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Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

See below for collection citation and reference information.

I.G. Voting Records, 1983-1992

+ Series I.G. -- Scope and Content Note
+ Series I.G. -- Contents List

Extent: 3 linear ft.

Boxes: 65 - 68

Contents: Democratic Study Group reports, Legislative Activity Guides, organizational reports, "Dear Colleague" letters, legislation, Legislative Profile reports.

Arrangement: Chronologically by Congress, and then by type of publication.


This series contains voting records and overviews of key issues for the 98th, 99th, 100th and 101st, and 102nd Congresses (1983-1992), non-inclusive. Also included are papers relating to sponsorship and cosponsorship of bills by Carper.

The voting records include Legislative Activity Guides published by the Office of Legislative Operations, under the supervision of the Clerk of the House, and compiled for each individual member of Congress. The Legislative Activity Guides detailed daily voting activity, and included a roll call summary for the session. Democratic Study Group (DSG) reports from the 98th, 99th, 101st, and 102nd Congresses summarize various bills and detail how each member voted. Organizations such as the American Federation of Teachers, Consumer Federation of American, the Sierra Club, and the National Taxpayers Union also kept voting record reports. These analyses and ratings detail voting records and often "grade" members of Congress on how they agree with organizational platforms.

The sponsorship/cosponsorship portion of the series contains a mix of correspondence, official reports from the Office of the Clerk, and actual bills. Legislative profiles for Tom Carper from the 99th Congress, 1st Session (1985), and 102nd Congress, (1991-1992), delineate Carper's sponsorships and cosponsorships of measures and amendments, and report the latest status on the piece of legislation. An abstract of the bill and summary of action taken are part of the reports. "Dear Colleague" letters, written by members of Congress to their colleagues inn Congress, solicit support for a specific bill or issue. Carper's staff usually wrote a note to Carper on the "Dear Colleague" letters requesting his yea or nay. Many of these letters are additionally annotated by Carper, noting his affirmation or denial to sponsor.

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citation and reference information:

Thomas R. Carper
Congressional Papers

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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