There already exists for persons interested in further pursuit of material concerning white-collar crime that most useful of all tools, a thorough, intelligently drawn bibliography. It was prepared by Dorothy Campbell Tompkins of the Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and published by the institute under the title White Collar Crime--A Bibliography in February, 1967. Mrs. Tompkins undertook her compilation on assignment for the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice.
The Foreword note to the Tompkins bibliography by Dwight Waldo, director of the Institute of Governmental Studies, provides a sense of its mission and importance:
It is a probing, exploratory, and original effort. For "white-collar crime" has, since the coining of the term, been more a point of view, an accusation and hypothesis, than a recognizable and accepted area of criminality and criminal law. Mrs. Tompkins has wrestled with the problems of definition and has covered a wide-ranging literature in specifying and probing the relevant categories.