On March 1, 1959, Dick Thornburgh joined the firm of Kirkpatrick, Pomeroy, Lockhart & Johnson, as the nineteenth attorney. When not holding a public service position he consistently returned to the law firm, which has been referred to in the collection as Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (K&L). Additional information about Thornburgh’s ongoing career can be found on the firm's Web site.
Other Governor Dick Thornburgh gubernatorial documents are available in Manuscript Collection MG404, Pennsylvania History and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Additional documentation relating to the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island is found in the Harold & Lucinda Denton Papers, Manuscript Collection MG471.
Beyond holding the main corpus of Thornburgh's papers, other collections held by the repository have related information pertaining to Thornburgh's career. For example: WQED video collection regarding Three Mile Island (TMI), a number of which are online in the Dick Thornburgh Papers, and the Patrick Young Collection, also regarding Three Mile Island, and many others depending on the subject.
Having occurred only 72 days into the first term of Governor Dick Thornburgh the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island (TMI) remains one of the most heavily used topics in the Papers of Dick Thornburgh. It will be of interest to researchers that the Institute of Politics, University of Pittsburgh, published a major series of five case studies regarding TMI, using documents from the collection.
Dickinson College has extensive online documentation about the nuclear accident and experiences at Three Mile Island. The project includes digitized government reports and other documents, audio files and transcriptions of interviews, photos, etc. The Waidner-Spahr Library's Archives and Special Collections holds several collections related to Three Mile Island.
The Careers of John Heinz and Dick Thornburgh, both from Pittsburgh and in politics, overlapped in various campaigns and about issues over the years. Thornburgh’s first campaign for U.S. Congress in 1966, for example, was headed by John Heinz. And, it was after the untimely death of Heinz in 1991 that Thornburgh resigned as Attorney General of the U.S. to run for Heinz’ U.S. Senate seat.