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Collection Inventory

Series I. Office of the United States Attorney, Western Pennsylvania, 1965-1975

Scope and Content Notes:

In June 1970, the office of Dick Thornburgh, who was then serving as United States Attorney for Western Pennsylvania, was allocated funds for four additional Assistant United States Attorneys. One of those subsequently hired was Jay C. Waldman. Unbeknownst at that time to either Thornburgh or Waldman, the latter was to serve a major role in Thornburgh’s ongoing public career. Waldman continued in the U.S. Attorney’s office until 1975 when he moved to Washington D.C., joining Thornburgh who had been named Deputy Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. The files are presented in the following five subseries: Pre-Appointment, Waldman Assistant U.S. Attorney Files, United States Attorney’s Office Files, Waldman Case Files, and Reference Notes. The materials in this series date from 1965 to 1975.

Subseries 1. Pre-Appointment, 1965-1971

Scope and Content Notes:

These files precede Waldman’s years in the United States Attorney’s office. The materials in this subseries consist of records from Waldman’s law school years at University of Pennsylvania, a folder of decisions by Judge Gwilym A. Price, for whom Waldman clerked, and some other case notes and references from brief employment at Rose, Schmidt and Dixon, a Pittsburgh law firm. The materials date from 1965 to 1971.


Box 1
Folder 1 Law School, Taxation, 1967-1968
Folder 2 Law School, Labor Law, 1965
Folder 3 Law School, Labor Law, 1966-1967
Folder 4 Law School, Cases and class bios, 1966, 1984
Folder 5 Judge Price Decisions, January-June 1970
Folder 6 Pittsburgh Court of Common Pleas Civil Division Cases, 1967-1970
Folder 7 Memos, Rose Schmidt & Dixon, Aircraft, 1968
Folder 8 Memos, Rose Schmidt & Dixon, Westinghouse, 1970-1971

Subseries 2. Waldman Assistant U.S. Attorney Files, 1970-1975

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries documents Waldman’s years as Assistant U.S. Attorney. His specific case files are contained in Subseries 4. Waldman Case Files. The subjects of the material include an early biography, a commendation, bar admissions research, correspondence to and from, memos to and from, memos to Blair A. Griffith enumerating case updates in 1975, ephemera, and Pittsburgh Mayoral Campaign 1972. The materials in this subseries date from 1970 to June 1975.

Folder 9 JCW Bio and personal, 1970-1975
Folder 10 Research re admission to bar, August 1970
Folder 11 Memos to JCW, 1971-1975
Folder 12 Memos from JCW, 1973-1974
Folder 13 Memos to Blair Griffith, 1975
Folder 14 AG Levi Outstanding Performance Award, 1975
Folder 15 Pittsburgh Mayoral election, polling and memos re Thornburgh for Mayor, 1972
Folder 16 Committee for election of Thornburgh for Mayor, 1972
Folder 17 Tabor for Mayor, brochures, ephemera, endorsement, 1972
Folder 18 Tabor Neighborhood Research Program, 1972
Folder 19 Tabor for Mayor, mailings, 1972
Folder 20 Tabor lists, donors, mailings, 1972

Subseries 3. U.S. Attorney Office Files, 1970-1975

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains general files pertaining to the office of the U.S. Attorney, such as news releases, news clips, accomplishments of the office, miscellaneous correspondence, and cases by other office attorneys. The files date from 1970 to June 1975.

Folder 21 News Releases, 1973-1975
Folder 22 News clips and accomplishments, 1969-1975
Folder 23 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1973-1975
Folder 24 USA office cases, not JCW, 1971-1974

Subseries 4. Waldman Case Files, 1970-1975

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries pertains specifically to cases Waldman identified and are grouped as Civil, Criminal, Appeals, Orphans Court, or Obscenity. Printed Court Cases are grouped together by year. In some files there are briefs, many include Waldman’s handwritten notes as well as other relevant case and legal information. Where notes and legal materials were not obviously associated with a specific case, see Subseries 5. Miscellaneous Notes. The obscenity material is extensive and relates to several cases. The material is broken up into multiple files but collectively in Waldman’s original order. The materials date from 1970 to June 1975.

Folder 25 Cases, 1970
Folder 26 Cases, 1971
Folder 27 Cases, 1972
Folder 28 Cases, 1973
Folder 29 Cases, 1974

Box 2
Folder 1 Case Civil, Ponderendolph, 1971
Folder 2 Case Civil, Quinones, 1972
Folder 3 Case Civil, Mickelic, 1973
Folder 4 Case Civil, Briefs, 1971-1973
Folder 5 Case Criminal, Hobbs material, and Mazzei, 1974
Folder 6 Case Criminal, Olen, laws re, 1973-1974
Folder 7 Case Criminal, Olen, 1973-1974
Folder 8 Case Criminal, Olen, 1975
Folder 9 Case Criminal, Faix documents, 1970-1973
Folder 10 Case Criminal, Faix with appeal, 1973-1974
Folder 11 Case Criminal, Fiore, 1973
Folder 12 Cases Criminal, Notes and Documents, 1971-1972
Folder 13 Cases Criminal, Notes and Documents, 1970-1973
Folder 14 Cases Criminal, Notes and Documents, 1970-1973
Folder 15 Cases Appeal, Harris, 1972-1973
Folder 16 Cases Appeal, Harris, 1972-1973
Folder 17 Cases Appeal, miscellaneous, 1972-1973
Folder 18 Case Orphans Court, Lizenkon, 1972-1973
Folder 19 Cases, Miscellaneous Notes, 1973-1974
Folder 20 Obscenity, Cases, Notes, and References, 1972-1973
Folder 21 Obscenity, Cases, Notes, and References, 1972-1973
Folder 22 Obscenity, Cases, Notes, and References, 1971-1973
Folder 23 Obscenity, Cases, other states, 1971-1973

Subseries 5. Reference Notes, 1970-1975

Scope and Content Notes:

The material in this subseries mainly consists of miscellaneous notes and documents. Waldman’s handwritten notes and reference files relate to multiple subjects, but were not labeled or kept with a particular case. However, these files do relate to several of the cases in Series 1. Office United States Attorney, Western Pennsylvania. The material in this subseries dates from 1970 to 1975.

Folder 24 JCW handwritten notes on cases, 1970-1975
Folder 25 Reference documents, 1970-1975
Folder 26 Reference documents, 1975

Series II. Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice, 1975-1977

Scope and Content Notes:

Waldman moved with Thornburgh to Washington in 1975 when Thornburgh was named Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division. Waldman began as Special Assistant to Thornburgh and was promoted to Deputy Assistant Attorney General with responsibility for overseeing organized crime, official corruption, and narcotics matters within the department and the U.S. Attorneys’ offices. Waldman briefly continued in this position after March 1977 when Thornburgh returned to Pennsylvania. He then resigned on July 15th after working for those few months under Pete Flaherty, who was Thornburgh successor at the Department of Justice as Deputy Attorney General. The material in this series includes memos, correspondence, organization charts, case research, speeches, and departmental issues. This series is further subdivided into five subseries: Waldman/Thornburgh Files, Departmental Reorganization, Strike Forces, Cases/Issues, and Department Files. The dates here are from 1974 to 1977. Additional relevant research files can be found in the Dick Thornburgh Papers housed at the Archives Service Center.

Subseries 1. Waldman/Thornburgh Files, 1975-1977

Scope and Content Notes:

The memoranda contained in this subseries served as the principal method of communication within the division regarding department personnel, cases, and legal investigations. Both correspondence and memos to and from Waldman (JCW), Thornburgh (RLT), and others contain much substantive information about cases as well as other departmental matters of note. There is also correspondence from Waldman and Thornburgh containing miscellaneous speeches and articles by and about Thornburgh. Additionally, Thornburgh’s appointment as Deputy Attorney General and his resignation from the department are included in this subseries. The materials in this subseries date from 1975 to 1977.


Box 3
Folder 1 JCW Appointments and bios, 1975-1977
Folder 2 JCW Memos from, 1975-1976
Folder 3 JCW Correspondence from, 1975-1977
Folder 4 JCW Correspondence to, 1976-1977
Folder 5 JCW Reading File, 1975-1977
Folder 6 JCW Speeches/Testimony, 1976-1977
Folder 7 RLT Schweiker comment re DT appointment, 1975
Folder 8 RLT Memos to, 1975-1976
Folder 9 RLT Memos from, 1975-1977
Folder 10 RLT Correspondence from, 1975-1977
Folder 11 RLT Speeches, 1975-1976
Folder 12 RLT Articles by, 1976
Folder 13 RLT Appointed Deputy Attorney General, February 8, 1977
Folder 14 RLT Resignation correspondence to AG Bell, and President Carter, March 1977

Subseries 2. Departmental Reorganization, 1975-1977

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries pertains to the time when Thornburgh assigned Waldman and Seif, his two principal aides, to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the division’s management structure at the very outset of their arrival in Washington in 1975. This ultimately resulted in wide-spread and often especially difficult personnel changes, including the replacement or reassignment of most deputies and section chiefs. Additionally, a Public Integrity Section was created, which was a major contribution to accomplishments of the tenure of Thornburgh and Waldman. Related research, correspondence, drafts and comprehensive reports in this subseries enumerate the complexities associated with this reorganization and include the final report to Attorney General Griffin Bell. The material in this subseries dates from 1975 to 1977.

Folder 15 JCW handwritten notes, personnel and organization, 1975-1976
Folder 16 JCW handwritten organization chart, 1975
Folder 17 Memoranda, May 1975
Folder 18 Scarlata memoranda and notes, May 1975
Folder 19 Scarlata memoranda with RLT annotations, May 1975
Folder 20 Memoranda and draft briefings, July-October 1975
Folder 21 Review of Criminal Division, November 1975
Folder 22 Memorandum, December 5, 1975
Folder 23 Memorandum, December 16, 1975
Folder 24 Memoranda, February 1976
Folder 25 Draft Criminal Division report and recommendations to Attny General, September 1976
Folder 26 Draft report and recommendations, September 1976
Folder 27 Final Report and Recommendations to Attny Gen, September 10, 1976
Folder 28 Draft memorandum to Attny General Bell, January 17, 1977
Folder 29 Memorandum to Attny General Bell, The Criminal Division, January 28, 1977

Subseries 3. Strike Forces, 1976-1977

Scope and Content Notes:

Material in this subseries directly relates to the organized crime “Strike Forces.” Waldman had experience with the Strike Forces and related controversies from his years with Thornburgh in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh. There was pressure in the Criminal Division to integrate them into the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, with Waldman in charge of organized crime and related issues. The future of the “Strike Forces” was only decided in the fall of 1976. What ensued was an office-by-office appraisal of the various strike forces which is well documented in this material. Some strike forces were disbanded, others “folded in” to U.S. Attorneys’ offices, and some kept in operation but under much stricter guidelines which are enumerated in a December 1976 report. The materials date from 1976 to 1977.

Folder 30 Guidelines, August-September 1976
Folder 31 Guidelines, October-November 1976
Folder 32 Guidelines, December 1976
Folder 33 Organized Crime Program, December 1976
Folder 34 Correspondence and reports, January-March 1977
Folder 35 Evaluations, May-August 1976

Box 4
Folder 1 Evaluations, New York, Connolly Issue, 1976
Folder 2 Evaluations, New York, Connolly Issue, 1976
Folder 3 Evaluations, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, 1976
Folder 4 Evaluations, Newark, Detroit, 1976
Folder 5 Evaluations, New Orleans, St. Louis, 1976

Subseries 4. Cases/Issues, 1975-1977

Scope and Content Notes:

These files specifically relate to cases handled by the Criminal Division. Although it is not certain whether or not Waldman was specifically in charge of these, he was involved with the research and outcomes. Several files are on issues involving personnel matters intertwined with cases that were vexing and serious; “Curren” is one example of a case that goes into considerable detail. The materials in this subseries date from 1975 to 1977.

Folder 06-12 Tax Reform Act of 1976 (HB 10612) Revision, 1976-1977
Folder 13 IRS/DOJ guidelines and jurisdiction, 1975-1977
Folder 14 S495, Watergate Reorganization and Reform of 1976, 1976
Folder 15 S495, DT folder with annotations, 1976
Folder 16 Watergate, President Form and Dean Allegations, 1976
Folder 17 US Attorney Curren issue, 1975
Folder 18 US Attorney Curren issue, January-February, 1976
Folder 19 US Attorney Curren issue, March-May, 1976
Folder 20 US Attorney Curren issue, November 1976-April 1977
Folder 21 HR 214, Right to Privacy Act, 1976, 1976
Folder 22 Case, Olen/Ezrine, 1975
Folder 23 Case, Olen/Ezrine, 1975-1976
Folder 24 Case, Cutler/Cesario, 1975-1976

Subseries 5. Departmental Files, 1970-1977

Scope and Content Notes:

The files in this subseries generally pertain to the department and are generated by others rather than Waldman or Thornburgh. There are news releases, press clippings, memoranda, files of testimonies of Attorneys General Levi and Bell, and some files from March 1977 to July 1977, when Peter Flaherty (PF) had been appointed to the Department of Justice. Waldman resigned from the department in July 1977, and returned to Pennsylvania. These materials date from 1975 to 1977.

Folder 25 Clippings, 1975-1976
Folder 26 News releases, 1977
Folder 27 Resumes, memos, correspondence, 1975-1977

Box 5
Folder 1 “DC Legislation”, 1976-1977
Folder 2 Testimony AGs Levi and Bell, 1976-1977
Folder 3 JCW PA politics, 1970-1977
Folder 4 JCW Resignation, July 1977
Folder 5 JCW Legislation memos, March 1977
Folder 6 PF Memos and testimony, March-July 1977
Folder 7 PF Miscellaneous, June 1977
Folder 8 PF Correspondence, speech, resignation, 1977

Series III. Campaign for Governor Consultants, 1969-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains plans that were submitted by consultants seeking to represent and guide the Dick Thornburgh campaign for governor. Many were submitted spontaneously and in fact more than one consultant was used. Lance Tarrence provided much information, and David Garth was contracted for the primary election. Roger Ailes and Bailey/Deardourff were used in the general election. The plans are very detailed, many highly statistical, and frequently included polls/questionnaires to determine and convey potential outcomes. These were relevant not only regarding voters’ attitudes about candidates, but also for identifying issues of concern to the voters.

Since Waldman, the designated campaign manager, had never run a campaign before, he carefully reviewed each consultant's suggestions. Waldman’s own memoranda ultimately spell out the actual path of the campaign. The extensive Tarrance volumes were actually bound as books and have been maintained in that form. Additionally, information by Market Opinion Research (MOR) is included in this series and was extensively used while Thornburgh served as Governor. The material in this series dates from 1969 to 1978.

Folder 9 Communications consultants, June 22, 1977
Folder 10 Patrick H. Caddell, December 10, 1976
Folder 11 Robert Goodman Agency, undated
Folder 12 Triad, 1977
Folder 13 Bailey Deardorff sample plan, May 1969, 1977
Folder 14 The Agency, Harkens & Uhre, July-August 1977
Folder 15 MOR, Statewide Survey, August-November 1977
Folder 16 MOR, Earlier polls, 1977
Folder 17 Politicon, Campaign Strategy, May 1977
Folder 18 Roger Ailes, Media Consultant, 1977
Folder 19 Garth Associates, 1978
Folder 20 Eddie Mahe, Campaign Plan Part I, February 1978
Folder 21 Eddie Mahe, Campaign Plan Part II, February 1978
Folder 22 Eddie Mahe, correspondence, June 1977-March 1978
Folder 23 Pennsylvanians for Effective Government (PEG), draft Questionnaire, August 10, 1977
Folder 24 V. Lance Tarrance & Associates, Survey Political Attitudes in PA, Vol. I, October 1977
Folder 25 V. Lance Tarrance & Associates, Survey Political Attitudes in PA, Vol. II, October 1977

Box 6
Folder 1 V. Lance Tarrance & Associates, Survey Political Attitudes in PA. Vol. III, October 1977
Folder 2 V. Lance Tarrance & Associates, Survey Political Attitudes in PA, Vol IV, October 1977
Folder 3 V. Lance Tarrance & Associates, Survey Political Attitudes in PA, Vol. V, October 1977
Folder 4 V. Lance Tarrance, Pennsylvania Aggregates Statewide Republicans, October 1977
Folder 5 V. Lance Tarrance, Draft Questionnaires, undated
Folder 6 V. Lance Tarrance, Questionnaires, September 26, 1977
Folder 7 V. Lance Tarrance, Questionnaires, October 4, 1977
Folder 8 V. Lance Tarrance, Questionnaires, October 1977

Series IV. Campaign for Governor Opposition Research, 1955-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

As campaign manager Waldman kept meticulous files on other candidates in the governor’s race, known familiarly as opposition research. Knowing opponents’ past records, and current platform and actions can be a critical determinant in an election. The depth of material prepared and accumulated by the Thornburgh campaign staff is a testament to the thoroughness of campaign research and where “no surprises” was a mantra. It was prudent also to be knowledgeable about the primary Democratic candidates, not knowing which would be Thornburgh’s opposition in a general election should he win the primary. There are clippings for each candidate, candidate assessments, plus biographical material both for Republicans and Democrats. This series is further divided into three subseries: Primary Candidates, General Election Candidate Assessments, and General Election Candidate News Clippings. The materials date from 1974 to 1978. Additional and significant material about the candidates can be found in the Dick Thornburgh Papers.

Subseries 1. Primary Election Candidates, 1977-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

In the primary election Thornburgh was opposed by six Republican candidates, he being the only “western” candidate. This comparatively large number of candidates divided the votes considerably, and the balance between east and west candidates became a significant factor. Additionally, it is fair to say that of all the candidates in both parties, Thornburgh was perhaps the least well known across the Commonwealth. On the Democrat side, there were several candidates, again with one from Western Pennsylvania, Pete Flaherty, Pittsburgh’s former Mayor. There are some preliminary “how to” files, and then the candidates are listed alphabetically, first Democrats (D) and then Republicans (R). The majority of the material in this subseries dates from 1977 to 1978.


Box 7
Folder 1 Opposition Research Guidelines prepared by Republican National Committee, undated
Folder 2 Lieutenant Governor candidates, Republican and Democrat, 1978
Folder 3 News Digests about Republican and Democrat candidates for Governor, April 1978
Folder 4 Robert P. Casey (D) - news clips, January-February 1978
Folder 5 Robert P. Casey (D) - news clips, March-April 1978
Folder 6 Pete Flaherty (D) - news clips, January-February 1978
Folder 7 Pete Flaherty (D) - news clips, March-April 1978
Folder 8 Ernest Kline (D) - news clips, January-February 1978
Folder 9 Ernest Kline (D) - news clips, March-April 1978
Folder 10 Robert Butera (R) - candidate assessment, 1977-1978
Folder 11 Robert Butera (R) - Butera Committee bulletins, 1977-1978
Folder 12 Robert Butera (R) - correspondence to and from, including Thornburgh, 1977-1978
Folder 13 Robert Butera (R) - Butera Committee brochures, 1978
Folder 14 Robert Butera (R) - Finance reports, November 1977, March 1978
Folder 15 Robert Butera (R) - news clips, January-February 1978
Folder 16 Robert Butera (R) - news clips, March-May 1978
Folder 17 Henry Hager (R) - resume, brochures, clippings, 1978
Folder 18 Henry Hager (R) - news clips, January-March 1978
Folder 19 Henry Hager (R) - news clips, April-May 1978
Folder 20 David Marston (R) -correspondence, bio, brochures, 1977-1978
Folder 21 David Marston (R) - news clips, January-February 1978
Folder 22 David Marston (R) - news clips, March 1978
Folder 23 David Marston (R) - news clips, March 1978
Folder 24 David Marston (R) -news clips, April 1978
Folder 25 Arlen Specter (R) - candidate assessment, correspondence to, articles, and updates, 1973-1978
Folder 26 Arlen Specter (R) - Announcement and platform, 1977-1978
Folder 27 Arlen Specter (R) - Committee updates and newsletters, 1977-1978
Folder 28 Arlen Specter (R) - campaign committee brochures, 1978
Folder 29 Arlen Specter (R) - committee correspondence, 1977-1978
Folder 30 Arlen Specter (R) - news clips, January-February 1978
Folder 31 Arlen Specter (R) - news clips, March-May 1978
Folder 32 Richard Schweiker (R) - news clips, December 1977
Folder 33 Other candidates (R) - Jacobsen, Watson, January-March, 1978
Folder 34 Candidates binder (R), 1978

Subseries 2. General Election Candidates, 1955-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

This material documents the General Election Candidates and their issues. In the General Election the opposition research focused on the two principal Democrat candidates: Pete Flaherty for Governor and Robert Casey for Lieutenant Governor. That Flaherty and Casey were both from Pittsburgh presented an unusual circumstance, with Thornburgh also a Pittsburgher. Flaherty had the reputation of being a successful former Mayor of Pittsburgh and previously had run an unsuccessful campaign for U.S. Senate. Thornburgh, on the other hand, was little known outside Western Pennsylvania. Casey became the Democrat Lieutenant Governor candidate due to the coincidence of having precisely the same name (Robert P. Casey) as the former auditor general of Pennsylvania who was a gubernatorial candidate in the Primary. Running among fifteen lesser known persons, the “wrong Bob Casey” was selected, having no political or public service experience whatsoever. On the Republican side, William W. Scranton III, son of the well known and much admired former Governor, became the choice for Lieutenant Governor and actively participated in the campaign. Candidate research included Scranton as well as the Democrats since Thornburgh needed to know the background and issues important to his potential Lieutenant Governor. The major research focused on Flaherty and the background topics are those from a binder distributed to campaign staff. The Dick Thornburgh Papers contain much relevant information to this series. The materials in this subseries date from 1955 to 1978.


Box 8
Folder 1 William W. Scranton III (R), biographical material, 1978
Folder 2 William W. Scranton III (R), attachments, 1972-1978
Folder 3 Robert P. Casey (D), assessment, 1974-1978
Folder 4 Pete Flaherty, binder memo, July 6, 1978
Folder 5 Pete Flaherty, biographical, 1978
Folder 6 Pete Flaherty, political career, 1955-1974
Folder 7 Pete Flaherty, Pittsburgh City Councilman, 1966-1969
Folder 8 Pete Flaherty, Mayor of Pittsburgh, 1965-1975
Folder 9 Pete Flaherty, Mayor of Pittsburgh, 1970-1976
Folder 10 Pete Flaherty, “The City, Before, During and After Pete,” 1969-1978
Folder 11 Pete Flaherty, US Deputy Attorney General, March-November 1977
Folder 12 Pete Flaherty, political alliances, 1969-1977
Folder 13 Pete Flaherty, finances, 1976-1978
Folder 14 Pete Flaherty, primary issues, and general updates, 1970-1978
Folder 15 Pete Flaherty, editorials and miscellaneous clips, 1969-1975
Folder 16 Pete Flaherty, “A Second View,” with attachments, 1969-1975
Folder 17 Pete Flaherty, running for Governor, announcement, January 23, 1978
Folder 18 Pete Flaherty, campaign ’78, 1978
Folder 19 Pete Flaherty, primary ’78 contributors list, 1977-1978
Folder 20 Pete Flaherty, Flaherty-Casey finances, 1978

Subseries 3. General Election Candidate News Clippings, 1978

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains the newspaper clippings from the campaign and are separated by candidate and month in the original order that they were prepared and distributed to campaign staff. There are very few clippings for Robert P. Casey since he had been told by the Pete Flaherty campaign to stay teaching rather than complicate the campaign as he did the first few times he appeared with undesirable results. Ultimately it was telling that the students at his school endorsed William W. Scranton. To appreciate the specific status of the campaign, similarly dated clippings from each candidate could be reviewed and compared. There are very few articles from early November, since election day was November 7, and clippings and candidate comments were no longer useful. The material dates from May to early November 1978.

Folder 21 Scranton, May-June 1978
Folder 22 Scranton, July 1978
Folder 24 Scranton, September 1978
Folder 25 Casey, May-June 1978
Folder 26 Casey, July-October 1978
Folder 27 Flaherty, May-June 1978
Folder 28 Flaherty, July-August 1978
Folder 29 Flaherty, September 1978
Folder 30 Flaherty, October 1978

Box 9
Folder 1 Thornburgh, May-June 1978
Folder 2 Thornburgh, July 1978
Folder 3 Thornburgh, August 1978
Folder 4 Thornburgh, September 1978
Folder 5 Thornburgh, September 1978
Folder 6 Thornburgh, October 1978
Folder 7 Thornburgh, October 1978
Folder 8 Miscellaneous clippings, November 1978

Series V. Campaign for Governor Issues, 1966-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

From the earliest interest in running for Governor, Thornburgh and Waldman focused on the necessity of finding precisely the right person to lead and develop issue substance. They found this in Rick Stafford, who put together staff and drew on multitudes of volunteers with expertise in varying areas of government. An issue binder was put together of all topics, carefully outlined, and a virtual library of resources brought to the campaign. Overall issues were easy to identify, but polls further honed those of particular concern to voters. Potholes and corruption were two highlighted. There is considerable issue documentation here both in the Waldman and Dick Thornburgh Papers. Waldman’s “R&I” (research and issues) files are included in the topics in this series. It is important to note that there is not much research material by the Flaherty campaign, either primary or general election. Flaherty depended on his appealing persona and distance from discredited Shapp Democrats to win. Thornburgh in contrast, with Waldman’s overall campaign leadership, successfully presented a solid platform derived from facts and knowledge to persuade the voters. The materials in this series date are from 1966 to 1978.

Folder 9 Campaign Research Techniques, 1969-1977
Folder 10 Categories and system, December 1977
Folder 11 Stafford Memos, 1977-1978
Folder 12 Staff Memos, June-August 1978
Folder 13 Issue reports, 1977-1978
Folder 14 Garth issue requests, January 17, 1978
Folder 15 Issue binder reports, 1977-1978
Folder 16 Issue binder additions, 1977-1978
Folder 17 Elected/appointed Attorney General, l976-1977
Folder 18 Bert Lance issue, 1977
Folder 19 Issues, 1977-early 1978
Folder 20 Issues, by county, 1977-1978
Folder 21 Issues, campaign ’66, 1966
Folder 22 Gun control legislation, 1967-1968
Folder 23 Gun control, primary, 1977-1978
Folder 24 Gun control, general, 1978
Folder 25 Questionnaire responses, primary, 1978
Folder 26 Questionnaire responses, general, 1978
Folder 27 Issues, Philadelphia, general, 1978
Folder 28 State Government binder issues, 1978
Folder 29 Philadelphia Black issues, general, 1978

Series VI. Campaign for Governor Primary Election, 1969-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

Although Jay Waldman, Campaign Manager, had never before run a campaign, his strategy was followed meticulously by candidate Dick Thornburgh and aided by significant research on both issues and other candidates. Memoranda from Jay Waldman to Dick Thornburgh were pivotal. They discuss the initial feasibility of and tasks related to a possible campaign for governor. They then lay a foundation that was key to the ultimate success of both the primary and general election campaigns. There is no better way to understand this campaign than to read the memoranda primarily to and from Jay Waldman and Dick Thornburgh. Although Waldman’s own specifically labeled materials are a bit thin in quantity they document the campaign progress, and ultimate success, due in large measure to Waldman’s inspired leadership. This series is further divided into five subseries: Jay C. Waldman Files, Dick Thornburgh Files, GOP, County Files, and Campaign in Progress (CIP).

Subseries 1. Jay C. Waldman Files, 1976-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

As indicated above, Waldman’s memoranda advised and shaped the entire conduct of the campaign. The files document careful research about campaigns by Waldman. Waldman as manager guided and led and, therefore, did not leave as much paper documentation of his own. The staff and field organizers carried out the plans and left most of the research documentation. Waldman’s other files are somewhat miscellaneous in character and thin given the overall strategy and organization. The handwritten notes are an indication of the extent of his contacts and information gathering from multiple sources, particularly via telephone conversations. Waldman’s files are grouped as follows: memoranda, personal calendar, news clippings (“clippings”), correspondence, handwritten notes, “miscellaneous 1977,” telephone logs, “people,” polls, and “research.” The materials in quotations are Waldman’s own subject headings in original order. The files in this subseries date from 1976 to 1978.


Box 10
Folder 1 Memoranda, March-July 1977
Folder 2 Memoranda, Time Allocation, July 1977
Folder 3 Memoranda from JCW, October-December 1977
Folder 4 Memoranda from JCW, January-May 1978
Folder 5 Personal calendar, June 1977- August 1978
Folder 6 “Clippings, miscellaneous,” 1978
Folder 7 Correspondence to/from, 1977-1978
Folder 8 Notes, handwritten, 1977-1978
Folder 9 “Miscellaneous,” 1977
Folder 10 Telephone logs, October 4, 1977-November 18, 1977
Folder 11 Telephone logs, October 27, 1977-February 16, 1978
Folder 12 “People,” 1977
Folder 13 Polls, 1976–1977
Folder 14 “Research,” June 1977

Subseries 2. Dick Thornburgh Files, 1969-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

The Dick Thornburgh files are primarily from early in the campaign. The majority of the material is from 1977. By then the candidate was constantly on the trail, as the schedules included in the collection specifically indicate. This subseries contains both memos and correspondence to and from Dick Thornburgh. Many of the early memos are “To File” and represent the candidate’s experiences on the campaign trail, contacts, and suggestions that might be useful to staff as the campaign proceeded. These were a primary tool in the effective communications between the candidate and Waldman in particular. The Thornburgh correspondence is from early in the campaign (1977) and in many cases responding to offers of help, especially from persons he knew or met on the campaign trail. News clippings (clippings) and magazine articles track the candidate as his name and positions became increasingly known and effective. Files are arranged as follows: memoranda, articles pre-campaign, biographical material, Thornburgh campaign clippings, correspondence to and from, speeches, and drafts. The Dick Thornburgh File material dates from 1969 to 1978.

Folder 15 Memoranda, May–December 1977
Folder 16 Pre-Campaign Articles, 1969-1976
Folder 17 Biographical Material, 1978
Folder 18 Thornburgh Campaign Clippings, February 1978
Folder 19 Thornburgh Campaign Clippings, March 1978
Folder 20 Thornburgh Campaign Clippings, April 1978
Folder 21 Correspondence from, 1977-1978
Folder 22 Correspondence to, August 1977–March 1978
Folder 23 Speeches and Testimony, 1977
Folder 24 Speeches, Guidelines, and Drafts, 1978
Folder 25 Speeches, Announcement Draft, and Transcript, January 1978
Folder 26 Speeches and Position Papers, January–May, 1978

Subseries 3. GOP, 1977-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

The Republican Party was active especially in the Thornburgh primary campaign for Governor, but also in the general election. Following eight years of a Democratic Governor, the GOP was particularly eager to have a Republican elected. The party’s activity was especially useful in field organization across the state. Thornburgh had not run for office since an unsuccessful 1966 Campaign for Congress, and was from the western part of Pennsylvania; thus it was advantageous to have the GOP participate both in statewide organizing and fundraising. This was particularly true in the primary. The records in this subseries include: leadership lists, correspondence, events, fundraising, drafts, and plans. The material dates from 1977 to 1978.

Folder 27 Leadership Lists, 1977
Folder 28 State Committee Organization “Recommended,” undated
Folder 29 Code of Conduct, draft, 1978
Folder 30 Finances and organization, pre 1978
Folder 31 Correspondence, memos, 1977
Folder 32 DT correspondence, 1977-1978
Folder 33 GOP lists, DT annotated, 1977
Folder 34 11 Month Plan draft, August 1977
Folder 35 11 Month Plan, August 1977–June 1978
Folder 36 Haabestad and GOP for Thornburgh, 1978
Folder 37 By-Law amendment, January–April 1978
Folder 38 Cash reports, July–October 1978
Folder 39 County incentive program, 1978
Folder 40 GOP post primary county statistics, May 1978
Folder 41 GOP lists by county, ward or district, undated

Subseries 4. County Files, 1977-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

The county files supplied a basic source of information on campaign events, issues, schedules, and candidate appearances. The files were kept in four binders. One was Philadelphia area counties, and the remaining three most likely represent geographical or campaign organizational logic. The counties are kept together in the original order that they were held in the binders. Multiple copies of the binders were distributed to key staff and Thornburgh. The following information may be found for each county: U.S. census data, population and housing, economic profiles, wards, county statistics, principal industrial employers, media (radio/TV, newspaper), public officials, Republican officials, GOP voter registration, and election results from 1970 and 1976. There are some additional county notes and reports that were not in the binders. The materials date from 1977 to 1978.


Box 11
Folder 1 Philadelphia area, Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester, 1977-1978
Folder 2 Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, and Center, 1977-1978
Folder 3 Clarion, Fayette, Greene, and Indiana, 1977-1978
Folder 4 Lawrence, Lycoming, Mercer, and Northumberland, 1977-1978
Folder 5 Schuylkill, Somerset, Venango, Washington, and Westmoreland, 1977-1978
Folder 6 Adams, Bedford, Bradford, and Cameron, 1977-1978
Folder 7 Carbon, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, and Crawford, 1977-1978
Folder 8 Elk, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, and Huntington, 1977-1978
Folder 9 Jefferson, Juniata, Lebanon, and McKean, 1977-1978
Folder 10 Mifflin, Montour, Monroe, Perry, Pike, and Potter, 1977-1978
Folder 11 Allegheny, Erie, and Blair, 1977-1978
Folder 12 Berks, Cumberland, and Cambria, 1977-1978
Folder 13 Dauphin, Lackawanna, and Lancaster, 1977-1978
Folder 14 Lehigh, Luzerne, Northampton, and York, 1977-1978
Folder 15 Notes on County lists ranked by GOP registration with time allocation, 1977
Folder 16 Notes on York, Lehigh, Luzerne, and Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, 1977
Folder 17 Notes on Allegheny County, undated
Folder 18 Notes on Dauphin, Cumberland, Blair, and Lackawanna, December 1977
Folder 19 Notes on Berks, Lancaster, and Northampton, January 1978
Folder 20 Notes on Philadelphia, January 1978
Folder 21 Notes on Dauphin, Cumberland, and Blair, undated

Subseries 5. Campaign-in-Progress (CIP), 1972-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

Files from the progression of the primary campaign include myriad topics, events, news clippings, and results. These files together represent the multiple aspects of this and other campaigns: correspondence, previous campaign results, early “campaign binder,” election documents, election results, ephemera, fundraising, lists, maps, media, news releases, politicians, polls, schedules, staff, and surrogate speakers. Significant in detail are schedules, and fundraising as well as news clippings that track the campaign. The clippings are from 1977. Those from 1978 are included in the Opposition Research series, and those for Thornburgh, in previous subseries. The remaining materials date from 1972 to 1978.


Box 12
Folder 1 Correspondence, resumes, offers of help, 1977
Folder 2 Correspondence, congratulations, offers of help, May 1978
Folder 3 Correspondence from Thornburgh for Governor, 1978
Folder 4 Campaign, guidelines, organization, and articles, 1977
Folder 5 Campaigns, previous election results, 1972-1976
Folder 6 Campaigns, previous election results by county, 1970-1976
Folder 7 Campaign binder, candidates, issues, organization, 1977
Folder 8 Campaign clippings, May 1977
Folder 9 Campaign clippings, June 1977
Folder 10 Campaign clippings, July 1977
Folder 11 Campaign clippings, August 1977
Folder 12 Campaign clippings, September 1977
Folder 13 Campaign clippings, October 1977
Folder 14 Campaign clippings, November 1977
Folder 15 Campaign clippings, December 1977
Folder 16 Campaign clippings, regarding issues, January-February, 1978
Folder 17 Campaign clippings, miscellaneous, 1977
Folder 18 Election Committee Documents, 1977
Folder 19 Election week countdown, April-May 1978
Folder 20 Election results, May 1978
Folder 21 Fundraising, letters, drafts, 1977
Folder 22 Fundraising, GOP, August 1977
Folder 23 Fundraising, May-October 1977
Folder 24 Fundraising, November-December 1977
Folder 25 Fundraising, projections and goals, 1978
Folder 26 Fundraising, budgets and disbursements, 1977-1978
Folder 27 Fundraising, deposit lists, July 1977-May 1978
Folder 28 Fundraising, January-February, 1978
Folder 29 Fundraising, March-April 1978
Folder 30 Lists, candidates, office holders, and events, 1976-1978
Folder 31 Maps, state and city ward maps, 1977-1978
Folder 32 Media, Press kits, 1978
Folder 33 Media, Sales Spot Schedule, Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, April-May 1978
Folder 34 Media, Sales Spot Schedule, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, April-May 1978
Folder 35 Media, Sales Spot Schedule, Erie, April-May 1978
Folder 36 Media, Sales Spot Schedule, Philadelphia, April-May 1978
Folder 37 Media, Sales Spot Schedule, Pittsburgh, April-May 1978
Folder 38 Media, Sales Spot Schedule, Johnstown, Altoona, April-May 1978
Folder 39 Media, Spot Schedule, April-May 1978
Folder 40 Media, Spot Schedule, April-May 1978
Folder 41 Media, Garth media summaries, May 1978
Folder 42 Media, JCW media buys list, radio actualities, April-May 1978
Folder 43 Media, News releases, March-May 1978
Folder 44 Media, Radio actualities, April-May 1978

Box 13
Folder 1 Politicians, articles, campaign brochures, news releases, 1976-1978
Folder 2 Polls, pre-election, 1977-1978
Folder 3 Schedules, Requests, November 1977-May 1978
Folder 4 Schedules, Weekly and daily, May-December 1977
Folder 5 Schedules, Long-range, July-December 1977
Folder 6 Schedules, Announcement, and news release, January 10-12, 1978
Folder 7 Schedules, Scheduler Seif memo, January-February 1978
Folder 8 Schedules, Monthly and long-range, January-May 1978
Folder 9 Schedules, Post primary plans, March 1978
Folder 10 Schedules, Daily, February-March 1978
Folder 11 Schedules, Daily, April-May 1978
Folder 12 Speakers, Surrogate, 1978
Folder 13 Staff, Exploratory Advisory Group, 1977
Folder 14 Staff, Lists and event, 1977
Folder 15 Staff, Campaign staff and organization, 1977
Folder 16 Staff, County field organization and field reports, 1977-1978
Folder 17 Staff, County field operations, lists, 1978
Folder 18 Staff, County field operations, overall reviews, 1978

Series VII. Campaign for Governor General Election, 1978

Scope and Content Notes:

The Thornburgh general election campaign was guided again, as was the primary, by Jay Waldman's campaign plan as presented in his memoranda. This election was especially challenging considering that there was a significant Democratic registration edge. There were two noteworthy candidates, Flaherty and Thornburgh, both from Western Pennsylvania. They each were challenged to make themselves and their platforms known across the state, somewhat easier for Flaherty, who had run statewide previously for U.S. Senate, although unsuccessfully. Much campaign effort focused on the Philadelphia area, and in fact the Thornburgh headquarters moved from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia for the general election. The two Lieutenant Governor candidates, Scranton and Casey, had widely divergent backgrounds, resulting in Scranton's active participation in the campaign, and Casey scarcely any, at the request of Flaherty. Much of the information about the candidates will be found in Series IV. Campaign for Governor Opposition Research. Platform and issues can be found in Series V. Campaign Issues. There are two videos of Thornburgh campaign ads that are housed separately in media storage.

The Flaherty campaign did not conduct as much research by far, and depended instead on Flaherty's charismatic image and mayoral reputation. Polls quietly conducted in the summer by the Thornburgh campaign placed its candidate 32 points behind Flaherty, a stunning fact that was successfully kept secret. In the fall, Thornburgh moved closer and by mid October was "merely" 12-15 points behind, a fact that the campaign vigorously declared "momentum." There were two major debates in the fall that were reported in the news to favor Thornburgh. Thornburgh's issues registered with voters and Flaherty's efforts to stay aloof from the tarnished reputation of the then Governor Shapp administration Democrats were unsuccessful. When election night came, Thornburgh was declared the victor by Walter Cronkite at 8:30 PM, joined by the other networks an hour later. There is significant additional information about this election in the Dick Thornburgh Papers. This series is further divided into four subseries: Memoranda and Notes, Fundraising, Campaign in Progress, and Polls. The material in this series all dates from the election in 1978.

Subseries 1. Memoranda and Notes, 1978

Scope and Content Notes:

Waldman’s memos spell out the campaign in remarkable detail, and were scrupulously followed. There were many who considered him inexperienced and that he would be unsuccessful. However, Waldman proved them wrong with the successful campaign. In addition to Waldman’s memos, there are memoranda from Thornburgh and others. The campaign demands on candidate Thornburgh resulted in more verbal interactions from him and fewer memoranda. The Murray Dickman memos reflect the all-important field organization activity. The memos all date from 1978.

Folder 19 Memoranda from Jay Waldman, 1978
Folder 20 Correspondence to/from Jay Waldman, 1978
Folder 21 Waldman handwritten campaign notes, 1978
Folder 22 Memoranda and correspondence to/from Dick Thornburgh, 1978
Folder 23 Campaign memoranda from Murray Dickman, 1978
Folder 24 Memoranda and campaign correspondence, 1978

Subseries 2. Fundraising, 1978

Scope and Content Notes:

Fundraising is an unavoidable and challenging process for any campaign, which was made even more difficult being that Thornburgh came from western Pennsylvania. Moving the campaign headquarters to Philadelphia was helpful, combined with effective and diligent fundraising leadership. The fact of Thornburgh’s being so far behind in the summer fortunately did not become public knowledge. The point spread would have drastically and adversely affected fundraising had it been known. The fundraising material dates from 1978.

Folder 25 General election finance plan, June 6, 1978
Folder 26 Finance committee agendas, correspondence, memos, May–October 1978
Folder 27 Event invitations, June-October 1978
Folder 28 Events, attendees, June-October 1978
Folder 29 Correspondence, September-October 1978
Folder 30 Donors, September-October 1978

Subseries 3. Campaign in Progress, 1978

Scope and Content Notes:

These campaign files contain topics that are illustrative of the multiple issues and challenges all campaigns address. The debate assessments and overwhelming favorable endorsements are of note. The field staff was active and their reports are very detailed. Similar topics are available in depth in the Dick Thornburgh Papers. All of the campaign in progress material dates from 1978.

Folder 31 Articles, by or about, 1978
Folder 32 Brochures, 1978
Folder 33 Consultants, Teeter, and Mahe, 1978
Folder 34 County plans, Beaver, Burks, and Chester, 1978
Folder 35 County plans, Crawford, Erie, and Fayette, 1978
Folder 36 County plans, Clarion, Jefferson, and Potter, 1978
Folder 37 County plans, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Westmoreland, and Venango, 1978
Folder 38 County plans (Northwest), Elk, Forest, McKean, and Warren, 1978
Folder 39 Debate, sponsored by League of Women Voters, October 1978
Folder 40 Election Results, November 1978
Folder 41 Endorsements, 1978
Folder 42 Field Reports, May-June 1978
Folder 43 Field Reports, July 1978
Folder 44 Field Reports, August 1978
Folder 45 Field Reports, September 1978
Folder 46 Field Reports, October 1978

Box 14
Folder 1 GOP, 1978
Folder 2 Media, monitoring reports, 1978
Folder 3 Media, press kit, 1978
Folder 4 Media, radio actualities, schedules, drafts, 1978
Folder 5 Media consultant, Garth, cancelled, July, 1978
Folder 6 Media consultant, Deardourff, draft agreement, 1978
Folder 7 News Releases, June 9-September 12, 1978
Folder 8 News Releases, September 14-November 5, 1978
Folder 9 Polls, July, October 1978
Folder 10 Schedules, DT long-range, July-October 1978
Folder 11 Schedules, DT daily, May-November 1978
Folder 12 Schedules, WWS long-range, September-October 1978
Folder 13 Schedules, WWS daily, July-November 1978
Folder 14 Speeches, 1978
Folder 15 Staff, June-November 1978
Folder 16 Surrogate speakers, 1978
Folder 17 Volunteer activity, 1978

Subseries 4. Polls, 1978

Scope and Content Notes:

Throughout the campaign, but especially in the summer months, the need to carefully monitor progress was essential. As Thornburgh was not well known across the state and now was opposed by Flaherty, who had previously campaigned statewide and who also had the decided advantage of far greater Democratic voter registration, meticulous polling was vital. Market Opinion Research (MOR), presented detailed information at a critical time, and in fact was used during the years of Thornburgh’s governorship as well. It was during the summer that the alarming realization that Thornburgh was 30 points behind became known within the campaign. Fortunately, however, the campaign staff successfully kept this under wraps so that the essential fundraising would not be affected. Indeed as the campaign neared its end, the 15-point gap was hailed as momentum in early October, although that in itself was worrisome. These August polls and surveys provided significant guidance at a pivotal time in the campaign itself and related to fundraising. The polls material all dates from 1978.

Folder 18 PA Voting Analysis, August 1978
Folder 19 PA Statewide Analysis, August 1978
Folder 20 Binder, PA Statewide Study, Data, August 1978

Series VIII. Gubernatorial Transition, 1978

Scope and Content Notes:

On November 7, 1978, Dick Thornburgh was elected of Pennsylvania. The period of time between the election and when the Governor-elect is inaugurated is referred to as the Transition. Thornburgh’s campaign staff lost no time putting together a vigorous transition team to immediately seek information about the departments of government, their shortcoming and successes. Study teams were formed, the members of which included noteworthy, knowledgeable community persons from across the state. The files documented in this series are predominately reports by study committees. These reports helped set goals and guide subsequent courses of action for the Thornburgh administration. Some additional study team reports can be found in the Dick Thornburgh Papers. The files in this subseries date from November to December, 1978.


Box 15
Folder 1 “The First Six Months,” Thornburgh letter to Shapp, Study committee list, 1978
Folder 2 Department of State, Bureau Professional & Occupational Affairs, 1978
Folder 3 Study Committee Report, Governor’s Office, General Services, 1978
Folder 4 Study Committee Report, Transportation, 1978
Folder 5 Study Committee Report, Health, 1978
Folder 6 Study Committee Report, Personnel, 1978
Folder 7 Study Committee Report, Labor and Industry, 1978
Folder 8 Committee Report, Education, 1978
Folder 9 Study Committee Report, Community Affairs, 1978
Folder 10 Study Committee Report, Commerce and Business, 1978
Folder 11 Study Committee Report, DER and Energy, 1978
Folder 12 Report, “Philadelphia: An Urban Strategy,” November 1978

Series IX. Re-election Campaign for Governor, 1979-1983

Scope and Content Notes:

This re-election campaign had many Thornburgh accomplishments to convey to the voters. However, the steel industry in Pennsylvania was deeply troubled at the time and Reagonomics at the national level was unpopular, both of which meant that Pennsylvania voters were discontented generally in 1982. Thus, a rather unknown and undistinguished one term Democrat congressman, Allen Ertel, came far closer to winning than anyone expected. The Ertel campaign pursued unwarranted issues and made many false claims about the Thornburgh administration and campaign. Despite these factors, Thornburgh won, and compared to other Republicans, he won by a larger margin than any of the others. There are three campaign videos included in this series and are housed separately in media storage. Two are Thornburgh campaign ads, and the other Ertel campaign ads. This series is further divided into four subseries: MOR polling, Thornburgh Administration Accomplishments, Ertel Opposition Research, and Campaign-in-Progress.

Subseries 1. Market Opinion Research (MOR) Polling, 1982

Scope and Content Notes:

As a result of general voter discontent, the polling became particularly important. As can be seen in the broad in-depth studies included in this subseries and from other analyses by Jay Waldman, very close and continual attention was given to these facts and figures. The material dates from 1982.

Folder 13 Statewide Study, May 1982
Folder 14 Statewide Study, May 1982
Folder 15 PA Survey Results, June 1982
Folder 16 PA Statewide Governor’s Data, August 1982
Folder 17 PA Statewide Governor’s Data, August 1982
Folder 18 Statewide Statistical Summary, September 1982
Folder 19 PA Ad Test and Thornburgh/Ertel ads compared, September 1982
Folder 20 PA Statewide Study, September 1982
Folder 21 PA Statewide Study, October 1982
Folder 22 PA Statewide Study, October 1982
Folder 23 PA Statewide Study, October 1982
Folder 24 Post Election Study, November 1982

Subseries 2. Thornburgh Administration Accomplishments, 1979-1982

Scope and Content Notes:

In the first campaign for governor (1977-1978) the issues and related promises were drawn on carefully researched needs and concerns of Pennsylvanians and specific intentions to solve or reduce the attendant problems. Therefore, the administration was committed fully to following up those promises and did so successfully in many ways. Thus the enumeration of these accomplishments was an essential component of the re-election campaign. As will be seen in the endorsement files that follow in Subseries 4, the newspapers and other organizations generally and specifically agreed. The Thornburgh Administration Accomplishments date from 1979 to 1982.

Folder 25 Thornburgh Issue/Accomplishments, 1979-1982
Folder 26 Thornburgh Issue/Accomplishments, 1979-1982

Subseries 3. Ertel Opposition Research, 1979-1982

Scope and Content Notes:

Always important in campaigns is the research into one’s opponent, their record of accomplishments, voting records, and personal and campaign conduct. The Thornburgh campaign was particularly alert to these needs with extensive and detailed resultant information. Ertel had been in state government, but was at this time a one term U.S. Congressman. His record was not distinguished, but no stones were left unturned in his assessment. Ertel’s conduct of the campaign was challenging and is documented in the following files. The first seven Folders comprise what was originally the Ertel opposition research binder put together for campaign guidance and reference. Subsequent files are additions and follow the campaign by month. The research materials date from 1979 to 1982.

Folder 27 I. Personal and campaign conduct, 1982
Folder 28 II. Government, Economic Issues & Constituencies, 1982
Folder 29 II. Government, Economic Issues & Constituencies, 1982
Folder 30 III. Human Service Issues and Constituencies, 1982
Folder 31 IV. Miscellaneous issues, 1982
Folder 32 Appendices, 1982
Folder 33 Ertel/ Lloyd Campaign Contributors, 1980-1982

Subseries 4. Campaign-in-Progress, 1979-1982

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains all the aspects of a campaign from news clippings to mailings, issues, media, and in particular news releases and memoranda. The campaign updates further track the progress of the Thornburgh campaign. The “issues” included in this subseries are those that were contentious, also known as “flaps”. Substantive issues are in the accomplishment files in Subseries 2. Thornburgh Administration Accomplishments. The JCW handwritten poll notes are very technical and are indicative of the time and careful analyses given the data. The voter groups and mailings represent the fundamental information provided to the Thornburgh campaign’s logical constituents. The materials date from 1979 to 1982.


Box 16
Folder 1 Finances, 1982
Folder 2 Voting Record, 1979-1982
Folder 3 Campaign organization, 1982
Folder 4 Clippings, February-April, 1982
Folder 5 Campaign, April-May 18, 1982
Folder 6 Campaign, June-July, 1982
Folder 7 Campaign, August 1982
Folder 8 Campaign, September 1982
Folder 9 Campaign, October 1982
Folder 10 Accomplishments, Thornburgh Administration, 1979-1982
Folder 11 Campaign Organization, 1982
Folder 12 Clips, Thornburgh, March 1982
Folder 13 Consultant, Eddie Mahe, March-June 1982
Folder 14 Debate, April-October 1982
Folder 15 Endorsements, Thornburgh, 1982
Folder 16 Fundraising (GTC), October 1981-December 1982
Folder 17 Issues, Crime/Energy, 1982
Folder 18 Issues, Thornburgh mailings contested, June-September 1982
Folder 19 Issues, Hoffman/Taping public debate, July 1982
Folder 20 Issues, Publication personal income taxes, September 1982
Folder 21 Issues, Education and PSEA, 1981-1982
Folder 22 Legal References, 1981-1982
Folder 23 Memoranda by JCW and others, 1981-1982
Folder 24 Media, Monitoring, September-October 1982
Folder 25 Media, Bailey Deardourff Plan, May 1982
Folder 26 Media, Bailey Deardourff Ads, September 1982
Folder 27 Media, Bailey Deardourff Invoices, November 1982
Folder 28 Media, Ads, schedules and spots, September-October 1982
Folder 29 Media, MOR Ad Evaluation, undated
Folder 30 Media, JCW handwritten notes, September-October 1982
Folder 31 Media, Endorsement spots, October-November 1982
Folder 32 Media, Ad filming, July-August 1982
Folder 33 Media, Tribute/Issue Ads, September-November 1982
Folder 34 News Releases and campaign update memos, June-October 1982
Folder 35 Polls, JCW handwritten calculations, 1982
Folder 36 Polls, JCW handwritten calculations, 1982
Folder 37 Polls, JCW handwritten calculations, 1982
Folder 38 Voter Groups and mailings, June-September 1982
Folder 39 Voter Groups and mailings, June-October 1982
Folder 40 Public relations folder for press, 1982

Subseries 5. Election Results and Analyses, 1982-1983

Scope and Content Notes:

The final election results for both primary and general elections are documented in this subseries. However, the final field reports and analyses by MOR and JCW are particularly of interest. The Election Results and Analyses material date from 1982 to 1983.

Folder 41 Primary election results, May 1982
Folder 42 General election results, November 1982
Folder 43 Final field reports and campaign sign-off, November-December 1982
Folder 44 MOR Post-Election Analysis, November 1982
Folder 45 JCW post election survey and analysis, April 1983
Folder 46 Election Contributions, final, April 15, 1983

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