Guide to the Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- AIS.1998.30.06

ULS Archives & Special Collections

 Series VI. Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, 1967-1968

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series VI. Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention
Creator
Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-
Collection Number
AIS.1998.30.06
Date
1967-1968
Extent
8.75 linear feet
Abstract
Governor Raymond P. Shafer made constitutional reform a priority and voters were asked in the May 1967 primary to call a limited Constitutional Convention (Con Con). Dick Thornburgh's successful campaign for delegate and subsequent participation at the Constitutional Convention are well documented here. The four areas for which constitutional amendments were considered were: finance and taxation, the judiciary, legislative reapportionment, and local government. Thornburgh has continued to be an active proponent of merit-selection and home rule. The files are in twelve sections: Background reports and articles; Campaign for and delegate to Con Con; Convention opening and procedures; Convention Committees; Judiciary Committee working files; Judiciary Committee Subcommittees; Delegate Thornburgh's Files; Clippings, Editorials and Bulletins; Home Rule; Efforts to Implement Judiciary Article; Thornburgh's working copies of manuals, proposals and hearings; and Hardcover publications of Con Con. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.

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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Access Restrictions

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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)

  • Kirkpatrick & Lockhart.
  • Pennsylvania. Constitutional Convention (1967-1968).
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.). Home Rule Charter Advisory Committee.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- 1951-
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Politics and government

Personal Name(s)

  • Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-

Subject(s)

  • Government
  • Home rule -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Judges -- Selection and appointment -- United States
  • Personal papers
  • Politics

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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  VI. Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, 1967-1968 

Scope and Contents note

Following rather close on the heels of the '66 campaign for U.S. Congress, yet another Thornburgh campaign got underway despite some advice from friends to the contrary. Newly elected Pennsylvania Governor Raymond P. Shafer made constitutional reform a priority for his administration and voters were asked in the May 1967 primary to call a limited Constitutional Convention. Thornburgh's long standing interest in judicial reform and his then developing concerns about local government tempted him to run in his own Forty-third District, although heavily Democratic. Thornburgh's successful campaign for delegate and subsequent participation at the Constitutional Convention are well documented here as well as the workings of the convention, which the press quickly dubbed "Con Con." To date this remains Pennsylvania's most recent Constitutional Convention.

There were four specific areas for which constitutional amendments were to be considered: finance and taxation, the judiciary, legislative reapportionment, and local government. The Convention opened on December 1, 1967 and continued for three months during which time Thornburgh commuted back and forth between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Following the convention's closing on February 28, 1968, he participated in efforts to enact the resultant four proposals in the May 6 primary, particularly the judicial article, and embarked on a vigorous speaking tour to solicit voter support. Although all four were successfully passed in the primary, unfortunately the next year the watered-down judicial merit selection plan was defeated in a separate referendum. Thornburgh has continued to date to be an active proponent of merit-selection as evidenced in ongoing articles and op-eds (available here online).

Home Rule is a topic somewhat surprisingly very well documented here, a topic with which Thornburgh has maintained continuous interest up to and including the passage in 1998 of Pittsburgh's home rule charter. His 1969 article "Blueprint for Modern Government: A Home Rule Charter for Pittsburgh" is a "package of recommendations - some of which, years, later, were actually included in the Pittsburgh charter - [which] received a good deal of publicity and editorial approval" ( Evidence, p. 36).

"All of us who participated in this historic gathering took great satisfaction in our accomplishments ... For me, it was a truly exhilarating experience. After years of only talking about the political process, I had finally been able to be a central participant in the 'nuts and bolts' of a significant government effort ... I arrived home ... anxious to seek out the next challenge" ("Evidence" draft, p. 126).

The files are in twelve sections: "Background reports and articles," "Campaign for and delegate to Con Con," "Convention opening and procedures," "Convention Committees," "Judiciary Committee working files," "Judiciary Committee Subcommittees," "Delegate Thornburgh's Files," "Clippings, Editorials and Bulletins," "Home Rule," "Efforts to Implement Judiciary Article," "Thornburgh's working copies of manuals, proposals and hearings," and "Hardcover publications of Con Con."

Subseries  1. Background Reports and Articles 

Scope and Contents note

These records include background reports regarding constitutional revision in Pennsylvania over the years 1959-1967. There also are reports and drafts prepared by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and National Municipal League on subjects to be considered at the convention. The Pennsylvania Senate Bill "providing for a constitutional convention" is included as well as articles about judicial reform and other relevant constitutional issues.

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Background Reports and Booklets Regarding Constitutional Revision in Pennsylvania 1959-1967 261
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Major reports and drafts submitted by PA Bar Assn (annotated), and National Municipal League 1967 2
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State Constitutional Reform and Home Rule issues and background accompanying draft of paper entitled "The State Constitution as Symbol and as Instrument" by Harry Woodruff Turner undated 3
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PA Senate Bill No. 1 "providing for a constitutional convention" 1967 4
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"Proposals of the Pennsylvania Bar Association" and Statement regarding proposed Judiciary Article July 31, 1967 5
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"Judicial Reform in Pennsylvania" by Mercer D. Tate -Reprinted from Villanova Law Review Vol. 10, No. 2 (Winter 1965) 1965 6
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"Proceedings of the Seminar On Constitutional Issues" (annotated): Council for a More Effective Constitutional Convention," Penn State University October 6, 1967 7

Subseries  2. Campaign for and Delegate to the Constitutional Convention 

Scope and Contents note

In typical fashion, Dick Thornburgh meticulously maintained records both of his campaign and his participation at the convention. Much of the material is annotated and many drafts of proposals and articles are included. The news releases from his delegate campaign are particularly interesting background on the prospective work and goals of the convention and are available here online. His delegate news releases (also available online) and mailings further document the ongoing news from the convention. Delegate lists, programs and ephemera are here as well as the "Convention Reporter" news bulletins. Although convention proposals no doubt are available elsewhere, Thornburgh's individual delegate participation and personal delegate records from the convention in progress appear to be unique and especially of interest.

Delegate Campaign 

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Better Constitution Committee, Thornburgh Chairman and Treasurer 1967 8
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Delegate Campaign: memos, correspondence, clippings, editorials, brochures and drafts 1967 9
Online
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Campaign News Releases 1967 10
 1. Thornburgh Says Democrats Show "Contempt" for Charter Reform, August 27, 1967 Online
 2. Thornburgh Charges Mazzei with "Power Grab", September 3, 1967 Online
 3. Thornburgh Chides Moorhead for Poverty Politics, September, 1967 Online
 4. No one is Closer to Operation of Law Among Ordinary Citizens than Lawyers Who Serve with Anti-Poverty Program's Neighborhood Legal Services Association, October 4, 1967 Online
 5. Thornburgh to Attend Seminar on Constitutional Issues, October, 1967 Online
 6. Democratic Charter Candidates "Unfit," Thornburgh Says, October, 1967 Online
 7. Minor Judiciary Poll Results "Shocking," Thornburgh Says, October 19, 1967 Online
 8. Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Citizens Should be Shocked by Results of Poll Concerning Operation of the Minor Judiciary, 1967 Online
 9. Debate Challenge Renewed by Doyle and Thornburgh, 1967 Online
 10. Thornburgh, Doyle Propose Charter Revision Debates, 1967 Online
 11. Scranton Warned of Opposition to Judicial Reform, 1967 Online
 12. Mazzei Blocks Constitutional Debate, Thornburgh Charges, 1967 Online
 13. Constitution Needs Minor Judiciary "New Look," Thornburgh Says, 1967 Online
 14. Thornburgh Hits Moorhead's 1967 Record, 1967 Online
 15. Thornburgh's Statement for Radio Station WTAE, 1967 Online
 16. Thornburgh Lauds Home Rule Proposals, 1967 Online
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Con Con Clips and Editorials re: Delegate Campaigns 1967 11
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Letters of Congratulations on Election as Delegate to the Convention August -December 1967 12

Delegate to Con Con 

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Delegate News Releases and Mailings 1967-1968 13
 1. Thornburgh's proposal paves way for elimination of antiquated elective office of coroner in Pennsylvania, December 20, 1967 ("Thornburgh's proposal paves way for elimination of antiquated elective office of coroner in Pennsylvania," online pending)
 2. Thornburgh discloses that Mazzei wife on Public Rolls, February 7, 1968 Online
 3. Thornburgh hails 'People's Fight' against Minor Judiciary, February 8, 1968 Online
 4. Thornburgh hails Con Con Work; Hits "Nay-Sayers", March 5, 1968 Online
 5. Thornburgh asks Lawyers to Support Con Con Judiciary Proposal, March 13, 1968 Online
 6. Don't Break Faith on Minor Judiciary Reform, Thornburgh Asks, March 20, 1968 Online
 7. Thornburgh Asks Bar Association to Support Con Con Judiciary Proposal, March 22, 1968 Online
 8. Con Con Bi-Partisan Effort, Thornburgh Tells G.O.P. Women, March 27, 1968 Online
 9. Thornburgh Suggests Con Con Judiciary Objections are "Smokescreen", April 16, 1968 Online
 10. Thornburgh Labels Con Con Home Rule Objections "Red Herring", March 25, 1968 Online
 11. Con Con Proposals Speak to Ghetto Problems, Says Thornburgh, April 14, 1968 Online
 12. Appoint Charter Commission Now, Thornburgh Asks Mayor, April 25, 1968 Online
 13. Thornburgh scores Mazzei "Triple Dip" and asks Resignation, 1968 Online
 14. Thornburgh hits Fleming Criticism of Judiciary Article, 1968 Online
 15. Remarks of Richard L. Thornburgh, Delegate to Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention from the 43rd Senatorial District, 1968 Online
 16. Thornburgh Praises Con Con Delegates; Sees Healthy Compromises, 1968 Online
 17. Con Con Judiciary Article Objections Termed "Misinformed", 1968 Online
 18. Con Con Judiciary Article Objections "Unfounded," Thornburgh Says, 1968 Online
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Delegate to Con Con: programs, delegate ephemera, programs, expenses and events 1967-1968 14
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Delegate Binder: includes guidebook, roster, and daily "Convention Reporter" news bulletins 1967-1968 15
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Delegates to Con Con: Lists, directories, and license plate undated 16
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Correspondence from Thornburgh, Delegate November 1967-April 1968 17
Online
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Correspondence to Thornburgh, Delegate December 1967-December 1968 18
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Correspondence from Hymen Diamond December 1967-March 1968 19
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Delegate Mail/Memos from Outside Organizations 1967-1968 20

Subseries  3. Convention Opening and Procedures 

Scope and Contents note

Opening remarks of Pennsylvania Governors Scranton and Shafer and President Broderick of the convention are included here. Thornburgh's early participation on the Temporary Committee on Rules and Organization is documented as well as his memo on proposed convention rules and procedures, much of which was taken into account in the final rules. One of his two committee appointments, here the Committee on Style and Drafting, contains agendas, drafts and edited convention proposals. "Counsels" to the convention are here, too. News releases and memoranda of the convention further document the convention in progress.

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Opening of Con Con: Remarks by former Governor Scranton and Governor Shafer December 1, 1967 271
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President Broderick Remarks and Letters 1968 2
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Temporary Committee on Rules and Organization; Thornburgh Memo: Suggested Proposed Convention Rules and Procedure (annotated) 1967-1968 3
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Committee on Style and Drafting: memos, agendas, drafts and edited convention proposals; Thornburgh a member January-February 1968 4
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Counsel to Convention Opinions: Marvin Comisky (incomplete) 1967-1968 5
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News releases and memoranda January-March, 1968 6

Subseries  4. Convention Committees 

Scope and Contents note

Materials from four major committees of the convention appear in this small section: local government, administrative and finance, legislative apportionment, and taxation and finance. These files include information from the public hearings before these committees, frequently with Thornburgh annotations. Additionally there is a report from the committee on "arrangement and submission and address to the people."

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Local Government 1967-1968 7
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Administrative and Finance 1967-1968 8
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Legislative Apportionment 1967-1968 9
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"Committee on Arrangement, Submission and Address to the People: Recommendation No. 1" 1967-1968 10
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Taxation and Finance 1967-1968 11

Subseries  5. Judiciary Committee Working Files 

Scope and Contents note

Most of the early work of the convention was done in committee. Thornburgh was appointed to the Judiciary Committee where he served as Secretary. This rich group of files includes minutes, issues, drafts, memoranda, schedules, correspondence and proposals. There is much regarding Delegate Proposal 1000, the first proposed amendment to the constitution, which was submitted by Dick Thornburgh. This was the judicial reform plan drafted by the Pennsylvania Bar Association upon which he had worked for the previous five years. There is much here about the Judicial Committee Proposal 7 and rebutting objections to it. Attacks on the proposal focused on "merit selection" provisions designed to take judicial selection out of the political arena. The Judiciary Committee was co-chaired by former Governor Scranton and Philadelphia financier and community leader Gustave Amsterdam.

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Minutes, Assignments and issues 1967-1968 12
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Drafts, Memoranda. Schedules and Correspondence 1967-1968 13
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Action Reports 1968 14
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Judiciary Proposal, drafts January, 1968 15
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Judiciary Article, Amendments (annotated) February, 1968 16
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Delegate Proposal 1000, by RLT (annotated) later Judicial Proposal No.7 1967-1968 17
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Judiciary Committee Proposal No. 7 Original and amended 1968 18
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Endorsement of Proposal 1000 from Allegheny Bar Association: letter (Proposal 7) December 22, 1967 19
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Schedules to Supplement Proposal No. 7 February, 1968 20
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Judicial Committee Report in Support Of Committee Proposal No. 7 and Supporting correspondence February, 1968 21
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Proposal No. 7: Pomeroy on behalf Of Allegheny County Bar Assn rebuts Objections to Proposal 7 April, 1968 22

Subseries  6. Judiciary Subcommittees, Correspondence and Issues 

Scope and Contents note

A number of subcommittees worked on various aspects of judicial reform: minor judiciary, tenure, retirement, and selection of judges for example. These are essentially working files and include background information, drafts, proposals from subcommittees, and in some cases votes. Also here are files from the 1969 pre primary efforts to pass judicial reform proposals, more of which appear in section 06:10.

Judicial Issues 

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Judicial Issues in Philadelphia January 1968 281
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Minor Judiciary Issues in Allegheny County February, 1968 2
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Judicial Issues and Systems from Other States 1968 3

Correspondence, Articles and Reports 

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Correspondence to the Judiciary Committee 1968 4
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Judicial Selection articles, reports and correspondence 1968 5
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Pro/Con Judiciary speeches and article 1968 6

Subcommittees 

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Minor Judiciary November-January, 1967-1968 7
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Tenure December 1967 8
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Retirement undated 9
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Judicial Administration and Organization, Thornburgh Memo undated 10

Selection of Judges 

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Minutes and Proposals of Selection of Judges Sub Committee December-January, 1967-1968 11
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Background Information 1967 12
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Binder: drafts and proposals from subcommittees 1968 13
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Votes and Drafts 1967-1968 14
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State and Local Judicial Nominating Commissions December, 1967 15

Pre Primary Actions regarding Merit Selection 

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Merit Selection-pre primary efforts to pass judicial reform proposals April-May, 1969 16

Subseries  7. Thornburgh's Topic Files 

Scope and Contents note

These topic files evidence Thornburgh's deep and ongoing interest in judicial and home rule topics. The materials consist of reports, articles and clippings and particularly in the case of "local government" (i.e. home rule) the files include relevant material dating prior to the convention. This material augments his actual working files of the convention.

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The Courts 1967 17
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Juvenile Courts 1967 18
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Local Government 1965 19
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Local and Municipal Taxation 1967 20
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County Taxation 1967 21
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State Taxation 1967 22

Subseries  8. Clippings, Editorials and Bulletins 

Scope and Contents note

This small group of material is in effect monitoring the public response to the actions and proposals of the convention in the form of news clippings and editorials during the months of the convention. Additionally there are bulletins from the convention itself, although not complete here.

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Con Con original news clippings 1968 23
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Con Con editorials 1968 24
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Con Con news bulletins (incomplete) 1968 25

Subseries  9. Home Rule 

Scope and Contents note

These files document in detail Thornburgh's persistent interest in home rule, which was one of the two areas on which he concentrated at the convention. The local government amendment subsequently adopted was the authority for all local government units to adopt home rule charters for their governance. A sub theme as Thornburgh and other reformers saw it was the opportunity to streamline the governmental process. There was then and over subsequent years continued resistance to the changes a home rule charter would promote and any reform that threatened existing political power structures. Not only is there much material from the drafting sub-committee and home rule committees at the convention but also considerable material following the convention regarding the promotion of home rule for Pittsburgh into the 1970s. Thornburgh in fact was Chair of a Drafting Sub-Committee of the Pittsburgh Home Rule Committee in 1969. Included, too, are speeches, event files and news releases by Thornburgh during 1967-68 and a paper with drafts which he wrote and distributed in 1969 entitled "Blueprint for Modern Government: A Home Rule Charter for Pittsburgh." It is interesting to note that it was not until 1998 that Pittsburgh finally passed its home rule charter. These home rule files are unique in identifying the history of this topic in Pittsburgh over subsequent years as well as during the active period of the convention.

Advisory Subcommittee and Drafting Subcommittee 

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Home Rule Advisory Committee and Drafting Sub-Committee 1969 291
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Clippings regarding formation of Advisory Committee and Drafting Sub-Committee early 1969 2
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Richard L. Thornburgh, Chair, Drafting Sub-Committee early 1969 3
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Report of Drafting Sub-Committee of Pittsburgh Home Rule Committee June 6, 1969 4
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Background Information for report on Drafting Sub-Committee March 18, 1969 - May 7, 1969 5
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"County Government under PA Constitution," by PA Economy League December, 1967 6

Speeches and Events 

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Speeches October-November, 1970 7
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Events regarding Home Rule 1971-1974 8

News Releases 

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Press Releases 1968-1972 9
Thornburgh joins as co-sponsor of the proposal of the City of Pittsburgh aimed at providing its citizens with advantages of home rule, control of structure of government and personnel practices, and fiscal tools necessary to govern in years ahead, January 3, 1968 Online
Thornburgh hits Home Rule Charter "Footdragging", January, 1969 Online
Thornburgh states that home rule is in trouble in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, September 28, 1972 Online
Statement for Hearings of Government Study Commission City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, October 10, 1973 Online
Thornburgh tells League of Women Voters of Mt. Lebanon that official inaction on home rule short-changes the people of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, January 12, 1972 Online

Correspondence, Notes, Remarks and Drafts 

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Correspondence related to "Blueprint for a Modern Government:..." and January 16, 1969 article from "Point" 1969 10
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Paper: "Blueprint for Modern Government: A Home Rule Charter for Pittsburgh" by Thornburgh (with drafts) January 10, 1969 11
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Speech: "Metropolitan Government...Would You Repeat the Question?" as published in Legal Journal vol. 119 No. 3, 3/1/71 March 1, 1971 12
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Correspondence to Thornburgh- post draft: June, 1969-1974 13
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Correspondence and notes of Thornburgh 1968-1972 14
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Remarks, articles and reports by local and national officials and Thornburgh 1970-1972 15

Home Rule Charter for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County 

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Home Rule Charter- Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Discussion Drafts 1973-1974 16
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Studies and Reports 1972-1977 17
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Presentation to Allegheny County Government Study Commission by Committee for Progress in Allegheny County 1977 18

Pamphlets, Reports and Editorials 

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Home Rule Editorials 1970-1974 19
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League of Women Voters Home Rule Fact Sheet and Information 1970-1974 20
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"Local Government Reform in Allegheny County: Can LEAA Help It Happen?" by James M. Seif under Local Government Seminar, University of Pittsburgh December 1970 21
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Pamphlets and Reports on Home Rule: Local and National Articles on Home Rule 1965-1969 22
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Local and National Articles on Home Rule 1966-1970 23

Subseries  10. Efforts to Implement the Judiciary 

Scope and Contents note

These are the detailed files associated with efforts to promote and implement, in this case, the judiciary article. The news articles and files cover 1967-1968 with strong, organized efforts prior to the May 1968 primary. Thornburgh's files from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Committee on Implementation of Judiciary Article are particularly detailed, especially the Sub-Committee on Community Courts of which he was Chairman. There is additional information from the Allegheny County Bar Association as well as post Con Con speaking engagements and efforts by a Lawyers Committee for "Yes" vote. There are in depth reports pre primary and related post primary victory celebrations. Finally there are two files of historical interest, one a report by Mercer Tate from Con Con, in progress, and a "Con Con History" by George Wolf, published by the National Municipal League in 1969.

Bar Associations 

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"Project Constitution": Pennsylvania Bar Association 1962-1966 301
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Revision Committee: Allegheny Bar Association 1967, 1970-1971 2-3
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PA Bar Association Committee on Implementation of Judiciary Article, Part I, 1968-1969 4
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PA Bar Association Committee on Implementation of Judiciary Article, Part I: Sub-Committee on Community Courts, Thornburgh Chairman 1963-1969 5-7
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PA Bar Association Committee on Implementation of Judiciary Article, Part II 1968-1969 8-9
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Clippings regarding judiciary matters 1968-1969 10
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PA Bar Association Committee on Implementation of Judiciary Article, "Report of the Subcommittee on Community Courts," Richard L. Thornburgh, Chairman September 27, 1968 11
Online

Pre and Post Primary 1968 Actions and Results 

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Post Con Con Speaking Engagements and Lawyers Committee for "Yes" vote (pre-primary and including election results) March-May, 1968 12
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"A Review of Judiciary Article Proposed by PA Constitutional Committee," Thornnburgh speech to PA Bar Association House of Delegates March 22, 1968 13
Online
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Pre Primary Promotions to Vote from various political and business people March-May, 1968 14
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In depth committee reports (pre-primary) (4) April, 1968 15
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Con Con Proposals Passed: Primary May, 1968 16
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Memos post primary; victory celebration May-June, 1968 17
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Statement of RLT before the Judiciary Committee of the Senate of PA October 23, 1968 18
Online

Con Con History 

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Reports from Con Con by Mercer Tate 1967-1968 19
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"Constitutional Revision in Pennsylvania: The Dual Tactic of Amendment and Limited Convention," by George D. Wolf, published by National Municipal League 1969 20

Subseries  11. Working Copies of Manuals, Proposals and Hearings 

Scope and Contents note

This section documents delegate proposals, and history of proposals, including Thornburgh's working manuals. There is much material from public hearings before various committees, including especially the presentations before the Judiciary Committee, some with Thornburgh annotations. The public hearings before the Committee on Legislative Apportionment also contain his annotations.

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Delegate Proposals 1000-1209: including 1000 and 1138 by Thornburgh 1967-1968 311
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Convention Calendar and History of Proposals, with indexes to proposals and resolutions February 29, 1968 2
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Thornburgh's reference manuals (1-9) annotated 1967-1968 3
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Thornburgh's Proposals Adopted: working manuals, history and indexes 1967-1968 4
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Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention Public Hearings Before the Committee on the Judiciary December 27,1967 5
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Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention Public Hearings Before the Committee on Local Government December 28, 1967 6
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Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention Public Hearings Before the Committee on Taxation and State Finance December 29, 1967 7
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Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention Public Hearings Before the Committee on Legislative Apportionment (annotated) December 29, 1967 8
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Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention Presentation Before the Committee on the Judiciary (annotated) January 4, 1968 and January 5, 1968 9
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Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention Presentation Before the Committee on the Judiciary January 9, 1968 and January 11, 1968 10

Subseries  12. Constitutional Convention Publications 

Scope and Contents note

These volumes are official and inclusive accounts of the convention: debates and journals of the convention, reference manuals, and proposals adopted by the convention.

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Debates of the Constitutional Convention: Vol. I "Supplemental Information Relating to the Convention and Journals of the Convention" December 1, 1967-February 9, 1968 321
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Debates of the Constitutional Convention: Vol. II "Journals of the Constitution" February 12-29, 1968 2
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"Journals of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention" 1967-1968 3
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Reference Manual #1: The Convention 1967-1968 4
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Reference Manual #2: Constitutions of Pennsylvania and the United States 1967-1968 5
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Reference Manual #3: A History of Pennsylvania Constitutions 1967-1968 6
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Reference Manual #4: Local Government 1967-1968 7
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Reference Manual #5: The Judiciary 1967-1968 8
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Reference Manual #6: Legislative Apportionment 1967-1968 9
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Reference Manual #7: Taxation and State Finance 1967-1968 10
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Reference Manuals #8 and #9: Bibliography and Index 1967-1968 11
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Constitutional Proposals Adopted by the Convention 1967-1968 12

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