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Subseries 9. Clippings and Articles

Scope and Content Notes:

This portion of files from Thornburgh's Directorship of IOP primarily includes news clippings and articles from June 1988-July 1989. There are also occasional reports and subjects such as: judicial reform, budget and the economy, Republicans, "people," and speeches by others.

These are divided into five sections as follows: First, "General Topics" arranged in alphabetical order, including national as well as Pennsylvania issues; Second, entitled "Thornburgh bashing." Although enjoying the challenges of his new position at Harvard, "Pennsylvania matters did not entirely escape my attention at this time. Governor Casey and his team were seeking to discredit our accomplishments and to focus more attention on their own agenda ... In June 1987, the [Casey] administration undertook a concerted effort, at taxpayers' expense, to document 'deficiencies' incurred during my tenure. Eventually, even the Philadelphia Inquirer took Governor Casey mildly to task. These and other negative reactions finally brought an end to the "Thornburgh bashing" ( Evidence, p .198). A goodly number of these articles are annotated by Thornburgh and/or his staff; Third, are "Political Topics" more national in scope including polls, fundraising, Democrats and Republicans, the 1988 Presidential campaign, and candidates such as Dukakis, Reagan, and Bush. Throughout his career Thornburgh followed national politics and issues and habitually kept such clippings; Fourth are the "Republican Rumbles," prepared and distributed by the Pennsylvania Republicans and which effectively covered the political scene in the Commonwealth from May, 1987-July, 1988; Fifth are "IOP articles and clippings" specifically relating to IOP's events and activities and the Director himself. They represent a good overview of the challenges and opportunities for Thornburgh during what unexpectedly was a very brief tenure in Boston.

Section: General Topics

Box 727
Folder 1 Abortion 1987-1988
Folder 2 Books 1987-1988
Folder 3 Budget and Economy 1987-1988
Folder 4 Good Government, Management, and Public Service 1987-1988
Folder 5 International Issues 1987-1988
Folder 6 Judicial Issues and Merit Selection 1987-1988
Folder 7 National Issues 1987-1988
Folder 8 Pennsylvania: annotated articles, clippings and reports, including chapter on Pennsylvania Economy from Osborne book “Economic Competitiveness: The States Take the Lead,” 1987-1988
Folder 9 People 1987-1988
Folder 10 Philadelphia Convention Center 1987-1988
Folder 11 Speeches by others 1987-1988

Section: Thornburgh bashing

Folder 12 Thornburgh bashing-articles June 8, 1987-September 16, 1987
Folder 13 Articles regarding Governor Casey 1988
Folder 14 Annotated articles regarding Thornburgh Administration Legacy and INC magazine article, July 1987 1987-1988
Folder 15 Pennsylvania Report 1987-1988
Folder 16 Articles about Governors Thornburgh and Casey 1987
Folder 17 Articles about Governors Thornburgh and Casey 1988

Section: Political Topics

Box 728
Folder 1 Republican State Committee of PA 1988
Folder 2 GOP PA Fundraising '88 Elections 1988
Folder 3 Reagan and the White House 1988
Folder 4 Republicans 1988
Folder 5 Democrats 1988
Folder 6 LA Times Poll pre Democratic Convention '88 1988
Folder 7 1988 Presidential Campaign 1988
Folder 8 Bush articles on background qualifications for presidency 1988
Folder 9 Dukakis articles about his Governorship and candidacy for president 1988
Folder 10 Republican Convention August, 1988

Section: Republican Rumbles

Folder 11-15 May-July, 1987

Box 729
Folder 1-5 August-October, 1987
Folder 6-7 March, 1988
Folder 8 April 5-15, 1988

Box 730
Folder 1 April 18-29, 1988
Folder 2-6 May-July, 1988

Section: IOP Articles and Clippings

Folder 7 January 15-May 28, 1987
Folder 8-14 June-December, 1987
Folder 15-23 1988
Folder 24 undated