Guide to the Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- AIS.1998.30.21

ULS Archives & Special Collections

 Series XXI. Scrapbooks, 1966-1987

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series XXI. Scrapbooks
Creator
Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-
Collection Number
AIS.1998.30.21
Date
1966-1987
Extent
35.0 items
Abstract
The Dick Thornburgh scrapbook collection, consists of 25 linear feet of colorful material. Family members started collecting news articles and clippings in the 1960s, early in his career, when Dick Thornburgh was just launching into civic activity and political participation. His wife, Ginny, was a dedicated "scrapbook maker" and the results of her efforts are an excellent record of Thornburgh's early years up until the 1978 gubernatorial campaign, when campaign staff essentially took over the task. There are nine oversized scrapbooks from the 1978 and 1982 campaigns for Governor that include some material not found elsewhere in the collection. All of the above have been reformatted for preservation. Other family members contributed more family and notable event oriented scrapbooks. Although preservation concerns remain for some of these, they add significant color and content to the Dick Thornburgh archives. 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

University of Pittsburgh Library System
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

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)

  • Pennsylvania. Constitutional Convention (1967-1968).
  • Pennsylvania. Governor (1979-1987: Thornburgh).
  • Pennsylvania. Governor. -- Elections
  • United States. Attorney (Pennsylvania : Western District).
  • United States. Congress. House. -- Elections
  • United States. Office of the Assistant Attorney General.

Family Name(s)

  • Thornburgh family

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- 1951-

Personal Name(s)

  • Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-
  • Thornburgh, Ginny (Judson)

Subject(s)

  • Education
  • Government
  • Personal papers
  • Political campaigns -- Pennsylvania
  • Politics
  • Social action
  • Women

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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  XXI. Scrapbooks, 1966-1987 

Scope and Contents note

It is not unusual for collections of public figures to include scrapbooks. The archives of Dick Thornburgh are no exception. Family members, in particular, started collecting news articles and clippings in the 1960s, early in his career when Thornburgh was just launching into civic activity and political participation. His wife, Ginny, was a dedicated "scrapbook maker" and the results of her efforts are an excellent record of Thornburgh's early years up until the 1978 gubernatorial campaign, when campaign staff essentially took over the task. Ginny's early scrapbooks have all been reformatted for preservation and are incredibly useful. When she started out in the early 1960s there was no way to know that she was documenting the foundations of such a remarkable public service career as Dick Thornburgh's became in subsequent years.

In addition, there are oversized scrapbooks from both the 1978 and 1982 campaigns for Governor, 9 in total. They are a fascinating account of the ups and downs of the 1978 campaign against former Pittsburgh Mayor, Peter Flaherty, as well as the 1982 re-election campaign against Alan Ertel. Anyone exploring the changes in campaigns over the years, as well as the issue content of each, will find these very interesting. These, too, have been reformatted for preservation.

Ginny Thornburgh's mother, Virginia Judson, and Dick Thornburgh's sister, Ann Thornburgh also contributed charming scrapbooks about Ginny's public life, and Thornburgh family oriented inaugural scrapbooks, as well as other notable events. Nowhere is the affection of the Thornburgh family better represented. Although preservation concerns remain for some of these, these scrapbooks add significant color and content to the Dick Thornburgh archives.

Subseries  1. Dick Thornburgh Scrapbooks 

Section: Newsclippings Vols.I-IX, 1966-1978 

  BoxItem
Volume I: includes Campaign for U.S. Congress, 1966, and Constitutional Convention, 1967-1968 1966-1968 SB11
  Item
Volume II: includes selection as U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania, 1969 1969-1970 2
  Item
Volume III: U.S.Attorney 1970 3
  BoxItem
Volume IV: U.S. Attorney 1971-1972 SB21
  Item
Volume V: U.S. Attorney November 1972-1973 2
  Item
Volume VI: includes appointment as Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division January 1974-May, 1975 3
  BoxItem
Volume VII: Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division May-December 1975 SB31
  Item
Volume VIII: Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division January-July 1976 2
  Item
Volume IX: Concludes with resignation as Assistant Attorney General and return to Pittsburgh August 1976-March, 1977 3

Section: Ann Thornburgh Scrapbooks, 1966-1978, 1988 

  Item
U.S. Congress Campaign through Assistant Attorney General, Washington, DC 1966-1976 4
  Item
Thornburgh named Attorney General of the United States 1988 5

Subseries  2. Campaigns for Governor 

Section: Campaign for Governor, 1978 

  BoxItem
Volume I: Pre primary up to and including Campaign Announcement, January, 1978 1977-Spring 1978 SB41
  BoxItem
Volume II: Primary Election Spring 1978-May 1978 SB52
  BoxItem
Volume III: Post Primary and General Election Campaign June-September 1978 SB61
  BoxItem
Volume IV: General Election Campaign October-November 1978 SB72
  BoxItem
Volume V: Election Day and Transition November 1978-February 1979 SB81

Section: Re-election Campaign for Governor (with reformats), 1982 

  BoxItem
Volume I: Primary Campaign; and reformatted scrapbook September 1981-May 1982 SB91
  BoxItem
Volume II: General Election Campaign; and reformatted scrapbook May-August 1982 SB102
  BoxItem
Volume III: General Election Campaign - Election Day; and reformatted scrapbook September-November 7,1982 SB111
  BoxItem
Volume IV: Victory - Inauguration; and reformatted scrapbook November 8, 1982 -January, 1983 SB122

Subseries  3. Ginny Thornburgh Scrapbooks 

  BoxItem
Gubernatorial Campaign '78 (1 of 2), 1978 SB131
  Item
Gubernatorial Campaign '78 (2 of 2), 1978 2
  Item
Inaugural (1 of 2), 1979 3
  Item
Inaugural (2 of 2), 1979 4
  Item
Virginia Judson (Ginny's mother) Scrapbook of Europe trip, 1973 5
  Item
Ann Thornburgh (sister of Dick Thornburgh) scrapbook about Ginny Thornburgh, 1963-1975 6

Subseries  4. Scrapbooks, 1980-1987 

  BoxItem
News clippings and ephemera Spring-August, 1980 SB141
  Item
News clippings and ephemera September-December, 1980 2
  Item
News clippings and ephemera late 1980-1981 3
  Item
News clippings and ephemera January-November, 1981 4
  Item
News clippings and ephemera May-June 1982 5
  Item
News clippings and ephemera September - November 1982 6
  BoxItem
News clippings and ephemera January-May 1983 SB151
  Item
News clippings and ephemera May-December 1983 2
  Item
News clippings and ephemera 1984-1987 3

Subseries  5. Reformatted Scrapbooks 

Section: Newsclippings Vols.I-IX, 1966-1978 

  BoxItem
Reformat SB Vol. 1 1966-1968 SB161
  Item
Reformat SB Vol. 2 1969-1970 2
  Item
Reformat SB Vol. 3 1970 3
  Item
Reformat SB Vol. 4 1971-1972 4
  Item
Reformat SB Vol. 5 November 1972-1973 5
  BoxItem
Reformat SB Vol. 6 January 1974-May, 1975 SB171
  Item
Reformat SB Vol. 7 May-December 1975 2
  Item
Reformat SB Vol. 8 January-July 1976 3
  Item
Reformat SB Vol. 9 August 1976-March, 1977 4

Section: Gubernatorial Campaign, 1978 

  BoxItem
78 Reformatted Scrapbooks I 1977-Spring 1978 SB181
  Item
78 Reformatted Scrapbook II Spring 1978-May 1978 2
  BoxItem
78 Reformatted Scrapbooks III June-September 1978 SB191
  Item
78 Reformatted Scrapbook IV October-November 1978 2
  BoxItem
78 Reformatted Scrapbook V November 1978-February 1979 SB201

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