination
  • Interagency Committee on Handicapped Employees
  • Investigative Training Program
  • Michigan Civil Rights Commission Investigation Process
  • Minority Employment Reports of Various Corporations
  • Miscellaneous Memoranda
  • New Regulatory Framework (Publication)
  • Office of Compliance - Summary of Activity FY1972
  • Office of General Counsel - Performance Management System Plan
  • Organization and Management Survey
  • Papers Relating to the President's Departmental Reorganization Program (Publication)

Box 4 - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Papers

  • Promise and Performance - President Nixon's First Term (Publication)
  • Reference Manual to Title VII Law
  • Report to Carter Transition Team on EEOC
  • Resignation - Cody
  • Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures
  • Work Process at EEOC

Box 4 (Continued) - Department of Housing and Urban Development Papers

  • Administrative Reorganization
  • Administrative Reorganization - Consultants Reports
  • Administrative Support Task Force Report

Box 5 - Department of Housing and Urban Development Papers

  • Appointment and Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Automated Data Processing
  • Award Ceremony, 12/7/76
  • Biographical Information - Cody
  • Correspondence - Miscellaneous
  • Correspondence - Personal
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development - Organization Charts
  • Departmental Productivity
  • Financial Management
  • Goals Management System
  • Housing in the Seventies (Publication)
  • Housing Performance Indicators (Publication)
  • Interim Report on Urban Development and Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Management Process
  • Mortgage Insurance Accounting System (1)-(3)

Box 6 - Department of Housing and Urban Development Papers

  • Mortgage Insurance Accounting System (4)-(7)
  • Personnel Management
  • Planning
  • Resignation - Cody
  • Staff Management Program FY1977-78
  • Urban Data Book (1)-(2)
  • Workshop on the Role of Assistant Secretaries in Executive Branch Departments (1)-(2)