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Subseries 12. Transition and Inaugural

Scope and Content Notes:

This portion of the collection is comprised of files that cover the Governor-elect's transition period from the general election in November 1978 until the Inauguration in January 1979, the time for what Thornburgh called "administration-building tasks." The contents are organized into seven sections: Election Results; Post Election Mail; "The Transition"; Study Team Organization; Study Team Reports; Cabinet Nominations; and Inaugural.

The election results are detailed and identify the varying regions and constituencies which voted for Thornburgh/Scranton, and evaluations of the results, many with Thornburgh annotations. Also are included field reports from campaign workers around the state. In the next section there is Post Election mail that includes letters and notes of congratulations, offers of help, and correspondence from persons seeking jobs in the new administration.

"The Transition" identifies the specific period of time between the November victory of Governor elect Thornburgh and his subsequent Inauguration in January. This section contains binders of information prepared by the outgoing Shapp administration, plans and security issues, agendas, and lists of Thornburgh's transition team, led by Rick Stafford. The next group, Study Team Organization, has files related to the selection of and schedules for experts to come and evaluate departments and issues and prioritize concerns for the incoming administration. Their Study Team Reports follow.

A key additional responsibility of the transition team was assistance with the challenging process of identifying potential cabinet members for the Thornburgh administration. There were many suggestions, recommendations and research made available for consideration by Governor-elect Thornburgh in this all-important task.

The final section specifically relates to the Inaugural, the plans, celebrations and myriad of arrangements. Materials for example include: memos, schedules, invitations, events, Ginny Thornburgh's Inaugural file, a family inaugural scrapbook by Ann Thornburgh, and ephemera. Included, too, is a volume of photographs from the Inaugural and related events, published subsequently by the Republican Party. After the thrills and joys of the Inaugural, the new Governor was ready!

Section: Election Results


Box 117
Folder 1 Primary Election Results 1978
Folder 2 1978 Republican State Committee of PA Post Primary Statistics by County 1978
Folder 3 County Results-Primary 1978 1978
Folder 4 "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State Bureau of Elections and Commissions, Primary Election '78 - Official Results" by Barton A. Fields, Secretary of Commonwealth July 31, 1978
Folder 5 General Election Results and Official Certificate of Election 1978-1979
Folder 6 Murray Dickman Post Election Results November 22, 1978
Folder 7 Post election field reports by Kit Donahue, et al November-December, 1978
Folder 8 Registered Pennsylvania Voters 1978
Folder 9 PA State Legislative and Senatorial campaigns 1978
Folder 10 U.S. Congressional Races 1978
Folder 11 Pre 1978 Election Results (annotated by Thornburgh and staff) 1978

Section: Post Election Mail

Section: Primary


Box 118
Folder 1 Memo regarding post election Mail Handling system December 18, 1978
Folder 2-5 Letters of congratulations to Thornburgh (including replies) May-July, 1978
Folder 6 Letters of congratulations to Ginny Thornburgh (including replies) May, 1978
Folder 7 Letters of congratulations to PA Legislature June 8 -15, 1978
Folder 8 Letters of congratulations including offers of help May-June, 1978

Section: General

Folder 9 Mailgrams November 8, 1978
Folder 10 Name List of Congratulatory Correspondence November, 1978
Folder 11-12 Letters addressed to "Dick and Ginny" November, 1978
Folder 13 Cards addressed to "Dick and Ginny" November, 1978
Folder 14 Personal Congratulations November, 1978
Folder 15 Correspondences with special enclosures November 8, 1978-January 4, 1979
Folder 16 Congratulatory Telegrams November 8, 1978
Folder 17 Thank you letters to volunteers November-December, 1978

Box 119
Folder 1-2 Correspondence November-December, 1978
Folder 3 Letters, mailgrams and telegrams November-December, 1978
Folder 4 Christmas cards and congratulations November-December, 1978
Folder 5 Federal Officeholders, Governors, and Presidents November, 1978
Folder 6 State Senators November, 1978
Folder 7 State Representatives November, 1978
Folder 8 Judges November, 1978
Folder 9 Municipal and County Officials November, 1978
Folder 10 Newspaper editors and media persons November, 1978
Folder 11 State Committee November, 1978
Folder 12 County Chairman and Committees November, 1978
Folder 13 Local Committees November, 1978
Folder 14 GOP and Thornburgh Organizations (African American, Women, Youth) November, 1978
Folder 15 Congratulations with Enclosed Contributions October-December, 1978
Folder 16 Names for Study Teams and Transition November-December, 1978
Folder 17-18 General Offers of Help November-December, 1978
Folder 19 Correspondence from State Officials and Secretaries November 10-December 1, 1978
Folder 20 Constituent letters of congratulations with subject concerns November, 1977-December, 1978

Box 120
Folder 1 Letters Thornburgh sent to supporters (name and address lists included) November, 1978
Folder 2 Letters to union members thanking them for notes of congratulations November-December, 1978
Folder 3 Chamber of Commerce December 6, 1978
Folder 4 Organizations November-December, 1978
Folder 5 Special Interest Groups November-December, 1978
Folder 6 Correspondences to Ginny October-December, 1978

Section: The Transition

Folder 7 Copies of Mail Sent to Transition Team regarding issues and offers of help November, 1978-January, 1979
Folder 8 Governor Shapp transition binder, Government Operations November, 1978
Folder 9 Governor Shapp transition binder, "Government Operations," prepared for Governor-elect Thornburgh November, 1978
Folder 10 Plans and Memos December 27, 1978
Folder 11 New York Times Economic Magazine advertisement by the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce December 7, 1978
Folder 12 Security Information undated
Folder 13 Transition Team Members November 30, 1978-January 1, 1979
Folder 14 Meeting Notes/Agendas November, 1978-February, 1979
Folder 15 Staff Memos November-December, 1978
Folder 16 Budget/Expenses June, 1978-January, 1979
Folder 17 Schedule Matters and Invitations November, 1978-January, 1979
Folder 18 Governor's Office: Organizational outline (annotated) undated

Section: Study Team Organization

Folder 19 Study Team Name Lists and Job Descriptions November, 1978-February, 1979
Folder 20 Agriculture November, 1978-February, 1979
Folder 21 Commerce/Banking/Insurance/Securities Commission August, 1978-January, 1979
Folder 22 Energy/Environment November, 1978-December, 1978
Folder 23 Labor and Industry October, 1977-January, 1979
Folder 24 Personnel May-December, 1978
Folder 25 Personnel: Letters and Memos regarding labor and public employee issues December, 1978
Folder 26 Community Affairs: Historical and Museum, Arts, PPTN November, 1978
Folder 27 Health, Welfare and Drug Abuse and Aging March-December, 1978
Folder 28 Education: PHEAA, PHEFA, School Building Authority, State Tax Equal November-December, 1978
Folder 29 Transportation: Highways and Bridges and PA Turnpike December, 1978
Folder 30 Justice: State Police, Civil Defense, Military Affairs, Probation and Parole, H.R.C., Judicial Branch November 13, 1978

Box 121
Folder 1 Finance & Budget 1978
Folder 2 Revenue and Budget Transition Memos November-December, 1978
Folder 3 Revenue and Budget Memo regarding Deficiency in Governor's Office Appropriation December 27, 1978
Folder 4 PA Commission for Women November 21, 1978
Folder 5 Rick A. Stafford (RAS) Notes 1977-1978
Folder 6 Rick A. Stafford (RAS) Daily Log November 11, 1978
Folder 7 Daily Staff Log (phone log) November-December, 1978
Folder 8 Phone Logs November 9, 1978
Folder 9 Thornburgh's phone call notations (annotations) November-December 1978
Folder 10 Governor's Review of Government Management, Inc. February-August, 1975
Folder 11 PA Public Television Proposal: "Transition: A Governor Takes Office" September, 1978-February, 1979
Folder 12 Rick A. Stafford (RAS) Plans and Notes November, 1978-January, 1979
Folder 13 Letters, Memos, Articles (annotated) November, 1978-December, 1979
Folder 14 Correspondence to Thornburgh Governor Elect re study teams November-December, 1978
Folder 15 Shapp Letters regarding Judicial Appointment (including Governor Elect's response) December, 1978-January, 1979
Folder 16 Former Governor Leader Administration Transition Reports and news releases 1955-1958
Folder 17 Clips from AP and UPI December, 1978-January, 1979
Folder 18 Clips - Editorials December, 1978-January, 1979
Folder 19 Clips- By Newspaper or Region December, 1978-January, 1979
Folder 20 Employee "Package" for Governor undated
Folder 21 Memo regarding Public School Employer Retirement System December 19, 1978
Folder 22 Federal Funding Report of Region III Federal Regional Council November 18, 1978
Folder 23 Transition Briefing Paper on Pennsylvania by Mid-Atlantic Federal Regional Council January, 1979

Section: Study Team Reports


Box 122
Folder 1 Agriculture October-December, 1978
Folder 2 Budget November 28, 1978-December 22, 1978
Folder 3 Commerce & Business (annotated) December, 1978
Folder 4 Community Affairs (annotated) December 21, 1978
Folder 5 Education March, 1976-November, 1978
Folder 6 Education October, 1977-December, 1978
Folder 7 Environment: Transition Draft Report-revision December 28, 1978
Folder 8 Environment: Goals and Report to Transition Team December, 1978
Folder 9-10 Environment-DER (Department of Environmental Resources) (annotated) December 13-18, 1978
Folder 11 Justice December 20, 1978
Folder 12-13 Labor and Industry (annotated) December, 1978

Box 123
Folder 1 Personnel (annotated) December 8, 1978
Folder 2 Transportation (annotated) December 15, 1978
Folder 3-4 Welfare & Health (annotated) August-December, 1978

Section: Cabinet Nominations

Folder 5-7 Cabinet Recommendations October-December, 1978
Folder 8 Cabinet Nominations November 4, 1978-January 5, 1979
Folder 9 Cabinet appointments: clippings January 1979
Folder 10 Robert Wilburn: Speech to Indiana County Chamber of Commerce November 8, 1978

Section: Inaugural

Folder 11 Correspondence and memos December, 1978
Folder 12 Press arrangements, advisories schedules and news release December, 1978-January, 1979
Folder 13 Inauguration Oath of Office memo December 13, 1978
Folder 14 Inaugural Committee Press Kit January, 1979
Folder 15 Inaugural Day schedules, events, speech January 16, 1979
Folder 16 Clippings January 17-18, 1979
Folder 17 Inaugural headlines and activities compiled by Ann Thornburgh January, 1979
Folder 18 Inaugural related ephemera and invitations January, 1979
Folder 19 Ginny Thornburgh's Inaugural File January, 1979
Folder 20 Post Inaugural Scheduling November, 1978-January, 1979
Folder 21 Inaugural Book: "Inauguration Day 1979" January, 1979