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Title: Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series XI. Governor of Pennsylvania
Collection Number: AIS.1998.30.11
Creator: Thornburgh, Dick

Collection Dates: 1979-1987
Extent: 691.25 linear feet

Language: English

Dick Thornburgh's eight years as Governor of Pennsylvania include the handling of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident only seventy-one days after Thornburgh's inauguration on January 16, 1979. Other topics of interest: eight years of budgets holding spending increases to less than the rate of inflation, new code of conduct for state officials, welfare reform, anti-crime legislation and mandatory sentencing, economic and job growth, Ben Franklin Partnership, reduction of the state's bureaucracy, improving state's educational system, and cutting personal and business taxes. "Weekly Reports" by the cabinet to the Governor provide insight to departmental goals and accomplishments. The successful tourism campaign, "You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania," is included in files and in audio visual items. Thornburgh's fellow Governors elected him to the Executive Committee of the National Governors' Association and to chair the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) and the Republican Governors Association (RGA). President Reagan appointed Governor Thornburgh to the Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR). Of particular note regarding all issues are the extensive files from the Office of Policy Development (OPD). The Governor files are divided into twenty-six sections, as follows, each with informative introductory notes: Speeches; News Releases; Transcripts; Executive Orders; Administrative Achievements; Office of Budget and Administration; Three Mile Island (TMI); Office of Policy Development TMI; Office of Policy Development, Plosila; Office of Policy Development, Miller; Office of Policy Development Analysts Reports; Press Secretary; General Counsel; Governor, Staff and Ginny Thornburgh (VJT); Committees and Commissions; National Governor Organizations (NGA, CONEG, and RGA); Appointive Positions (EXIM Bank, and ACIR); Departmental Weekly Reports; Scheduling; Events; Foreign Trips; County Books; Correspondence; News Clippings; Transition '87; and Reports. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.