Patricia Dycio Pete du Pont political ephemera collection


Creator: Dysio, Patricia B.
Date(s): circa 1977-1981
Call Number: MSS 0889
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Abstract: Political ephemera, mostly related to Delaware governor Pete du Pont, including campaign buttons, t-shirts, a newspaper clipping, a 1981 inaugural program, and campaign literature collected by Patricia Buchanan Dycio.
Physical Description: 1 oversize box (1 oversize box)
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Kim Taylor, 2019
Processing Information: Processed and encoded by John D. M. Caldwell, November 2020. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Biographical and Historical Notes

Patricia Buchanan Dycio (1935-2018)

Patricia Buchanan Dycio (1935-2018) worked for Diamond State Telephone before marrying her husband of 57 years, Stephen J. Dycio, a building superintendent for Ehret Construction and founder of Blue Hen Construction. In addition to being a wife and mother, Dycio was active in the community, volunteering for the Lewes Historical Society, Lions Club, and Wilmington Flower Market. Dycio died on May 1, 2018, at age 83 in Lewes, Delaware.


"Patricia B. Dycio," Obituary, (accessed January 6, 2021).

"Stephen J. Dycio," Obituary, (accessed January 6, 2021).

"Obituary for Lynn Marie Dycio," Cape Gazette, page 28, June 19, 1998, (accessed January 6, 2021).

Scope and Contents

The Patricia Dycio Pete du Pont political ephemera collection focuses primarily on Delaware congressman and governor Pete du Pont, including campaign buttons, t-shirts, a newspaper clipping, an inaugural program from Governor du Pont's 1981 inauguration, and campaign literature. Additional material in the collection relates to American politics in the late 1970s, including commemorative inaugural invitations for the 1977 and 1981 presidential inaugurations and Reagan/Bush campaign buttons.

Using these materials

Shelving Summary

Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (18 inches)

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

MSS 0889, Patricia Dycio Pete du Pont political ephemera collection, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Container List

I. Patricia Dysio Pete du Pont political ephemera collection

Pete du Pont decal Box 1
Pete du Pont homemade campaign buttons Box 1

Three homemade campaign buttons featuring black and white photographs of Pete du Pont with green and red plaid ribbon. Two buttons also incorporate stickers for Pete du Pont and Mike Castle for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively.

Reagan for President campaign button Box 1
Reagan / Bush campaign button Box 1
Pete du Pont campaign button Box 1
Pete du Pont. President. buttons Box 1

Two red, white and gray campaign buttons.

Vote Democratic. Gordy for Governor campaign button Box 1
Program, inaugural ceremonies, Governor Pierre Samuel du Pont IV, Lt. Governor Michael Newbold Castle, 1981 January 19 Box 1
Campaign mailers Box 1

Two campaign mailers from the 1980 election.

Pete du Pont campaign poster, signed Box 1

One campaign poster signed by Pete du Pont. Text reads: "Pat- Many thanks. Pete."

Newspaper clipping, 1977 April 2 Box 1
Delaware official state highway map Box 1

Official state map of Delaware. Includes a welcome message on the back by Governor Pete du Pont.

Commemorative presidential inauguration invitation, 1977 Box 1

Commemorative inaugural invitation and guide to inaugural cermeonies for the 1977 inauguration of President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale.

Commemorative presidential inauguration invitation, 1981 Box 1

Ceremonial invitation for the inaugural ceremonies for President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush.

Pete du Pont / Mike Castle plastic "take-home" bag Box 1
Pete du Pont / Mike Castle t-shirts Box 1

Four white t-shirts, one in each size: small, medium, large, and extra large. Text reads "The Best for Delaware... Pete du Pont Governor (in red) Mike Castle Lt. Governor (in green)." Text is the same on the front and back.

Mike Castle, Lt. Governor t-shirt Box 1

One white t-shirt. Text reads "Mike Castle Lt. Governor." Text is white in a green circle. Text is the same on both the front and the back.

Happy Birthday Pete t-shirt Box 1

Black t-shirt with silver text. Text reads "Happy Birthday Pete."

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