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Series III. Pittsburgh Civic Activity, 1960s-1970s

Scope and Content Notes:

While advancing his career in law, Thornburgh also became a recognized civic leader by involving himself in various Pittsburgh and Allegheny County organizations and community groups. For example, he chaired a $3 million fund-raising effort for the Home for Crippled Children in Pittsburgh and participated in a year-long study on youth problems for the Health and Welfare Association of Allegheny County. This latter project, which Thornburgh chaired, resulted in the "Report of the Task Force on Youth Problems to the Reappraisal and Development Commission of the Health and Welfare Association of Allegheny County."

In 1969, Thornburgh was appointed Chairman of the Allegheny County Regional Planning Council for the Pennsylvania Crime Commission, which later was named the Governor's Justice Commission. The Commission "was charged with devising plans for the expenditure of federal funds under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to improve police, prosecution, courts and correctional institutions" ( Evidence, p. 38). Thornburgh resigned in 1972 due to "politicizing of the council's mission" ( Evidence, p. 39).

Thornburgh was selected to participate in a Japanese Friendship Tour for Community Leaders and spent two weeks in Japan in December 1972, as guest of the Japanese government. This group of up-and-coming leaders visited Tokyo, Hiroshima, Osaka, and Kyoto and was provided an opportunity to "come to know and appreciate [Japan] far better than we ever expected." His trip diary included here is detailed and illuminating.

Researchers should note the unavoidable overlaps in time and occasional content with files in "Early Legal Career," "Politics," "Campaign for Congress," " Constitutional Convention," and "U.S. Attorney." For example, correspondence in one section may well also pertain to issues or situations in another area. Another example: speeches in the U.S. Attorney years may relate to community rather than legal issues. Ginny Thornburgh created scrapbooks of clippings, in chronological order, that effectively document Thornburgh's career and activities during these years. This valuable resource has been reformatted and is available in the archives (Section 21).

"Pittsburgh Civic Activity" is organized in four sections: "Organizations, Events and Committees"; "Governor's Justice Commission"; "Japanese Friendship Tour"; "Research and Reports." The files generally consist of speeches, news releases, reports, correspondence, notes and memorabilia.

Subseries 1. Organizations, Events and Committees, 1964-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

These files document many of the community-based organizations and events in which Thornburgh was involved during the sixties and seventies. These files are organized chronologically and include a speech, a news release, and a report which are available on-line, plus correspondence, annotated notes, and files related to the several community boards of trustees on which he was a member.


Box 13
Folder 13 White House Fellows Application December, 1964
Folder 14 Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors (PCIV) 1965-1967
Folder 15 "What is Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors?" :Remarks Mountain View Rotary September 27, 1965
Folder 16 Regional Council for International Education 1966-1967
Folder 17 "The Forum," Correspondence and Notes 1967
Folder 18 American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 1967-1970
Folder 19 Home for Crippled Children: Capital Fund Drive (Thornburgh, General Chairman) 1967
Folder 20 "The Pennsylvania Assembly on the State Legislature in American Politics," American Assembly, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA May 9-11, 1968
Folder 21 Allegheny County Committee for 1970 White House Conference on Youth and Children 1969
Folder 22 Report of the Housing Inadequacies Task Force to the Reappraisal and Development Commission, Health and Welfare Association of Allegheny County May 17, 1971
Folder 23 Report of the Task Force for the Chronically Unemployed to the Reappraisal and Development Commission, Health and Welfare Association of Allegheny County July 30, 1971
Folder 24 Report of the Task Force on Services to Families and Children to the Reappraisal and Development Commission, Health and Welfare Association of Allegheny County November, 1971
Folder 25 Report of the Health Task Force to the Reappraisal and Development Commission, Health and Welfare Association of Allegheny County, Health and Welfare Association of Allegheny County November 5, 1971

Box 14
Folder 1 Report of the Task Force on Youth Problems to the Reappraisal and Development Commission, Health and Welfare Association of Allegheny County, Richard Thornburgh, Chairman December 20, 1971
Folder 2 U.S. Attorney Thornburgh, Chairman of a Task Force on Youth Problems for the Heath and Welfare Association of Allegheny County, spoke to an annual meeting of the Allegheny County Camp Fire Girls, Pittsburgh February 9, 1972
Folder 3 Correspondence regarding the Report of the Task Force on Youth Problems March-May, 1972
Folder 4 Report of the Reappraisal and Development Commission, Health and Welfare Association of Allegheny County: New Directions for the Seventies (annotated) June, 1972
Folder 5 Student Help Center Board of Advisors, Funding Application and Correspondence 1971-1972
Folder 6 University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Social Work Board of Visitors 1971-1975
Folder 7 House of Representatives Committee to Investigate the Administration of Justice 1973-1974
Folder 8 Benjamin Franklin Symposium, Harrisburg, PA January 17-19, 1977
Folder 9 Pittsburgh Public Theater Board of Directors 1977-1978
Folder 10 WQED Board of Directors 1977-1978

Subseries 2. Governor's Justice Commission, 1969-1972

Scope and Content Notes:

Thornburgh was named Chairman of the Governor's Justice Commission in 1969 and he served until 1972. Because Thornburgh was appointed to chair this commission at roughly the same time as he became U.S. Attorney, the speeches from this subseries are scanned and available for on-line use in the U.S. Attorney files. Documents consist of correspondence, reports, and news releases (available here online).

Folder 11 Certificate of Thornburgh's Appointment to Chairman of the Governor's Justice Commission 1969
Folder 12 Editorial Regarding Thornburgh as Chairman of Allegheny Regional Planning Council, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and correspondence dated January 30, 1970 November 26, 1969
Folder 13 "The Criminal Justice System in Greater Pittsburgh Today," Speech to Public Forum 'What About Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Improvement and Development Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA February 24, 1972
Folder 14 "Toward a Safer Community--The Matter of Police Protection," Address to Allegheny County Boroughs Association, Sewickley, PA May 25, 1972
Folder 15 "The Professional Policeman," Address at the Graduation Ceremonies at the Allegheny County Police Training Academy, Allison Park, PA May 24, 1974
Folder 16 News Releases 1969-1974
Folder 17 Correspondence regarding a County-Wide Police Force 1969
Folder 18 Correspondence regarding Diversion of Funding Problem August, 1972-February, 1973
Folder 19 Screening Committee on Strike Forces Correspondence and Memorandum December, 1972
Folder 20 Correspondence and Notes regarding Thornburgh's Resignation as Chairman and Member of Allegheny Regional Planning Council of the Governor's Justice Commission January, 1973
Folder 21 Grants Under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 November 5, 1971
Folder 22 Grant Reports undated
Folder 23 Pennsylvania Crime Commission Task Force Reports on Corrections in Pennsylvania, Assessment of Crime and Criminal Justice in Pennsylvania, and Goals for Justice (annotated) January, 1969
Folder 24 "Toward a Safer Community; Crime and Criminal Justice in Allegheny County," Draft and Volumes 2-6, Allegheny Regional Planning Council for the Governor's Justice Committee 1969-1977
Folder 25 Correspondence regarding "Toward a Safer Community: Crime and Criminal Justice in Allegheny County" 1972
Folder 26 Public Forums on the Criminal Justice System in Allegheny County 1970
Folder 27 "Planning for Criminal Justice in Southeastern Pennsylvania," by the Governor's Justice Commission 1972

Box 15
Folder 1 "Keys to Justice: A Descriptive Guide to Resources in the Criminal Justice System, Allegheny County," by the Governor's Justice Commission Fall, 1973
Folder 2 "Public Hearings: Summary of Testimony and Index," by Allegheny Regional Planning Council for the Governor's Justice Committee 1973-1975, 1977
Folder 3 "Comprehensive Plan: Action Program," by Allegheny Regional Planning Council for the Governor's Justice Committee 1974-1975
Folder 4 1968-1974 Report of the Allegheny County Regional Council of the Governor's Justice Commission January, 1976

Subseries 3. Japanese Friendship Tour for Community Leaders, 1972

Scope and Content Notes:

Thornburgh and fellow future leaders visited Japan as guests of the Japanese government in December 1972. This section includes correspondence, memorabilia, research on Japan, articles about the Japanese Friendship Tour, and a paper by Thornburgh: "Japan Today - Some Observations" (available here online).

Folder 5 Correspondence Preceding Trip to Japan October-December, 1972
Folder 6 Pre Trip Background materials November-December, 1972
Folder 7-8 Memorabilia December 1-6, 1972
Folder 9 Tourism Information on Japan 1972
Folder 10 "The Magnificent Seven: A Japan Odyssey," Thornburgh's Travel Journal December 1-6, 1972
Folder 11 Japanese Journals, Newspapers and Bulletins August-December, 1972
Folder 12 Information on Tokyo: Administrative, Housing Problems, Metropolitan Assembly, Facilities for Disabled, Education and Senior Citizens 1972
Folder 13 Information on the Supreme Court of Japan 1972
Folder 14 Information on the Defense of Japan 1969-1970

Box 16
Folder 1 Information on Japan's Economy 1969-1972
Folder 2 Information on Japan: Statistics, National Diet, Northern Territorial Issue, Human Environment, Diplomatic Bluebook and Education 1970-1972
Folder 3 Articles on Japan published in USA 1972
Folder 4 Correspondence to Thornburgh after returning from Japan December, 1972-April, 1973
Folder 5 "Six Community Leaders Gain Insights into U.S.-Japan Relations on Friendship Tour," Japan Report March 16, 1973
Folder 6 "The United States and Japan: Partners or Competitors? A Frank Discussion of Relations between America and Japan - Past, Present, and Future," Pittsburgh, PA March 19, 1973
Folder 7 "Japan Today--Some Observations," by Richard L. Thornburgh undated

Subseries 4. Research and Reports, 1966-1973

Scope and Content Notes:

Thornburgh habitually and meticulously researched topics of interest and relevant to his work. The research and reports on Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, and Pittsburgh and some more specific issues are typical of Thornburgh's approach to policy development and represent the following issues, for example: education, urban affairs, minorities, corrections, and police. Many of these files contain his annotations.

Section: Pennsylvania

Folder 8 Reports on Pennsylvania's Economy (annotated) 1970-1972

Section: Allegheny County

Folder 9 Notes and Memorandum on Crime and Police in Allegheny County 1968
Folder 10 "Development Sketch Plan, Economic Growth, The Environment, Facilities, and Services in Allegheny County" October, 1970
Folder 11 Allegheny County Police Publications (annotated) 1971-1972
Folder 12 County Conference: A Report on Allegheny County Government Services (annotated) April, 1971
Folder 13 Allegheny County Police Duties and Responsibilities undated

Section: Pittsburgh

Folder 14 Committee on Hearings on Housing (annotated) April 22, 1966 and September 22, 1966
Folder 15 Research and Notes on Pittsburgh (annotated) 1967-1973
Folder 16 Notes on Education in Pittsburgh 1967
Folder 17 "The Changing City" and "Urban Renewal Summary," Reports of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, 1969 1969

Section: Topics


Box 17
Folder 1 Education 1966-1967
Folder 2 Urban Affairs 1967-1971
Folder 3 Minorities 1967-1968
Folder 4 Corrections 1969-1973
Folder 5 "Overloading our Criminal Law" and "Crimes without Victims," by Peter Baugher, Reviewed and Annotated by Thornburgh 1971-1972
Folder 6 "Curbing Crime and Establishing Justice," by Donald Stone, Reviewed and Annotated by Thornburgh 1972
Folder 7 Police undated