Summary Information
Title: Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series XXI. Scrapbooks
Collection Number: AIS.1998.30.21
Creator: Thornburgh, Dick

Collection Dates: 1966-1987
Extent: 35.0 items

Language: English

Abstract:
The Dick Thornburgh scrapbook collection, consists of 25 linear feet of colorful material. Family members started collecting news articles and clippings in the 1960s, early in his career, when Dick Thornburgh was just launching into civic activity and political participation. His wife, Ginny, was a dedicated "scrapbook maker" and the results of her efforts are an excellent record of Thornburgh's early years up until the 1978 gubernatorial campaign, when campaign staff essentially took over the task. There are nine oversized scrapbooks from the 1978 and 1982 campaigns for Governor that include some material not found elsewhere in the collection. All of the above have been reformatted for preservation. Other family members contributed more family and notable event oriented scrapbooks. Although preservation concerns remain for some of these, they add significant color and content to the Dick Thornburgh archives. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.
Sponsor:

This finding aid is available on line as result of a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania grant to the University of Pittsburgh and with collaboration of the Archives Service Center and the Digital Research Library.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

June 30, 2004
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Nancy Watson.
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002

Subject Terms

Topics
  • Political campaigns -- Pennsylvania

Corporate Names
  • Pennsylvania. Constitutional Convention (1967-1968).
  • Pennsylvania. Governor (1979-1987: Thornburgh).
  • Pennsylvania. Governor. -- Elections
  • United States. Attorney (Pennsylvania : Western District).
  • United States. Congress. House. -- Elections
  • United States. Office of the Assistant Attorney General.

Personal Names
  • Thornburgh, Dick
  • Thornburgh, Ginny (Judson)

Family Names
  • Thornburgh family

Locations
  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- 1951-

Category
  • Education
  • Government
  • Personal papers
  • Politics
  • Social action
  • Women

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Dick Thornburgh, February 27, 1998.

Preferred Citation:

Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- , AIS.1998.30, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Nancy Watson, Curator of the Thornburgh Papers, Holly Mengel, Project Archivist, and a team of graduate students. Processing was made possible by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2002.

Processing Information:

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Holly Mengel in 2004. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 3608599

Processing Information:

Copyright:

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Collection Inventory

Series XXI. Scrapbooks, 1966-1987

Scope and Content Notes:

It is not unusual for collections of public figures to include scrapbooks. The archives of Dick Thornburgh are no exception. Family members, in particular, started collecting news articles and clippings in the 1960s, early in his career when Thornburgh was just launching into civic activity and political participation. His wife, Ginny, was a dedicated "scrapbook maker" and the results of her efforts are an excellent record of Thornburgh's early years up until the 1978 gubernatorial campaign, when campaign staff essentially took over the task. Ginny's early scrapbooks have all been reformatted for preservation and are incredibly useful. When she started out in the early 1960s there was no way to know that she was documenting the foundations of such a remarkable public service career as Dick Thornburgh's became in subsequent years.

In addition, there are oversized scrapbooks from both the 1978 and 1982 campaigns for Governor, 9 in total. They are a fascinating account of the ups and downs of the 1978 campaign against former Pittsburgh Mayor, Peter Flaherty, as well as the 1982 re-election campaign against Alan Ertel. Anyone exploring the changes in campaigns over the years, as well as the issue content of each, will find these very interesting. These, too, have been reformatted for preservation.

Ginny Thornburgh's mother, Virginia Judson, and Dick Thornburgh's sister, Ann Thornburgh also contributed charming scrapbooks about Ginny's public life, and Thornburgh family oriented inaugural scrapbooks, as well as other notable events. Nowhere is the affection of the Thornburgh family better represented. Although preservation concerns remain for some of these, these scrapbooks add significant color and content to the Dick Thornburgh archives.

Subseries 1. Dick Thornburgh Scrapbooks

Section: Newsclippings Vols.I-IX, 1966-1978


Box SB1
Item 1 Volume I: includes Campaign for U.S. Congress, 1966, and Constitutional Convention, 1967-1968 1966-1968
Item 2 Volume II: includes selection as U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania, 1969 1969-1970
Item 3 Volume III: U.S.Attorney 1970

Box SB2
Item 1 Volume IV: U.S. Attorney 1971-1972
Item 2 Volume V: U.S. Attorney November 1972-1973
Item 3 Volume VI: includes appointment as Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division January 1974-May, 1975

Box SB3
Item 1 Volume VII: Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division May-December 1975
Item 2 Volume VIII: Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division January-July 1976
Item 3 Volume IX: Concludes with resignation as Assistant Attorney General and return to Pittsburgh August 1976-March, 1977

Section: Ann Thornburgh Scrapbooks, 1966-1978, 1988

Item 4 U.S. Congress Campaign through Assistant Attorney General, Washington, DC 1966-1976
Item 5 Thornburgh named Attorney General of the United States 1988

Subseries 2. Campaigns for Governor

Section: Campaign for Governor, 1978


Box SB4
Item 1 Volume I: Pre primary up to and including Campaign Announcement, January, 1978 1977-Spring 1978

Box SB5
Item 2 Volume II: Primary Election Spring 1978-May 1978

Box SB6
Item 1 Volume III: Post Primary and General Election Campaign June-September 1978

Box SB7
Item 2 Volume IV: General Election Campaign October-November 1978

Box SB8
Item 1 Volume V: Election Day and Transition November 1978-February 1979

Section: Re-election Campaign for Governor (with reformats), 1982


Box SB9
Item 1 Volume I: Primary Campaign; and reformatted scrapbook September 1981-May 1982

Box SB10
Item 2 Volume II: General Election Campaign; and reformatted scrapbook May-August 1982

Box SB11
Item 1 Volume III: General Election Campaign - Election Day; and reformatted scrapbook September-November 7,1982

Box SB12
Item 2 Volume IV: Victory - Inauguration; and reformatted scrapbook November 8, 1982 -January, 1983

Subseries 3. Ginny Thornburgh Scrapbooks


Box SB13
Item 1 Gubernatorial Campaign '78 (1 of 2) 1978
Item 2 Gubernatorial Campaign '78 (2 of 2) 1978
Item 3 Inaugural (1 of 2) 1979
Item 4 Inaugural (2 of 2) 1979
Item 5 Virginia Judson (Ginny's mother) Scrapbook of Europe trip 1973
Item 6 Ann Thornburgh (sister of Dick Thornburgh) scrapbook about Ginny Thornburgh 1963-1975

Subseries 4. Scrapbooks, 1980-1987


Box SB14
Item 1 News clippings and ephemera Spring-August, 1980
Item 2 News clippings and ephemera September-December, 1980
Item 3 News clippings and ephemera late 1980-1981
Item 4 News clippings and ephemera January-November, 1981
Item 5 News clippings and ephemera May-June 1982
Item 6 News clippings and ephemera September - November 1982

Box SB15
Item 1 News clippings and ephemera January-May 1983
Item 2 News clippings and ephemera May-December 1983
Item 3 News clippings and ephemera 1984-1987

Subseries 5. Reformatted Scrapbooks

Section: Newsclippings Vols.I-IX, 1966-1978


Box SB16
Item 1 Reformat SB Vol. 1 1966-1968
Item 2 Reformat SB Vol. 2 1969-1970
Item 3 Reformat SB Vol. 3 1970
Item 4 Reformat SB Vol. 4 1971-1972
Item 5 Reformat SB Vol. 5 November 1972-1973

Box SB17
Item 1 Reformat SB Vol. 6 January 1974-May, 1975
Item 2 Reformat SB Vol. 7 May-December 1975
Item 3 Reformat SB Vol. 8 January-July 1976
Item 4 Reformat SB Vol. 9 August 1976-March, 1977

Section: Gubernatorial Campaign, 1978


Box SB18
Item 1 78 Reformatted Scrapbooks I 1977-Spring 1978
Item 2 78 Reformatted Scrapbook II Spring 1978-May 1978

Box SB19
Item 1 78 Reformatted Scrapbooks III June-September 1978
Item 2 78 Reformatted Scrapbook IV October-November 1978

Box SB20
Item 1 78 Reformatted Scrapbook V November 1978-February 1979