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Thomas R. Carper
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I.C.20. Issue Files -- Science and Technology, 1985-1992
Series I.C.20. -- Scope and Content Note
Series I.C.20. -- Contents List
Extent: .2 linear ft. (7 files)
Contents: Correspondence, reports, articles, legislation.
Arrangement: Alphabetically by topic.
Science and Technology issue files focus on the Space Station Freedom, and U.S.
competitiveness in aerospace technology. Most the files contain discussion on appropriations for
the space program, specifically for the manned Space Station Freedom and the Superconducting
Supercollider Project. Many members of Congress felt these programs were unnecessary and
much too costly; the Supercollider Project alone asked for $ 8 billion. With the end of the Cold
War, many believed that the United States was no longer in competition with the Soviets and
should focus on projects more relevant to current affairs on the planet. Some scientists also held
that funding could be spent more wisely on individual research and smaller projects. Proponents
of the funding stressed the need for the U.S. to retain worldwide leadership and expertise in
aerospace technology and to maintain an edge in competitiveness overall. Too, these projects
provided jobs and furthered scientific discoveries.
With many science and technology-based corporations in Delaware, such as Hercules and
ILC Dover, Carper considered both sides of the competitiveness issues. Often, Delaware
corporations or their subsidiaries produced components of these projects, such as rocket boosters
for space shuttles, designed at Hercules in Utah. Carper often tried to support the interests of his
constituency; however, as a fiscal conservative, he also strove to keep the budget and deficit
down. Carper was firm in his resolve to not overspend, certainly not on projects that did not
appear to have a real and lasting effect on the majority of Delawareans and citizens in the United
States at large.
Contents List for Series I.C.20. Issue Files--Science and Technology
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citation and reference information
Thomas R. Carper
1979 - 1993
(bulk dates 1982 - 1992)
Manuscript Collection Number: 399
Accessioned: Gift of Thomas R. Carper, 1992, 1998-1999
Extent: 84 linear ft. and oversize material
Content: Legislation, correspondence, reports, documents and publications, memoranda, speeches,
photographs, audio-visual material, newsletters, news clippings, and ephemera.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 1997 - December 1999 by Rebecca J. Altermatt with assistance from Rob Costello; edited by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin.
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