Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

 In accordance with the University of Kansas holiday closure, the Dole Institute and Archives will be closed December 24 through January 2, 2023. For time-sensitive inquiries please contact 785-864-4900 or, which will be monitored during the break. Happy Holidays and see you in the New Year!


Welcome to the Dole Archives

The Dole Archives is one of the largest Congressional archives in the United States, with materials on a wide range of topics important to 20th century American social and political history. Explore manuscripts, photographs, film, objects and other unique materials from Senator Bob Dole’s life as well as his family, former staff, and associates.

We look forward to aiding you in your research using the Dole Archives' collections.

Manuscript Collections
Photograph Collections
Object Collection

Search Collections

Explore our online collections database where you can access the full inventory of the Dole Archives, as well as a digital library of over 1,800 photos and documents.

Access our finding aids here




Legacies of '76 includes online resources and interactive features with historical material documenting Bob Dole's 1976 Vice Presidential campaign.

Research Topics
A student researcher reads through archival materials

Research resources in the Dole Archives curated by topic


Digital Collections