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Susan Brynteson collection of Thomas R. Carper ephemera


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Susan Brynteson, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, library science program, came to the University of Delaware Library in 1980 to serve as library director. Brynetson served as library director for 35 years, retiring in 2015 as Vice Provost for Libraries and May Morris University Librarian.

During her tenure at the University of Delaware Library, Brynteson led the Library through numerous milestones: a 1986 building project doubling the size of the building, expanding Library services to include multimedia equipment and instruction for students, and oversaw the growth of special collections, including the acquisition of numersou political paper collections, most notably those of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., as well as Thomas Carper, Ted Kaufman, Michael Castle, John Williams and Thurman G. Adams, Jr.

"Library leadership." UDaily. June 25, 2015. (accessed January 2018).

Thomas R. Carper (1947- ) served the state of Delaware as its member-at-large in the U.S. House of Representatives for five terms: he was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1983 - January 3, 1993). Carper served on the committees of Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, and Merchant Marine and Fisheries, with memberships on several subcommittees. Carper was elected with the "budget conscious class of 1982" and was a fiscal conservative in his legislative efforts. Carper worked on the bailout plan for the savings and loan industry, correctly predicting the enormity of the problem. He concentrated on banking, environmental and coastal concerns, fishing and tourism, and many other topics of interest to Delawareans in the 1980s.

The Susan Brynteson collection of Thomas R. Carper ephemera includes campaign correspondence and mailings from all three of Tom Carper's campagin committees, Carper for Congress, Carper for Delaware, and Carper for Senate, as well as the group Women for Carper. This collection also includes two items related to Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. The highlight of this collection is a 20-year run of holiday cards (1986-2006) sent by the Carpers to constituents and supporters.

  1. Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes (3 inch)

Gift of Susan Brynteson, 2001-2007.

Processed and encoded by John Caldwell, January 2018.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2018 January 2018
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Tom Carper Christmas cards, 1986-2006.
Box 1 Folder 1
Scope and Contents

Christmas cards sent from Tom Carper to Susan Brynteson every year between 1986 and 2006. Some cards also include an invitation to a holiday party hosted by the Carper campaign committee.

Miscellaneous Tom Carper cards, 1992, 1997, 2001.
Box 1 Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Invitation to reception for Congressman Carper's birthday in 1992, and invitation to Governor Carper's 1997 inauguration celebrations and an invitation to a reception to celebrarte Senator Carper's birthday in 2001.

Carper for Congress, 1987-1991.
Box 1 Folder 3
Scope and Contents

Campaing committee correspondence, a Tom Carper '90 mailer, and a November 1991 newsletter "Reports from Washington."

Women for Carper, 1991-1996.
Box 1 Folder 4
Scope and Contents

A 1991 campaign contribution letter, a February 1992 newsletter, and invitations to receptions from the Women's Leadership Council, Women for Carper.

Carper for Delaware, 1995-1997.
Box 1 Folder 5
Scope and Contents

Carper for Delaware mailer, Carper for Delaware fundraising letters and a Carper-Minnear sticky note pad. This folder also includes a fundraising letter from Ruth Ann Minnear, for her 1996 re-election as Lieutenant Governor for Delaware.

"Washington to Woodburn" article, 1994 January 9.
Box 1 Folder 6
Scope and Contents

A retrospective article on Tom Carper's first year as governor of Delaware, published in the Wilmington

Sunday News Journal.
Carper for Senate, 2000-2001.
Box 1 Folder 7
Scope and Contents

A Caper for Senate 2000 mailer, an invitation to a DuPont reception to watch Senator Carper's swearing-in and two letters.

Joe Biden cards, 1988, 2001.
Box 1 Folder 8
Scope and Contents

A 1988 Christmas card and an invitation to the 2001 series of the Biden Seminars. The Biden Seminars were a semiannual lecture series, including a reception with Senator Biden and a presentation from an invited speaker.

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