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Subseries 9. Home Rule

Scope and Content Notes:

These files document in detail Thornburgh's persistent interest in home rule, which was one of the two areas on which he concentrated at the convention. The local government amendment subsequently adopted was the authority for all local government units to adopt home rule charters for their governance. A sub theme as Thornburgh and other reformers saw it was the opportunity to streamline the governmental process. There was then and over subsequent years continued resistance to the changes a home rule charter would promote and any reform that threatened existing political power structures. Not only is there much material from the drafting sub-committee and home rule committees at the convention but also considerable material following the convention regarding the promotion of home rule for Pittsburgh into the 1970s. Thornburgh in fact was Chair of a Drafting Sub-Committee of the Pittsburgh Home Rule Committee in 1969. Included, too, are speeches, event files and news releases by Thornburgh during 1967-68 and a paper with drafts which he wrote and distributed in 1969 entitled "Blueprint for Modern Government: A Home Rule Charter for Pittsburgh." It is interesting to note that it was not until 1998 that Pittsburgh finally passed its home rule charter. These home rule files are unique in identifying the history of this topic in Pittsburgh over subsequent years as well as during the active period of the convention.

Section: Advisory Subcommittee and Drafting Subcommittee


Box 29
Folder 1 Home Rule Advisory Committee and Drafting Sub-Committee 1969
Folder 2 Clippings regarding formation of Advisory Committee and Drafting Sub-Committee early 1969
Folder 3 Richard L. Thornburgh, Chair, Drafting Sub-Committee early 1969
Folder 4 Report of Drafting Sub-Committee of Pittsburgh Home Rule Committee June 6, 1969
Folder 5 Background Information for report on Drafting Sub-Committee March 18, 1969 - May 7, 1969
Folder 6 "County Government under PA Constitution," by PA Economy League December, 1967

Section: Speeches and Events

Folder 7 Speeches October-November, 1970
Folder 8 Events regarding Home Rule 1971-1974

Section: News Releases

Folder 9 Press Releases 1968-1972

Section: Correspondence, Notes, Remarks and Drafts

Folder 10 Correspondence related to "Blueprint for a Modern Government:..." and January 16, 1969 article from "Point" 1969
Folder 11 Paper: "Blueprint for Modern Government: A Home Rule Charter for Pittsburgh" by Thornburgh (with drafts) January 10, 1969
Folder 12 Speech: "Metropolitan Government...Would You Repeat the Question?" as published in Legal Journal vol. 119 No. 3, 3/1/71 March 1, 1971
Folder 13 Correspondence to Thornburgh- post draft: June, 1969-1974
Folder 14 Correspondence and notes of Thornburgh 1968-1972
Folder 15 Remarks, articles and reports by local and national officials and Thornburgh 1970-1972

Section: Home Rule Charter for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

Folder 16 Home Rule Charter- Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Discussion Drafts 1973-1974
Folder 17 Studies and Reports 1972-1977
Folder 18 Presentation to Allegheny County Government Study Commission by Committee for Progress in Allegheny County 1977

Section: Pamphlets, Reports and Editorials

Folder 19 Home Rule Editorials 1970-1974
Folder 20 League of Women Voters Home Rule Fact Sheet and Information 1970-1974
Folder 21 "Local Government Reform in Allegheny County: Can LEAA Help It Happen?" by James M. Seif under Local Government Seminar, University of Pittsburgh December 1970
Folder 22 Pamphlets and Reports on Home Rule: Local and National Articles on Home Rule 1965-1969
Folder 23 Local and National Articles on Home Rule 1966-1970