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Subseries 21. Foreign Trips

Scope and Content Notes:

The Governor foreign trip files contain extensive material, 1979-1986. The trips were, for the most part, conducted as trade missions to encourage foreign investment in Pennsylvania. Other trips were goodwill missions sponsored by the National Governor's Association (NGA), for example.

The first trip abroad was to the Soviet Union, with a NGA delegation in November 1979. It was a result of that trip that the Governor and Ginny became "heavily involved with the Refusenik cause" ( Evidence, p. 168). In March 1980, Thornburgh traveled to the People's Republic of China (PRC) in an effort to open up new markets. The group also stopped in Tokyo where they visited with the Foreign Ministry, the Finance Ministry, and the Japan External Trade Organization. They journeyed to the Middle East in November 1980 under the auspices of the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia, the prime purpose of which was to "strengthen the already significant economic ties between Pennsylvania and Israel" ( Evidence, p. 172). They returned to China in December 1983, again under the auspices of the NGA, and stopped in Japan, this time to finalize commitments to help fund the TMI cleanup. Early in 1984, Thornburgh returned to Europe regarding English and German investments in Pennsylvania and promoting tourism. Another trip, said by Thornburgh to be "the most exciting journey that Ginny and I took during my service as governor" ( Evidence, p. 170), was to Africa in 1986, to participate in programs run by the United States Information Agency (USIA). The Governor lectured on management in government, and Ginny on disability work. USIA World subsequently referred to Thornburgh as "'public diplomat of the highest order'; it also commended Ginny's 'sincere interest and her deep feelings toward the people she met everywhere' and concluded that 'her favorable impact will not soon be forgotten'" ( Evidence, p. 171).

In his autobiography, Thornburgh concludes, regarding his trips abroad: "All this travel brought home the fact that, like it or not, neither Pennsylvania nor the United States can ignore the world around us. I hope we were able to communicate to our fellow Pennsylvanians the importance of engaging this challenge; all Americans must become active world citizens if we are to survive and prosper ourselves" ( Evidence, p.172).

Regarding the files, each trip has been separated into material from before, during, and after the trip. Folders are described as "pre-trip material" and "post-trip material." Any material collected during the trip itself is noted simply as "trip material." "Pre-trip material," for example, generally includes briefings, general background on a country or its industries (for possible foreign investment in Pennsylvania), correspondence, press releases and/or news wires, and news clippings. "Trip material" will contain itineraries, information on the trip delegation, notes of the Governor, memorabilia, and meetings. "Post-trip material" often includes thank you letters and other correspondence, follow-up newspaper articles, and sometimes the Governor's diary from the trip.

Photographs or photo albums that exist for some of the trips may be found in the separate photographs collection. In addition, some large books and other bulky memorabilia are stored separately from the rest of the collection.

Section: National Governors' Association (NGA) trip to the Soviet Union (USSR), November 24-December 3, 1979


Box 589
Folder 1 Pre-trip material: Governor's Briefing Binder November 24-December 3, 1979
Folder 2 Pre-trip material: background information on the Soviet Union November 24-December 3, 1979
Folder 3 Pre-trip material: news releases November 24-December 3, 1979
Folder 4 Pre-trip material: correspondence November 24-December 3, 1979
Folder 5 Pre-trip material: Eugene Vinogradoff's report on Soviet domestic politics in the 1980's November 24-December 3, 1979
Folder 6 Pre-trip material: William Kintner's Soviet Union trip reports from April 1972 and July-August 1979 November 24-December 3, 1979
Folder 7 Pre-trip material: Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) November 24-December 3, 1979
Folder 8 Pre-trip material: Soviet Jewry information November 24-December 3, 1979
Folder 9 Trip material: delegation members and trip itineraries November 24-December 3, 1979
Folder 10 Trip material: trip memorabilia November 24-December 3, 1979
Folder 11 Trip material: Governor's notes and trip diary November 24-December 3, 1979
Folder 12 Post-trip material: press briefing November 24-December 3, 1979
Folder 13 Post-trip material: correspondence November 24-December 3, 1979
Folder 14 Post-trip material: final report from the National Governors' Association (NGA) November 24-December 3, 1979

Section: Trade mission to Japan and China, March 3-17, 1980

Folder 15 Pre-trip material: Governor's Briefing Binder March 3-17, 1980
Folder 16-17 Pre-trip material: China background, information on trade history March 3-17, 1980

Box 590
Folder 1 Pre-trip material: Japan background, information on trade history March 3-17, 1980
Folder 2 Pre-trip material: brochures on Japanese industry and trade March 3-17, 1980
Folder 3 Pre-trip material: members of trade delegation information and correspondence March 3-17, 1980
Folder 4 Pre-trip material: VISA pictures and applications March 3-17, 1980
Folder 5 Pre-trip material: meetings and briefings March 3-17, 1980
Folder 6-7 Pre-trip material: correspondence March 3-17, 1980
Folder 8 Pre-trip material: background research from newspapers, magazines, and books March 3-17, 1980
Folder 9 Pre-trip material: news releases and news wires March 3-17, 1980
Folder 10 Trip material: trip itineraries March 3-17, 1980
Folder 11 Trip material: welcome folder and general information on Hong Kong March 3-17, 1980
Folder 12 Trip material: meetings March 3-17, 1980
Folder 13 Trip material: news releases and news wires March 3-17, 1980
Folder 14 Trip material: correspondence March 3-17, 1980
Folder 15 Trip material: trip memorabilia March 3-17, 1980
Folder 16 Trip material: Governor's notes and trip diary March 3-17, 1980
Folder 17 Post-trip material: press briefing March 3-17, 1980
Folder 18 Post-trip material: news releases and news wires March 3-17, 1980
Folder 19 Post-trip material: newspaper clippings March 3-17, 1980
Folder 20 Post-trip material: contacts for correspondence March 3-17, 1980
Folder 21 Post-trip material: correspondence March 3-17, 1980

Box 591
Folder 1 Post-trip material: trade meetings, summaries and remarks March 3-17, 1980
Folder 2 Post-trip material: invitations extended to Chinese to visit the United States March 3-17, 1980
Folder 3 Post-trip material: China Trade Mission article March 3-17, 1980
Folder 4 Post-trip material: reunion dinner, May 9, 1980 March 3-17, 1980

Section: Middle East trip, November 19-26, 1980

Folder 5 Pre-trip material: general background and information November 19-26, 1980
Folder 6 Pre-trip material: briefings and country information November 19-26, 1980
Folder 7 Pre-trip material: correspondence November 19-26, 1980
Folder 8 Pre-trip material: Soviet Union Refuseniks November 19-26, 1980
Folder 9 Trip material: delegation members and trip itineraries November 19-26, 1980
Folder 10 Trip material: news release November 19-26, 1980
Folder 11 Trip material: trip memorabilia November 19-26, 1980
Folder 12 Trip material: Governor's notes and memorabilia November 19-26, 1980
Folder 13 Trip material: visit to London, England, itinerary and trip information November 19-26, 1980
Folder 14 Post-trip material: general background and information November 19-26, 1980
Folder 15 Post-trip material: general background and information November 19-26, 1980
Folder 16 Post-trip material: correspondence November 19-26, 1980
Folder 17 Post-trip material: newspaper clippings November 19-26, 1980

Section: National Governors' Association (NGA) trip to Switzerland, October 3-9, 1981

Folder 18 Pre-trip material: Switzerland trip (cancelled), briefings, correspondence, meetings October 3-9, 1981

Section: National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and National Governors' Association (NGA) goodwill mission to China, December 3-18, 1983


Box 592
Folder 1 Pre-trip material: Governor briefing binder on U.S.-China relations December 3-18, 1983
Folder 2 Pre-trip material: briefing material and background information on China December 3-18, 1983
Folder 3 Pre-trip material: background material on trip's participating governors (NGA) December 3-18, 1983
Folder 4 Pre-trip material: correspondence December 3-18, 1983
Folder 5 Pre-trip material: background research from newspapers, magazines, and books December 3-18, 1983
Folder 6 Trip material: trip itineraries December 3-18, 1983
Folder 7 Trip material: Governor's notes and trip diary December 3-18, 1983
Folder 8 Trip material: guidebooks and memorabilia December 3-18, 1983
Folder 9 Post-trip material: newspaper and magazine clippings December 3-18, 1983
Folder 10 Post-trip material: correspondence and thank you notes December 3-18, 1983

Section: Trade mission to Germany and London, January 7-13, 1984

Folder 11 Pre-trip material: background and briefing information, including trade industry brochures January 7-13, 1984
Folder 12 Pre-trip material: trade interests and campaigns January 7-13, 1984
Folder 13 Pre-trip material: briefing and general background information January 7-13, 1984
Folder 14 Pre-trip material: news releases January 7-13, 1984
Folder 15 Pre-trip material: news wires January 7-13, 1984
Folder 16 Pre-trip material: newspaper clippings January 7-13, 1984
Folder 17 Pre-trip material: correspondence January 7-13, 1984
Folder 18 Trip material: itinerary and schedules, and Thornburgh's notes January 7-13, 1984
Folder 19 Trip material: newspaper clippings January 7-13, 1984
Folder 20 Post-trip material: correspondence January 7-13, 1984

Section: National Governors' Association (NGA) and Aspen Institute trip to Brussels, Germany and London, March 6-19, 1984


Box 593
Folder 1 Pre-trip material: Aspen Institute in Berlin March 6-19, 1984
Folder 2 Pre-trip material: Aspen Institute in Berlin: schedules, background and ephemera March 6-19, 1984
Folder 3 Trip material: Governor's notes March 6-19, 1984
Folder 4 Post-trip material: correspondence March 6-19, 1984

Section: National Governors' Association (NGA) and NATO trip to Belgium, June 8-16, 1985

Folder 5-6 Pre-trip material: Governor briefing and background information June 8-16, 1985
Folder 7 Trip material: itineraries June 8-16, 1985
Folder 8 Trip material: correspondence: finances June 8-16, 1985

Section: United States Information Agency (USIA) goodwill mission to Congo, Zaire, Kenya and Zimbabwe, July 19-August 4, 1986

Folder 9 Pre-trip material: Governor briefing binder and background information July 19-August 4, 1986

Box 594
Folder 1 Pre-trip material: talking points and speech information binder July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 2 Pre-trip material: information on the USIA and the American Participant Program July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 3 Pre-trip material: VISA applications July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 4 Pre-trip material: general briefing on countries July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 5 Pre-trip material: meetings, phone conversations, and special events July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 6 Pre-trip material: correspondence and memos regarding trip July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 7-8 Pre-trip material: background research from newspapers, magazines, and books July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 9 Pre-trip material: Charles L. Blockson's Afro-American Collection (Temple University) July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 10 Pre-trip material: Governor's notes on countries July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 11 Trip material: trip itinerary July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 12 Trip material: welcome folder and information on Zaire July 19-August 4, 1986

Box 595
Folder 1 Trip material: Governor's trip diary July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 2 Trip material: Kinsasha, Zaire: photo album and scrapbook July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 3 Trip material: welcome folder and information on Congo July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 4 Trip material: welcome folder and information on Kenya July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 5 Trip material: welcome folder and information on Zimbabwe July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 6 Trip material: Africa guidebooks and memorabilia July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 7 Trip material: USIA newswire stories July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 8 Post-trip material: news releases July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 9 Post-trip material: background research from newspapers, magazines, and books July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 10 Post-trip material: drafts of thank you letters July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 11 Post-trip material: correspondence July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 12 Post-trip material: visits from Zimbabwe officials July 19-August 4, 1986
Folder 13 Post-trip material: visits from Congo officials July 19-August 4, 1986

Section: Memorabilia and ephemera collected from all trips


Box 596
Folder 1 Russia (1979), China and Japan (1980) 1979, 1980

Box 597
Folder 1 Israel (1980), China (1983), Berlin (1984) 1980, 1983, 1984

Box 598
Folder 1 Germany 1984

Box 599
Folder 1 Africa 1986