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Subseries 12. Ginny Thornburgh, Coordinator of Programs for Persons with Disabilities at Harvard University, 1987-1988

Scope and Content Notes:

While her husband, Dick Thornburgh, was serving as Director of the Institute of Politics, Ginny Thornburgh worked at Harvard University as the first disability coordinator, with the official title "Coordinator of Programs for People with Disabilities." She extended her long-standing personal commitment to disabled persons to a professional job, as an advocate for all disabled (physical, mental, or sensory) students, staff and faculty at the university.

While there, she oversaw and edited the university's first guide to services for persons with disabilities, "Resources for Persons with Disabilities," in 1989. This guide is available here online.

Researchers should be aware that the "Ginny Thornburgh at Harvard University" files are related to the IOP files only in that they were produced in the same time period. The same is true with Dick Thornburgh's "Boards and Memberships" and "K & L" files. Because the time at IOP spans only a year, it is convenient to group these separate yet simultaneously produced materials together.

Folder 19 Bio, articles and memoranda announcing appointment and about her work February-May, 1988
Folder 20 "Resources for Persons with Disabilities," Ginny Thornburgh and Sunny Macmillan, editors, published by Harvard University 1989