Susan Brynteson collection of Thomas R. Carper ephemera

Biographical and Historical Notes

Susan Brynteson

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.


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Thomas R. Carper

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.

Scope and Contents

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.