Extent: 2.5 linear ft.
Boxes: 79 - 81
Contents: Speeches, news clippings, notes, correspondence, memoranda, surveys, brochures,
pamphlets, "lit drop" pieces, periodicals, reports, and other printed materials.
Arrangement: Chronologically, by congressional and gubernatorial campaign, and alphabetically
by topic within each campaign.
Series III.A. Campaign Records provides an overview of important accomplishments that
Carper chose to feature in election campaigns. This series is particularly rich in personal
comments and writings by Carper, describing what he felt were his greatest achievements as state
treasurer of Delaware and later as Delaware's member-at-large in Congress. These documents,
found throughout this series, provide a good career review of Carper's accomplishments and the
projects he worked on while in Congress. Carper drafted by hand his speeches and personally
edited others that were prepared for him. This writing process provides a glimpse into Carper's
work approach. He rarely edited his own writing, seeming to know exactly what he wanted to
say and capturing that in his first drafts. His staff has noted that he preferred a conversational
tone when speaking rather than reading from a script. As is evident throughout the collection,
Carper took the time to complete final reviews of all statements issued by his staff.
The majority of the 1992 gubernatorial campaign material came from Communications
Director Jeff Bullock's files. The files of Ed Freel, chief administrative assistant to Carper
throughout his congressional career, provided some of the "drop-lit" pieces, literature and
mailings used by Carper during his congressional campaigns. Tom Carper ran positive, issue-oriented campaigns, avoiding opportunities to personally attack his opponents. He set the pattern
for this campaign style in 1982 when he refused to take advantage of Tom Evans's vulnerability
after a scandalous relationship with congressional lobbyist Paula Parkinson.
One amusing item in this series is a form letter to Martha Stacy Carper from Michael
Castle, then governor of Delaware, asking her, as a "disenchanted Democrat," to switch to the
Republican party. Mrs. Carper's reply is also included (F33).