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RG-10
Records of the OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Series Descriptions

Governor John F. Hartranft, 1873-1879

John F. Hartranft was born in 1830 in Pennsylvania, attended school in Virginia, and received his degree in civil engineering from Union College in New York. Prior to the Civil War, Hartranft was a trained civil engineer and a lawyer. At the start of the war, he was given command of the Fourth Pennsylvania Volunteers from Montgomery County. The highlights of his war career include having fought at the Battle of Antietam, acquiring control of the IX Corps, and being promoted to the rank of brevet major general for his performance at Fort Stedman. Hartranft was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. After the war he was named special provost marshal of the U.S. Army during the Lincoln Assassination Trial. He also served as Auditor General, Philadelphia postmaster, and as a two-term Republican governor of Pennsylvania. He died in 1889. In 1899 a bronze equestrian statue of Hartranft was unveiled on the grounds of the State Capitol in Harrisburg, commemorating his military and political career. Additional papers of John F. Hartranft can be found in Manuscript Group 144, the John F. Hartranft Papers, 1853-1897; MG-461 Hartranft-Stockham-Shireman Family Photographs, 1860-1905; MG-474 John F. Hartranft - Shireman Family Papers; and National Archives Record Group 393, the Records of Brevet Major General John Frederick Hartranft as Special Provost Marshal for the Trial and Execution of the Assassins of President Lincoln, which is held by the State Archives as a NARA affiliated archives. Material relating to Governor Hartranft can also be found transcribed in the published Pennsylvania Archives, Fourth Series, Volume 9.


Correspondence and Issue Files,
1870-1879. 
(2 microfilm rolls) 


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Arranged chronologically by date of correspondence.

Correspondence, broadsides, and other related papers dealing with issues during Hartranft's two-term governorship. Among the subjects addressed are the 1876 Centennial Commission, the bill to remove the Confederate dead from Gettysburg, the Berlin Mission, the Peter F. Rothermel painting of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Western and Eastern State Penitentiary, the 1877 Railroad Riots, the Molly Maguires, and other labor related issues. Governor Hartranft's 1873 Inaugural Address is also included.


Governor Robert P. Casey, 1987-1995

Robert P. Casey was born in 1932 in Jackson Heights, New York. He graduated from Holy Cross in 1953 and from Washington University Law School in 1956. After working at law firms in Washington, D.C. and Scranton, Casey began his political career by representing Lackawanna County in the Pennsylvania Senate, in addition to the 1967 Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention. After three unsuccessful campaign runs for the office of governor of Pennsylvania, Casey won the race in 1986 on the Democratic ticket. Casey's top priorities during his two terms in office included revitalizing the economy of the state, creating new jobs, and restructuring state health care. He helped develop a number of recreational sites in Lackawanna County, such as Lackawanna County Stadium and the Steamtown Mall. Casey was an avid opponent of abortion, and as a recipient of a dual heart and liver organ transplant while in office, he subsequently became active in the support of organ transplantation and medical research as well. He died in 2000. For additional private papers of Governor Casey, please refer to Manuscript Group 406, Robert P. Casey Collection, [ca. 1953-1987].



Administration Reports,
1987-1995.
(1 box)

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Arranged chronologically.

Consists of a summary of accomplishments (1987-1995) and a Gift Log for contributions valued at less than $100.00 (1987-1994).

This series is closed to the public until January 13, 2015, excepting persons obtaining express, written permission from the late Governor's family or their authorized designee. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Cabinet Reports,
1987-1994.
(18 cartons)

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Grouped chronologically and thereunder arranged alphabetically by subject.

Activities reports submitted bi-weekly by members of the Governor's Cabinet, including: the Action Center, African-American Affairs, Aging, Agriculture, Arts Council, Banking, Child Care, Commerce, Community Affairs, Corrections, Drug Policy Council, Education, Emergency Management Agency, Environmental Resources, Food and Nutrition, General Services, Health, Insurance, Labor and Industry, Latino Affairs, Military Affairs, Policy Office, Revenue, Rural Affairs, State, State Police, Transportation, Welfare, and Commission for Women.

This series is closed to the public until January 13, 2015, excepting persons obtaining express, written permission from the late Governor's family or their authorized designee. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Capital for a Day Briefing Books and Photographs,
1988-1993.
(1 carton, 3 boxes)

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Grouped chronologically and thereunder arranged alphabetically by subject.

Briefing reports, photographs, posters, and newspaper accounts of the "Capital for a Day" Program, an initiative started by Governor Casey to bring state government closer to the people. As part of the program, the state's official business was conducted from different communities throughout the Commonwealth. Locations for "Capital for a Day" include: Altoona, Donora, Easton, Erie, Gettysburg, Greensburg, Hazleton, Johnstown, Lancaster, Levittown, Reading, St. Marys, Scranton, Sharon, Uniontown, Wellsboro, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, and York.

This series is closed to the public until January 13, 2015, excepting persons obtaining express, written permission from the late Governor's family or their authorized designee. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Commissions File,
1990-1994.
(6 cartons)

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Grouped by position and thereunder arranged alphabetically by appointee's surname.

Applications and related materials for positions commissioned by the Governor. Positions include: Airport Police Officers; Law Enforcement Officers; Commissioners of Deeds; Railway Police Officers; and University Police Officers.

This series is closed to the public until January 13, 2015, excepting persons obtaining express, written permission from the late Governor's family or their authorized designee. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Death Warrants File,
1988-1994.
(1 carton)

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Arranged alphabetically by surname.

Materials used by the Governor to review death penalty cases. Generally the file for each defendant contains a General Counsel Staff Review Memorandum, trial testimony of the defendant, testimony of the defendant at the sentencing hearing, the trial court opinion, Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinion, Post Conviction Act opinion, and Federal Court opinion. In addition, a copy of the execution warrant and press releases are included.

This series is closed to the public until January 13, 2015, excepting persons obtaining express, written permission from the late Governor's family or their authorized designee. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Files of the Secretary for Legislative Affairs,
1987-1994.
(16 cartons)

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Arranged alphabetically by last name of legislator.

The files include: the Legislator File; the Reading File of Thomas F. Lamb; Mail Log; Official Signed Budget Books; Legislation (Acts and Bills); James Brown Papers; Governor's Unrestricted Files; and Issues Postcard Files. The Legislator File, arranged alphabetically by the name of the Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate, contains incoming correspondence to the Governor and copies of responses sent by the Secretary for Legislative Affairs. The Reading File of Thomas F. Lamb, arranged chronologically, contains copies of responses made by the Secretary for the Governor. Legislation (Acts and Bills), filed numerically by Act number, contains the final legislation and in some cases documentation of the legislative intent. The James Brown Papers contain copies of requests for the use of the "autopen" (a facsimile of the signature of the Governor). The Governor's Unrestricted Files include miscellaneous reports by the Commission for Children and Families, the Department of Labor and Industry, the Department of Military Affairs, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, a certificate for election returns for the election of November 8, 1994, and Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 83, 1987. The Issues Postcard File contains postcards relating to: Benjamin Rush State Park; Concord Hazardous Waste Incinerator; Dietitian Licensure Bill; health insurance; Home Energy Assistance Program; Land Trust Fund Bill; a landfill in Foster Township; Local Government Agency Shop; the lottery; Rainy Day Fund for Children; term limits; vocational-technical buy backs; Weatherization Assistance Program; and welfare cuts.

General Correspondence,
1986-1995
(169 cartons, 1 box)

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Arranged alphabetically by subject of correspondence.

Correspondence received by the Governor's Office and copies of the responses prepared by the appropriate agencies or staff.

General Correspondence: Responses Signed by the Governor,
1986-1995.
(12 cartons)

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Arranged alphabetically by subject of correspondence.

Incoming correspondence, along with copies of outgoing correspondence, signed by the Governor. Every correspondent or subject is listed in the archives' container listing, but correspondents or topics for which at least one folder of letters exists are: Roy C. Afflerbach, John Ashcroft, Gerald L. Bailes, Norman H. Bangerter, James J. Blanchard, Harry E. Bowser, Terry E. Branstad, Carroll A. Campbell, Gaston Caperton, Robert P. Casey Photographs, Michael N. Castle, Richard F. Celeste, William P. Clements, Martha L. Collins, Mario M. Cuomo, Edward D. DiPrete, Thomas J. Fee, Flooding, Florig Industrial Co., Jim Florio, Freedom of Choice Act, Fruehauf Corporation, Booth Gardner, General Assembly, Walter Giesey, Governor's Awards, Great Lakes Commission, Joe Frank Harris, Mike Hayden, Health, Guy Hunt, Thomas H. Kean, William R. Lloyd, Make a Wish Foundation, Pennsylvania Delegation, Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, William D. Schaeffer, Unfair Trade Practices, United Mine Workers / Pittston Coal Co. Strike, United Paperworkers International Union, and June E. Wood.

Governor's Events File,
1987-1995.
(40 cartons)

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Grouped alphabetically by event.

Correspondence, press releases, speeches and related materials documenting events in which the Governor participated. Includes private meetings, public meetings, conferences, dinners, luncheons, photo opportunities, bill signings, teleconferences, awards ceremonies, check presentations, dedications, inspections, tours, announcements, receptions, and picnics.

This series is closed to the public until January 13, 2015, excepting persons obtaining express, written permission from the late Governor's family or their authorized designee. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Governor's Pardon and Commutation File,
1987-1995.
(5 cartons)

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Grouped by subject and thereunder arranged alphabetically by defendant's surname. Pardon and Commutation Review File of the Office of the General Counsel is grouped by year and thereunder by approved or denied requests, and then arranged alphabetically by the name of the defendant.

Death Sentence Reviews; Pardon and Commutation Reviews; and the Pardon and Commutation Review File of the Office of General Counsel. The Death Sentence Reviews contain the materials used by the Governor to review Capital Cases. Each defendant's file may contain a General Counsel Staff Review Memorandum, Trial Testimony, Opinion and Order of the Trial Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Opinion, Federal Court Opinion, and related correspondence. The Pardon and Commutation Reviews contain the material used by the Governor to review Pardon and Commutation cases. The Pardon and Commutation Review File of the Office of the General Counsel contains the General Counsel Staff Memorandums for each case.

This series is closed to the public until January 13, 2015, excepting persons obtaining express, written permission from the late Governor's family or their authorized designee. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Governor's Personal File,
1987-1995.
(5 cartons)

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Arranged by topic.

Correspondence and reports of Governor Robert P. Casey. Major file headings include: Aging Department, Agriculture, Auditor General, Banking Department, Budget, Community Affairs, Corrections (including Camp Hill Prison Riots), Economic Development, Education, Emergency Management, Environmental Resources, Governor's Health, Health, Insurance, Independent Regulatory Review Commission, Judicial Reform, Labor and Industry, Legislative Issues, Liquor Control Board, Military Affairs, Philadelphia, PIDA, Response Team Projects, Revenue Department, Transfer of Power Letters, Transportation, Treasury, Welfare Department, Western Pennsylvania, and others.

This series is closed to the public until January 13, 2015, excepting persons obtaining express, written permission from the late Governor's family or their authorized designee. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Governor's Personal Legislative Records,
1987-1994.
(5 cartons)

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Grouped chronologically by year and thereunder arranged by Act.

Consists of the Governor's Message to the Legislature; Bill summary, description, and recommendations prepared by the General Counsel; Bill Routing Form; and related correspondence for each Act signed or Bill vetoed by the Governor.

This series is closed to the public until January 13, 2015, excepting persons obtaining express, written permission from the late Governor's family or their authorized designee. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Governor's Schedules,
1987-1995.
(5 cartons)

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Grouped chronologically by year and thereunder arranged by Act.

Daily appointment schedules of the Governor, generally providing the activity and scheduled time throughout each day.

This series is closed to the public until January 13, 2015, excepting persons obtaining express, written permission from the late Governor's family or their authorized designee. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Health Care Reform File,
1992-1994.
(2 cartons)

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Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Correspondence and reports of Governor Casey's Program on Health Care Reform. The two major categories are Pennsylvania Health Security Act and Health Care Reform. Key topics under the Health Security Act are: Alpha Center Studies; College Health Services; Community Health Partnership; ERISA Preemption Provision; Financial Analysis; Home Health Care Service; Hospice; Legislative Strategy; Maintenance of Effort; Malpractice Reform Legislation; Pennsylvania Medical Society; Pennsylvania Restaurant Association; William Titleman; Urban Institute; Senator Williams; and, Worker's Compensation and Automobile Insurance. Subjects under Health Care Reform are: Ability to Pay; Automobile and Worker's Compensation Insurance; Basic Benefits Package; Basic Pricing by Managed care; Big Business; Capital Blue Cross; Clinton Code; Comparison Health Care Reform Proposals; Congressional Research Service--Health Care Reform; Managed Competition; Consensus Position on Health care; Cooper Managed Competition Act--Maintenance of Effort; Corporate Alliances in President Clinton's Health Security Act; ERISA Issues; Health Care Provider Self-Referrals; Health Care Reform Alliances; Health Policy Board; Health Security Act; Hospital Association Analysis of Health Security Act; House Republicans' Health Care Initiative; Legislative Intent; Limited Health Care Plans; Managed Care Association of Pennsylvania; Marketplace in Health Care Reform; Medical Assistance Payments; Medical Loan Forgiveness; Pennsylvania Blue Shield Proposed Draft Amendments for House Bill 1152; Pennsylvania Community Providers Association; Senate Bill 1199--Position Paper; Summary of House Bill 733; Temple University School of Medicine Primary Care Initiative; Tort Reform Discussions; Uninsured; and U. S. Healthcare.

This series is closed to the public until January 13, 2015, excepting persons obtaining express, written permission from the late Governor's family or their authorized designee. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Inaugural Binder,
1987.
(1 folder)

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Records of the 1987 Inaugural Committee including: List of the Paid Staff; Inaugural Committee Staff Contracts; List of Volunteers; Legal Tax Exemption; Organization; Entertainment Consultant; Decorations Floral Committee; Communications; Security; Transportation and Parking; Press Releases; Stationary; Inaugural Events Schedules; VIP Invitation; Museum Event; Gala and Dinner; Inaugural Mass; Inaugural Invitation; Inauguration; Legislative Reception; Inaugural Ball; Accounting; and Contracts.

Issues File,
1987-1994.
(213 cartons, 36 boxes)

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Grouped by term, and thereunder arranged alphabetically by subject.

Letters and accompanying documentation received by the Governor's Office dealing with topics of public interest that generated a large volume of correspondence and were given special handling by the staff. Due to volume, this file was maintained separately from the general correspondence file. Issues include: Abortion, Abraham Associates, Acid Rain, Act 194, Act 195, Agency Shop, Agency Termination Bill, Airline Application, AIDS, Allied Signal Aerospace, Amusement Tax, Anonymous Letters, Annuity Premium Tax, Regional Commission, Approved Private Schools, Assault Weapons, A T &T, Audit Reports, Automobile Insurance Reform, Ruthann Beighley, Blindness and Visual Services, Blindness and Visually Impaired, Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Board of Pharmacy, Bottle Bill, Budget Crises, Butterick / Vogue, Case Mix Payment System, Child Abuse, Child Support, Children / Youth, Christian Heritage Week Petitions, Cigarette Tax, Clarion, Clean Air Act, Cluster Rule, COG Fund, College Funding, Commercial Drivers License, Contributions, Cost of Living Allowance, County Expenditure Reports, Crows Run Road, Daniel Cummings, Day Care, Death Penalty, Deer Hunt, Delaware River Basin Commission, Dental Assistants, Dental Health Assistants, Dietitian Licensure Legislation, Direct Care, Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, Domestic Violence, Drugs, Duquesne Light Company, Early Intervention, East Broad Top Railroad, Economic Development Partnership, Education, Education Funding, Emergency Medical Services, Emission Control, Environment, Financial Services, Gambling, Game Commission Vacancies, Gay Rights, Gays in the Military, General Road Condition, Governor's Action Center Reports, Governor's Salary, Governor's School of the Arts, GPU-DQE Transmission Line, Gun Control, Gypsy Moth, Health Care, Heinz Vacancy, Highway, Home Schooling, Homeless, Honduras, Hospital Closings, House Bills, Human Service Development Fund, Incinerators, ITEC Program, High Speed Rail Commission, Keystone Cement Company, Landfills, Lattimer Custody Case, Lead Licensing and Removal Act, Library Access, Library Funding, Library Petitions, License Suspensions, Life Saving Service, Littering, Living Will, Lock Haven Flood Control Project, Lottery Fund, LIHEAP, Mail Order Companies, Maple Drive, Medical Assistance, Mental Health / Mental Retardation, Mon-Valley Expressway, Bankers and Brokers, Mumia Abu-Jamal, National Governor's Association, Naval Air Development Center, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses Association, Nursing Homes, State Board of Nursing, Office of Minority and Business Enterprise, Open Space Bill, Out of State Trash, Outcome Based Education, Oxbow, Ozone File, PACE, PENNFREE, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, Pennsylvania Recreation Plan, PENNTEXT, PENNVEST, Personal Care Homes, Philadelphia Finances, Pigeon Shoot, Poison Control Center, Pollution File, Pornography, Prevailing Wage, Prison File, Prisoner of War / Missing in Action, Public Transportation, Puppy Mills, Rail / Trail, Real Estate Appraisers, Recycling, Redevelopment Assistance, Reformulated Gasoline, Right to Work Petitions, Routes, Sales Tax, School Choice, Scotland School, Scranton General Hospital, Seat Belts, Senate Bills, Senior Citizens Center, Sex Education, Shamokin State Hospital, Shared Ride, Siltex Incorporated, Silver Recovery, Small Business Development Centers, Smoking, SEPTA, Special Education Funding, Speed Limit. State Employees Pay Cut, State Opinion Ballots, State Parks, State Public School Building Authority, Super Computer Center, Tax Reform, TELLS Education Testing, Three Mile Island, Trial Court Nominating Commission, Unemployment Compensation, Uninsured Motorists, Upper St. Clair High School, U.S. AIR, US English, Venango County Manufacturing Facility, Veterans Home, Veterinary Medicine, Volunteer Resources Coordinator, Water Quality, Welfare Reform, Western Center, Wetlands, WIC Program, Widow Tax, Women in the Military, Woodhaven Center, Workers' Compensation, and Yukon.

Lieutenant Governor's Signature Correspondence as Acting Governor,
1993.
(2 cartons)

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Arranged chronologically. Signature Log in carton 1.

Official documents and correspondence signed by the Lieutenant Governor in his capacity as Acting Governor. Included are: appointments; nominations and recalls; death warrants; commutations; pardons; extraditions; Executive Board Resolutions; Executive Orders; proclamations and greetings; and Bills.

This series is closed to the public until January 13, 2015, excepting persons obtaining express, written permission from the late Governor's family or their authorized designee. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Press Releases,
1987-1994.
(12 cartons)

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Arranged chronologically by date of release.

News releases issued by the Commonwealth News Bureau. These press releases provided information to the news media about the activities of Governor Casey and other State Agencies. Similar records from other administrations are filed in Press Releases, 1937-1966, 1969-1970 {series #10.7}, and press releases from Governors Ridge's and Schweiker's administrations are in Press Releases, 1996-2002 {series #10.125}.

Proclamations,
1987-1995.
(4 cartons, 1 box)

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Arranged chronologically by date of proclamation. 1994 includes an index at the front of the box.

Official proclamations issued by the Governor concerning days, weeks and months of official celebration and observances. Proclamations include background information, an explanation of importance, and a reason for celebrating or honoring the person, organization, day, or event. The purpose is to raise awareness, educate, show appreciation, give remembrance, celebrate or recognize a historical event or heritage. In some cases, proclamations are on official letterhead while others are photocopies. Examples of topics include: Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Day, Philadelphia Phillies Day, Catholic Schools Week, School Health Awareness Week, School Nurse Day, Astronaut Remembrance Day, Patient Representative Week, POW/MIA Recognition Day, Braille Literacy Week, Volunteer Blood Donor Month, Be Kind to Animals Week, Whiskey Run Bicentennial Day, Financial Aid Awareness Month, Religious Freedom Day, Home Economics Week, and Year of the Dog.

Records of the Cultural Advisor to the Governor,
1987-1994.
(34 cartons, 6 boxes)

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Correspondence arranged alphabetically by surname of correspondent, name of business/organization, or topic. Cartons 35-37 are loosely grouped in alphabetical order by subject. Photographs loosely arranged by size; some are labeled; many are grouped together by event. Box 39 and carton 40 are unarranged.

Records of the Cultural Advisor to the Governor. The first and only Cultural Advisor to the Governor, Sondra Myers, was appointed by Governor Casey in May 1987 to advise and represent him on cultural matters. The position required extensive speaking and writing on state and national cultural policy issues and international activities in cooperation with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). Myers served until November 1993 when she left to accept an appointment as special assistant to the chairman at the National Endowment for the Humanities during President Clinton's Administration. She was replaced by Dorothy Reddington, who served until the end of Casey's second term. Governor Ridge eliminated the position upon entering office January 17, 1995. The Cultural Advisor to the Governor initiated and administered a variety of programs, including the Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences, an annual award ceremony to recognize outstanding achievement by Pennsylvanians; the Governor's Awards Symposium, an annual public forum held in conjunction with the awards program featuring nationally recognized speakers; Pennsylvania, Yes!, an annual benefit concert featuring internationally known and emerging Pennsylvania performing artists; the Cultural Front, an informal alliance of state agencies and statewide organizations that convened monthly to discuss issues affecting cultural life in the Commonwealth; Governor's Seminars on Ideas and Issues, a quarterly forum for discussion among the administration's senior officials, selected members of the Commonwealth's academic, business, professional communities and national resource people on ideas and issues affecting the quality of life in Pennsylvania; "Our Common Wealth", a documentary film series for broadcast on Pennsylvania public television stations; Counting on Culture, an annual report published in cooperation with the Department of Commerce, examining how culture counts in communities throughout the state; Cultural Tour of Pennsylvania, an annual tour for cultural attachés of foreign embassies hosted in cooperation with the Department of Commerce; Cultural Forum of the States, a national coalition of governors' cultural advisors and representatives convened semi-annually to discuss matters of mutual interest; and various international exchange projects.

Photographs are predominantly 3x5, with some 4x6 and 8x10 formats, as well as negatives and color transparencies. Notable people appearing in photographs, among others, include Governor Casey and his wife, Ellen; Reverend Jesse Jackson; Heath Allen, Philadelphia-based pianist; Judith Jamison, dancer; playwright August Wilson; Baruch Samuel Blumberg, Nobel Prize winner for physiology; American classical pianist Gary Graffman; Dr. Ronald Herberman, M.D.; actor Hugh O'Brian; pianist Peter Nero; Dr. Ruth M. Patrick, botanist and limnologist; and poet Sonia Sanchez. Photographs document Governor's Awards for Excellence in Arts, Humanities and Sciences; as well as conferences, presentations, awards and ceremonies.

Audio cassette tapes contain recordings of conferences, symposiums, awards ceremonies, speeches and so on. Topics covered include: health care, economic development, and Governor's awards ceremonies.

Correspondence files contain letters, publications, and articles related to culture--namely historical events, visual arts, music, lectures and presentations--as well as items of personal interest to the Cultural Advisor. Additionally, some personal correspondence and letters of recommendation of Sondra Myers are present. Some topics covered include: speakers for events; award recipient letters, requests for sponsorship of events, arts and humanities education, deaccessioning of museum artwork, and assistance for cultural institutions. Also included are reports to the Governor and files relating to Pennsylvania Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, containing background information, biographies for each recipient, materials related to the event, and a final publication about them.

To view audio cassettes, please make an appointment in advance by contacting the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Subject File,
1987-1994.
(71 cartons)

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Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Incoming letters and copies of outgoing responses from the Governor's Office in the following categories: Greetings, Action Requests, Birthday Greetings, Boy Scout Eagle Scout Awards, Flag Requests, Get Well Cards, Gifts, Girl Scout Gold Awards, Information Requests, Invitations Regrets, Newborns, Photograph Requests, School Children, Sympathy, Wedding Anniversaries, Autograph Requests, Chronic Writers, Congratulations Letters (Election), Favorite Recipe Requests, Newlyweds, and Voters Hall of Fame.

Switchboard Logs,
1987-1994.
(3 cartons)

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Arranged chronologically. Includes Governor's Telephone Call Logs for 1987-1988, 1990-1992.

A record of telephone calls received by the switchboard operator for the Governor's Office. Entries for the switchboard logs include: date, operator, person called, caller, disposition, and time.

This series is closed to the public until January 13, 2015, excepting persons obtaining express, written permission from the late Governor's family or their authorized designee. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Video Tapes,
1992-1994.
(1 box)

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Unarranged.

Videocassette tapes of Governor Casey's term in office. Recordings include: press conferences, promotional videos, interviews, and newscasts. Topics covered include: "America and the Courts" from C-SPAN 1992, news clips covering Governor Casey's return to office, 1993-1994, and "Nobody Works Harder: The Governor's Office", 1992.

To view videocassettes, please make an appointment in advance by contacting the Pennsylvania State Archives.


Governor Thomas J. Ridge, 1995-2001

Thomas Joseph Ridge ("Tom") was born August 26, 1945, Munhall, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He earned a scholarship to Harvard University, graduating with honors in 1967. He then enrolled at the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA in 1972. His studies at Dickinson were interrupted when he was drafted into the United States Army. For his service as an infantry staff sergeant during the Vietnam War, Ridge earned the Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. After returning to Pennsylvania and to Dickinson, he earned his law degree and was in private practice before becoming assistant district attorney in Erie County. Tom Ridge was elected to Congress in 1982 and was re-elected by Pennsylvania voters five times. In 1994, Ridge ran for Governor, winning the election as a pro-choice Republican. He was reelected in 1998 with fifty-seven percent of the vote in a four-way race. His share of the vote in that election was the highest for a Republican governor in Pennsylvania in more than half a century. Ridge resigned to become the Director of Homeland Security in October of 2001.

During his time as governor, Ridge promoted "law and order" policies, supporting a three-strike law and a faster death penalty process. A death penalty supporter, Ridge signed more than 224 execution warrants - five times the number signed over a 25-year period by the two previous governors - but only three voluntary executions were carried out. On social issues, he opposed gay marriage, and, in spite of being a Roman Catholic, was pro-choice on abortion issues. Over Ridge's tenure, the Commonwealth's budget grew by two to three percent per fiscal year and combined tax reductions totaled over $2 billion dollars. Ridge created and grew a "Rainy Day" Fund balance to over $1 billion to be utilized during an economic downturn or recession.Ridge pushed for legislation permitting competition among electric utilities and enhanced federal and state support for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). He also separated the Commonwealth's environmental regulatory and conservation programs of the Department of Environmental Resources into two new agencies: the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He also abolished the Department of Commerce and created the Department of Community and Economic Development. Ridge proposed the creation of public charter schools in Pennsylvania and in establishing alternate schools for disruptive students. He launched new academic standards that established academic expectations for what students were expected to know in different grades. Ridge also proposed a school choice demonstration program.
A more detailed biography is available in the Pennsylvania History section of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's website.


Appointments,
1975 - 2002.
(11 cartons, 1 box)

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Arranged alphabetically.

Appointments to local and state government boards, commissions, as well as state agencies made by Governor Ridge. Nine cartons remain closed to the public until October 5, 2021. Two cartons and a box contain Ridge's appointments to county level offices when the office was vacated, and one carton of secretary and deputy secretary appointments to state agencies from Governor Shapp, Thornburgh, Casey and Ridge.

.Correspondence: Issues,
1992-2001.
(13 cartons)

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Arranged alphabetically by issue.

Samples of correspondence sorted by staff on various issues significant during Ridge's administration. Includes handwritten and form letters. The Governor's transition team culled these files and a note regarding their sampling strategy is contained in some folders. Archives staff sampled more files. Issues include capital punishment (both for and against), higher education funding, child care funding, Hegins pigeon shoot, Mumia Abu-Jamal, legislative pay raise, professional licensing, garbage, Medicaid funding, crime, emissions testing, riverboat gambling, motorcycle helmet law, and funding for various projects.

First Lady Michele Ridge Files,
1995-2001.
(1 carton, 1 box)

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Arranged alphabetically.

Files concerning the First Lady's involvement with a variety of issues relating to women and children issues such as breast cancer, domestic violence, literacy, and general health issues. Files contain news releases, speeches, newsletters concerning Mrs. Ridge's involvement with the Breast Cancer Coalition, greetings to individuals and organizations, compiled reports on her major initiatives as first lady, and news clippings concerning her activities or issues that were of interest to her.

Governor's Washington Office Files,
1994-2002.
(10 folders)

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Arranged alphabetically.

Materials from the Governor Tom Ridge's Washington office containing correspondence, reference materials, drafts and comments from staff, interest groups and state agencies primarily concerning federal legislation. Major topics include securities, transportation, and education.

Invitations to the Governor,
1995-2001.
(3 cartons)

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Arranged by month the invitation was scanned into the correspondence system.

A sampling of invitations to events that the Governor declined to attend. Invitations include Board meetings for the University of Pittsburgh, weddings, corporate seminars, cultural events such as art openings, fundraisers for organizations, both political and non-profits, General Assembly events, as well as invitations to private homes. Not all months are represented. Some invitations include notes from the Governor's staff about the event.

Press Releases,
1995-2001
(4 cartons, 2 boxes)

{#10.79} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Printed press releases from the Governor's office for the various agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction. Topics include education, worker's compensation savings, announcements of factory openings, trade missions to South Africa and other nations, e-commerce leadership, the Philadelphia Naval shipyard, tourism, crime, holiday events, and other gubernatorial initiatives.

Proclamations,
1995-2001.
(3 cartons)

{#10.80} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Photocopies of proclamations on various topics such as Hawk Watching Week, International Day for the Disabled, Olympic Athlete Day, Pennsylvania Music Week, Osteoporosis Prevention Month, Pennsylvania Safety Week, Jimmy Stewart Day, Pennsylvania Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day, Jewish Heritage Week, and many others.

Public Relations Materials,
1994-2002.
(1 carton)

{#10.106} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically.

Copies of policy manuals, end of year reports, accomplishments handouts, official photos, selected speeches, opinions and editorials, newsletters from the Office of Public Liaison, legacy articles and budget addresses.

September 11, 2001 File,
2001-2002.
(1 box)

{#10.83} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically.

Photocopies of various items concerning Pennsylvania and the September 11, 2001 Flight 93 airline crash in Somerset County and the destruction of the World Trade Towers in New York City. Includes news digests-especially of articles from September 12 to September 30 concerning the tragedy and Governor Ridge's resignation to head the newly formed Department of Homeland Security, letters of condolences and resolutions from many different government entities, speeches, and other documentation.


Governor Mark S. Schweiker, 2001-2003

Mark S. Schweiker was born January 31, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised by his parents, John and Mary Schweiker, in Bucks County, and graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Rider University with a master's degree in administration. In 2004, Rider University awarded Schweiker an honorary Doctor of Law degree. Prior to entering politics, he worked in the business field, forming his own management consulting firm. In 1979, Schweiker entered politics, first locally as a township supervisor and later as a county commissioner. In 1995, Schweiker was elected Lieutenant Governor under Tom Ridge. Upon Ridge's resignation to assume the role of Homeland Security Advisor under President George W. Bush, Schweiker became the forty-fourth Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the only governor in the nation to hold the position as a direct result of the September 11 attacks. Schweiker created the Governor's Task Force on Security, expanded the ranks of the State Police, and secured Pennsylvania's five nuclear reactors. He is best remembered for his role during the Quecreek Mine disaster, wherein he personally led the seventy-seven hour rescue operation that saved nine trapped miners. Noted as being one of the most successful mine rescues in national history, Schweiker followed up by implementing a new series of mine safety procedures to better protect miners. When his term expired, Schweiker left politics and returned to the business world. For a longer biography see http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/1951-present/4285/mark_s__schweiker/471871 .



Agency Reports and Publications,
2001-2003.
(4 cartons)


{series #10.100} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

This series consists of final reports, publications and brochures produced for or by the various agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction. The materials were collected by the governors’ representative in order to document the various programs and initiatives conducted during the governor’s administration. Some reports and publications included are reports on the Governor’s Early Childhood Education Taskforce, the Department of Environmental Protection’s biodiversity program, an environmental impact report on Fort Indiantown Gap, handouts and curriculum from the “OGC (Office of General Counsel) University,” various reports from the Department of Health concerning tobacco litigation and early childhood development.

Correspondence,
2001-2003.
(2 cartons)


{series #10.116} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically.

A sampling of correspondence from constituents relating to contemporary issues. Most consists of form letters or postcards. Issues include medical malpractice insurance, Cindy Song disappearance, public welfare cuts, Philadelphia school district, education funding cuts, etc. Also contains a sampling of letters sent to the Governor by children and autograph seekers, “VIPs,” agency responses to constituents, petition by Senator Boscola for a special legislative session on property tax, the Olympic torch, and other correspondence collected by the Governor’s representative.

First Lady Kathy Schweiker Files,
2001-2003.
(3 cartons)


{series #10.81} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically, with event files in chronological order at the end of the series.

Kathy Schweiker was First Lady for Pennsylvania from October 2001-January 2003. During her tenure, she was dedicated to volunteerism and was honorary chair for the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days as well as the Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk. Katherine Schweiker grew up in the northwest section of Philadelphia. She graduated from the Philadelphia School of Textiles and Science. She later married Mark S. Schweiker and had three children. The records in this series contain press releases, speeches, Governor’s Residence Christmas cards and brochures, photographs and correspondence. The last two cartons contain event files by date and often hold the itinerary, any notes, and correspondence about the event as well as remarks given by Mrs. Schweiker. Almost all folders contain photo contact sheets from the event.

Greetings from the Governor,
2001-2002.
(8 folders)


{series #10.91} [Holdings]

Arranged roughly chronologically by the date the Governor’s staff processed the requests.

A sample of greetings extended by the Governor for special occasions. Greetings are a way for the Governor to formally recognize a special event or occasions that the Governor was unable to attend personally. Such special occasions include birthdays and commemorative events. Includes the request, staff notes, and their edited and unedited greetings. Only some of October 2001, March 2002 and December 2002 were kept.

Inauguration Files,
2002.
(1 box)


{series #10.87} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Four folders containing children’s well wishes, Fritz Bittenbender, Chief of Staff’s written notes for the inauguration, invitations, guest lists, and tickets for the October 2001 inauguration of Governor Schweiker.

Invitations to the Governor,
2001-2002.
(22 folders)


{series #10.59} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date scanned.

Invitations from constituents and public officials requesting the presence of the Governor at a public event. Thousands of invitations were sent to the Governor; these were sampled and approximately 12 percent of invitations/scheduling correspondence were kept. Events include art openings, pancake breakfasts, parades, and symposiums.

Legislative Acts,
2001-2002.
(3 cartons)


{series #10.72} [Holdings]

Arranged by Act number.

Acts ready for the Governor’s signature. Included are routing sheets from the Office of General Counsel, which includes a summary of the bill, who introduced it, how the House of Representatives and Senate vote, a copy of the bill, correspondence from the Governor to the House of Representatives stating that he signed the bill, and a fiscal note from the Office of Budget and sometimes agency. Similar records are contained in RG-26, Department of State, series 26.75: Original Laws without the fiscal note or routing sheets.

Press Releases and Public Relations Materials,
1995-2003.
(3 cartons)


{series #10.68} [Holdings]

Arranged roughly chronologically and by agency.

Press releases sent issued the Governor’s Offices and some state agencies. Topics include West Nile virus, Quecreek Mine, recycling, and many others. Most releases were printed from agency websites.

Proclamations,
2001-2003.
(3 folders)


{series #10.86} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Proclamations issued by Governor Schweiker as a means to formally acknowledge the importance of an event or occasion to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Examples include: Irish heritage month, national children’s day, disability awareness and security awareness.

Quecreek Mine Disaster Files,
2002-2003.
(1 carton, 1 box)


{series #10.67}[Holdings]

Unarranged.

On July 24, 2002 a barrier pillar between the Quecreek Mining Co. Quecreek No. 1 Mine and the abandoned Saxman Coal and Coke Co. Harrison #2 Mine breached, resulting in millions of gallons of water rushing into the Quecreek mine in Somerset County. One crew of miners was unsuccessful in their attempts to escape. After 78 hours, the nine miners were successfully evacuated. Governor Schweiker was lauded for his leadership during the crisis. Files contain press clippings, reports concerning the disaster and how to prevent further occurrences, emails, and correspondence from people all over the world congratulating Governor Schweiker on the successful rescue.

Special Media,
1998-2002.
(1 carton)


{series #10.71} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

VHS video tapes and compact discs (CDs) created by agencies for the Governor as well as other materials such as speeches, press releases, biographies already in hardcopy. Includes web snapshots from September 2001, May 2002, and November 2002, public service announcements, and Governor Schweiker’s interview on “the Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and songs given to him by constituents after the Quecreek Mine disaster.

Web Capture Printouts,
2001-2002.
(2 cartons, 1 box)


{series #10.70} [Holdings]

Arranged by date of web capture.

Paper printouts of the Governor’s website and many of the agencies. One printout is from the September 2001 website, another from the May 2002 website, and the majority are from the November 2002.


Governor Edward G. Rendell, 2003-2011

Edward G. Rendell was born in New York City on January 5, 1944, the son of Jesse T. Rendell and Emma Sloat. All four of his grandparents were immigrants from Russia. He married Marjorie Osterlund Rendell in 1971. They have a son, Jesse. An Army veteran, Rendell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1965) and Villanova Law School (J.D. 1968). From 1992 through 1999, Governor Rendell served as the 121st Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. Among his many accomplishments as Mayor, Rendell eliminated a $250 million deficit, balanced the city's budget and generated five consecutive budget surpluses, reduced business and wage taxes for four consecutive years, and dramatically improved services to the City's neighborhoods. Before serving as Mayor, Rendell was elected district attorney of the City of Philadelphia for two terms from 1978 through 1985. Rendell served as general chair of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Presidential election, has always been active in the community through a variety of memberships on boards, and also teaches government and politics courses at the University of Pennsylvania.

During his tenure, Governor Rendell made strategic investments in Pennsylvania's economy that revitalized communities, improved education, delivered property tax relief, improved government efficiency, protected the environment, expanded access to health care for children and adults and made prescriptions affordable for more senior citizens. He invested $4.4 billion in economic development programs to help create 308,694 jobs and retain 101,162 jobs. The state's 53 third class cities received $98 million in funding for community development projects and during his tenure 45,000 first time homebuyers purchased a house, 21,119 homes were saved from foreclosure, and 17,315 units of rental housing were created. Governor Rendell implemented the state's first-ever Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards requiring that 18% of all energy come from renewable or advanced energy sources by 2020. He also enacted conservation measures to reduce energy consumption by 3% by 2013 -- including a 4.5% reduction in peak demand -- saving consumers an estimated $796 million annually when the targets are fully in place.
In Education, student achievement increased for all grades in reading and math, bringing 290,000 more students to grade level since 2003. This performance improvement was recognized by the nonpartisan Center on Education Policy as the only state making significant progress boosting achievement in all subjects and grade levels. Governor Rendell also provided the state's first ever investment in pre-kindergarten resulting in 11,475 children enrolled in the hallmark Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program. Expanded funding for full-day kindergarten moved participation from 1/3 of kindergartners in 2003 to nearly 2/3 by 2010.

Government efficiency was another major theme of the Rendell administration, reducing the cost of operating government by more that $1.75 billion annually through management and productivity reforms in order to better serve taxpayers. These reforms reduced general government operations spending below 2003 levels while providing more effective and efficient services with 5,600 fewer state employees. The Department of Public Welfare alone saved $5 billion over eight fiscal years while receiving twenty-five awards from the federal government for its delivery of human services. Another major goal of the administration was providing children's health insurance. During the Rendell administration the total enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) increased by 53%, providing health insurance to 193,223 children. "Cover All Kids" legislation expanded health insurance eligibility making it possible to enroll 39,454 additional children. During his first year in office, Governor Rendell expanded the state's PACE/PACENET prescription drug program to cover an additional 110,000 seniors, a 38% increase. Approximately 368,000 seniors were enrolled in the program by FY2009-10. He also enacted an historic property tax relief law that reduced property taxes by an average of $200 for every household and is projected to provide $1 billion a year in property tax relief. This program eliminated property taxes for 120,000 seniors, and cut property taxes in half for an additional 108,000 seniors. For the first time, limits were placed on a school board's ability to raise property taxes without voter approval. On the environmental front, Governor Rendell won approval for Growing Greener 2, a $625 million investment in environmental conservation and preservation. This resulted in the preservation of 250,000 acres of farmland and 135,000 acres of parkland and other open space since 2003.



Agency Transition Reports,
2010.
(1.5 cartons)

{series #10.156} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of agency.

Reports prepared by state agencies at the direction of Governor Ed Rendell for the transition to Governor Tom Corbett's administration. These reports provide a snapshot of the agency operations, accomplishments at the end of the Rendell administration, and the challenges they faced. The reports that were archived are the same as the versions that were released to the press in 2010, as a result there are redactions in some of the reports.

Appointments and Nominations,
2003-2011.
(5 cartons, 1 box)

{series #10.157} [Holdings]

Unprocessed.

Materials relating to candidates nominated for boards or commissions or appointments to such positions as appellate judge, magisterial judge or row officers. Includes copies of letters of nomination and appointments.

Appointments: Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries,
2003-2010.
(1 box)

{series #10.174} [Holdings]

Grouped by Appointment.

Gubernatorial appointment letters, Office of Administration memoranda, and resumes of those appointed to Secretary, Deputy Secretary and the Governor's Executive Staff positions. This series also includes commissions and nominations for Auditor General and Treasurer, and the Attorney General's, Lieutenant Governor's and Governor's Oaths of Office.

Autopen Correspondence,
2003-2010.
(8 cartons)

{series #10.159} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Gubernatorial correspondence authorized to be signed by an automatic signature device that simulated the Governor's signature in his absence. This correspondence frequently includes supporting documentation. An index will be found in the first carton.

Budget Secretary Files,
2003-2010.
(1 carton)

{series #10.179} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Working files of Budget Secretaries Michael J. Masch and Mary A. Soderberg. Born Oct. 14, 1950, in Washington, D.C., Michael Masch formerly served as Director of Economic Analysis for the Philadelphia City Council, as Budget Director for the City of Philadelphia, and as Vice President of Budget and Management for the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Secretary of the Budget from January 2003 to July 2008 and as Secretary of Administration from October 2004 to August 2005.

Soderberg succeeded Masch as secretary in July 2008, after serving as Executive Deputy Secretary of the Budget Office. Before joining the office, Soderberg was vice chancellor for finance and administration of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Soderberg was previously the executive director of the House Democratic Appropriations Committee from 1992-2003.

These files include budgetary presentations and information on fiscal issues. More complete files for the Budget Office can be found in the Office of the Budget.

Children's Correspondence,
2003-2010.
(1 carton and 22 folders)

{series #10.185} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

A sampling of letters sent to the Governor by children and autograph seekers. Among these are requests for images of the Governor posing with "Flat Stanley," a character from a children's book. The Governor routinely had his picture taken with the drawing of "Flat Stanley" to send back to the children. Examples of those photographs can be found in the digital photograph files in Videobank.

Constituent Correspondence,
2003-2010.
(102 cartons)

{series #10.180} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Thousands of letters from constituents were entered into the Governor's Correspondence Tracking System. Because of the volume of the mail, most of this correspondence was responded to by a form letter. Included are petitions and form letters advocating for or against particular policies or legislation.

Constituent Correspondence: Agency Responses,
2003-2010.
(42 cartons)

{series #10.190} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Correspondence addressed to the Governor that required an individual response was answered by agencies. Provides copies of the original letter and a copy of the reply from the agency. Issues included Growing Greener II, education, health care, energy policies and environmental concerns.

Constituent Form Letters on Major Issues,
2003-2010.
(7 cartons)

{series #10.181} [Holdings]

Grouped by subject and arranged chronologically.

A sampling of correspondence from constituents relating to issues that generated great interest. Most of this correspondence consists of form letters or postcards. Issues include medical malpractice insurance, property taxes, gun rights, gaming legislation, etc.

Correspondence: Pennsylvania House and Senate,
2003-2010.
(6 cartons)

{series #10.161} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically and grouped thereunder by House and Senate.

Correspondence from members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate regarding issues of special concern to legislators and their constituents such as abortion, motorcycle helmet law, education funding, health care, and energy and environmental concerns..

Correspondence: VIP (Elected Leaders and Other Public Officials),
2003-2010.
(5 cartons)

{series #10.162} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by office and chronologically by year.

Correspondence from Pennsylvania Secretaries, Judges, House and Senate Leaders, US Secretaries, US Agencies, the National Governors Association, Governors, ambassadors, cities and boroughs, mayors, and the White House. Notable persons include Tom Ridge, Barack Obama, etc.

Election Congratulation and Transition Correspondence,
2003-2010.
(25 folders and 1 box)

{series #10.182} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Correspondence extending congratulations to the Governor upon his election or reelection and letters relating to Governor Rendell's transition into office. There is also a commemorative album of his first inauguration ceremonies and the certification of the election results along with the transition plans prepared by the Rendell Transition Committee.

General Counsel Files,
1995, 2002-2010.
(6 cartons)

{series #10.164} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED until January 18th, 2021]

Arranged chronologically.

General Counsel files of General Counsel Barbara Adams and Leslie Anne Miller. Born Nov. 17, 1951 in Hutchinson, Kansas, Adams graduated with a BA from Smith College in 1973 and earned a JD from Temple University School of Law in 1978. She was appointed General Counsel on June 1, 2005. The Office of General Counsel came into existence in 1981 following the Pennsylvania Legislature’s passage of the Commonwealth Attorneys Act in 1980. The Act significantly transformed the structure through which the Governor, the Commonwealth, and its executive and independent agencies are represented in all legal matters. In addition to creating the Office of General Counsel, which is headed by a General Counsel appointed by the Governor, the Act established the Office of Attorney General as an independent office headed by an elected Attorney General. The Act delineates the responsibilities of both offices and seeks to distribute four important legal functions. The first is the interest in ensuring that the Commonwealth has an independent and vigorous law enforcement effort. The second is the need of the Governor and other executive branch officials to be assured of ready access to legal counsel in the daily performance of their duties. The third is the interest in having an independent perspective reviewing the numerous civil cases in which the Commonwealth is involved. The fourth is the right of the Governor and executive agency heads to obtain legal counsel when necessary to represent their interests, present their points of view, and defend their programs in certain civil cases. Under the Act, the General Counsel serves as chief legal advisor to the Governor and directs the legal activities of the executive branch. The Act also permits the General Counsel to intervene in civil litigation on behalf of the Governor and executive branch.

Gift Logs,
2003-2010.
(3 folders
)

{series #10.197} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

A log of all gifts received by Governor Rendell during his tenure as governor. Information provided is a description of the gift, an estimated value, and the name of the donor.

Governor's Agency Files,
2003-2010.
(7 cartons)

{series #10.187} [Holdings] [carton 7 is RESTRICTED]

Grouped alphabetically by agency.

The Governor's personal records relating to the activities of state agencies. These files contain correspondence, briefing memoranda, reports and other documentation that Governor Rendell filed by agency.

Governor's Economic Development Files,
2003-2010.
(3 cartons)

{series #10.188} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Records created as a result of the administration's economic development investment strategy. This series includes information on the Plan for a New Pennsylvania, a series of policy initiatives that included an economic stimulus plan. Shortly after taking office in January 2003, Governor Rendell met with local elected officials from Pennsylvania counties to hear firsthand about their local priorities for economic development. Included are the Governor's notes and records from those meetings, as well as state investment maps that depict all state investments subsequently made in each county in Pennsylvania from 2003 through 2010. The investments include capital projects, Growing Greener II projects, business attraction and growth incentives, highway improvements, farmland preservation projects, and affordable housing projects. Projects are arranged by county and information on each project includes state funds invested by program category. Investment files include a map of each county with dots to show where each project was located. Additional information includes the total number of projects by county and municipality, project name and description, state investment dollar amount, and applicant name.

Governor's Issues Files,
2003-2010.
(6 cartons)

{series #10.189} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

These are the Governor's personal files organized by issue. They contain correspondence, briefing memoranda, reports, and other documents that Governor Rendell filed by subject matter. Subjects include economic development, health care, education policy topics, environmental policies, etc.

Governor's Key Speeches,
2003-2010.
(8 folders)

{series #10.168} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Indexed internally.

Transcripts of the Governor's key speeches compiled by Donna Cooper, Secretary of the Office of Policy and Planning. A video record of most of Governor Rendell's speeches was made by Commonwealth Media Services and is available through the State Archives Videobank database. Note that the Governor made numerous presentations every week but seldom used prepared remarks. The agencies or his press office would prepare memoranda in preparation for his public appearances and the Governor would use these memoranda as a basis for his extemporaneous remarks. The briefing memoranda are available in the Scheduling Files, Series #10.173. Notable speeches include the annual budget addresses to joint sessions of the general assembly and a speech written by President Obama that was delivered by Governor Rendell in absentia at Gettysburg.

Governor's Personal Correspondence,
2003-2010.
(2 cartons, 1 box)

{series #10.165} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Gubernatorial personal correspondence that frequently includes the Governor's handwritten drafts in addition to letters of condolence, letters of recommendation, thank you notes, letters to the editor, etc. Includes communications with: former President Bill Clinton, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Vice President Joe Biden.

Greetings from the Governor,
2004, 2006, 2008.
(10 cartons
)

{series #10.198} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Greetings extended by the Governor for special occasions. Greetings are a way for the Governor to formally recognize a special event or occasions that the Governor was unable to attend personally. Such special occasions include birthdays and commemorative events.

Inmate Correspondence,
2005-2010.
(2 cartons)

{series #10.170} [Holdings]

Arranged more or less chronologically by date opened.

Correspondence from inmates incarcerated in Pennsylvania penal institutions. These are a random sample from the original ten cartons. Carton one contains a printout providing the names of all inmates who wrote to the governor. Beginning in 2005, the inmate letters were sequentially numbered, but this system was abandoned in 2008 and the letters thereafter are more or less in chronological order.

Invitations to the Governor,
2003-2010.
(9 folders)

{series #10.166} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date scanned.

Correspondence from constituents and public officials requesting the presence of the Governor at a public event. Thousands of invitations were sent to the Governor; these were sampled and the remaining sixty seven cartons of invitations/scheduling correspondence were destroyed. The Scheduling Files (Series #10.173) contain copies of the invitations for the events that the Governor attended.

Judge Marjorie O. Rendell's Files,
2005-2010.
(3 cartons, 1 box)

{series #10.184} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Office files maintained on behalf of First Lady and Federal Judge, the Honorable Marjorie Osterlund Rendell. As First Lady, Judge Rendell’s primary initiative focused on imparting a sense of civic responsibility to children through civic learning. In furtherance of this initiative, she launched a statewide civics education initiative, served as a member of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools’ National Advisory Council and was a lead partner of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy (PennCORD). The First Lady also promoted Pennsylvania’s rich history, partnered with the Pennsylvania Commission for Women on its initiatives, and was a frequent speaker to student and women’s groups across the Commonwealth. Judge Rendell has been recognized as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania for her professional and individual contributions to the Commonwealth.

Judge Rendell, a cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, received her Juris Doctor degree from the Villanova University School of Law in 1973. Upon graduation from law school, she joined the law firm of Duane, Morris & Heckscher, where she subsequently became the firm’s second woman partner. Over the course of her 20-year career as a practicing attorney, she specialized in bankruptcy law and commercial litigation, served as a mediator for the United States District Court and was a frequent speaker at law-related seminars and panels.

Inducted as a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in March of 1994, Judge Rendell was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in November of 1997. She served as Chair of the United States Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System and as Chair of the Third Circuit Bankruptcy Committee and a member of the Third Circuit Judicial Council Executive Committee. Judge Rendell is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an elected member of the American Law Institute, an Inaugural Member and Master of the Villanova University School of Law J. Willard O’Brien Inn of Court, and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Federal Judges Association, the American Judicature Society and the National Association of Women Judges.

Judge Rendell is a former Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia and has served on the boards of many charitable and civic organizations including Chair of Avenue of the Arts, Inc., and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. At Penn, Judge Rendell served as Chair of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, a member of the board of Penn Medicine and a founding member of the Trustees Council of Penn Women (TCPW). She was honored as the recipient of TCPW’s 2005 Beacon Award and the 2007 Penn Alumni Award of Merit.

The files of the Office of the First Lady primarily contain information about her PennCORD civics initiative including minutes of meetings, handouts for teachers and students, and backup information for Judge Rendell on her speaking tour. Also present are drafts and final versions of speeches, correspondence, and some proof photographs. Also present are materials relating to other initiatives in which Judge Rendell was involved such as "Get Help Now, PA," "ExplorePAhistory.com," "Pennsylvania Civil War Trails," backup for events at the Governor's Conference for Women, Women's History Month, and the Pennsylvania Women's Commission. The arrangement of the files reflects how they were maintained by the staff of the Office of the First Lady.

Logs of Constituent Calls by Issue,
2003-2006.
(12 folders)

{series #10.158} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Logs of telephone calls received by the Governor's Office from constituents categorized by issue. Information provided reveals constituent opinions on various policy issues. These weekly issues logs were tallies of what constituents called in about. Some of the issues have markings from the Governor as well as draft letters from policy staff to address the specific issues. Only 2003-2006 are present. These logs are housed in the same carton as House and Senate Correspondence.

Miscellaneous and Atypical Correspondence,
2002-2010.
(9 cartons)

{series #10.186} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Miscellaneous correspondence is comprised of letters to the governor for which no response was provided as they primarily relate to eccentric concerns. The letters are often difficult to decipher due to poor handwriting or sentence structure. The nature of the concerns is extremely diverse, and the writers range from faithful supporters to extreme critics.

Office of Health Care Reform Records,
2003-2010.
(5 cartons)

{series #10.169} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

The Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform was established by Executive Order 2003-1 on January 21, 2003, to coordinate Governor Rendell's Health Care Reform Agenda. Executive Order 2003-1 also established the Governor’s Health Care Reform Cabinet. This series includes information on the Plan for a New Pennsylvania, a series of policy initiatives proposed by Governor Rendell in his first year in office. The Plan for a New Pennsylvania laid out an economic stimulus plan, property tax relief, and a means for improving educational improvement. The mission of the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform was affordable, accessible, quality health care and long-term living services for all Pennsylvanians. In January 2007, Governor Rendell introduced his comprehensive health care reform plan – Prescription for Pennsylvania. The Governor’s Health Care Reform Cabinet was responsible for advising the Director and the Governor on matters of health care reform, and directing government resources in the implementation of the Health Care Reform Agenda.

The Rendell Administration's health care reform accomplishments included ambitious initiatives to address chronic illnesses: individuals with chronic health problems represent 20% of the population but 80% of all health care spending. The state's Chronic Care Initiative included 900 primary care practitioners who served more than 1.4 million patients. An initiative to eliminate hospital-acquired infections that drive up costs by $3 billion each year in Pennsylvania successfully reduced the infections by 12.5% from 2008 to 2009. Other initiatives allowed health care professionals to practice to the full extent of their training and aimed to reduce medical malpractice costs for doctors.

The Office of Health Care Reform was directed by Rosemarie B. Greco from its founding until December 31, 2008. It was then directed by Ann Torregrossa for the remainder of Rendell's tenure.

Members of the Governor’s Health Care Reform Cabinet reported to the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform for any and all matters related to the Commonwealth’s Health Care Reform Agenda. The Cabinet consisted of the Director of the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform (Chair), Secretary of Aging, Secretary of Health, Secretary of Public Welfare, Secretary of Policy and Planning, Secretary of Budget, Commissioner of Insurance and additional members appointed by the Governor.

Among the materials present are the contents of the Health Care Reform Binders originally bound inside ring binders and include white papers, reform plans, budgets, meeting minutes, briefing materials, reference materials, consultant reports, draft legislation, and implementation instructions for health care reform plan for Pennsylvania. Information is provided on medical malpractice liability, hospital regulations, prescription coverage, Mcare, and licensure of certified midwives.

Office of Policy and Planning Files: General,
2003-2011.
(5 cartons)

{series #10.172} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

This series includes information on the Plan for a New Pennsylvania, a series of policy initiatives proposed by Governor Rendell in his first year in office. The Plan for a New Pennsylvania laid out an economic stimulus plan, property tax relief, and a means for improving educational improvement. Subjects covered include American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Economic Stimulus, Education, Policy Initiatives, Property Tax Relief, School Construction, Southwest Pennsylvania, Tax Reform, Workforce Development-Industry, Interagency Land Use Team, Prisoner Reentry, Patient Safety, Mortgage Foreclosure Reform, and Gaming.

The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Planning, Donna Cooper, was born November 6, 1958 in Philadelphia. Cooper served as Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning in Philadelphia under then-Mayor Rendell and launched "Greater Philadelphia Works," Welfare to Work program in the Philadelphia. Cooper founded Good Schools Pennsylvania, a state advocacy organization formed to accelerate the pace of school funding and performance reform in Pennsylvania. She was appointed Director of the Governor’s Policy Office in January 2003 and became Secretary of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Planning in October 2004 when Governor Rendell elevated the Director position to Secretary. Cooper served in the position until November 2010. Ian Rosenblum took over the position at that time. Also present are policy files kept by Senior Policy Manager Gregory T. Rowe and others who worked in the Office of Policy and Planning.

The Governor’s Office of Policy and Planning coordinated program planning and policy development among the executive branch agencies. The Office worked closely with the Governor’s Budget, Legislative, and Washington offices to ensure that federal and state policy options were thoroughly examined for their fiscal, legislative, and programmatic consequences. The Governor’s Policy Office also directed and coordinated efforts of the policy offices of the various executive branch agencies in order to provide overall guidance and direction to the policy planning and development for the Commonwealth, develop new program initiatives and suggest changes to existing Commonwealth programs to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services, assess the feasibility of proposed program changes, coordinate the implementation and to assess the effectiveness of those policies, monitor and develop responses to federal actions affecting the Commonwealth, and to foster collaborative projects between executive agencies and foundations. The office also worked on special projects for the Governor, particularly those involving more than one department or agency.

Policy Files of Deputy Chiefs of Staff,
2003-2010.
(3 cartons)

{series #10.193} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Files of various Deputy Chiefs of Staff including Roy Kienitz and Suzanne Campbell and also including some policy-related files of General Counsel Barbara Adams. Subjects include Transportation, Energy, Health Care, Technology, Turnpike Leasing, and Tolling I-80.

Press Releases,
2003-2010.
(9 carton)

{series #10.176} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Copies of Governor Rendell's press releases.

The Office of Communications and Press was headed by various Director of Communications, including Ramona Oliver (2003), Penny Lee (2003 to 2005), Ron Jury (2005 to 2007
), Douglas Rohanna (2007 to 2009) and Amy Kelchner (2009 to 2011). The Governor's Press Secretaries were Ken Snyder (interim, 2003), Kate Philips (2003 to 2007), Chuck Ardo (2007 to 2009) and Gary Tuma (2009 to 2011).

The Governor’s Office of Communications sought to articulate the Governor’s policy agenda and actions to the people of Pennsylvania, while responding to inquiries about the executive branch of state government from news-gathering organizations and from the public. The Office planned and managed the Governor’s many public undertakings and fielded inquiries from members of the media. The Office also directed and supervised the communications office in each of the executive-branch agencies. The Director of Communications was the primary advisor on communications strategies and coordinated the proactive promotion of the governor’s policy agenda including media strategy, events, and constituent communications. The Director also managed the executive branch communications offices.

The Governor’s Press Office served as the liaison between the Governor and the local, state, and national media. The Office provided public information to news outlets, advised on media relations, and wrote speeches on behalf of the Governor. While planning and managing the Governor’s public appearances, the Office maintained daily contact with state agencies, as well as local government officials. In addition to daily media responsibilities, the Office also had oversight responsibilities for the content and form of all Commonwealth websites. The Governor’s Press Secretary was the chief spokesperson for the Governor and his Administration, responsible for the flow of information between the executive branch and the statewide media.

Press Releases: Budget Documents,
2003-2010.
(8 folders)

{series #10.195} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Press packets from the last three years of Rendell's administration that include supporting budget briefs and budget fact sheets in addition to the press releases. Also present are budget briefs and other limited material from the first five years of the administration.

Proclamations,
2003-2010.
(4 cartons)

{series #10.177} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Proclamations issued by Governor Rendell as a means to formally acknowledge the importance of an event or occasion to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Requests for Certificates for Military Service Awards,
2003-2010.
(10 folders)

{series #10.196} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Requests for awarding the Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal or the Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal. These are awards to members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Reserves for meritorious service beyond the normal dictates of duty. Most requests contain a military biography, but some are for civilians working at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Scheduling Files,
2003-2010.
(54 cartons, 1 box)

{series #10.173} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Briefing materials, logistics sheets and daily schedules for events and meetings scheduled for Governor Rendell. Information provided includes date and location of event or meeting, backup materials and briefings prepared for the governor.

State Planning Board Files,
2003-2010.
(2 cartons)

{series #10.160} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Minutes, Notes, Agendas, and correspondence relating to the State Planning Board. The State Planning Board is an advisory board comprised of cabinet secretaries, state legislators, and citizens. First established in 1929, the board had been inactive since the late 1980s until Governor Rendell reactivated it in 2004. The Governor directed the Board to develop recommendations for state policies and actions, including possible legislation, addressing development, conservation, and land use issues vital to the "present and future welfare of the Commonwealth." Governor Rendell's initial charge to the Board was to develop consensus concerning development and conservation with regard to open space and infrastructure needs, developing criteria for state investments and incentives for multi-municipal planning and implementation, attracting private investment, and tax and revenue sharing to achieve smart growth goals for revitalization of cities and towns and sound economic development for rural communities. He also proposed options for improved governance measures to enable Pennsylvania to compete more effectively for economic growth while improving the quality of life in Pennsylvania's diverse communities.


Executive Office


Governor's Mansion Event Files,
1923-1974.
(2 boxes)

{#10.97} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of function and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of event.

Files of cost data of governor's official and personal functions. Data includes nature of function, place, date, official or personal, total number present, and cost of food, service, music, cigars and cigarettes, flowers, miscellaneous, total cost, and cost per person. Remarks include notes as to gifts given by the governor, reason for the date, and entertainment. Included in the files are some menus, programs, seating charts, lists of attendees, invitations, and memos regarding the event. Not all events were held at the governor's mansion. File folder titles are General, Special Cabinet, Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, Electoral College, General Assembly, Press, New Years/Office Staff/School Directors/Superior Court, and Supreme Court.

Judicial Redistricting Files,
1975-1986.
(1 box)

{series#10.144} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Grouped by subject.

Realignment orders and correspondence related to the elimination and later reestablishment of magisterial districts.

Because some records in this series contain sensitive information, the Archives staff will determine the researcher's level of accessibility.

Nomination Papers,
1938-1993.
(1 carton, 1 box)

{series#10.111} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Grouped by subject.

Board and commission appointment files from the administrations of Governors George Howard Earle, III, Arthur James, Edward Martin, James H. Duff, John S. Fine, George M. Leader, David L. Lawrence, William Scranton, Raymond P. Shafer, Milton Shapp, and Robert P. Casey. Includes statutory, non-statutory and interim appointments, nominations to the Senate, and resolutions made by the governor, as well as lists of anticipated vacancies from mandatory retirements and resignations. Also included are approved legislation affecting administrative code and changes to the state government's organizational chart. In some cases, nomination books are marked by H. Jackson (1940), Marie Morgan (1949), Richard Heagy, Chief Clerk of the Governor's Office (1951, 1955, 1959), and R. Smith (1953).

Because some records in this series contain sensitive information, the Archives staff will determine the researcher's level of accessibility.

Official Expenditures, Administrations of Governors,
1955-1971.
(1 carton)

{series#10.130} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year and thereunder alphabetically by payee or expense category.

A record of official expenditures by governors, including the administrations of Governors Leader, Lawrence, Scranton and Shafer. Information includes: date, explanation and amount of expense, along with a number that most likely correlated with budgetary or accounting operations. Types of expenses include: accommodations, transportation, and meals, household repairs, supplies, and postage.

Press Releases,
1937-1966, 1969-1970.
(15 boxes)

{series#10.7} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of press release.

Typed newspaper releases concerning various issues dealt with by the governor, including proclamations, addresses for special events, and press conferences. Topics include: 300th Anniversary Commission (1937), World War II, the fight against Communism (1950s-1960s), change from Armistice Day to Veteran's Day (1954), inspection and changes to mental institutions (1955-1969), taxes, state budget, unemployment, flooding from Hurricane Diane (1955), testing of statewide electronic warning system (1956), Knox Mine Disaster in Pittston (1959), Alaska's statehood (1959), new minimum wage and child labor law (1961), proposed changes and/or construction to the Executive Mansion, closing of the Ford Motor plant in Chester, PA (1961), Thirteen-Point Traffic Safety Program (1961), President John F. Kennedy's assassination (1963), the national political scene following the assassination (1963-1964), Vietnam War (1965), Shade Gap Incident involving the abduction of Peggy Ann Bradnick by William Hollenbaugh (1966), Civil Rights Movement (1966), York Race Riots, (1969), treatment program and funds for "Black Lung" (1969), pollution and environmental concerns, Apollo 11 mission to the moon (1969), Burning Culm Bank Elimination Project (1969), new conservation fund (1967-1969), and "The Welfare Problem" (1969). Similar records from Robert P. Casey's administration (1987-1995) are filed in Press Releases, 1987-1994 {series #10.4}, and press releases from Governors Ridge and Schweiker's administrations are in Press Releases, 1996-2002 {series #10.125}.

Receipts Transmitted to the Department of Revenue,
1931-1933.
(1 volume)

{series#10.84} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically..

Ledger of receipts received by the Governor's Office transmitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to the Treasury Department. Monthly summaries include transmittal date, Treasury Department receipt date, license or receipt number, amount paid, Notary Public commission fees, federal contribution for Soldiers' and Sailors' Homes, debit memorandum, totals for month, and total biennium amounts. Daily entries include Notary Public name, license number, total amount paid, and commission fees. Frequently, Notary Public appointments to the Senate are included, with name of appointee, county of residence, address (city), receipt number, and commission fees received. Occasionally, entries relate to unpaid or returned checks, and/or other banking errors, as well as debit memorandum for checks returned by the Treasury Department to the Department of Revenue. Infrequently, an entry is included for payment of federal aid to Soldiers' and Sailors' Homes. Each page is stamped, dated and signed as verification of data by the Chief of the Commission Bureau, Secretary of Revenue, and/or State Treasurer. Affixed to inside cover of the ledger is a letter dated June 23, 1932 outlining the provisions of federal aid to State and Territorial Homes for disabled soldiers and sailors.

Record of Employment within the Governor's Office,
1905-1980.
(2 boxes,
1 volume)

{series#10.53} [Holdings]

Arranged by name of department and bureau. Card file arranged alphabetically by surname of employee.

Bound volume outlining personnel organization within the Governor's Office for the period 1905-1933. Tabular data provides employee's name, voting address, sponsor, date of entry, payroll title, classification title, annual salary, and brief outline of duties and responsibilities. Also contains information on Governors John S. Fisher and Gifford Pinchot, including a notation that Governor Pinchot accepted a ten-percent voluntary pay reduction during his term. Later records kept on cards, contained the same information, and were filed alphabetically.

Records of the Pennsylvania Rural Development Council (PRDC),
1999-2003.
(1 box)

{series #10.121} [Holdings]

Grouped by subject.

The PRDC was created by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated April 6, 1992 between Governor Robert P. Casey and Secretary of Agriculture Edward Madigan and was reauthorized by Executive Order 1999-2 signed by Governor Ridge on March 29, 1999. Later it was abolished by Executive Order 2007-09 on October 2, 2007, and replaced by the Governor's Advisory Council on Rural Affairs under Governor Rendell. The PRDC's mission was to strengthen the capacity of rural Pennsylvania to prosper in a changing economic and social climate, by seeking to preserve the rich heritage and unique physical, economic, and social qualities of life in rural Pennsylvania, through the establishment of public and private partnerships to support and guide rural development and serve as a forum to encourage the consideration and implementation of locally conceived and driven strategies. Records include Council Member Handbook with updates, several pamphlets and publications, "Ten Years of Commitment to Rural PA" 2002 conference book, and Boards and Commissions Manual: A Guide for Pennsylvania's Newly Appointed Public Servants. The handbook includes the President's 1992 Report on Rural America, a copy of the MOU, a copy of Executive Order 1999-2 reauthorizing the PRDC, background information on rural Pennsylvania, and a work plan for 2000-2001.


Office of Administration

Established in 1955 to serve the governor in providing policy direction and administrative support to all agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction. The Office of Administration is comprised of computer operations, employee relations, and agent consulting services.


Administrative Circulars,
1955-1962, 1972-2007, 2010-2011.
(14 cartons, 1 box, 1 folder)

{series #10.8} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of circular.

Circulars from the Governor's Office of Administration. Each differs in type of printed format. Most provide the name of the originator, the name of the individual it was sent to; a summary of the circular; information on whom the circular was or was not to be distributed; occasional correspondence concerning the circular; and handwritten notes.

Annual Workforce and Complement Reports,
1928-2004.
(1 carton, 1 box)

{series #10.122} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year.

Personnel strength reports and historical data on state government employment trends in Pennsylvania. Information present: shifts in wage and salaried positions, including number of filled positions, changes in salary and wage, and permanent versus temporary employment. Statistics are usually arranged by department or bureau, with explanations and in some cases graphs and charts. Also included are special budget reports from the Office of Budget, bi-weekly and monthly personnel reports, and the Governor's Annual Workforce Report.

Audio-Visual Materials,
1999-2005.
(3 cartons)

{series #10.54} [Holdings] [APPOINTMENT REQUIRED]

Unarranged.

Audio-visual materials from the Governor's Office of Administration, mainly produced by Commonwealth Media Services, for the purpose of informing the public on new programs and educating employees on policies, new software, and procedures. Formats include video cassette tapes, betacam video tapes, camera masters, compact discs (CDs), 3.5" floppy diskettes, and audio cassette tapes. Titles include: Year 2000 Awareness Video, SEAP (Basic Employee Video), Imagine PA Kickoff (2002), HIV/AIDS Policy (2001), Migration to Windows 2000, and others.

To view special media, please make an appointment in advance by contacting the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Correspondence with the Economic Stabilization Program Pay Board, Washington, D.C.,
1971-1973.
(1 carton)

{series #10.154} [Holdings]

Grouped by topic.

Correspondence of the Office of Administration with the Economic Stabilization Program Pay Board, Washington, D.C. The series was created by the Bureau of Personnel within the Office of Administration in response to the Economic Stabilization Act of 1970, which affected the salaries of Commonwealth employees. Files contain correspondence, information relating to the Federal Cost of Living Council, news releases, regulations, cost estimates, and requests by unit (department). Also included are statistics, legislation, and reports relating to the ten percent cost of living increase for Commonwealth employees (1971-1972).

Electronic Data Processing Reports,
1969-1996.
(12 volumes)

{series #10.119} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically and thereunder by subject.

Annual reports prepared by the Governor's Office of Administration on technology use and planning. Within the reports, information is arranged by department and includes accomplishments, goals, and costs. Information takes the form of charts, graphs, reports, and/or tables. Also included is a strategic plan, "Breaking Through Barriers", prepared by Andersen Consulting (1996) for investing in information technology to provide more affordable, accessible and responsive customer service.

Executive Branch Agency Functional Statements,
1993.
(1 box, 1 chart)

{series #10.110} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year and thereunder alphabetically by department and then by bureau.

Functional statements for each department organized by bureau for agencies under the governor's jurisdiction compiled during Robert P. Casey's administration (1993). Information contained in the four-volume report includes department organization charts; bureau descriptions, missions, purpose and scope statements, objectives, and functions; and general descriptions and responsibilities of each division. Notes at the beginning of each department list any agencies or bureaus missing from the report. Additional information includes a list of agency numbers and bureau codes and an oversized (approximately 3'x5') organization chart (1997) of the state government. A reference key in the lower right corner indicates that numbers on the organization chart designate sections of administrative code from 1929, as amended, and other pertinent Acts of Assembly relating to various departments, bureaus, commissions, etc.

Governor's Action Center Community Files,
1975-1987.
(1 carton)

{series #10.93} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year and thereunder by date on briefing sheet.
Indexed by year (1978-1985) of community problems (includes date, case number and description).

Community problem briefing sheets filled out by caseworkers in the Governor's Action Center (GAC) within the Office of Administration, compiled during the administrations of Governors Milton Shapp and Dick Thornburgh. Some GAC files from Robert P. Casey's administration (1987-1995) are filed in Issues File, 1987-1994 {series #10.3}. Briefing sheets contain the following preliminary information: community problem or opinion, date initiated, name of caseworker, original case number(s), and explanation outlining background information, description of problem, when GAC was called and what citizens want GAC to do. Closing information include: resolution information, evaluation of what GAC did, whether or not this issue caused a systems change, the date the matter was closed, and supervisor's initials. Various community concerns include: strikes, road repairs, water contamination, state of emergencies, flooding, legislation, taxes, bug infestations (gypsy moth and black fly), escaped convicts, death warrants, etc. Notable entries include: Three Mile Island (1979) and Legionnaires' Disease (1976). Frequently newsclippings, press releases, and related correspondence are filed with reports.

Governor's Review of Government Management Committee Records,
1971-1974.
(42 cartons, 2 boxes)

{series #10.101} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Records of the Review of Government Management Committee established by Governor Milton J. Shapp. Created by executive order, this committee was composed of eighty business leaders from Pennsylvania, serving without compensation, to study business administrative practices with the aim of more effective and efficient management of state programs. Recommendation forms include department name; recommendation number; study team number, leader, and members; date of report; statement of recommendation with supporting data and figures; economic summary including dollar amount of savings, income, or cost, a notation of whether it was an annual or one-time amount; and implementation action required (executive, legislative, or constitutional). Supplemental information includes questionnaires and checklists with guidelines; reports with notes and background information; manuals, bulletins, catalogs, and miscellaneous publications; correspondence; and organizational charts. Examples of recommendations include: eliminate unfilled positions, duplicate procedures, and excess equipment; consolidate or reorganize divisions, and establish new procedures or guidelines.

Original Management Directives,
1973-1975.
(1 carton)

{series #10.126} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by directive number.
Indexed internally by directive number (110.1 to 620.1).

Directives from the Governor's Office of Administration. Multiple drafts contain handwritten notes. Each directive includes the date; name of the sender and recipient; number; explanation; and signatures of the officers making the directive effective.

Original Manuals,
1973-2006.
(29 cartons, 1 box)

{series #10.92} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by manual number.
Detailed containers listings are in front of carton 1, carton 7, and carton 17.

Manuals from the Governor's Office of Administration, Directives Management System. Includes amended, rescinded and updated section(s) of management manuals. In some cases, the manual is included in its entirety. Includes: guidelines; definitions; handbooks; instruction manuals; schedules; procedural and informational handouts; program outlines; standards and evaluations; bulletins; and catalogs. Examples of topics covered: guidelines for personal computer use; rules and regulations governing travel; manual of accounting; forms management; personnel management review; standard pay schedules; and the State Employe Program Health Benefits Administrative Manual.

Photographs,
1988-1999.
(6 photographs)

{series #10.114} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Official portraits of Tom Ridge during his service in the U.S. House of Representatives and his two terms as Pennsylvania Governor. Also included is a framed color panoramic photograph of the 1995 Pennsylvania State Senate.

Press Releases,
1977, 1996-2002.
(8 cartons)

{series #10.125} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year and thereunder by month and/or by subject.

Press releases and related files collected by the Office of Administration during the terms of Governors Ridge and Schweiker, the bulk of which belonged to Press Secretary Scott Elliot. Consists of: media coverage, news releases and articles; briefing reports, speeches and interviews; case studies, projects, and surveys; conferences, presentations, and workshops; as well as awards, proclamations, and related correspondence. Topics comprise: Y2K (also known as "Year 2000 Problem" or "millennium bug"), September 11th terrorist attacks, Digital State Survey, and e-government project. Special media includes: webpages, web logos, brochures and graphics (11 CD-ROMs), and an audio recording titled "2000 Roundtable" (1 High Bias HD 60 cassette tape). Also included is a media directory (1977) of newspapers and radio and television stations organized by county. Similar records from other administrations are filed in Press Releases, 1937-1966, 1969-1970 {series #10.7}, and press releases from Governor Robert P. Casey's administration can be found in Press Releases, 1987-1994 {series #10.4}.

Project Files,
1979-1999.
(5 cartons, 2 boxes)

{series #10.104} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged chronologically by year.

Project files and reports issued by the Bureau of Management Services within the Office of Administration. Types of files include: hazard mitigation reports; various studies; feasibility and cost analysis reports; risk and needs assessments; program overviews; staffing and organizational analyses; recommendations; and special reviews.

Use of items within box 7 is restricted for 25 years from date of publication. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Archives if you have questions about this series.

Web Snapshots,
2001-2002.
(7 CD-ROMs)

{series #10.108} [Holdings] [APPOINTMENT REQUIRED]

Within Adobe Acrobat, PDF images are grouped by subject.

Web capture of www.state.pa.us during the Ridge and Schweiker Administrations created by the Office of Information Technology within the Office of Administration. Requires Adobe Acrobat and Internet Explorer to view. Navigate using bookmark feature within Adobe Acrobat or by clicking links on PDF pages, however, not all links function. Web capture includes four to five levels depending on agency, and not all DSF (Dynamic Site Framework) sites were able to be captured. Information found on the site include: press releases; biography of governor; state mission and goals; projects and initiatives; budget; history and background information; departments and directories; and information about the governor's residence. Two copies of the Ridge Administration contain the file, 109.585 KB, created on October 2, 2001. Five copies of the Schweiker Administration contain the file, 156.111 KB, created on November 13, 2002.

To view compact discs, please make an appointment in advance by contacting the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Y2K (Year 2000 Challenge) Files,
1996-2000.
(7 cartons, 2 boxes, 1 chart)

{series #10.109} [Holdings] [APPOINTMENT REQUIRED]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Records relating to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's initiative to address the "Y2K Challenge" (also known as "Year 2000 Problem" or "millennium bug"). The Y2K problem refers to the common practice of representing years in computer programs by the last two digits only (e.g. 1999 as 99) and the potential complications when "99" rolled over to "00" on January 1, 2000. Spearheaded by Governor Ridge and Lieutenant Governor Mark S. Schweiker, Pennsylvania led the nation in ensuring that the state agencies' critical services would proceed uninterrupted during the date change. Includes: correspondence, reports, checklists, sign-off sheets, briefing materials, publications, handouts, manuals, continuity and contingency plans, and compliance records. Also included are promotional posters with slogans such as "Celebrate with confidence: Knowing that your business computers will be functioning effectively tomorrow, as they are today, is cause to celebrate" and "Remind yourself about your memory: Smart CEO's remember to ask everyday if their computer systems can handle the year 2000. Don't let your memory fail you." The posters advertise assistance made available by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in cooperation with the Government of Canada. Special formats include audio cassettes, video cassette tapes, 3 1/2 inch diskettes, and compact discs.

To view special formats, please make an appointment in advance by contacting the Pennsylvania State Archives.


Secretary of Administration

The Secretary of Administration is in charge of the Office of Administration, which was established in 1955 to serve the governor in providing policy direction and administrative support to all agencies under the governor's jurisdiction. Three operational areas comprise the Office of Administration. They are computer operations, employee relations, and agency consulting services. The Secretary of Administration is also the designated Secretary of the Executive Board. The Executive Board consists of the Governor and six other heads of departments and is tasked with directing internal managment affairs. The Secretary of Administration provides staff support to review, analyze, recommend actions, and coordinate the origination, processing, and control of Board matters.


Administrative File,
1954-1966.
(18 cartons)

{series #10.9} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Correspondence and other files from and to the Office of Administration. Much of the correspondence is between Governor Scranton and John Ingram, Secretary of Administration. Other documents include pamphlets, fiscal reports, diagrams and job resumes.

Because some records in this series contain sensitive information, the Archives staff will determine the researcher's level of accessibility.

Budget Books,
1970-1974.
(4 volumes)

{series #10.10} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year, and thereunder arranged by agency name.

Manuals from the Pennsylvania Planning, Programming, and Budgeting Program under Governor Milton Shapp. Each book summarizes the annual budget plans for the Commonwealth. Included in each manual is a foreword; an address on the budget by the governor; a glossary of terms; and financial statements, including general funds and special funds information, project expenditures, revenue summaries, revision summaries, and five-year plans.

Minutes, Resolutions and Related Records of the Executive Board,
1923-2011.
(68 cartons, 5 boxes)

{series #10.11} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of resolution and thereunder alphabetically by topic.
Indices are present for Resolutions 1923-1970.

Resolutions regarding records actions from the Executive Board within the Office of Administration. Each resolution provides the date; resolution number; description of the records action resolution; and signatures of the chairman, attorney general, and secretaries. In addition, the request form is included, detailing if the records action is an addition, deletion, or amendment. Original minutes of the Executive Board (1923-1925) are included and contain information relating to attendance, motions of the board, and resolutions passed. Related records include supporting materials and background data for resolutions, as well as detailed indices cross-referencing the resolutions by topic and year.

Executive Board Resolution Supporting Documents,
1972-1987.
(7 cartons, 1 box)

{series #10.12} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by manual number, and thereunder chronologically by date of resolution. Those without manual numbers are arranged alphabetically by title, and thereunder chronologically by date of revision.

Official manuals approved by the Executive Board, including administrative manuals, master agreements, catalogs, digests, and guidelines. Files contain originals, revisions, and background materials. Examples include: The Commonwealth Pay Plan; various health benefits administrative manuals; Guidelines for Master Agreement Between Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO; Digest of Commonwealth Employee Labor Arbitration Cases; and General Services Warehouse Catalog.

Executive Cabinet Orders,
1935-1955.
(13 folders)

{series #10.13} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of cabinet order.
Each folder is internally indexed.

Executive orders from the offices in the Governor's Cabinet. Each executive order includes the date; name of sender and recipient of the order; order number; explanation of the order; signatures of the officers making the order effective; and the governor's seal.

Executive Directives,
1955-1967, 1972-1988.
(11 cartons, 1 box, 3 folders)

{series #10.14} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of directive.
Each folder or carton is internally indexed. Transfer list with contents of each carton is available in transfer file.

Directives from the offices in the Governor's Cabinet. Each directive includes the date; name of the sender and recipient of the directive; directive number; explanation of the directive; signatures of the officers making the directive effective; and the governor's seal. The majority are rescinded or amended directives.

Executive Orders with Supporting Documentation,
1970, 1972-2008.
(4 cartons, 2 box, 1 folder)

{series #10.15} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of order.

Executive orders from the offices in the Governor's Cabinet. Each executive order includes the date; name of sender and recipient of the order; order number; explanation of the order; signatures of the officers making the order effective; and the governor's seal. Also included are rescinded or amended executive orders with supporting documentation.

General Correspondence,
1969-1979.
(49 cartons, 4 folders)

{series # 10.16} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Correspondence to and from the Office of Administration. The first set of correspondence is between members of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the County Republican Committee. The second set deals with state agencies, individuals and businesses, as well as other subjects.

General Subject File,
1994-2001.
(37 cartons)

{series # 10.85} [Holdings]

Grouped by subject.

General subject files collected by the Secretary of Administration, the bulk of which belonged to Secretary Thomas G. Paese. Includes correspondence, memorandum, management directives, publications, reports, presentations, policies, and in some instances photographs and news articles. Topics include: health insurance, technology, Y2K (Year 2000 Challenge), budget, unions, and legislative affairs. Also included are files relating to Secretary Paese's service on the boards of the Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) and the State Employees' Retirement System, as well as the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF) of which he was a chairman.

Joint State Government Commission Records,
1940-1941.
(1 box)

{series #10.17} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by agency or department name.

The Joint State Government Commission was established as per Act of 1937 (July 1, P.L. 2402) as a continuing agency for the development of facts and recommendations on all phases of government for use by the General Assembly. This series provides information detailing each agency or department's structural changes. The information provided includes the organizational chart of the agency; handwritten and/or typescript copies of the agency's administrative responsibilities added and withdrawn; the reorganization within the department; and personnel and budget data.

Memoranda,
1955-1967.
(10 folders)

{series #10.18} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Indexed internally at the front of each folder.

Memoranda issued by the Office of Administration. Each memorandum provides the date; the name of the sender and recipient; the subject; the memorandum number; and the text of the memo.

Payrolls,
1927-1967.
(6 cartons)

{series #10.19} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report.

Reports from the Budget Secretary in the Governor's Office. Typical reports from the Budget Secretary were filed monthly and provide information such as the total number of employees; total number of employees increased and reclassified; total monthly payroll rate change; salary increases and promotions; and other payroll information. The Department of Highways was typically used as the agency of comparison in detailing how much some agencies spend on payroll in comparison to others. Other reports from the Budget Secretary are found in this series, but most deal with payroll information.

Program Evaluation and Commission on Governmental Reorganization File,
1940-1960.
(35 boxes)

{series #10.20} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Files from the Governmental Reorganization Commission. Files contain correspondence with other state agencies, memoranda, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and publications, and reports and studies.

Reorganization and Classification Committee Record Book,
1944.
(1 volume)

{series #10.21} [Holdings]

Arranged by agency name.

The committee was established during the administration of Governor Edward Martin in order to place the state government on a more efficient and economical basis through the elimination of unnecessary jobs; the elimination of unnecessary bureaus, divisions, sections, or offices; and the pooling of resources. The focus of this record book is the "Functional Description of Activities". Each entry provides the name of the department, board, or commission; the name of the division, section, unit, and office; the name of the specific job or activity name; the job number; the function or purpose served by the job or activity; the signature of the supervisors in charge, including the bureau director, department representative and department head.

State Government Survey Committee Records (Chesterman Committee),
1951-1953.
(2 boxes)

{series #10.22} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by agency or department name.

Reports of Francis J. Chesterman, Chairman of the State Government Survey Committee. The reports contain updated agency or department organizational charts; information outlining functions of a department or agency; studies and published reports; correspondence; and recommendations for changes in regards to an agency or department's functions or tasks.


Bureau of Affirmative Action

Established in 1976, the Bureau of Affirmative Action is a sub-unit of the Office of Administration under the Governor's Office. The bureau promotes programs directed at ending discrimination against women and members of all minority groups, and it develops affirmative action programs to involve them at all levels of employment in all state agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction.


Commonwealth Agency Files,
1972-1994.
(59 cartons)

{series #10.23} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged alphabetically by agency name. Cartons 33-59 are not foldered.

Files documenting the affirmative action plans of Commonwealth agencies. The amount of material and content of the files vary from agency to agency. Typical records in this series include correspondence, memoranda, affirmative action plans, training programs, pamphlets, hand written notes, progress reports, work force profiles by gender and race, policy statements, and job evaluation sheets. In some cases, complaint forms and discrimination investigation reports are included.

Because some records in this series contain sensitive information, the Archive's staff will determine the researcher's level of accessibility.

General Subject File,
1970-1992.
(41 cartons, 2 boxes)

{series #10.24} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Subject files dealing with issues of the Bureau of Affirmative Action. Some of the subjects covered include the Affirmative Action Work Group, Department of the Navy, March of Dimes, sexual harassment, age discrimination, employment of handicapped persons, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws, race quotas, minority representation on Boards and Commissions, Black History Month, and the Civil Service Commission, among others. The files contain memoranda, minutes, newspaper clippings, research papers, statistical studies, surveys, news releases, newsletters, publications, and correspondence.

Because some records in this series contain sensitive information, the Archive's staff will determine the researcher's level of accessibility.


Office of the Chief Clerk

The Chief Clerk historically served in the Executive Offices, sometimes referred to in the Pennsylvania Manual as "Clerk to the Secretary (of the Governor)" and just as infrequently as "Executive Secretary". As the organization of the Executive department changed from administration to administration, so did the positioning of the Chief Clerk within the hierarchy of the governor's office. Generally the Chief Clerk was listed below the Governor's Secretary. The position of Chief Clerk was abolished in 1979. Notably, Richard Heagy served as Chief Clerk for thirty-nine years from 1919 to 1958.


Chief Clerk's Files,
1874-1981
(41 cartons)

{series #10.88} [Holdings]

Arranged in chronological order. Subject files are grouped by topic.

Files collected by the Chief Clerk of the Governor's Office, the bulk of which belonged to Richard Heagy, who served in that capacity from 1919 to 1958. Contains inventories of the Executive Mansions in Harrisburg and at Indiantown Gap Military Reserve; inauguration information including blue prints, seating arrangements, guides, and procedures; the Governor's addresses to the Legislature, including inaugural, final messages, and State of the Commonwealth; audits of the Governor's Office; budget information, reports, and publications; election, population and employment statistics; Democratic and Republican Party files; campaign files including Governor William Scranton's run for President in 1964 and Governor Milton Shapp's gubernatorial election files; government reorganization files; proposed and adopted changes to the Commonwealth's Constitution; and World War II related materials including D-Day addresses (June 6, 1944), files of the Post War Planning Committee, and the publications Pennsylvania's First Year at War (1943) and Pennsylvania's Second Year at War (1945). Also included: proclamations of emergency for civil disturbances (e.g. 1968-1970 race riots in York, Pittsburgh, and New Castle), inclement weather (e.g. snow, rain, drought), and disasters (e.g. forest fires, landslides, flooding, coal mine fires); proclamations announcing the deaths of previous Pennsylvania governors, judges, and senators, as well as other national political and social leaders, including the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the deaths of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Proclamations also noted national events like the First Moon Walk on July 17, 1969. Also contains: reports to and from the Governor's Office, commissions and surveys; investigations; news clippings and photographs; flood data; pardons and commutations with reasons; and the Governor's reception room guest books. Topics covered: the peno-correctional system, mental health, hospitals and health care, juvenile delinquency, taxes, organized labor, civil rights, welfare, presidential elections, flags, the governor's mansion and furniture, and organized crime.

Opinions and Decisions,
1926-1978.
(1 carton)

{series #10.99} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically. Volumes II, III, IV indexed internally.

Opinions and decisions of the Attorney General to the Governor or his representatives collected by the Chief Clerk of the Governor's Office. Some entries are from the Deputy Attorney General or the Special Deputy Attorney General. Topics covered: rights, powers, and limitations of the Governor; executions and court cases; as well as opinions on laws of the Commonwealth. Handwritten and typed marginal notes frequently cross-reference other entries.

Record of Capital Cases,
1885-1978.
(2 boxes)

{series #10.98} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically. Vol. III indexed internally.

Bound ledgers of capital punishment cases and related records collected by the Chief Clerk of the Governor's Office. Entries include name of condemned (or official case name), date of sentence, county convicted in, date of execution, and remarks including columns for respite and writ of error. Comments to the record document appeals, overturned verdicts and deaths of prisoners prior to execution (e.g. suicides). Final comment fields generally list date and location of execution. Also included are statistics for Pennsylvania death penalty cases organized first by year and then by administration, including electrocution cases, number of women executed, and defendants sentenced to death. A 1935 letter from a prison warden outlines the requirements for witnesses of electrocutions, stating that women and direct relatives are prohibited from serving as witnesses. The file also contains news releases concerning executions, respites, commutations, and stays of execution, as well as copies of death warrants.


Office of Policy and Planning

Governor Dick Thornburgh established the Office of Policy and Planning through an Executive Order in 1979 as a decision-making office. The Office of Policy and Planning prepares plans and makes policy recommendations for the orderly and coordinated development of the state; facilitates coordinated planning by and among state agencies; and serves as the central agency to collect and disseminate ideas and information bearing on public policy problems.


Appalachian Regional Commission Project Files, 
1973-1975.
(1 carton)

{series #10.25} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county name.

Flood insurance studies prepared by the Federal Insurance Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Project ARC 73-60. Statistical data, such as peak discharges and elevation frequency data, is the bulk of the information found in the studies. Information on the sources for the study and how it was conducted are also included, along with proposals and contracts.


Office of the Budget

Created in 1929, the Office of the Budget was authorized by the Administrative Code of the same year. It is under the direct supervision of the Secretary of the Budget, who reports to the Governor. The Secretary of the Budget has overall responsibility for preparation of the Governor's budget and its implementation after legislative enactment and also for maintenance of the Commonwealth's uniform accounting, payroll and financial reporting systems. The Secretary is also responsible for evaluating special policy issues and providing other senior officials with information to change existing policies or formulate new ones.


Administrative, Summary, and Program Budgets of Intermediate Units,
2000-2001.
(2 boxes)

{series #10.61} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Administrative, summary, and program budgets submitted by various public education Intermediate Units (IU). Information contained on the cover sheet includes: IU name and address; date and time submitted; signatures of executive director, board president, and secretary; name, title, email address, and phone number of contact person; fiscal year ending date; and the number of approved, disapproved, and not responding votes from school boards within the IU. Reports contain administrative budget reports; summary and detail of estimated revenues and other financing sources; summary and detail of estimated expenditures and other financing uses; and program status sheet.

Agency Budget Requests,
2011-2014.
(6 cartons)

{series #10.123} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of agency.

Budget requests submitted by the agencies. Information provided includes description of agency operations and justifications of the various expenditures requested.

Budgets and Comprehensive Financial Reports,
1923-2015.
(10 cartons, 4 boxes)

{series #10.26} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Executive budgets and comprehensive financial reports for the general fund submitted by the governor. Reports include biennial and annual budgets, budgets-in-brief, and comprehensive annual financial reports. Budget reports provide fiscal information regarding agencies within the Commonwealth. Such information includes financial statements and summaries, revenues, appropriations, comparative financial statements, budget information, expenditures, grants and loans, payroll, and the Governor's recommendations. Comprehensive annual financial reports contain combined financial statements; statistical sections; and fund financial statements, such as balance sheets, reconciliation sheets, and statements of revenues, net assets, cash flows, expenditures, and so on. Information in these reports take the form of charts, graphs, reports, and/or tables.

Government Operations Transition Document on the Function of Each State Agency,
1978.
(1 volume)

{series #10.27} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of agency (under Governor's jurisdiction, or not) and thereunder alphabetically by agency name.

A document providing information on all departments, boards, agencies, and commissions. The information given for agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction is much more elaborate than for those that were not. "Agency Program Responsibilities" describe an agency's responsibilities in terms of services provided. The "Major Developments" section examines the recent major projects of the agency. "Pending Issues and Recommendations" covers major issues which were or soon would be confronting the agency and affecting its programs. Also provided for each agency is an organizational chart, comparative expenditure information, personnel information, and information concerning locations of offices outside Harrisburg. Brief information provided about agencies not under the Governor's jurisdiction includes functions, funding costs, and organizational details.

Single Audit Reports,
1986-2002, 2004-2007.
(7 boxes, 3 CD-ROMs)

{series #10.28} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report.

Single audits were performed in accordance with the generally accepted standards for financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the U.S. General Accounting Office. There are two main sections in the reports. The first is the "General Purpose Financial Statements". These reflect total combined assets, liability, and various fund balances within the state budget, and contain information on colleges and universities, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). The section "Schedule of Federal Financial Assistance" reflects the amount of total federal expenditures for the Commonwealth for a specific fiscal year, including projects, grants, and funding programs. The Single Audit Reports for the fiscal years 1986-1988 were prepared by the Department of the Auditor General and the independent accounting firm of Ernst and Whinney. Recent reports (2001 to present) are also available on the Office of the Budget's website at www.budget.state.pa.us.


Office of General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel was created in 1981 following the Pennsylvania Legislature's passage of the Commonwealth Attorneys Act in 1980. Under the Act, the General Counsel serves as the chief legal advisor to the Governor and directs the legal activities of the executive branch, with responsibility for representing the state in civil court cases. See the latest edition of the Pennsylvania Manual for a complete listing of the Office's responsibilities.


Administrative Files,
1983-1993.
(27 cartons)

{series #10.69} [Holdings]

OSC reports are arranged chronologically by quarter or year. OSC correspondence is arranged alphabetically by topic or agency and thereunder by name of law firm. In general, the records are grouped by topic and thereunder arranged loosely in chronological order.

Administrative files of the General Counsel. The bulk of the records are bimonthly and quarterly reports detailing fees and services of outside counsel (OSC) contracted by the General Counsel, listing attorney or law firm, type of legal matter, and the amounts billed and quarterly paid. Some bi-monthly reports are filed in Litigation Files, 1983-1999 {series #10.65}. Other files include: GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) study and audit of Offices under the Governor's jurisdiction; Senate Appropriations Committee correspondence; Medical Professional Liability Catastrophe Loss (CAT) Fund; judicial reform files; Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission; extradition files; and vacated death sentence files.Vacated death sentence files contain various court documents including majority and dissenting opinions, correspondence, legal documents and judicial decisions. Vacated death sentences refer to cases overturned on appeal or granted new trials; commuted sentences (other than death penalty); and in some cases natural death of a prisoner.

Correspondence of the General Counsel,
1986-1989.
(16 cartons)

{series #10.151} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of correspondent, case name or subject.

Correspondence of the General Counsel, the bulk of which belonged to Morey Myers, who served in this role to Governor Casey and the Commonwealth, as well as commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (ULC). Topics covered include: code of ethics and conduct; gubernatorial nominations; legislation, acts, and reports; nuclear regulations; judicial appointments, reform, and boards; investigations; legislative initiatives; tort reform; affirmative action; and lottery. Also included: executive meeting minutes of the ULC (1988-1989), and files on SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) investigation; Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline Company; Koppers Company takeover; Wrongful Life/Wrongful Death; Peach Bottom Nuclear Plant; problems relating to severance pay of members of Governor Casey's administration; and Sprague v. Casey (cancellation of judicial elections).

Death Penalty Cases , Extraditions, Criminal Referrals, and Pardon & Commutation Records,
1991-2001.
(36 cartons)

{series #10.124} [Holdings]

Extraditions are arranged by year and alphabetically by surname.

Death penalty records include transcripts and related documents of trial and appeal proceedings, correspondence files, and copies of execution warrants. Extradition files include correspondence to the Governor from the General Counsel in response to other states' requests for extradition of a prisoner in Pennsylvania custody, as well as requests to other states to return an alleged criminal to Pennsylvania to stand trial. Extradition forms list name and aliases of offender, explanation of criminal charges and which state is requesting extradition, along with date of request and signature of General Counsel. Pardons and Commutations concern only significant matters and most are kept with the Board of Pardons. Criminal Referrals concern criminal action taken against individuals and companies for breaking the law.

Litigation Files,
1983-2005.
(237 cartons, 9 boxes)

{series #10.65} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by subject or topic and thereunder loosely arranged by case name.

Litigation files of the General Counsel, containing a variety of documents including but not limited to: legal briefs; correspondence; exhibits and attachments; research; newsclippings; press releases; settlement proposals and related documents; transcripts and stenographic reports; monthly and bi-monthly litigation reports; as well as other documents related to court cases. The majority of bi-monthly reports are filed in Administrative Files, 1983-1993 {series #10.69}. Topics covered include: licensing and safety issues; Sunshine Law; personnel and benefits issues; asbestos abatement; abortion (1990-1994); Three Mile Island (1979); public utilities, electricity, and nuclear energy; the Capitol Addition Project (1986); Adams Commission testimony for SCI Camp Hill riot (1989); decision concerning State Treasurer Robert Budd Dwyer's pension; inspection and maintenance (I/M) for Air Pollution Control Laws; and others. Recent cases include Mistick vs. Labor and Industry; Ryan Realty and Community Bank vs. Commonwealth; SWIF: Bpys. Alexander, et. al. vs. Department of General Services et. al.; Louise Bishop vs. Tom Ridge; Daniel Snyder vs. Yvette Kane; Carol Sherman vs. Tom Corbett et. al.; and Ahmed Abdul Jabbar-Al Somad vs. Tom Ridge. Also present is a Pennsylvania Wage Construction Survey.

Reports and Related Records of the Administrator of Arbitration Panels for Health Care,
1978-1995.
(2 boxes)

{series #10.94} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year.

Reports and related records of the Administrator of Arbitration Panels for Health Care within the General Counsel. Created by the Health Care Services Malpractice Act, Act 111 of 1975, to promote the prompt disposition of medical malpractice claims, this body was in existence until June 30, 1995. The Panels administered the HCCP (Health Care Conciliation Program), which was an alternative dispute resolution mechanism that provided three broad categories of service to the Courts of Common Pleas: status, pre-trial and settlement conferences in medical malpractice cases. Files consist of annual reports for the Administrator of Arbitration Panels for Health Care and a funding request from HCCP to the Ridge Administration for fiscal year 1995-1996. The funding request includes letters of introduction, support from the courts, and appreciation from clients; statistical information; and a detailed budget request.


Pennsylvania Energy Office

The Pennsylvania Energy Office (PEO), formerly known as the Governor's Energy Council (GEC), was established by Executive Order on July 22, 1987 to ensure energy security for the Commonwealth through planning, development and conservation, with the Lieutenant Governor serving as the Chairman. The PEO was charged with developing sustainable energy policies and to minimize adverse environmental impacts attributable to the production and consumption of energy. These policies were implemented through legislation, program regulation, and federal grant activities.

Two of the programs implemented by the Energy Office were the Pennsylvania Green Buildings program that improved the energy efficiency of 13,000 state-owned and operated buildings and the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Program that provided financial incentives to residents, corporate entities and local governments to convert vehicles or fleets to alternative cleaner burning fuels. The Office was also charged with the responsibility for assisting the commercialization of energy-related recycling under the Governor's Recycling Market Development Task Force and had the responsibility of providing information and technology transfer services to the Commonwealth's residents through regional energy centers.

In addition, the PEO was active in coal, natural gas and oil development, renewable energy projects, utility and low income energy issues, and energy efficiency in industry, commercial establishments and local government. A major focus of the Office was the linking of sustainable economic development with the environmentally benign use and consumption of indigenous energy resources. The Office was the primary recipient of federal and private energy funds assigned to Pennsylvania for distribution to improve energy efficiency and for policy planning and demonstration of new energy technologies. It was also responsible for monitoring petroleum supplies and implementing allocation measures during declared emergency petroleum product shortages.

The Office also administered the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) which provided financial assistance to private industry, nonprofit organizations and the university community. This authority funded research, development and demonstration projects covering diverse activities in the fields of clean coal technologies, renewable energy, and increasing energy efficiency. The PEDA was originally created by the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority and Emergency Powers Act (P.L. 1213 No. 280) on December 14, 1982; however, it was not operational until June 26, 1984 when its first governing board members appointed by the Governor were confirmed by the General Assembly. The Pennsylvania Energy Office was abolished in 1995 under Executive Order 95-4. In 2004, PEDA was revitalized by Governor Edward G. Rendell's Executive Order and placed within the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Within DEP's website, the PEDA maintains several webpages providing digital access to some of its publications and meeting minutes, dating from 2005 to the present.


Marketing Survey Reports,
1979, 1982.
(1 box)

{series #10.155} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Seven marketing survey reports on pin-fed printer paper generated by the Governor's Energy Council and the Federal Energy Administration. Reports include monthly and annual surveys with data tables outlining use and distribution by county and fuel type.

Federal Energy Administration, Market Shares Monitoring System, Refiner/Importer Monthly Survey, Report 5: Universe Estimates of Branded Motor Gasoline Sales (1982) for Pennsylvania includes monthly, quarterly and annual statistics for 1972-1980, including number and volume of sales by type of retail outlet (refiner operated, commission operated, open dealers supplied directly, lessee dealers supplied directly), with total number and volume of retail outlets, with an average volume per outlet. Information is grouped by large integrated, large independent; and small independent retailers.

Report 6: Universe Estimates of Branded Gasoline Sales Relative to Base Year (1982) is organized in the same manner as Report 5 for years 1977 and 1980. Report 5 by Region is organized in a similar manner, but rather than by county, it is organized into FEA Region 3, Northeastern States and National Refiner Group.

Marketing Categories: Sales/Distribution for Total Motor Gasoline (Small Independent), Refiner Group 'P' for January through September 1981 includes data organized first by month, and then by direct sales, refiner operated outlets, and commission operated outlets, with a total direct sales; open dealers, lessee dealers, and other independent marketers, with a total branded independent marketers sales; non-branded product; and total group sales and national sales. Each monthly volume is shown as a total and then as a group, national and category percentage of the total.

Customer Listing by County/Major Supplier/Zip Code Report for 1979, is organized alphabetically by county, then by company name, with contact information (address and phone number), major supplier abbreviation, type, and wholesale purchase-reseller information.

Requester Report by Fuel Type dated December 31, 1979 is organized by type (diesel, heating oil, kerosene, propane/LPG, motor gasoline leaded and unleaded, and residual #6) and thereunder divided into current month and year-to-date totals. Data is organized by range (100-999; 1,000-6,999; 7,000-14,999; 15,000-23,999; 24,000-49,999; 50,000-99,999;100,000-199,999; over 200,000); total cases divided into approved, rejected and pending; and gallons (total and mean).

Governor's Energy Council: Allocations by Fuel Type/County for December 1979 is organized first by fuel type and thereunder by county, with data organized into monthly (December) and yearly (1979) totals for cases and gallons of fuel. Each county's totals are separated into categories of use, including commercial/ industrial, distributed, company owned service station, independent service station, municipal/ emergency services, energy producing, lessee service station, mass transit and other applicable categories. County totals are shown as a percentage of state totals.

Records of the Pennsylvania Energy Office,
1982-1995.
(7 cartons, 4 boxes)

{series #10.117} [Holdings]

Grouped by topic, and thereunder arranged chronologically by date of report, correspondence or meeting.

Records of the Pennsylvania Energy Office (PEO), including reports, surveys, publications, and project files. Surveys include: the Conservation Practices and Opportunities Survey (1985-1986), which polled energy use in state-owned buildings, and a weatherization survey on residential homes. Also present are: Energy Development Plans; publications and annual reports; coal conversion and cogeneration feasibility studies; Gasoline Retail Divorcement issue (1980s); the Appalachian Project (1987-1988); and individual project reports. Also included are PEO files from the compilation of The Natural Gas Buyer's Guide, which was created in conjunction with the private sector to promote Pennsylvania's indigenous supply of natural gas energy.

Reports and Related Records of the Pennsylvania Energy Centers,
1981-1989.
(13 cartons, 4 boxes)

{series #10.152} [Holdings] [APPOINTMENT REQUIRED]

Grouped by subject and thereunder arranged loosely in chronological order.

Reports and related records of the Pennsylvania Energy Centers, decentralized clearinghouses for energy information materials and program. Files contain monthly reports and contracts. Information contained in the contract binders include signed contracts with amendments and change orders; subcontracts issued by the regional energy center; quarterly projections listing workshops, projects and public contacts; evaluations and recommendations; budgets, expenditures and financial data; along with statistics and related correspondence. Reports include information relating to daily operations, conferences, projects, financial data, statistics, news releases, and advertisements. Proposals to serve as regional energy centers include problem discussion; program overview, design, implementation schedule and evaluation procedures; as well as a discussion of the organization's qualifications. Other files include needs assessments, final reports, and video recordings.

To view special formats, please make an appointment in advance by contacting the Pennsylvania State Archives.


Council of National Defense and Committee of Public Safety

The Council of National Defense and the Committee of Public Safety were created in 1917 through Act No.106 under the administration of Governor Martin Grove Brumbaugh in order to prepare for the defense of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during World War I. The Governor served as the chairman of the council, along with the Lieutenant Governor and the members of the Military Board as other council members.


Financial Records,
1917-1921.
(2 boxes)

{series #10.29} [Holdings]

Arranged by type of record.

Expense records and other fiscal information concerning special appropriations and departments. The records include vouchers, disbursement accounts, contracts, labor cost enumerations, time books, and payroll reports.

General Correspondence,
1917-1919.
(1 box)

{series #10.30} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Telegrams, letters, correspondence and memos from the Council of National Defense and Committee of Public Safety to various organizations.

General File,
1917-1920.
(4 boxes)

{series #10.31} [Holdings]

Arranged by type of file.

Miscellaneous files of the Council of National Defense and the Committee of Public Safety. The files include studies and polls, lantern slides, blueprints, photographs, and county histories detailing each county's role during World War I.

Minute Books of the Executive Committee,
1917-1919.
(3 volumes)

{series #10.32} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the meetings of the Council of National Defense and the Committee of Public Safety Executive Committees. Information provided about each meeting includes the date and place of the meeting, the names of the members present, a listing of expenditures, and details of the proceedings.

Minute Books of the Philadelphia Advisory Committee,
1918.
(1 volume)

{series # 10.33} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the meetings of the Philadelphia Advisory Committee. Information provided about each meeting includes the date and place of the meeting, the names of the members present, a listing of expenditures, and details of the proceedings.

News Clippings of the War History Commission (World War I),
1917-1921.
(3 boxes).

{series #10.34} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of clipping.

Clippings of newspaper articles relating to events during World War I concerning state units. Each clipping provides the name of the newspaper; date and place of publication; volume number and page number. Some of the topics covered include reprints of soldiers' letters home; news about a specific unit's actions in a particular battle; news on a particular enlisted man's status, such as whether killed, wounded, or returned home; calls for citizens to purchase war bonds and stamps; and cartoon sketches.

Reports,
1917-1919.
(3 volumes)

{series #10.35} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report.

Miscellaneous reports of the Council of National Defense and the Committee of Public Safety, including the daily event proceedings of the Committee on State Events and committee attendance lists. More specific reports include the "Third and Final Report of Effingham B. Morris, Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Council of National Defense and the Committee of Public Safety", an outline of the wartime activities, and the Treasurer's Report of the Pennsylvania Council of National Defense.

Scrapbooks,
1917-1920.   
(7 volumes)

{series #10.36} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of clipping.

Newspaper clippings, press releases and memoranda detailing the activities of and promoting the ideas of the Council of National Defense and the Committee of Public Safety. These records are very similar to {series #10.35}, News Clippings of the War Commission (World War I), 1917-1921. Many of these may have been used as propaganda tools during World War I to entice recruitment, heighten troop morale, support farm productivity, and press the necessity for homefront support.


Council on the Arts

Created in 1966, the mission of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state.


Annual Reports,
1967-1972, 1975-1979, 2000-2010.
(1 box)

{series #10.37} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report.

Yearly reports on the operations of the Council of the Arts. Information typically found includes council and staff member names, information on grants awarded, Chairman remarks, Executive Director remarks, expenditures information, summary reports, and information concerning events such as exhibitions and concerts sponsored by the Council. Later reports cover the annual awards ceremony and list awards with biographies of awardees, ceremony speakers and sponsors.

Minute Books,
1966-1979.
(2 volumes)

{series #10.38} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Official minutes of the meetings of the Council of Arts. Each meeting summary includes the date, time, and place of the session; the list of the members in attendance, including the Chairman and other officers; summaries of the events of the meeting, including motions, recommendations, and old and new items of business; the time of the meeting's adjournment; and the signature of the recording secretary.

Minutes and Agenda,
1967-1991.
(7 boxes)

{series #10.39} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Official minutes of the meetings of the Council of Arts. Each meeting summary includes the date, time, and place of the session; the list of the members in attendance, including the Chairman and other officers; the agenda; summaries, including motions, recommendations, and old and new items of business; the time adjournment; and the signature of the recording secretary. The series also includes related correspondence, newspaper clippings, address lists of the council members, staff reports, memoranda, and miscellaneous files.

Newsletters,
Winter 1978 - Spring 1987.
(3 folderss)

{series #10.107} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of newsletter.

Newsletter sent out to the public interested in the Arts. Articles contain projects and grants information and other newsworthy items about the Council..



Governor's Advisory Council on Alcoholism

The Governor's Advisory Council on Alcoholism was created as a sub-office of the Department of Health in the mid-1960s by Governor William Scranton to help curb the problem of alcohol use among the youth of Pennsylvania. This was done through education, workshops and seminars, and research.


Minutes,
1963-1970.
(2 folders)

{series #10.40} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Minutes of meetings. Each meeting summary provides the date, time, and place of the meeting; the name of the officer that called the meeting; the agenda; names of members present, including guests and staff members; a summary, including proposals, reports, and other orders of business; the time of adjournment; the date, place, and time of the next meeting; and signature of the recorder of the minutes.


Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs

The Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs (GACAAA) assists African Americans in gaining full access to all opportunities afforded to citizens of the Commonwealth. Its members are appointed by the Governor. For more information about the Commission, please visit their website.


Subject Files,
1990-2010.
(6 cartons, 1 box)

{series #10.103} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Subject files of the GACAAA. Contains correspondence, budget information, appointments, recommendations, grants, news releases, conferences, meeting minutes and related files, memorandum, and community issues (e.g. HIV/AIDS, economic development, education, bone marrow transplants, etc.). Also includes correspondence and files related to other local and national African American organizations like the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).


Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs

The Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs assists Asian Americans in gaining full access to all opportunities afforded to citizens of the Commonwealth. Its members are appointed by the Governor. For more information about the Commission, please visit their website.


Report of Accomplishments,
2010.
(2 items)

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Arranged randomly.

Report of the accomplishments for the previous six years of the Commission's existence. The report is addressed to Governor Ed Rendell. A copy of the report is included which has a cover letter addressed to incoming Governor Tom Corbett stressing the importance of the Commission and its cost effectiveness.


Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs

The Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) assists Latinos in gaining full access to all opportunities afforded to citizens of the Commonwealth. Its members are appointed by the Governor. For more information about the Commission, please visit their website.


Subject Files,
1971-2010.
(9 cartons)

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Grouped by topic.

Subject files of the GACLA. Contains correspondence, appointments, recommendations, conferences, meeting minutes, related files, and community issues (e.g. immigration, economic development, education, health, etc.). Includes reports of the Chairman in the first years of the Commission. Most files contain planning material for conferences and papers developed at the conferences. There are also some video tapes of presentations.


Governor's Advisory Committee for Comprehensive Mental Health Planning

The Advisory Committee for Comprehensive Mental Health Planning was created in 1963 by Governor William Scranton, and charged with producing The Comprehensive Mental Health Plan for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which it published in 1965.


The Comprehensive Mental Health Plan,
1965.
(1 volume)

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The plan included recommendations for emotional problems of children and adults, and identified problem areas.


Governor's Advisory Committee for Comprehensive Mental Retardation Planning

The Advisory Committee for Comprehensive Mental Health Planning, created in 1963 by Governor William Scranton as an off-shoot of the the Advisory Committee for Comprehensive Mental Health Planning, was charged with producing The Comprehensive Mental Retardation Plan for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which it published in 1965.


The Comprehensive Mental Retardation Plan,
1965.
(1 volume)

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The plan offered ways to find and implement means of preventing mental retardation, and to insure that all retarded citizens receive a lifetime of service tailored to their individual needs.


Governor's Committee of 100,000 Pennsylvanians

The Committee of 100,000 Pennsylvanians, established in 1963, was a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's group, privately financed to help economic growth in Pennsylvania.


Award Press Releases,
1968.
(1 folder)

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Unarranged.

Press information from the Pennsylvania Awards for Excellence Dinner held November 21, 1968 in Philadelphia. Among the included items are black and white photographs of the award winners; newsletters, a program for the dinner, and a history of the committee. Awards were presented for excellence in categories such as Creative Arts, Human Relations and Community Service, Life Sciences, Journalism, Athletics, Performing Arts, Education, Industrial and Business Leadership, and Science and Technology. Additional records on this Committee are in MG-208 William W. Scranton Papers, 1963-1967.


Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse was established in 1972 by an act of the General Assembly (P.L.221, No.63) to promote health, education, and rehabilitation programs for the prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse. Among the Council's areas of purview were the emergency medical intervention of, as well as treatment and rehabilitation alternatives to the criminal process for, drug and alcohol dependence. Today the Council is known as the Pennsylvania Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and is designated as the advisory council to the Department of Health for drug and alcohol programs.


Minutes,
1963-1970, 1972-1976, 1976-1979.
(7 cartons, 1 box)

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Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of meetings and hearings of the Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. The minutes provide the date, time, and location of the meeting; names of attendees; agenda; summary; and the time of adjournment. Some of the minutes are summarized; others are verbatim. Also included among the minutes are pamphlets and publications, statistical reports, House Bills of the General Assembly, and correspondence.

Project Files,
1973-1976.
(3 cartons)

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Unarranged.

Information detailing the interaction between the Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and their clients. The series contains correspondence, minutes of meetings, memoranda, proposals, surveys and reports, and bibliographies.

Subject Files of the General Counsel,
1972-1975.
(2 cartons)

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Each box is arranged alphabetically by subject file name.

Files on the clients of the General Counsel. Information includes correspondence, minutes of meetings, memoranda, proposals, surveys and reports, and bibliographies.


Governor's Mortgage Commission

The Governor's Mortgage Commission was created by Governor Milton Shapp in 1975 to study the home mortgage problem that came about after the passage of S.B. 262, Act 55 of 1973, reluctantly signed into law, which extended the eight-percent lawful rate of interest on home mortgage loans for an additional two years. The governor subsequently appointed this commission to investigate the law.


Staff Director's Files,
1973-1975.
(7 cartons)

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Arranged alphabetically by file name.

Files from the Governor's Commission on Mortgage and Interest Rates, including commission minutes, correspondence reference studies and reports, press releases, newspaper clippings, fiscal charts, proposals, and public hearing transcripts from the meetings of the commission. Correspondence from the Housing Task Force is included in this series.


Job Mobilization Committee

The Job Mobilization Committee was created in November 1939 as a public and private venture to promote businesses to provide jobs and get people off relief rolls. The committee was housed in the Capitol and headed by Walter D. Fuller, a Philadelphia Publisher. There were county committees and women's committees formed in order to help the effort. The effort was concluded with a report to then Governor Arthur H. James in May 1940.


Miscellaneous Records,
1939-1940.
(2 boxes)

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Arranged by volume.

Records formerly belonged to the State Library and were bound into 2 volumes. Include correspondence, reports,statistics, agendas and text of radio announcements.


Pennsylvania Commission for Women

In 1964 Governor William Scranton established the first Governor's Commission on the Status of Women. In 1975 Governor Milton Shapp changed both the name and the concept to form a new body, the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. In 1996 that commission was phased out of existence, then re-established by Governor Ridge in 1997. The commission works to ensure that all women in Pennsylvania have equal opportunity and treatment in all aspects of life. The organization's activities include offering educational programs and seminars; promoting and providing job training for women; and serving as the link to the Governor for individuals and for women's groups.


Commission History Files,
1962-2010.
(29 cartons, 4 boxes)

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Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Files documenting events sponsored by and/or associated with the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. The types of documents filed include correspondence, minutes, annual reports, newspaper clippings, memoranda, Governor's proclamations, proposals, brochures and pamphlets, training manuals, Senate Bills, photographs, fiscal information and budget reports, service purchase contracts, press releases, publications, speeches, travel vouchers, and employee evaluations. The events and organizations that the commission documented in its files include the Bicentennial Women's Center, Equal Rights Amendment, Parent Outlook Program, Women's Equality Day, and the National Women's Education Fund.

Correspondence Relating to Commission Reports and Publications, 
1974-1978.
(1 carton)

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Arranged chronologically by date of correspondence.

Miscellaneous correspondence to and from the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.

Issue and Conference Files,
1973-1996
(41 cartons, 1 box)

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Unarranged.

Issue and conference files of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. Files contain newsletters, publications, conference materials, and newsclippings related to women's issues and rights. Topics covered include: Equal Rights Amendment (ERA); women in the workforce and state government; women's health, including breast cancer and reproductive concerns; Parental Leave Bill, maternity leave, Family Medical Leave, and Protective Labor legislation; VAWA (Violence Against Women Act); rape, sexual harassment, and domestic violence; child support, custody, abuse, and missing children; women's rights in marriage, divorce, and child custody; Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act; elder crime, abuse, and health issues; gender bias; poverty, prostitution, welfare, and women in prison; teen pregnancy, homelessness, and abortion; women's history, suffrage, equality, and celebrations of women's contribution to history; and the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. Celebrations include: International Women's Day, Women's History Month, Pennsylvania's Women in History Week, Diamond Anniversary of Women's Suffrage, and the Sunflower Gala. Publications include: WOMENews, Women's Times, and Spokeswoman. Also found in the files are photographs of events and celebrations, proclamations, some correspondence, Commission meeting minutes, background information, and original sketches of political cartoons.

Newsletters of Women's Organizations,
1972-1985.
(3 cartons)

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Grouped alphabetically by name of newsletter name, and thereunder arranged chronologically.

Miscellaneous newsletters and pamphlets from feminist and women's issues groups such as the YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association), Pennsylvania Federation of Women's Clubs, League of Women Voters, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).


Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

Formerly the Governor's Justice Commission (1968-1978), the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) was created effective January 1, 1979. The PCCD is authorized under Act 274 of 1978, 71 P.S. §1190.32, as amended, to undertake criminal and juvenile justice planning, coordination and policy analysis. The PCCD is an agency that provides the Commonwealth with a central source of planning, statistical analysis and program development for the improvement of the state's justice system. The agency provides data analysis, research and legislative recommendations to the Governor's Office, General Assembly, concerned local officials and system practitioners. Additionally, the PCCD is responsible for the administration of state and federal grant programs for assisting units of government and private organizations to prevent and reduce crime, provide services to victims of crime, enhance the quality of justice for all Pennsylvanians, and help alleviate the financial burdens resulting from the commission of a crime. Working closely with the Governor's office, the Commission helps coordinate the work of state and local criminal justice agencies to increase communication, effectiveness and efficiency. The PCCD provides training to deputy sheriffs and constables, as well as technical assistance to communities and organizations to promote crime and delinquency prevention efforts. The PCCD allocates federal and state funds to victims, victim service providers, criminal and juvenile justice and ancillary agencies, and helps communities to improve the administration of justice. The commission does this through dedication to the criminal and juvenile justice system; supporting local aims of apprehending and prosecuting criminals; promoting the use of technology for local criminal justice systems; providing various training programs to criminal justice system officers; and offering statewide criminal statistics and analytical services.


Amendments to Pennsylvania "Son of Sam" Law,
2004.
(1 box)

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Arranged variously.

Correspondence and draft amendments to House Bill 1392 and materials relating to legal challenges and court rulings on the "Son of Sam" laws passed by various other states. These laws were passed in response to the case of New York City mass murderer David Richard Berkowitz who was arrested in 1977 and confessed to killing six people in the course of eight shootings. Berkowitz called himself the "Son of Sam" and claimed he had been commanded to kill by a demon that possessed his neighbor's dog, Sam. The laws were enacted in several states during the 1980s in response to speculation that publishers were offering Berkowitz large sums of money for the story of his crimes. The intent of such laws was to seize any profits in order to compensate victims. In 1991 the Supreme Court unanimously overturned New York's "Son of Sam" Law as inconsistent with the First Amendment, in the case of "Simon and Shuster, Inc., vs. Members of the New York State Crime Victims Board", 502 U.S., 105 (1991). The records contained in this series relate to efforts to amend Pennsylvania's version of such a law.

Executive Staff Meeting Minutes of the Governor's Justice Commission, 
1974, 1976-1978.
(1 box)

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Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the meetings of the Executive Staff of the Governor's Justice Commission (predecessor to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency). Similar to records in Executive Staff Meeting Minutes of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, 1979-1986 {#10.146}. Each entry provides the date, time, and place of the meeting; name of the presiding officer; names of the members present, including chairmen, staff members, guests, and others; agenda outline; a summary, including motions taken, items discussed, and votes made on proposals; the time of adjournment; and the signature of the officer recording the minutes.

Executive Staff Meeting Minutes of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, 
1979-1986.
(1 box)

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Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the meetings of the Executive Staff of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, formerly the Governor's Justice Commission. Similar to records in Executive Staff Meeting Minutes of the Governor's Justice Commission, 1974, 1976-1978 {#10.49}. Each entry provides the date, time, and place of the meeting; name of the presiding officer; names of the members present, including chairmen, staff members, guests, and others; agenda outline; a summary, including motions taken, items discussed, and votes made on proposals; the time of adjournment; and the signature of the officer recording the minutes.

Intermediate Punishment Program Records,
1991-1997
.
(4 cartons)

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Arranged alphabetically by county name.

Intermediate punishment sentencing plans from Pennsylvania's county correction departments. Also includes one folder of annual reports from county correction departments.

Legal Opinions and Regulations,
1985-2002
.
(1 carton)

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Arranged variously.

Correspondence, regulations and legal opinions issued by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Information provided includes date of correspondence, regulation or opinion in question, and historical background on the nature of the cases involved.

Litigation Files of the Governor's Justice Commission,
1975-1978.
(2 cartons)

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Grouped by case name.

Litigation files from the Legal Office of the Governor's Justice Commission (GJC). The files document litigation between the GJC and persons affected by disbursement of Federal grant monies to fund state and local government anti-crime programs. The GJC had the responsibility of distributing Federal funds under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. Several cases, including Gwinn v. Kane, Gallagher v. Kane, Myers v. Kane, and Shapp v. Sloan, involve the attempted use of federal funds by the Department of Justice for salaries and operating expenses incurred by the Office of the Special Prosecutor, as well as the legality and jurisdiction surrounding the creation of said Office. Other cases involve discrimination complaints (Richardson v. Westmoreland County Commissioners and GJC) and breach of contract (Nestor v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and GJC). Case files contain correspondence, legal briefs, court documents, related newsclippings, and supporting documentation.

Minutes and Transcripts of the Governor's Justice Commission,
1972-1978.
(7 cartons, 1 box)

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Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of meetings of the Governor's Justice Commission. The GJC was the predecessor to the PCCD, and its records are found in Meeting Minutes of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, 1979-1999 {#10.148}. Each set of minutes provides the date, time, and place of the meeting; the names of the attendees; a list of the agenda items; and transcripts of the proceedings. This series also contains correspondence, memoranda, project review sheets, and directives.

Minutes of the Criminal Justice Training Task Force,
1986-1990.
(1 carton)

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Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of meetings of the Criminal Justice Training Task Force. Each set of minutes provides the date, time, and place of the meeting; the names of the attendees; a list of the agenda items; and summaries of the proceedings. This series also contains correspondence, memoranda, briefing packets and reports.

Minutes of the Juvenile Advisory Committee,
1979-1999.
(2 boxes)

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Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Meeting minutes of the Juvenile Advisory Committee (JAC), which is the State Advisory Group under the Federal JJDP (Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) Program within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The JAC is the successor organization to the JJDPAC, and its records can be found in the Meeting Minutes of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Advisory Committee, 1976-1978 {#10.50}. Appointed by the Governor and composed of representatives of local government, public juvenile justice agencies, child care agencies, youth members and others involved in youth services, the JAC advises the Commission on the preparation of the annual juvenile justice plan and juvenile funding guidelines, prepares funding recommendations on subgrant applications and assists in identifying major policy issues concerning juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. Information found in the minutes includes: date, time, and location of meeting; names of the presiding officer and members present; summary; time of adjournment; and the signature of the recording officer.

Minutes of the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission,
1982-2003.
(1 box)

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Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Meeting minutes of the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission (JCJC). Established by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1959, the JCJC is responsible for advising juvenile courts concerning the proper care and maintenance of delinquent and dependent children; establishing standards governing the administrative practices and judicial procedures used in juvenile courts; establishing personnel practices and employment standards used in probation offices; collecting, compiling and publishing juvenile court statistics; and administering a grant-in-aid program to improve county juvenile probation. Its members are nominated by the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and appointed by the Governor for three-year terms. Information found in the minutes includes: date, time, and location of meeting; names of the presiding officer and members present; summary of events; time of adjournment; and the signature of the recording officer.

Minutes of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Committee,
1976-1978.
(1 box)

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Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Meeting minutes of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Committee (JJDPAC), which was the predecessor to the Juvenile Advisory Committee. For JAC records, see Meeting Minutes of the Juvenile Advisory Committee, 1979-1999 {#10.147}. Minutes include date, time, and location of meeting; names of the presiding officer and members present; summary of events; time of adjournment; and the signature of the recording officer.

Minutes of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency,
1979-2007.
(5 cartons)

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Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of meetings of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, previously the Governor's Justice Commission. For similar records, see Official Meeting Minute Packets and Transcripts of the Governor's Justice Commission, 1972-1978 {#10.51}. Each set of minutes provides the date, time, and place of the meeting; the names of the attendees; a list of the agenda items; and in most cases informational meeting packets.

Minutes of the Victims' Services Advisory Committee,
1996-2000.
(2 boxes)

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Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Meeting minutes of the Victims' Services Advisory Committee (VSAC) and its subcommittees, including Accreditation, Certification and Training (ACT); Compensation; and Funding. VSAC is comprised of local criminal justice professionals, service providers and representatives of state agencies that oversee statewide programs impacting crime victims. This body has developed statewide victim/witness service standards and reviews any county plans for state and federal victim service funding. Each set of minutes provides the date, time, and place of the meeting; the names of the attendees; a list of the agenda items; and in most cases informational meeting packets.

Minutes of Various Boards and Committees,
1974-1980, 1995-2007.
(5 cartons, 2 boxes)

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Arranged alphabetically board or committee name and thereunder arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Meeting minutes of various boards and commissions within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, including the Constables' Education and Training Board (CETB), Deputy Sheriffs' Education and Training Board (DSETB), Compliance Monitoring Advisory Committee (CMAC), JAC/VSAC Joint Review Committee (Juvenile Advisory and Victims' Services Advisory Committees), Local Corrections Advisory Committee (LCAC), Technology and Automation Advisory Committee (TAAC), Regional Planning Council, and STOP Violence Against Women Subcommittee. Minutes provide the date, time, and place of the meeting; names of the attendees; and a summary. TAAC examines issues and concerns related to improving and expanding the use of automation and new technologies for the Commonwealth’s justice system and makes recommendations to the Commission in this area. LCAC examines issues and concerns related to local corrections and, in turn, provides advice and recommendations to the Commission for consideration and action. Both the CETB and the DSETB advise the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency in the development, implementation and operation of legislatively mandated basic training and continuing education that serve as the basis for certification of constables and deputy sheriffs. For more information, visit PCCD online.

Office of Criminal Justice System Improvements (OCJSI) Chronological Files,
2000-2005.
(2 cartons)

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Arranged chronologically.

Minutes and reports of committees formed to recommend improvements in the administration of criminal justice in Pennsylvania. Information present is date of meeting or report, and the recommendations made by the committee, together with relevant discussions.

Publications and Reports,
1968-2009.
(13 cartons, 3 boxes)

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Cartons 1-6 arranged chronologically by year of report. Carton 7 and box 8 arranged alphabetically by title of report or publication. Box 9 and carton 10 are grouped by report type and thereunder arranged chronologically by year.

Various publications and reports produced by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and its subsidiaries. Types of reports include: analyses of the Criminal Justice System in Pennsylvania; comprehensive plans for improvements to law enforcement and criminal justice; investigative reports; cost-benefit analyses; action plans; Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention State Plans; financial reports (comprehensive plans and county runs); and annual reports of the Commission and its boards. Publications include: brochures, newsletters, manuals, program outlines, and training information. Of special interest: the report outlining the findings of the Governor's Panel that investigated the hostage incident on February 10, 1982 at Graterford State Correctional Institution; a 1982 report titled A Study of Recidivism Among Individuals Granted Executive Clemency in Pennsylvania 1968-1981; and reports relating to the automation and protection of criminal histories.

Records of the Office of Victim Services,
1995-2002.
(10 cartons, 1 box)

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Arranged chronologically by year, thereunder by month or quarter, and thereunder by date of correspondence.

Chronological files containing correspondence of the Office of Victim Services (OVS). First established through Act 27S of 1995, OVS administers and manages victim service grants to all counties in Pennsylvania, as well as monitors PCCD-funded victim service programs, offers technical assistance, and works to expand victims’ rights. Correspondence varies and contains information relating to affiliated committees (STOP Violence Against Women Subcommittee and Victims' Services Advisory Committee); victims' rights legislation; administrative matters like conferences, training, and employment; grant related materials; funding and compensation information; program files; and statistics and reports.

STOP Violence Against Women Grant Program Records,
1995-2005.
(2 cartons)

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Grouped by topic or type of document.

Evaluations, grant awards, implementation plans and related documents relating to the Federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 (Title IV, section 40001-40703 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, H.R. 3355), which was signed as Public Law 103-322 by President Bill Clinton on September 13, 1944. VAWA provided $1.6 billion to investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women. the Act also created the Office on Violence Against Women in the United States Department of Justice. Under the Act, grant funding was provided to the states through STOP grants (STOP or S.T.O.P. stands for "Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors"). The purpose of the S.T.O.P. (Services-Training-Officers-Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Grant Program was to develop and strengthen the criminal justice system's response to violence against women and to support and enhance services for victims. The S.T.O.P. VAWA Grant Program encouraged victim service providers, prosecutors, law enforcement, and the courts to implement coordinated multidisciplinary approaches to address domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In 2000, the Supreme Court in the case of United States vs. Momson found part of the VAWA law unconstitutional and the law is (as of 2012) up for reauthorization before Congress.

Studies and Evaluations of Programs in Pennsylvania Department of Corrections,
1990-2009.
(7 cartons)

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Grouped by topic or type of document.

Assessments, evaluations, reports and studies of various Department of Corrections programs such as: Batterer Intervention, Pennsylvania Boot Camp, Intermediate Punishment Programs, Restrictive Intermediate Punishment, Parenting in Prison, Probation and Parole, Sentencing Guidelines, Treatment Courts, Treatment Programs, Public Defenders Services in Pennsylvania, Criminal Justice Advisory Boards, Delinquency Prevention, Juvenile Justice, Student Resource Officer, Drug Abuse Resistance Education, School Board Probation, Law Enforcement Accreditation, Task Forces, Offender Processing, Crime Victimization Survey, Elderly Victims, Juvenile Victims, Medical Screening for Abuse, Capacity Initiative, Protection from Abuse and Victims Services Utilization.

Weed and Seed Program Records,
2003-2011.
(2 cartons)

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Arranged by city.

Under Act 2001-30, the Weed and Seed Program was a collaborative effort between residents, law enforcement personnel, community groups, faith-based organizations, government and the private sector to rid communities of the criminal element while addressing the root causes of crime and poverty in taget areas. The Weed and Seed initiative was administered through the PA Crime and Delinquency Commission. Weed and Seed worked in partnership with members of a target area within a city, township or other form of municipality to eliminate drug-related crime (the "Weed" portion of the effort) and to improve the communitiy's social and economic vitality (the "Seed" portion). Target areas were selected based on the presence of elevated risk factors for violent crime, juvenile drugs, drug-related crime and proverty. Since the first federal efforts in 1996, more than $37 million was spent on the program. The program was ended on July 1, 2011 due to lack of funding.


Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Created in 1955, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) enforces the civil rights laws of the Commonwealth, specifically two laws: the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (originally the Pennsylvania Fair Employment Practice Act) and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act. Commission policy is established by eleven commissioners who are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of a majority of the members of the Senate. The PHRC's goal is to eliminate discrimination in employment, housing, commercial real estate, public accommodations, and education, where based upon race, color, religion, ancestry, age (forty and older), sex, national origin, familial status, and handicap or disability. The Commission conducts two principal programs: a compliance program in which discrimination cases are investigated and resolved, and a technical assistance program in which staff provides information and guidance to employers, owners, and managers of housing, business proprietors, educators and others to comply with the law, and addresses racial tension situations and community conflict related to bigotry and intolerance.


Records of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission,
1956-2000.
(18 cartons, 2 boxes)

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Grouped by subject and thereunder arranged chronologically by date of report or minutes.
Indexes of minutes for years: 1956-1980.

Records of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, including meeting minutes, publications and reports, court case books, and video recordings. Meeting minutes are separated into open and closed sessions due to privacy issues of names and cases discussed during executive sessions of the Commission. Reports and publications include annual reports, newsletters, investigatory hearings, and plans. Also present are two videocassette tapes produced by PHRC titled "Stopping the Hate with Harmony" (1999) and "The 4 Rs: Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic and Respect" (1999) with coordinating training guides, video transcripts and supplemental materials. Also included is a 16mm color, sound motion picture film produced by Robert Disraeli titled The Negro in Pennsylvania History (1967), which gives an overview of how African Americans were impacted by significant moments in Pennsylvania history, as well as how they influenced those events.

Executive Sessions of Commission Meetings are closed to the public. To view video recordings, please make an appointment in advance by contacting the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Pennsylvania Fair Employment Practice Act Pamphlet,
1955.
(1 box)

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Arranged numerically by section.

Pamphlet of the Pennsylvania Fair Employment Practice Act, Act Number 222, approved October 27, 1955 and amended March 28, 1956. This act prohibits certain practices of discrimination because of race, color, religion, ancestry, age or national origin. The Pennsylvania Fair Employment Practices Commission, the forerunner of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, was created to monitor procedure and enforcement of the act. Listed are members of the Fair Employment Practice Commission and its functions.


Pennsylvania Selective Service Headquarters

The Pennsylvania Selective Service System was established to maintain an orderly, just, and democratic method for selecting manpower for service in the United States Armed Forces. The mission is carried out under the provisions of the Military Selective Service Act of 1967, which requires the registration, training, and examination of all male citizens residing in the United States between the ages of 18 and 26. The Selective Service System is composed of a State Director, nominated by the Governor, and appointed by the President, and works under the orders and command of the National Director.


General File,
1940-1946.
(8 boxes)

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Arranged alphabetically by file name.

Miscellaneous files from the Selective Service Headquarters and the State Council of Defense. Included among the files are newspaper files, photographs, maps, posters, correspondence, reports, pamphlets, handbooks, and press releases. Subjects covered include the American Red Cross, Civil Defense, the homefront during World War II, mobilization, war bonds, Pennsylvania's role in World War II, Nazi and Communist propaganda, and other concerns of the Selective Service.

News Releases,
1940-1943.
(5 boxes)

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Arranged chronologically by date of release.

News releases, primarily from the desk of Governor Arthur H. James. Most releases deal with concerns of the Selective Service registration system.


State Planning Board

The Pennsylvania State Planning Board was created in 1934 by Governor Gifford Pinchot, and in 1936 it became an independent administrative board by Act No. 32 (July 1936). The State Planning Board's mission is to conduct and stimulate research, prepare plans or programs for the physical and economic development of the state, and examine all plans for projects in their preliminary form. Such programs include studies concerning economic and agricultural productivity, soil resources, minerals, water and forest products, population growth, employment and income trends, transportation and housing, recreational facilities, flood protection, stream pollution, highway safety, and other fields vital to the public welfare.


Choices for Pennsylvanians Program Reports,
1980-1981.
(1 box)

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Grouped by report type.

The Choices for Pennsylvanians Program was an initiative of Governor Thornburgh designed to look at Pennsylvania's problems and opportunities in regards to job creation and community conservation. Questionnaires and regional meetings addressed: (1) what Pennsylvania's economy and communities should be like in 1990; (2) possible directions in which both the private sector and government--at the local, state and federal levels--should move in the 1980s (e.g. foreign markets, small business, community facilities); and (3) options that could be implemented by private or government action to move in these various directions. Program reports include questionnaire results statewide and by region as well as initial, draft, and final reports for the program. Information contained in the reports include newspaper clippings, statistics, program summaries, question and response summaries of town hall meetings, press releases, memorandum, attendance sheets, and overall program assessment.

Minutes and Agenda,
1934-1978.
(10 cartons)

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Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the meetings of the State Planning Board. Each entry includes the date, time, and place of the meeting; names and addresses of the members of the board; names of those in attendance; agenda items, a summary, including motions taken and voted upon; and the signature of the recorder of the minutes. Relevant correspondence and reports are also included, along with appendices. Information in the appendices varies, although is typically statistical and/or financial in nature.

Reports,
1934, 1957-1960, 1963-1965, 1978 [undated].
(2 boxes)

{series #10.112} [Holdings]

Reports of the State Planning Board. The Preliminary Report of the Pennsylvania State Planning Board, under Lewis E. Staley as Chairman, was issued to Governor Gifford Pinchot and the National Resources Board under Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes as Chairman. The report includes findings and recommendations in Pennsylvania related to population, land and its utilization, working and living conditions, industry, trade and transportation, and social activities. The report also contains several maps, figures, tables, and photographs. Other reports include annual reports, proposals for committees or programs, and progress reports. Also includes a small amount of correspondence (1965) and meeting minutes (1959).

Works Progress Administration Bituminous Coal and Coal Mining Maps,
1934-1936.
(3 microfilm rolls)

{series #10.60} [Holdings]

Indexed alphabetically by 15 minute quadrangle name.

Quadrangle maps of bituminous coal areas drafted by the Works Progress Administration. Each map is drawn on a scale of one inch per mile. The maps provide the WPA project number and the name of the geographic area represented in the map. The legend for the map provides information concerning active and abandoned oil and gas wells, dry holes, shafts, barrier pillars, crop lines, coal contours, drift and slope openings, county lines, township lines, and borough lines.


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