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Political Papers

Photograph with Joseph Biden, Jr., 2008 [facsimile]
Gift of Lynn Adams Kokjohn, Polly Adams Mervine, and Brent Adams, Jr.

Inscribed photograph of Thurman Adams (left) with then-Senator Joseph Biden, Jr. (right) with Nanette Corey (center). Inscription reads: “To Thurman, The only Senator in Delaware and my good friend. I admire you. Joe 3–15–08.”

Thurman Adams campaign ephemera, 1972
Gift of Lynn Adams Kokjohn, Polly Adams Mervine, and Brent Adams, Jr.

Senator Thurman Adams, Jr. (1928–2009) was the longest serving senator in the history of the Delaware General Assembly and the president of T.G. Adams & Sons, Inc., an agricultural feed and grain business located in Bridgeville, Delaware. With a thirty–seven–year tenure in the Senate, Adams’s legislative legacy is extensive; Adams was known for his support of family farms and Delaware’s agricultural economy. Adams was also an alumnus of the University of Delaware, Class of 1950. Shown here is campaign ephemera from Adams’s first state senate campaign in 1972. Adams was victorious in this election and held the seat until his death in 2009.

Sen. Edward E. Kaufman

“Punish all who caused crash” [editorial] The Philadelphia Inquirer March 4, 2009
Gift of Sen. Edward E. Kaufman

Former–Senator Edward E. “Ted” Kaufman (b. 1939) was appointed to the Senate in 2009, taking the seat of Senator Joe Biden, who was elected Vice President of the United States. Kaufman served as Biden’s Chief of Staff from 1976 to 1995. Kaufman’s appointment to the Senate and his refusal to seek a second term allowed him to be outspoken on many issues in the press and his candor on the financial crisis of 2008 has been especially significant. Shown here is one of Kaufman’s editorials that appeared in The News Journal, which focuses on Delaware’s economic recovery.

Screen capture from Sen. Kaufman’s archived website, 2010
Gift of Sen. Edward E. Kaufman

Senator Kaufman’s papers include a variety of electronic records, including his archived website captured in November 2010. The website, with press releases, legislation sponsored by Senator Kaufman, media, and other information documenting his accomplishments, represents a significant step for Special Collections in electronic records management.

Certificate of Appreciation, October 11, 2003
Gift of the Hon. Michael N. Castle

In 1992, Castle was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served from 1993 until 2011 as the representative for Delaware’s at–large congressional district. This certificate was presented to Representative Castle by The Nature Conservancy in recognition of his efforts to expand Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, located on the west shore of Delaware Bay, was established in 1963 under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or any other management purpose, expressly for migratory birds.

Letter from Governor Sherman Tribbitt to Gwynne Smith, August 24, 1973
Gift of Gwynne Smith

In this letter, Governor Sherman Tribbitt invites Smith to attend a seminar at the University of Delaware aimed at establishing the position of the state on the potential environmental impact of oil and gas drilling on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.

Map of Proposed East Coast drilling zones, 1973
Gift of Gwynne Smith

Photograph of Hon. Michael Castle with Desert Storm veterans, 1991
Gift of the Hon. Michael N. Castle

Michael N. Castle (b. 1939) was elected Lieutenant Governor of Delaware under Governor Peter du Pont and later served two terms as Governor of Delaware. This photograph was taken on April 23, 1991, during an event in which then–Governor Castle presented flags to veterans of Operation Desert Storm. The event took place in the Delaware Air National Guard hangar at New Castle Air National Guard Base.

Jack Jurden

“This Is a Job for Wolfman!” political cartoon, 1989
Gift of Governor Dale E. Wolf

Legislative Hall parking plaque, 1988
Gift of Governor Dale E. Wolf

Governor Wolf’s parking plaque from Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware. Governor Dale E. Wolf (b. 1924) served as Lieutenant Governor of Delaware from 1988 to 1992 with Governor Mike Castle. When then–Governor Mike Castle was elected to the United States House of Representatives and resigned from the governorship on December 31, 1992, Wolf was sworn in and served as Governor of Delaware until January 19, 1993.

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