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Subseries 18. Departmental Weekly Reports

Scope and Content Notes:

Throughout his two terms, 1979-1987, Governor Thornburgh required weekly reports of his cabinet. These reports were to outline significant contacts, activities, issues, problems and accomplishments of each department. These eased considerably the task of coordination of departments and in furtherance of overall administration objectives. Underlying these administrative reports was Governor Thornburgh's determination that there be "no surprises." He did not want to be presented with unfamiliar news in the press or by someone he might meet up with, whether with good news or bad. This "system" effectively enabled the Governor and his principal aides to have full knowledge of departmental challenges and successes. Thornburgh's "red pen" trademark reflecting his consistent and persistent attention to detail is widely evident here. These files will provide the researcher with a valuable in depth and "behind the scenes" view of departmental actions, goals and achievements in a succinct and useful form.

The departments are arranged alphabetically and exist in three groups as follows:1979-1982, 1983-1986, and 1986-1987. The fourth group of files consists of responses to the Governor's questions for Dick Thornburgh's entire two terms. Here are the Governor's questions/comments on weekly reports sent to each department for response the following week. They are remarkable and clearly demonstrate how one can effectively both lead and monitor the issues and goals of an administration.

Section: 1979-1982


Box 440
Folder 1-5 Aging 1979-May, 1982

Box 441
Folder 1 Aging June-December, 1982
Folder 2-5 Agriculture 1979-June, 1981

Box 442
Folder 1-3 Agriculture July, 1981-December, 1982
Folder 4-5 Banking 1979-1980

Box 443
Folder 1-2 Banking 1981-1982
Folder 3-4 Budget and Administration 1980-1982

Box 444
Folder 1-4 Commerce 1979-1982
Folder 5-6 Community Affairs 1979-1980

Box 445
Folder 1-4 Community Affairs January, 1981-December, 1982
Folder 5 Economic Development Committee April, 27-May 20, 1982

Box 446
Folder 1-5 Education January, 1980-May, 1982
Folder 6 Education 1979

Box 447
Folder 1 Education June-December, 1982
Folder 2-3 Environmental Resources 1979-1982
Folder 4-5 General Services 1979-1981

Box 448
Folder 1 General Services 1981
Folder 2 Governor's Energy Council September, 1980-1981
Folder 3-4 Governor's Human Resources Committee of Cabinet 1981-1982
Folder 5-7 Health 1979-1980

Box 449
Folder 1 Health 1982
Folder 2 Insurance 1979-1982
Folder 3 Justice 1979-1980
Folder 4-6 Labor and Industry 1979-June, 1981

Box 450
Folder 1-3 Labor and Industry July-December, 1982
Folder 4 Lieutenant Governor 1979-1982

Box 451
Folder 1 Military Affairs 1979-1982
Folder 2 Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) 1981-1982
Folder 3 Public Welfare 1979-1982
Folder 4-5 Revenue 1979-1981

Box 452
Folder 1 Revenue 1982
Folder 2 State Police 1979-1982
Folder 3-6 State 1979-June, 1981

Box 453
Folder 1-3 State July, 1981-December, 1982
Folder 4 Transportation 1979

Box 454
Folder 1-5 Transportation January, 1980-June, 1982

Box 455
Folder 1-2 Transportation July, 1982-December, 1982
Folder 3-5 Washington Office 1980-1982

Section: 1983-1986


Box 456
Folder 1-4 Aging January 6, 1983-December 26, 1985

Box 457
Folder 1-5 Agriculture January 6, 1983-June 27, 1985

Box 458
Folder 1 Agriculture July 3, 1985-December 26, 1985
Folder 2-4 Banking January 6, 1983-December 26, 1985

Box 459
Folder 1-5 Commerce January 6, 1983-July 26, 1985

Box 460
Folder 1-3 Commerce August 1, 1985-August 28, 1986

Box 461
Folder 1-5 Community Affairs January 6, 1983-July 25, 1985

Box 462
Folder 1-2 Community Affairs July 31, 1985-July 31, 1986
Folder 3 Corrections June 13, 1985-December 26, 1985

Box 463
Folder 1-3 Education January 6, 1983-December 27, 1984

Box 464
Folder 1-4 Education January 3, 1985-December 26, 1985

Box 465
Folder 1 Education January 9, 1986-September 25, 1986
Folder 2 Energy Council January, 1983-December, 1986
Folder 3 Environmental Resources January 6, 1983-October 7, 1983

Box 466
Folder 1-4 Environmental Resources October 13, 1983-July 25, 1985

Box 467
Folder 1-2 Environmental Resources August 1, 1985-December 25, 1986
Folder 3 General Services January 6, 1983-December 29, 1983

Box 468
Folder 1-3 General Services January 5, 1984-January 2, 1986

Box 469
Folder 1-4 Health January 6, 1983-December 26, 1985
Folder 5 Human Resources Committee January, 1983-September 11, 1986

Box 470
Folder 1 Insurance January 6, 1983 - December 26, 1985
Folder 2-5 Labor and Industry December 30, 1982-December 27, 1984

Box 471
Folder 1-4 Labor and Industry January 24, 1986-April 2, 1986

Box 472
Folder 1 Military Affairs September 14, 1983-December 31, 1985
Folder 2 Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) 1983-1984
Folder 3 Department of Public Welfare July, 1984-December, 1985
Folder 4-5 Public Welfare March 21, 1983-September 18, 1985

Box 473
Folder 1-2 Public Welfare January 24, 1983-January 8, 1986
Folder 3-4 Revenue January 6, 1983-December 26, 1985

Box 474
Folder 1-3 State January 5, 1983-February 28, 1985

Box 475
Folder 1-2 State March 7, 1985-September 25, 1986
Folder 3 State Police January 6, 1983-December 26,1985
Folder 4 Transportation January 6, 1983-April 28, 1983

Box 476
Folder 1-4 Transportation May 5, 1983-December 27, 1984

Box 477
Folder 1-3 Transportation January 3, 1985-September 25, 1986

Section: 1986 -1987


Box 478
Folder 1 Aging January 2, 1986-January 8, 1987
Folder 2-3 Agriculture January 2, 1986-January 8, 1987
Folder 4 Banking January 2, 1986-January 8, 1987

Box 479
Folder 1 Commerce September 4, 1986-January 8, 1987
Folder 2 Corrections January 2, 1986-January 8, 1987
Folder 3 Community Affairs August 7, 1986-November 20, 1986

Box 480
Folder 1 Education September 26,1986-January 2, 1987
Folder 2 Environmental Resources March 13, 1986-December 23, 1986
Folder 3 General Services January 9, 1986-January 8, 1987
Folder 4 Health January 3, 1986-January 8, 1987
Folder 5 Insurance January 2, 1986-January 8, 1987

Box 481
Folder 1-2 Labor and Industry April 3, 1986-January 7,1987
Folder 3-4 Lt. Governor January 25, 1983-November 4, 1986
Folder 5 Military Affairs January 2, 1986-January 15, 1987

Box 482
Folder 1 Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) January 15, 1987
Folder 2-3 Public Welfare January 8, 1986-October 31, 1986
Folder 4 Revenue January 2, 1986-January 8, 1987
Folder 5 State Police January 2, 1986-January 8, 1987

Box 483
Folder 1 State October, 1986-January 8, 1987
Folder 2 Transportation October, 1986-January 15, 1987
Folder 3 Washington Office January, 1983-January 12, 1987

Section: Responses to Governor's Questions, 1979 - 1987

Folder 4 Aging February, 1979-September 30, 1986
Folder 5 Agriculture January 8, 1979-October 29, 1986
Folder 6 Banking February, 1979-July 1, 1986

Box 484
Folder 1 Commerce February, 1979-December, 1986
Folder 2 Community Affairs February, 1979-October 29, 1986
Folder 3 Corrections November, 1985-December, 1986
Folder 4 Education February, 1979-November, 1986
Folder 5 Environmental Resources February, 1979-October 29, 1986

Box 485
Folder 1-3 General Services February, 1979-December, 1986
Folder 4 Health February, 1979-September 30, 1986
Folder 5 Insurance February, 1979-December, 1986
Folder 6 Justice February, 1979-January, 1981
Folder 7 Labor and Industry February, 1979-December, 1986

Box 486
Folder 1 Military Affairs February, 1979-September 30, 1986
Folder 2 Public Welfare February, 1979-September 11, 1986
Folder 3 Revenue February, 1979-October 29, 1986
Folder 4 State Police February, 1979-August 20, 1986
Folder 5 State February, 1979-September 23, 1986

Box 487
Folder 1-2 Transportation February, 1979-November 17, 1986