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Series X. Office of the Governor, 1979-1986

Scope and Content Notes:

Newly elected Governor Thornburgh immediately began forming his all-important staff. First on the list was the appointment of Jay C. Waldman as Executive Assistant to the Governor. Waldman and Thornburgh had by then a mutual well-established respect and admiration for one another. Waldman had not only been with Thornburgh in various positions since 1970, but also had master minded the campaign for Governor with all the meticulous attention to the needs and problems in Pennsylvania. Thus Waldman was considered early as the key strategist and tactician to accomplish the administration's goals. It was Waldman who would, as Thornburgh states in his autobiography "conduct a political assessment, determining whether the policy was consistent with our overall philosophy and campaign themes, how key supporters or interest groups were likely to react (and whether that mattered) and how the policy fit into the long-term big picture." Waldman had expanded legal responsibilities after his appointment by Thornburgh in January 1981 to the newly created position of General Counsel (OGC) to the Governor. In that role Waldman not only assured the Governor and others in the executive branch of legal counsel to protect their interests, but also served to bring an independent perspective in reviewing the numerous cases that involved the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. There is one video of Reagan campaign ads done by Thornburgh housed separately in media storage. This series is further divided into five subseries: Waldman Governor's Office Files, Governor's Office Legal, Dick Thornburgh Files, Thornburgh Administration, and Political.

Subseries 1. Waldman Governor’s Office Files, 1963-1985

Scope and Content Notes:

These files are both when Waldman (JCW) served as Executive Assistant to the Governor in 1981 and following as General Counsel. This subseries represents his specific leadership, including overall accomplishments as compared with legal cases and political matters that follow in subsequent subseries. They were better identified with Waldman’s own labeling. Of particular value are folders relating to the organization of the Governor’s Office in the early administration, two major folders of accomplishments, and the Waldman correspondence. The correspondence files contain occasional memoranda and drafts of letters. The Waldman’s Governor’s Office Files date from 1963 to 1985.


Box 17
Folder 1 Memo, Cabinet meetings, February–April 1979
Folder 2 Memo, Organization & Operation of Governor’s Office, June 1, 1979
Folder 3 Memo, Executive Services Detail, September 21, 1979
Folder 4 JCW and Roberta Waldman Employment Certificates, March 1980
Folder 5 First year department updates, Aging, undated
Folder 6 First year department updates, Agriculture, December 3, 1979
Folder 7 First year department updates, Banking, October 1, 1979
Folder 8 First year department updates, Community Affairs, August 1979
Folder 9 First year department updates, Environmental Resources, undated
Folder 10 First year department updates, General Services, October 9, 1979
Folder 11 First year department updates, Insurance, March 4, 1980
Folder 12 First year department updates, Military Affairs, January-October 1979
Folder 13 First year department updates, PennDOT, October, November 1979
Folder 14 First year department updates, PA State Police, October 11, 1979
Folder 15 First year department updates, State, December 14, 1979
Folder 16 OGC, Staff/salaries, 1980-1984
Folder 17 OGC, Bond counsel, 1975-1983
Folder 18 OGC, Budget information, 1979-1984
Folder 19 OGC, DOH registrars’ case (McMullen v Thornburgh), 1979-1983
Folder 20 OGC, Contract/Regulations, 1983
Folder 21 OGC, Pittsburgh Convention Center, 1982-1985
Folder 22 OGC, Law, undated
Folder 23 OGC, Department activities, 1981-1983
Folder 24 OGC, Department activities, 1981-1983
Folder 25 OGC, Executive mansion, 1982
Folder 26 OGC, AT&T, 1982
Folder 27 OGC, Transfer agent monies, 1963-1981
Folder 28 OGC, General obligation bonds, 1970-1983
Folder 29 OGC, PA Housing Finance Agency, 1981-1982
Folder 30 OGC, PA Industrial Development Authority, 1970-1983
Folder 31 OGC, Public School Building Authority, September 13, 1982
Folder 32 OGC, Cohen opposition, February 2, 1983
Folder 33 OGC, Second Annual Report, Part I, 1984 achievements, March 4, 1985
Folder 34 OGC, Second Annual Report, Part II, ‘84 accomplishments, January 3, 1985
Folder 35 Correspondence from JCW, 1979
Folder 36 Correspondence to/ from JCW, 1980
Folder 37 Correspondence from JCW, 1981
Folder 38 Correspondence from JCW, 1982
Folder 39 Correspondence from JCW, 1983
Folder 40 Correspondence from JCW, 1984
Folder 41 Correspondence to/from JCW, 1985
Folder 42 Personal, correspondence to, 1978-1985
Folder 43 Personal, Roberta Waldman, 1979-1985
Folder 44 Personal, Quotes, undated
Folder 45 Personal, JCW news clippings, 1979-1986
Folder 46 Personal, Thornburgh’s letter appointing JCW General Counsel, January 21, 1981
Folder 47 New Release announcing JCW leaving administration, April 3, 1985

Subseries 2. Governor’s Office Legal, 1980-1986

Scope and Content Notes:

The files are grouped in Waldman’s original order and with his identifying labels. Waldman’s notes and many actual cases in multiple formats and accompanying court documentation are also included. Some are more “political” in nature, while others are more issue related. At the end of this subseries there are extensive files about a case to U.S. Court of Appeals, and a subsequent Supreme Court case argued on behalf of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Waldman and others. Case name: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, et al, Petitioners, v. Delaware Valley Citizens’ Council for Clean Air, et al, Respondents. It is abbreviated in folder titles: PA v Del. These materials date from 1980 to 1986.


Box 18
Folder 1 O’Pake / Fumo, 1980, 1985
Folder 2 Cigna, 1983-1986
Folder 3 State Health Facility, 1984-1985
Folder 4 Mid-Atlantic Legal Foundation, 1983-1985
Folder 5 H. Craig Lewis, Legal Fees, 1981-1984
Folder 6 Camiel v. Thornburgh & Larson, 1984
Folder 7 Camiel v. Thornburgh, 1984-1985
Folder 8 Office General Counsel / Office Attorney General, 1981-1986
Folder 9 Turnpike Commission, 1984-1985
Folder 10 Hixon v. Bartle, 1980-1983
Folder 11 Hixon v. Bartle, 1980-1983
Folder 12 Hixon v. Bartle, 1980-1983
Folder 13 Price v. Cohen, 1983
Folder 14 Price v. Cohen, 1983
Folder 15 PSEA v. Thornburgh and Critchlow, 1982
Folder 16 PSEA v. Thornburgh and Critchlow, 1982
Folder 17 Zemprelli v. Cohen, 1983
Folder 18 Governor v. McMullan, October 1981
Folder 19 Supreme Court “Patronage” opinion, March 1980
Folder 20 CAT Fund counsel expenses and billings, 1985
Folder 21 1984 salaried counsel fees report, April 3, 1985
Folder 22 Senate Appropriations Committee, 1984 counsel report, April 3, 1985
Folder 23 1985 outside counsel fees report, January 24, 1986
Folder 24 Report, 1985 outside counsel to Delaware River Port Authority, January 2, 1986
Folder 25 Report, Oct – Dec 1985 outside counsel for DRPA and PATCO, February 19, 1986
Folder 26 PAvDel, Legal Services Funding, undated
Folder 27 PAvDel, JCW notes, undated, 1986
Folder 28 PAvDel, Historical survey attorney’s fee awards, 1981
Folder 29 PAvDel, Case news clippings, March 1986

Box 19
Folder 1 PA v Del, Brief drafts of Petitioners, to US Court of Appeals, 1985
Folder 2 PA v Del, Petitioners Petition to US Court of Appeals, 1985
Folder 3 PA v Del, Petitioners Brief to Supreme Court, 1985-1986
Folder 4 PA v Del, Amicus Curiae Petitioners, 1985-1986
Folder 5 PA v Del, Petitioners reply and supplemental briefs, 1985-1986
Folder 6 PA v Del, Respondents brief and supplemental appendix, 1985-1986
Folder 7 PA v Del, Respondents Amicus Curiae, 1985-1986
Folder 8 PA v Del, USA Brief, 1985-1986
Folder 9 PA v Del, Guide for counsel presenting to Supreme Court, June 1985
Folder 10 PA v Del, Official Supreme Court transcript, March 3, 1986
Folder 11 PA v Del, Supreme Court case syllabus, decided, July 2, 1986
Folder 12 PA v Del, Respondent Amicus Curiae, September 1986

Subseries 3. Dick Thornburgh Files, 1979-1986

Scope and Content Notes:

These files specifically relate to Thornburgh and associated political matters that Waldman, as the Governor’s closest advisor and counselor, kept very careful track of. There are also some Governor’s speeches and testimony, press kit, and PA informational booklets and publications. The files in this subseries date from 1979 to 1986.

Folder 13 Executive orders of Shapp and Thornburgh (incomplete), 1971-1983
Folder 14 Governor messages (Selected), 1981-1986
Folder 15 Testimony, 1979
Folder 16 Political RLT, including September 1985 poll, 1982-1985
Folder 17 Correspondence, 1979-1986
Folder 18 Correspondence, MacLeod final report, October 1979
Folder 19 Governor mailings, 1979-1985
Folder 20 Speeches, 1979
Folder 21 Speeches, 1980
Folder 22 Speeches, 1982
Folder 23 Speeches, 1983
Folder 24 Speeches, 1984
Folder 25 Speeches, 1985
Folder 26 Speeches, 1986
Folder 27 China – Japan Trade Mission, 1980
Folder 28 HB 962, Elected Attorney General, bill signing certificate, October 15, 1980
Folder 29 Press Kit, You’ve Got a Friend In PA, March 25, 1980
Folder 30 Press Kit, Policy and Budget updates, March 1980
Folder 31 Pennsylvania Booklet, Business Has a Friend in PA, 1984

Subseries 4. Thornburgh Administration, 1973-1986

Scope and Content Notes:

Thornburgh Administration files relate to issues including Three Mile Island (TMI), achievements of the administration, extensive monitoring of issues and achievements by Marketing Opinion Research (MOR), and news clippings about issues and the administration. Again, these files relate to other similar material in the Dick Thornburgh Papers. These materials date 1973 to 1986.


Box 20
Folder 1 Issue, Graterford, Bureau of Correction, 1983
Folder 2 Issue, Graterford, Civil rights, 1983-1984
Folder 3 Issue, Graterford, correspondence, 1983
Folder 4 Issue, Graterford, U.S.A. v. Hawaii, 1983
Folder 5 Issue, Graterford, CRIPA, 1983
Folder 6 Issue, Graterford, JCW notes, 1983
Folder 7 Issue, Graterford, news clips, November 1983
Folder 8 Issue, Abortion, Roe v. Wade, December 1973
Folder 9 Issue, Abortion, Pro-Life Package, July 1981
Folder 10 Issue, Abortion, Senate Bill 742, December 1981
Folder 11 Issue, Abortion, Senate Bill 439, June 1982
Folder 12 Issue, Budget, General Fund Summary, 1979-1982
Folder 13 Issue, Budget, Moody’s Presentation by PA, September 13, 1984
Folder 14 Issue, Budget, Legislative Budget & Finance Report, January 1986
Folder 15 Issue, Collective Bargaining by Commonwealth Attorneys, 1981
Folder 16 Issue, Crime Commission, Report, 1984
Folder 17 Issue, Ethics Commission, 1981
Folder 18 Issue, Ethics Commission, Dechert firm appointment, 1981
Folder 19 Issue, Ethics Commission, 1982
Folder 20 Issue, Ethics Commission, 1983
Folder 21 Issue, Economic Development, 1983-1986
Folder 22 Issue, Liquor Control Board (LCB), October 1979
Folder 23 Issue, Merit Selection of Judges, 1983-1984
Folder 24 Issue, Merit Selection of Judges, 1980-1984
Folder 25 Issue, Merit Selection of Judges Report, September 1983
Folder 26 Issue, PA Abstract, 1985
Folder 27 Issue, Philadelphia Convention Center, 1985-1986
Folder 28 Issue, Saturn, February 19, 1985
Folder 29 Issue, Saturn Presentation, Vol. I, February 1985
Folder 30 Issue, Saturn Presentation, Vol. II, February 1985
Folder 31 Issue, Saturn Presentation, Vol. III, February 1985

Box 21
Folder 1 Issue, TMI, March 28–April 1, 1979
Folder 2 Issue, TMI, April 2-April 4, 1979
Folder 3 Issue TMI, April 2-April 3, 1979
Folder 4 Issue, TMI, April 4-April 6, 1979
Folder 5 Issue, TMI, April 5-April 7, 1979
Folder 6 Issue, TMI, April 9-April 12, 1979
Folder 7 Issue, TMI, April 13-April 20, 1979
Folder 8 Issue, TMI, April 23-April 30, 1979
Folder 9 Issue, TMI, May 1979
Folder 10 Issue, TMI, NRC Licensing Met Ed, April 1977
Folder 11 Issue, TMI, Unused Emergency Proclamation, April 1979
Folder 12 Issue, TMI, undated, April 1979
Folder 13 Issue, TMI, Department of Health, April 1979-April 1980
Folder 14 Issue, TMI, Cleanup Plan, July 1981
Folder 15 Achievements, January 14, 1981
Folder 16 Achievements Books Content Lists, April 28, 1981
Folder 17 Achievements Vol I (Aging-Economic Development)
Folder 18 Achievements Vol I (Education-Environment)
Folder 19 Achievements Vol I (Exec Management-Fiscal Affairs/Taxation)
Folder 20 Achievements Vol II (Health-Local Government)
Folder 21 Achievements Vol II (MH/MR-Regulation)
Folder 22 Achievements Vol II (Transportation-Misc)
Folder 23 Achievements Vol III (SW PA)
Folder 24 Achievements Vol III (NE PA)
Folder 25 Achievements Vol III (Erie, PA)
Folder 26 Achievements Vol III (Adams-Cumberland)
Folder 27 Achievements Vol III (Dauphin-Mercer)
Folder 28 Achievements Vol III (Monroe-York)
Folder 29 Achievements Updated Contents List, August, 1982)
Folder 30 Achievements updated (Integrity in Government - Transportation)
Folder 31 Achievements updated (Crime-Women)
Folder 32 Achievements updated (Blacks-Local Gov)

Subseries 5. Political, 1979-1986

Scope and Content Notes:

Waldman, as part of his role as advisor to Governor Thornburgh, carefully monitored and kept track of Pennsylvania politics, national GOP and other campaigns, and electoral matters. This would be common for advisors to persons holding elected positions. There is considerable information from market opinion research (MOR) prepared for the Governor Thornburgh Committee (GTC) and other from consulting organization: “Decision Making Information.” Additionally, there are political news clippings about Thornburgh and other political figures as well as some miscellaneous political articles, correspondence, and election results. This material dates from 1979 to 1986.


Box 22
Folder 1 MOR Philadelphia Summary Tables, April 1979
Folder 2 MOR Philadelphia Marston Mayoral, August 1979
Folder 3 MOR Statewide Data for GOP, October 1979
Folder 4 MOR Statewide Analysis for GOP, October 1979
Folder 5 MOR Statewide Data for GOP, July 1980
Folder 6 MOR Pennsylvania Tables, July 1980
Folder 7 MOR Statewide Analysis for GTC, July 1981
Folder 8 MOR Statewide Data for GTC, July 1981
Folder 9 MOR Miscellaneous Data for GTC, July 1981
Folder 10 MOR Statewide Summary Tables for GTC, September 1982
Folder 11 MOR Statewide Analysis for GTC, December 1983
Folder 12 MOR Statewide Data for GTC, December 1983
Folder 13 MOR Statewide Data for GTC, December 1983
Folder 14 MOR Statewide Data for GTC, January 1984
Folder 15 MOR Selected Statewide Data for GTC, May 1984
Folder 16 MOR Selected New York Tables, February 1985
Folder 17 Thornburgh news clips, 1979-1980
Folder 18 Thornburgh news clips, 1981-1982
Folder 19 Thornburgh news clips, 1983-1984
Folder 20 Thornburgh news clips, 1985-1986
Folder 21 News clippings: staff

Box 23
Folder 1 Political booklets, maps, undated
Folder 2 Miscellaneous correspondence, news clips, 1979-1986
Folder 3 Miscellaneous, Scranton-Casey campaign, 1985-1986
Folder 4 Memo, Judicial Nominations, 1980
Folder 5 Waldman Op-Ed Column re LCB, June 1981
Folder 6 Draft, Appellate Court Campaign, 1981
Folder 7 President Reagan Accomplishments, January 1984
Folder 8 Reagan-Bush Campaign, 1980
Folder 9 Memo, PA Voter Registration, 1980
Folder 10 GOP National Committee and RGA, 1978-1986
Folder 11 PA Republican State Committee, 1980
Folder 12 PA Republican State Committee, 1968-1978
Folder 13 Lists, 1984-1986
Folder 14 Lists, 1979-1983
Folder 15 PA Election Returns, 1979-1986
Folder 16 GTC, 1979
Folder 17 GTC, 1980
Folder 18 GTC, 1981
Folder 19 GTC, 1982
Folder 20 GTC, 1983
Folder 21 GTC, 1984
Folder 22 GTC, 1985
Folder 23 GTC donor lists, 1981, 1984
Folder 24 GTC donor lists, undated
Folder 25 Heinz campaign, 1982

Box 24
Folder 1 Volume, 32nd Republican National Convention, Detroit, 1980
Folder 2 Volume, Decision Making Information, PA Tabulations for GTC, October 1, 1985
Folder 3 Volume, Decision Making Information, PA Statewide Republicans, September 1986
Folder 4 Decision Making Information, PA cross-tabulations for GTC, October 1985