Dale E. Wolf Political Scrapbooks

The papers that Dale E. Wolf and his wife, Clarice Wolf, donated to the University of Delaware Library document Dale’s service during World War II, his agricultural research and long career at the DuPont Company, his public service, his involvement in politics, and Clarice’s community service activities.

Wolfs at Dover Days, 1988

Dale E. and Clarice Wolf during Dover Days, May 1988

To provide greater context to Dale’s political activity on behalf of the state of Delaware, the Wolfs also gave the Library access to eight scrapbooks spanning 1987 to 1993.

Scrapbook Cover

Cover of Volume 1, 1987 May-1988 March

Dale E. Wolf began his service in 1987 when he was appointed by Governor Michael N.  Castle to the post of Director of the Delaware Development Office.  Wolf’s background as the former Vice President for Agricultural Products at the Du Pont Company informed his outlook which included “a long term interest in agriculture and the technology that could improve productivity on the farm.”

Article from News-Journal

“Q & A: Matchmaker for Delaware and Industry,” News-Journal, August 24, 1987

Governor Castle selected Wolf as his running mate for the 1988 election.  Both won their elections and Wolf served as Lieutenant Governor of Delaware until 1992.  In addition to his regular duties he chaired the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Coordinating Council and the Adult Literacy Council.  He was also appointed to the  U. S. Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee in 1989 by President George Bush.

Political Cartoon from News-Journal

Political cartoon addressing Wolf’s work on drug problems in Delaware, News-Journal, October 7, 1989

Dale E. Wolf also served briefly as Delaware Governor between the time when then-Governor Castle was sworn into the US House of Representatives and Governor-elect Thomas R. Carper began his term in January 1993.

Inaguaration of Dale E. Wolf

Dale E. Wolf sworn in as Governor of Delaware, January 2, 1993

Wolf chose not to run for a full tern as Governor or any other political office.  However, both he and Clarice Wolf remained highly involved in community outreach and service, often building on his work in areas such as adult literacy initiatives.

The scrapbooks were returned to the Wolf family, but they can be viewed through either the University of Delaware Library’s  digital collections or the online guide to the Dale E. and Clarice Wolf papers.

Jaime L Margalotti

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