University of Pittsburgh
February 17, 1998


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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 18 -- Former Pennsylvania Governor and US Attorney General Dick Thornburgh will present the archival collection of his personal papers to the University of Pittsburgh at a ceremony in his honor, Friday, February 27. The presentation will be followed by a symposium highlighting aspects of Thornburgh's career. Later that day, Thornburgh will give the keynote address at the University's Honors Convocation.

In addition to serving as governor of Pennsylvania and attorney general of the United States, Thornburgh has served as under-secretary-general of the United Nations.

A native of Pittsburgh, he was educated at Yale University, where he earned an engineering degree, and at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as editor of the Law Review. Currently, he is counsel to the Pittsburgh-based law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP, resident in its Washington, D.C. office.

The personal papers in the Dick Thornburgh Archival Collection provide a comprehensive record of Thornburgh's life and career to date, from his community participation in the early 1960s, through and including his significant positions at state, national and international levels. The collection will be a cornerstone of the University Library System's State and Local Government Archives Program. The more than 1,500 cubic feet of papers, photographs, videos, and memorabilia will provide opportunities for scholars to research issues of leadership and public policy development.

The official presentation will highlight the University's Founders Day celebration and will take place at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 27 in the Assembly Room of the William Pitt Union on the Pitt campus. It will be followed by a symposium moderated by Rush G. Miller, director of the University Library System, and featuring presentations by Nancy C. Watson, archivist of the Dick Thornburgh Archival Collection; Edward K. Muller, chair of the Department of History; Susan B. Hansen, associate professor of political science, and Peter M. Shane, dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

The presentation and symposium are open to the public. An exhibit of materials from the Thornburgh collection will be on display in the William Pitt Union throughout the day.

At 3 p.m. the same day, Thornburgh will deliver the keynote address at the University's Honors Convocation in Soldiers and Sailors Hall. This annual event recognizes faculty and students who have excelled in educational, research and public service activities.