Guide to the Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- AIS.1998.30.01

ULS Archives & Special Collections

 Series I. Youth and Education, 1932-1957

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series I. Youth and Education
Creator
Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-
Collection Number
AIS.1998.30.01
Date [inclusive]
1932-1957
Extent
8.75 linear feet
Abstract
The first series of the Thornburgh Papers includes materials from his earliest days, growing up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, and continuing through his years of education, graduating in 1957 from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law. The files are arranged in four sections that reflect Thornburgh's academic progression: "Youth," "Mercersburg Academy," "Yale University," and "University of Pittsburgh School of Law." Included are personal items such as a childhood diary, photographs, school newspaper "Sportorials," college term papers and examinations, and all class notes and annotated texts from law school. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.
Sponsor Note
This finding aid is available on line as result of a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania grant to the University of Pittsburgh and with collaboration of the Archives Service Center and the Digital Research Library.

Preferred Citation

Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- , AIS.1998.30, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 30, 2004

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Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
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Access restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dick Thornburgh, February 27, 1998.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Nancy Watson, Curator of the Thornburgh Papers, Holly Mengel, Project Archivist, and a team of graduate students. Processing was made possible by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2002.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Holly Mengel in 2004. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 3608599

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Mercersburg Academy.
  • Rossyln Farms Elementary School (Rossyln Farms, Pa.).
  • University of Pittsburgh. School of Law.
  • Yale University.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Rosslyn Farms (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-
  • Thornburgh, Dick, 1932- -- Childhood and youth
  • Thornburgh, Dick, 1932- -- Knowledge and learning

Subject(s)

  • Education
  • Government
  • Personal papers
  • Politics
  • University of Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- , AIS.1998.30, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Youth and Education, 1932-1957 

Scope and Contents note

Dick Thornburgh grew up in Rosslyn Farms, Pennsylvania, an upper middle-class suburb of Pittsburgh. He attended Rosslyn Farms Elementary School (1937-1945), a four-room schoolhouse for kindergarten through eighth grade and where eight to ten students to a class was the norm. In 1945, Thornburgh graduated from elementary school and subsequently enjoyed only one year at Carnegie High School. Thornburgh's parents recognized that he was not being challenged academically, thus he continued his high school education at Mercersburg Academy ('50).

Thornburgh subsequently attended Yale University ('54), majoring in engineering, although admittedly not suited to the math and science required. However, he did develop a love for writing, politics and law, and went on to earn a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law ('57). Academically Thornburgh lived up to his potential there and was soon second in his class. He earned a place on the law review, and was selected for the moot court team ( Evidence, p. 11).

These earliest files in the Thornburgh archive are remarkable in several respects. Firstly they are surprising. How many of us have saved a diary from age thirteen, "Sportorials" for the school paper, or college term papers and examinations, or class notes from graduate school? These items can be found here. Secondly, the class notes and annotated texts from law school set the stage for what became a brilliant law career, ultimately as the seventy sixth Attorney General of the United States.

The "Youth and Education" files are in four sections: "Youth," "Mercersburg Academy," "Yale University," and "University of Pittsburgh School of Law."

Subseries  1. Youth, 1932-1946 

Scope and Contents note

These files are arranged chronologically and include Thornburgh's birth certificate, elementary school test scores and childhood memorabilia.

  BoxFolder
Birth Certificate, Baptism, Confirmation and Inoculation Records, Rosslyn Farms, PA, 1932-1945 11
  Folder
Metropolitan Achievement Test Results (1939), "Public School Diploma, Allegheny County" (May 29, 1946), graduation 8th grade, 1939, 1946 2
  Folder
Carnegie High School, 1945-1946 3
  Folder
Personal Diary, aged 13, 1946 4
  Folder
Family Prayer Books, 1889, 1893, 1944, 1952 5
  Folder
Sports team pin collection and Airplane Packet Cards, undated 6

Subseries  2. Mercersburg Academy, 1946-1950 

Scope and Contents note

The files are arranged chronologically. Materials include composition books, memorabilia and "Sportorials." The "Sportorials" were written by Thornburgh for the Academy newspaper and are described by him as his "most fulfilling activity" while at Mercersburg ( Evidence, p. 6).

  Folder
Modern Language Course, Graduation Certificate and Memorabilia, 1947-1950 7
  Folder
"Sportorials" by Dick Thornburgh and articles about him, 1947-1950 8
  Folder
Handwritten "English Composition Book " with essays, including "The Story of my Life", 1948-1949 9

Subseries  3. Yale University, 1950-1954 

Scope and Contents note

Among the items here will be found: Thornburgh's acceptance of admission letter from Yale, class notebooks, research papers, copies of The Yale Record, sports and theatre programs, memorabilia and diary from Thornburgh's 1953 trip to Europe. Some post-graduation alumni items have also been included here.

  Folder
Memorabilia including Yale acceptance letter and transcript of all four years, 1950-1954 10
  Folder
Playbills and Programs, 1950-1954 11
  Folder
Drama productions, 1950-1951 12
  Folder
"Promenades", 1952, 1954 13
  Folder
Football programs, 1950-1951, 1953, 1959 14-15
  Folder
Basketball and swimming programs, 1950-1952 16
  Folder
" '54 ": a Yale Banner Publication, 1950-1951 17
  Folder
"The Yale Record", September, 1950-October, 1952 18-19
  Folder
Papers and research: Flood Control, Pittsburgh and History of Pennsylvania Turnpike, 1954 20
"Flood Control-Pittsburgh, PA", 1954 Online
"The Pennsylvania Turnpike--Harrisburg to Pittsburgh: America's First 'Dream Highway'", 1954 Online
  Folder
Paper: "Surgoinsville Hydro-Electric Project, Holston River, TN", 1954 21
  Folder
Baccalaureate and Commencement Programs, June 6-7, 1954 22
  BoxFolder
Papers and exams: Structural Engineering, 1954 21
  Folder
The Robert A. Taft Memorial Lecture Series, Watertown, CT, February 24, 1954 2
  Folder
Notebook: Yale Engineering Camp, East Lyme, CT, 1952 3
  Folder
Class Notebooks, 1952-1954 4-6
  Folder
Class Notes and Textbook: "History of Art", 1954 7
  Folder
Class Notebook: Civil Engineering "Water Supply", January, 1954-June, 1954 8
  Folder
Quizzes, 1953-1954 9
  Folder
"The Yankanuck Song Book", ca. 1954 10
  Folder
Trip to Europe Memorabilia, 1953 11
  Folder
Trip to Europe Memorabilia and trip diary, 1953 12
  Folder
Post Graduation; 25th Reunion 1979, articles, 1979 13

Subseries  4. University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1954-1957 

Scope and Contents note

The papers are arranged chronologically and consist of four sections: 1) notes, reports and memorabilia; 2) Law Reviews and anniversary publication; 3) handwritten class notebooks; and 4) Thornburgh's annotated textbooks. Publications in the second section consist of  The University of Pittsburgh Law Review (1954-1957) as well as  Pitt Magazine's coverage of the seventy fifth anniversary of the Law School (1970). The Class notebooks section rather remarkably consists of twenty-two handwritten notebooks from each law school class, every semester. Of particular interest, too, are textbooks with his annotations, and one with a fetching pin-up picture inside the cover.

Section: Notes, Reports and Memorabilia 

  BoxFolder
Memorabilia especially including "Recollections About Ginny" (2004 bio of Thornburgh's first wife, Virginia Hooton Thornburgh), 1954-1957, 2004 31
  Folder
School transcript, 1954-1957 2
  Folder
Moot Law Court: notes and research, Fall, 1954 3
  Folder
Common Pleas case: Ralph Wilson vs. Pennsylvania Railroad Co., Thornburgh et al attorneys, 1956 5
  Folder
Supreme Court Case: Leopard Oil Co. Inc. vs. Superoil Corp., 1955 4
  Folder
Federal Case: DeEugenio vs. Allis Chalmers, pre-trial notes, 1956 6
  Folder
Federal Case: DeEugenio vs. Allis Chalmers, Thornburgh et al attorneys, 1956 7
  Folder
Non Law Review Award, 1957 8
  Folder
Class of 1957 parody photographs, 1957 9
  Folder
Secretary, Class of 1957: Alumni Funds, 1962 10
  Folder
1967 "Who's Who" Class of 1957 and notes, October, 1967 11
  Folder
1972 and 1997 "Who's Who" Class of 1957, October 21, 1972, September 12-14, 1997 12
  Folder
Lawyer's Register, no. 151 first edition, July, 1962 13
  Folder
Exams, 1954-1957 14
  Folder
Correspondence regarding Board of Law Examiners and 1957 passage of bar exam, 1955-1958 15
  Folder
Selective Service Form and Letter to the Draft Board, April 29, 1957, October 4, 1957 16

Section: School of Law Publications 

  Folder
University of Pittsburgh Law Review, v. 16 nos. 1-4, 1954-1955 17
  Folder
University of Pittsburgh Law Review, v. 17 nos. 1, 2, and 3, 1955-1956 18
  Folder
University of Pittsburgh Law Review, v. 18 nos. 2 and 4, 1957 19
  Folder
Pitt Magazine: The School of Law's 75th Anniversary, v. 26, no. 2, Summer, 1970 20

Section: Class Notebooks 

  BoxFolder
Torts, Fall, 1954 41
  Folder
Property, Fall, 1954 2
  Folder
Contracts, Fall, 1954 3
  Folder
Legislative Process, Fall, 1954 4
  Folder
Criminal Law, Spring, 1955 5
  Folder
Constitutional Law, Fall, 1955 6
  Folder
Equity, Fall, 1955 7
  Folder
Property II, Fall, 1955 8
  Folder
Evidence, Fall, 1955 9
  Folder
Negotiable Instruments, Fall, 1955 10
  Folder
Corporations, Fall, 1955 11
  Folder
Suretyship, Spring, 1956 12
  Folder
Descendant's Estates, Spring, 1956 13
  Folder
Property II, Spring, 1956 14
  Folder
Trusts, Fall, 1956 15
  Folder
Taxation, Fall, 1956 16
  Folder
Future Interests, Fall, 1956 17
  Folder
Common Pleas, Fall, 1956 18
  Folder
Conflicts, Spring, 1957 19
  Folder
Taxation II, Spring, 1957 20
  Folder
Labor, Spring, 1957 21
  Folder
Sales, Spring, 1957 22

Section: Thornburgh's Annotated Textbooks 

  Folder
Fraser's Cases and Readings on Property: Introduction (pinup picture), 1954-1957 23
  Folder
Cases and Materials on Criminal Law and Procedure, 1954-1957 24
  BoxFolder
Cases and Materials on Real Property and Conveyancing, 1954-1957 51
  Folder
Cases and Materials on the Law of Sales and Sales Financing, 1954-1957 2
  Folder
Fraser's Case and Readings on Personal Property, 1954-1957 3
  Folder
Cases on Labor Law, 1954-1957 4
  Folder
Case Materials on Future Interests, 1954-1957 5
  Folder
Cases on Equity, 1954-1957 6
  Folder
Cases on Wills and Administration, 1954-1957 7
  BoxFolder
A Selection of Cases on the Law of Contracts, 1954-1957 61
  Folder
Cases and Materials on Legislation, 1954-1957 2
  Folder
Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes Annotated, Permanent Edition: Title 12A Uniform Commercial Code 1-101 to 3-806, 1954-1957 3
  Folder
Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes Annotated, Permanent Edition: Title 12A Uniform Commercial Code 4-101 to End, 1954-1957 4
  Folder
Cases on the Law of Bills and Notes, 1954-1957 5
  Folder
Cases and Materials on the Law of Corporations, 1954-1957 6
  Folder
Cases and Materials on the Law of Credit Transactions, 1954-1957 7
  Folder
Cases and Other Materials on the Law of Taxation, 1954-1957 8
  Folder
Notes found inside Cases on Agency, 1954-1957 9
  Folder
Cases on Agency, 1954-1957 10
  Folder
A Preliminary Survey of the Law of Real Property, 1954-1957 11
  BoxFolder
Cases and Materials on Constitutional Law, 1954-1957 71
  Folder
Cases on Torts, 1954-1957 2
  Folder
Inserts and notes found in Cases and Other Materials on Civil Procedure, 1954-1957 3
  Folder
Cases and Other Materials on Civil Procedure, 1954-1957 4
  Folder
Pennsylvania Common Pleas Practice: Statutes, Rules, Forms and Cases, 1954-1957 5
  Folder
Cases and Materials on the Law of Evidence, 1954-1957 6
  Folder
Report of the Joint State Government Commission of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Relating to the Following: Descendants' Estates Laws Fiduciaries Act of 1949 Fiduciaries Investment Act of 1949, 1954-1957 7
  Folder
Report of the Joint State Government Commission of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Relating to the Following: Descendants' Estates Laws Interstate Act of 1947, Wills Act of 1947, Principal and Income Act of 1947, dated 1951, 1954-1957 8
  Folder
Select Cases and Other Authorities on the Law of Trusts, 1954-1957 9
  Folder
Conflict of Laws: Cases and Materials, 1954-1957 10
  Folder
Statutory Supplement to Cases on Labor Law, 1954-1957 11

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