Browse Exhibits (3 total)

Edward E. "Ted" Kaufman Papers <span class="subtitle">at the University of Delaware Library</span>

For the last 2 years, he was a Senator’s Senator, giving his all, beholden to no interest, serving the people of Delaware and the United States with competence, character, courage, and I might add, with rock-solid integrity.

- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)

In 2008, Governor Ruth Ann Minner appointed Edward E. "Ted" Kaufman to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Joseph R. Biden, Jr., who had just been elected Vice President of the United States. Senator Kaufman agreed not to seek re-election, noting that he had not raised money to become a Senator and would not fundraise to remain one. Kaufman fulfilled his promise, representing the state of Delaware only until a 2010 special Senate election was held, but he left the Senate with a reputation as a courageous and competent leader.

In his brief twenty-two month term, Kaufman became a knowledgeable advocate for financial reform, confronting the causes of the 2008-2009 financial crisis head on. As the only engineer serving in Congress, he was an active promoter of the expansion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and he worked to procure funds for research and extension grants for women and minorities in STEM fields. Kaufman’s service on the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees took him on several trips to the Middle East, and he actively promoted international human rights and freedom of the press issues.

In 2010, the University of Delaware Library acquired the Edward E. "Ted" Kaufman papers, which document the time Kaufman spent as a United States Senator, with additional materials related to his earlier political career and post-Senate activities. This website accompanies the opening of the papers for research.

A biographical sketch of Senator Kaufman and his long career in service to Delaware is found on the "about" page. The exhibit, 22 Months: Ted Kaufman in the U.S. Senate, highlights Senator Kaufman’s work during his short but distinguished term as a U.S. Senator. The “research” page is a gateway to the Edward E. "Ted" Kaufman papers finding aid and additional resources to help scholars, students, and the public in their research.

All content found on this site is located in the Edward E. "Ted" Kaufman papers, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library. Rights information is displayed with most items, but conflicting information should be sent to askspecref@winsor.lib.udel.eduPlease contact the library with questions about materials and information about visiting Special Collections to view the papers. 

This site was created by Danielle Emerling and Tammi Kim, Assistant Librarians, Manuscripts and Archives Department; and Audrey Hamelers, Assistant Librarian and Digital Humanities and Web Services Librarian, Library Information Technology User Support Department. It uses Omeka, a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University. 


Constitution Day &ndash;<br> Selected Items from the Thomas R. Carper Congressional Papers

September 16, 2014 – September 24, 2014

Curated by Tammi Kim


Poster for exhibit

 Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, observed on September 17 each year, recognize two major actions in United States history. Constitution Day recognizes the anniversary of the formal signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. The purpose of Citizenship Day is to recognize and celebrate all those who have attained American citizenship.

This exhibit features selected items from the Thomas R. Carper congressional papers, including Representative Carper’s constituent newsletter, Capitol Comments, where he commemorated the 200th anniversary of Constitution Day. In his remarks, Carper discussed the importance of the Constitution over time, from the Bill of Rights, which prevents the government from intervening with basic freedoms, to ensuring equal representations of all states in the U.S. Congress. Most importantly, Carper emphasized that the Constitution gives citizens the freedom to choose their elected officials – a freedom which has been “retained and extended to all our citizens” and is “the living legacy of our constitution.”

Selected items from the Thomas R. Carper congressional papers:

  1. Photograph of Representative Tom Carper speaking at an unidentified event, circa 1987.

  2. Copy of Capitol Comments constituent newsletter, 1987 September 11.


These items are on exhibit in the University of Delaware Library's Single Exhibition Case, on the first floor, between September 16 and September 24, 2014. 


Clean Elections: Senator John J. Williams of Delaware and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Voting Rights Act – the landmark legislation that prohibited discrimination against minority voters. This exhibition features items from the Papers of Senator John J. Williams and includes constituent letters, printed ephemera, and documents on the Voting Rights Act. The University of Delaware Library joins the Association of Center for the Study of Congress (ACSC) in a national celebration of the sixth annual Congress Week, April 1-7, 2015.

The Voting Rights Act was introduced in Congress on March 17, 1965. Senator John J. Williams (R-DE) introduced the “Clean Elections” amendment to the bill on March 18, 1965. Williams stated that he supported the principles that every American citizen should have the right to vote; however, he believed that the process of participating in the election process was often nullified by fraudulent voting behaviors, such as vote buying and falsifying voter registration information. The “Clean Elections” amendment sought to penalize such behavior and ensure an honest and clean election process. Williams’s amendment passed 86-0 in the U.S. Senate on April 29, 1965. The Voting Rights Act passed to a 77-19 vote on May 26, 1965 and was signed into law on August 6, 1965.

The University of Delaware Library is an institutional member of ACSC, which was founded in 2003 to support a wide range of programs designed to inform and educate students, scholars, policy-makers, and members of the general public on the history of Congress, legislative process, and current issues facing Congress.  The ACSC encourages preservation of material that documents the work of Congress, including the papers of representatives and senators, and supports programs that make those materials available for educational and research use.  Modern congressional holdings at the University of Delaware Library include the personal papers of John J. Williams (U.S. Senate, 1947-1971); J. Allen Frear, Jr. (U.S. Senate, 1949-1961); Thomas C. Carper (U.S. House of Representatives, 1983-1993); Michael N. Castle (U.S. House of Representatives); and Edward E. “Ted” Kaufman (U.S. Senate, 2009-2010). The most recent addition to these important resources is the collection of senatorial papers from Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (U.S. Senate, 1973-2009), which arrived in June 2012.