The University of Delaware Library joins the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress to celebrate the first annual Congress Week, September 13-17, 2010.
A fundamental responsibility of members of Congress is to represent the constituents by whom they were elected. “Main Street to Capitol Hill” recognizes the American voices which are so richly documented in the personal papers of members of Congress found in archives and libraries across the country. Documents and photographs shown here are from three 20th-century congressional collections available for research at the University of Delaware Library: the personal papers of John J. Williams (U.S. Senate, 1947-1971); J. Allen Frear, Jr. (U.S. Senate, 1949-1961); and Thomas C. Carper (U.S. House of Representatives, 1983-1993). Federal disaster relief, legislative issues, public opinion on foreign policy, bids for local contractors on federal projects, and veterans affairs are only a few of myriad constituent concerns preserved in these collections. For reference assistance, please contact Special Collections.