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Subseries 5. Administration Policies and Achievements

Scope and Content Notes:

While Governor of Pennsylvania, Thornburgh and his staff found it useful to record and monitor both the "promises" made to constituencies during campaigns and the ensuing actions to accomplish these goals. The policy statements and issues of the '78 campaign had been meticulously and thoughtfully researched to address major concerns and problems of the Commonwealth and its citizens, and thus served as the foundation for the actions of the administration.

These files consist of many different monitors of accomplishments, most kept directly by staff, but some kept and collected by different departments and councils at the state level, such as the Insurance Department or the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In every case the commitment of both staff and departments was to turn promises and goals into reality-achievements that would fulfill needs and be a source of pride. Researchers should be aware that many of these files include the famous "red pen" annotations of the Governor, with his questions, comments, and suggestions.

The files of administration policies and achievements (note that the terms "accomplishments" and "achievements" are used interchangeably in the files) are divided into the following sections: 1) Post-campaign "Promise Books," from1979; 2) Office of Policy Development (OPD) Policy binders, 1979-1980, which identify policies and monitored progress; 3) Back-up research "binders" for achievements, arranged alphabetically by topic and location, dating during Thornburgh's first term, 1978-1982; 4) General achievements, arranged chronologically by year 1979-1987, which include background research memos, and Zingers (succinct "nuggets" of achievement information); 5) Zingers and bullets, from 1985 and 1986; 6) Achievements arranged alphabetically by topic and region, 1979-1987; 7) Achievements binders,1980-1984, containing detailed investigation of areas of concern, and assessment of the changes, positive and negative, that occurred during the Thornburgh years; 8) and The Thornburgh Years: A Legacy of Excellence, 1985-1987 (a publication, privately financed, documenting the administration's achievements and distributed to the public). The related files for Legacy contain research as well as correspondence, proofs, and departmental achievement reports.

Section: Post-Campaign 1978 "Promise Books


Box 172
Folder 1 "Promise binder" from 1978 Campaign 1978
Folder 2 Achievements binder derived from 1978 campaign "Promise Binder" (annotated) 1979
Folder 3 "Priorities for Progress in Pennsylvania", a "Promise Binder" October, 1979

Section: Office of Policy Development (OPD) Policy Binders, 1979-1980

Folder 4 March 9-25, 1979
Folder 5 March 26-April 13, 1979
Folder 6 April 16-27, 1979
Folder 7 April 30-May 11, 1979
Folder 8 May 14-25, 1979
Folder 9 May 28-June 8, 1979
Folder 10 June 11-22, 1979

Box 173
Folder 1 June 25-July 6, 1979
Folder 2 July 7-27, 1979
Folder 3 July 30-August 24, 1979
Folder 4 July 6-September 5, 1979
Folder 5 May 16, 1980
Folder 6 1980-1981
Folder 7 Departmental Legislative Priorities binder, alpha topic list, Aging-Education 1981-1982
Folder 8 Departmental Legislative Priorities binder, alpha topic list, Energy Council-Minorities 1981-1982
Folder 9 Departmental Legislative Priorities binder, alpha topic list, Department of Public Works-Department of Transportation and Miscellaneous Priorities 1981-1982

Box 174
Folder 1-4 Early Administration Projects/Special Study Committees binder 1980-1981

Section: Achievements and background, 1981-1982

Folder 5 Achievements book 1980
Folder 6 Achievements of administration's first two years 1981
Folder 7 Achievements questionnaire 1981
Folder 8 Administration priorities undated
Folder 9 Administration progress letter 1980
Folder 10 Aging 1981
Folder 11 Agriculture 1981
Folder 12 Budget, State Policy Initiatives prepared for NGA 1980
Folder 13 Campaign 1978 1978
Folder 14 Campaign commitments on crime 1978
Folder 15 Corruption in state administration 1971-1978
Folder 16 Crime 1982
Folder 17 Economic development 1981
Folder 18 Energy 1981
Folder 19 Legislative achievements 1978-1981
Folder 20-21 Northeast Pennsylvania 1981
Folder 22 Other states, spending increases 1980-1981
Folder 23 Pennsylvania Republican platform 1978
Folder 24 Regulatory reform 1981
Folder 25 Southwest Pennsylvania 1981
Folder 26 Steel achievements 1979-1982
Folder 27 Thornburgh innovations 1981-1982

Box 175
Folder 1 Transportation 1978-1982
Folder 2 Waste cutting undated
Folder 3 Weekly reports 1981

Section: Zingers! and bullets, 1979-1986

Folder 4 Zingers! 1981
Folder 5 Zingers! and bullets 1979-1986

Section: Achievements, arranged chronologically by year, 1979-1986

Folder 6 1979
Folder 7 1980
Folder 8 1981
Folder 9 1982
Folder 10 1985
Folder 11 1986
Folder 12 Administration achievements, final draft January, 1987
Folder 13 Correspondence, memos, notes (annotated) 1979-1986

Section: Achievements, arranged alphabetically by topic and region, 1979-1987

Folder 14 Advanced technology 1982-1987
Folder 15 Agriculture 1982-1986
Folder 16 Arts 1987

Box 176
Folder 1 Ben Franklin Partnership 1982-1988
Folder 2 Bond ratings and debt statistics 1985
Folder 3 "Choices for Pennsylvanians," interim summary and final report 1985-1986
Folder 4 Crime, corrections and corruption 1986
Folder 5 Department of Environmental Resources (DER) 1985-1986
Folder 6 Education 1979-1986
Folder 7-9 Education, "Turning the Tide: An Agenda for Excellence in Public Schools" 1984-1985
Folder 10 Energy assistance 1985
Folder 11 Erie County 1986
Folder 12 Federal money to Pennsylvania 1985
Folder 13 Governor's Energy Council 1979-1987
Folder 14 Liquor Control Board (LCB) 1985
Folder 15 Legislative Accomplishments 1979-1987
Folder 16 Massachusetts article on welfare and unemployment 1985
Folder 17 Mental health and mental retardation (MH/MR) 1985
Folder 18 Minorities and women 1985
Folder 19 Philadelphia 1985
Folder 20 PIDA loans 1980-1986
Folder 21 Polls 1987

Box 177
Folder 1 State government 1986-1987
Folder 2 Taxes 1985
Folder 3 Tourism, commerce expansion 1984
Folder 4 Transportation, CONRAIL 1985
Folder 5 Unemployment 1985-1987
Folder 6 Welfare 1979-1986
Folder 7 Workers' compensation 1986

Section: Achievements binders, 1980-1986

Folder 8 Volume 1: Aging-Criminal justice 1980-1981
Folder 9 Volume 1: Economic development-Education 1980-1981
Folder 10 Volume 1: Energy-Environment 1980-1981
Folder 11 Volume 2: Executive Management-Fiscal affairs and taxation 1980-1981
Folder 12 Volume 2: Health-Mental health and mental retardation, (MH/MR) 1980-1981
Folder 13 Volume 3: Military-Regulation 1980-1981
Folder 14 Volume 3: Research and development-Miscellaneous 1980-1981
Folder 15 County Achievements: Adams-Crawford Counties 1980-1981

Box 178
Folder 1 County Achievements: Cumberland-York Counties 1980-1981
Folder 2 Topic list, Integrity in government-Geographic areas (annotated), work-in-progress February, 1982
Folder 3 1982 binder, topic list, Integrity in Government-Transportation September, 1982
Folder 4 1982 binder, topic list, Crime-Local government September, 1982
Folder 5 1983-1984 binder, topic list, Zingers!-Budget and finance (annotated) 1983-1984
Folder 6 1983-1984 binder, topic list, Taxes-1981 1983-1984
Folder 7 1983-1984 binder, topic list, Community conservation-Miscellaneous 1983-1984
Folder 8 November 1, 1985 binder, topic list, Agriculture-Women November 1, 1985
Folder 9 November 12, 1985 binder, topic list, Budget and taxes-Arts November 12, 1985
Folder 10 Final achievements binder October 20, 1986

Section: The Thornburgh Years: A Legacy of Excellence


Box 179
Folder 1 Background research and information on achievements 1985-1986
Folder 2 Background research and publication proofs 1985-1986
Folder 3 Correspondence regarding statistical information, proofs, copy and production estimates 1986
Folder 4 Department achievements: Aging-Insurance 1986
Folder 5 Administration achievements: Labor and Industry-Commission for Women 1986
Folder 6-7 Administration achievements, collected for publication, consolidated by region 1986
Folder 8 Additional material on crime August, 1986
Folder 9 Accomplishments of the Pennsylvania General Assembly 1979-1982
Folder 10 End of administration articles December, 1986
Folder 11 The Thornburgh Years: A Legacy of Excellence final copy 1986

Section: Departmental achievement reports, 1986-1987

Folder 12 Achievement reports 1979-1986