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Title: Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series XII. Director, Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Collection Number: AIS.1998.30.12
Creator: Thornburgh, Dick

Collection Dates: 1987-1988
Extent: 36.25 linear feet

Language: English

Dick Thornburgh became Director of Harvard's Institute of Politics (IOP) in June 1987 and held this position until he was unexpectedly named Attorney General of the United States by President Reagan in July 1988. Thornburgh was the first IOP director who had been an elected public official and enjoyed the opportunity to encourage students to consider careers in politics and government. During his time with IOP, Thornburgh served as an advisor to students, selected and arranged for Institute Fellows, initiated fundraising for programs, wrote articles, in addition to planning IOP workshops, programs and conferences. Also here are other materials relating to Thornburgh's board of trustees positions and concurrently his association with his law firm, Kirkpatrick and Lockhart. Within this series are Ginny Thornburgh's files as Harvard's Coordinator of Programs for Persons with Disabilities. There are twelve sections of files: Speeches; Pre Directorship IOP research; News Releases; Harvard, John F. Kennedy School and IOP; Director's Files; Events; Schedules; Correspondence; Clippings and Articles; Boards and Memberships; Kirkpatrick and Lockhart; and Ginny Thornburgh at Harvard. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.