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Congress Week

University Library celebrates Congress Week Sept. 12-16


10:31 a.m., Sept. 12, 2011--The University of Delaware Library joins the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress  (ACSC) in a national celebration of the second annual Congress Week, being held Monday, Sept. 12, through Friday, Sept. 16. 

Coinciding with the commemoration of Constitution Day, Saturday, Sept. 17, the 2011 theme of Congress Week recognizes that members of Congress are citizens elected by other citizens in popular and free elections and that the United States system of representative democracy holds those representatives accountable to their local constituencies.

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Selected documents from the papers of Michael N. Castle, who served Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993-2011, will be on display in the Information Room of the Morris Library from Monday, Sept. 12, through Monday, Oct. 3. 

The small exhibition “Congress Week: Of the People, By the People, For the People” illustrates the range of duties performed by a member of Congress, including voting, responding to constituent concerns, participating in hearings, serving on committees, providing government oversight, making public statements on the floor of Congress, and making laws.

The exhibition is especially timely in light of the recently announced decision of Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., to give his Senatorial papers, both print and electronic, and other historical material to the University of Delaware Library.

The University of Delaware Library is an institutional member of ACSC, which was founded in 2003 to support a wide range of programs designed to inform and educate students, scholars, policy-makers and members of the general public on the history of Congress, legislative process and current issues facing Congress. 

The ACSC encourages preservation of material that documents the work of Congress, including the papers of representatives and senators, and supports programs that make those materials available for educational and research use. 

Modern congressional holdings at the University of Delaware Library include the personal papers of John J. Williams (U.S. Senate, 1947-1971); J. Allen Frear, Jr. (U.S. Senate, 1949-1961); Thomas C. Carper (U.S. House of Representatives, 1983-1993); Michael N. Castle (U.S. House of Representatives); and Edward E. “Ted” Kaufman (U.S. Senate, 2009-2010).

To view the online exhibition or for reference assistance, library users can visit this website. A mobile-friendly version of the University of Delaware Library web page is available directly at

The University of Delaware Library also celebrates Constitution Day with a special webpage, “Delaware and the Civil War Amendments: Constitution Day” available at this website

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