Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
The Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections is home to one of the nation’s most significant collections of a nonpresidential politician, and is relevant to governmental, political, domestic and world affairs of the latter 20th century. It contains a wealth of primary source materials including papers, photographs, and objects.

The documents and photographs offered in this section are just a few samples of materials from the Dole Archives focusing on potential History Day topics. Students may incorporate these materials into their projects or use them as background research.

Students are welcome to make research appointments to visit the Dole Archive to see more documents on these topics or many other topics included in our collections. Please contact the Dole Archive at for more information about scheduling a research appointment.

Selected topics available for research. Click on an image to get started!

Americans with Disabilities Act
Animal Rights
President George H. W. Bush
Civil Rights
Clean Air Act
Bob Dole
Equal Rights Ammendment
Food for Peace
Food Stamps
Senator Nancy Kassebaum
Senator George McGovern
Guld War
School Lunches
Social Security Act
Solidarity in Poland
Soviet Disarmament
Title IX
Vietnam War
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
World War II

Bibliography of Published Works

Below is a list of books and other secondary sources relating to the topics found on the Research Topics tab. These books are all available for review and study in the Dole Archives Reading Room.

Topics included on this page:

  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Bosnian War
  • President George H.W. Bush
  • China
  • Civil Rights
  • Cuba
  • Bob Dole
  • Food for Peace
  • The Gulf War
  • The Panama Canal
  • Social Security Reform
  • Solidarity in Poland
  • Soviet Disarmament
  • The Vietnam War
  • World War II

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Americans with Disabilities Act

  • Coleman, Alfred Everett. Sticks: The Story of a Man, a Pair of Crutches, and the Building of a Successful Family Business. Modesto: Coleman Pub., 2004.
  • Dickman, Irving R. One Miracle at a Time: How to Get Help for Your Disabled Child--From the Experience of Other Parents. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986.
  • Klein, Stanley D., and John D. Kemp. Reflections from a Different Journey: What Adults with Disabilities Wish All Parents Knew. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.
  • Pratz, Rodney Bryan. Amazing Achievers: Living Your Purpose While Overcoming Adversities. Bloomington: 1stBooks Library, 2003.
  • The Triumph of the Human Spirit: The Atlanta Paralympic Experience. Oakville: Disability Today Publisher Group, 1997.

The Bosnian War


  • Finlan, Alastair. The Collapse of Yugoslavia, 1991-1999. Oxford: Osprey, 2004.
  • Silber, Laura. Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation. New York: Penguin Books, 1997.
  • Sell, Louis. Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2002.

President George H.W. Bush

President George H. W. Bush

  • Fitzwater, Marlin. Call the briefing! : Bush and Reagan, Sam and Helen : a decade with presidents and the press. New York: Times Books, 1995.
  • Graubard, Stephen Richards. Mr. Bush's war : adventures in the politics of illusion. New York: Hill and Wang, 1991.
  • Saunders, Kevin. There's always a way. Downs, Kansas: Saunders & Associates, 2002.
  • United States Congress. Inaugural addresses of the Presidents of the United States from George Washington 1789 to George Bush 1989. Washington, D.C: U.S. G.P.O., 1989.
  • Wilson, Robert A. Character above all : ten presidents from FDR to George Bush. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.



  • Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Govt. Press, 1973.
  • Hu, Jason C. Quiet revolutions on Taiwan, Republic of China. 2nd. Taipei: Kwang Hwa Pub. Co., 1994.
  • Hungdah, Chiu, and Leng Shao-Ch uan. China, seventy years after the 1911 Hsin-Hai Revolution. Edited by Chiu Hungdah and Leng Shao-Chuan. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1984.
  • Lee, Edwards. Missionary for freedom : the life and times of Walter Judd / by Lee Edwards. 1st. New York: Paragon House, 1990.
  • Offner, Arnold A. Another such victory : President Truman and the Cold War, 1945-1953. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002.
  • United States. Congress. Congressional ceremony to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet : with members of the Congress of the United States assembled in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, April 18, 1991. Washington D.C.: United States Congress House, 1991.
  • Zhu, Xiao Di. Thirty years in a red house : a memoir of childhood and youth in Communist China. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1998.

Civil Rights

Civil Rights

  • Bowe, Frank. Changing the Rules. Silver Springs: T. J. Publishers, 1986.
  • Elliott, Carl. The Cost of Courage: TheJourney of an American Congressman. New York: Doubleday, 1992.
  • King Jr., Martin Luther. Why We Can't Wait. New York: Harper & Row, 1964.
  • Lewis, John. Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1999.
  • Pipes, Kasey S. Ike's Final Battle: The Road to Little Rock and the Challenge of Equality. 1st. Los Angeles: World Ahead Publishing, 2007.
  • Republican Presidents and Black America: From Lincoln to Reagan. Washington, D.C.: AITBD, 1984.
  • Richcreek, John. Structure of Intelligent Justice. Lancaster: CAMDA, 1988.
  • Thompson, Kenneth W. The Kennedy Presidency: Seventeen Intimate Perspectives of John F. Kennedy. Vol. 4. Lanham: University Press of America, 1985.



  • Freedman, Lawrence. Kennedy’s wars : Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam. New ork: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Johnson, Haynes, and Manuel Artime. The Bay of Pigs; the leaders’ story of Brigade 2506. New York: Norton, 1964.

Bob Dole

Bob Dole

  • Ball, Robert M. The Greenspan Commission : what really happened. New York: Century Foundation, 2010.
  • Bob Dole : a pictorial biography of a Kansan. Wichita: Wichita Eagle and Beacon Publishing, 1996.
  • Dean, Virgil W. John Brown to Bob Dole : movers and shakers in Kansas history. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006.
  • Dole, Robert J. One Soldier's Story: a memoir. New York: HarperCollins Publishers , 2005.
  • Dole, Robert J., and Elizabeth Hanford Dole Unlimited Partners. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.
  • Dole, Robert J., and Jack Kemp. Trusting the people : the Dole-Kemp plan to free the economy and create a better America : balance the budget, cut taxes 15%, raise wages. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, 1996.
  • Edwards, John, Cate Edwards, and Jonathan Prince. Home : the blueprints of our lives. New York: Collins Pub., 2006.
  • McGovern, George S. Ending hunger now : a challenge to persons of faith. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005.
  • Mears, Walter Robert. Deadlines past : forty years of presidential campaigning : a reporter's story. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Pub., 2003.
  • Woodward, Bob. The Choice. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Food for Peace

Food for Peace

  • Beckmann, David M., and Arthur R. Simon. Grace at the Table: Ending Hunger in God's World. New York: Paulist Press, 1999.
  • Bread for the World. Foreign Aid to End Hunger. Bread for the World Institute on Hunger & Development V, no. 26 (1990).
  • McGovern, George S. The Third Freedom: Ending Hunger in Our Time. New York: Simon & Shuster, 2001.
  • Spitzer, Robert R., and Gregg Hoffmann. What You Can Do to Help the Hungry Feed Themselves. Whitefish Bay: M & T Communications, 1994.
  • Woods, Richard G. Future Dimensions of World Food and Population. Boulder: Westview Press, 1981.

The Gulf War

Guld War

  • Crawford, Steve. The First Gulf War, 1990-1991. Redding, Conn.: Brown Bear Books, 2008.
  • Finlan, Alastair. The Gulf War of 1991. New York: Rosen Pub., 2009.
  • Mueller, John E. Policy and Opinion in the Gulf War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

The Panama Canal


  • Clymer, Adam. Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch: The Panama Canal Treaties and the Rise of the Right. Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas, 2008.
  • Falcoff, Mark. Panama’s Canal: What Happens When the United States Gives a Small Country What it Wants. Washington, D.C.: AEI Press, 1998.
  • LaFeber, Walter. The Panama Canal: The Crisis in Historical Perspective. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • McCullough, David. The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal. New York: Simon and Shuster, 2004.

Social Security Reform

Social Security Act

  • Ball, Robert Myers. The Greenspan Commission: What Really Happened. New York: Century Foundation, 2012.

Solidarity In Poland

Solidarity in Poland

  • Cieślak, Edmund, and Czesław Biernat. History of Gdańsk. Translated by Bożenna Blaim and George M. Hyde. Gdańsk: Morskie, 1988.
  • Wałęsa, Lech, and Arkadiusz Rybicki. The struggle and the triumph: an autobiography. New York: Arcade Pub., 1992.

Soviet Disarmament

Soviet Disarmament

  • Caldwell, Lawrence T. Soviet Attitudes to SALT. London: Institute for Strategic Studies, 1971.
  • Goldblat, Jozef. Arms Control: A Guide to Negotiations and Agreements. London: Sage, 1996.
  • Mozley, Robert Fred. The Politics and Technology of Nuclear Proliferation. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1998.
  • Newhouse, John. Cold Dawn: The Story of SALT. Washington: Pergamon-Brassey’s, 1989.
  • Thompson, David B. A Guide to the Nuclear Arms Control Treaties. Los Alamos, N.M.: Los Alamos Historical Society, 2001.

The Vietnam War

Vietnam War

  • Davidson, Phillip B. Vietnam at War: The History, 1946-1975. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
  • Herring, George. America’s Longest War, 4th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
  • Kaiser, David. American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2000.
  • Kimball, Jeffrey. Nixon’s Vietnam War. Lawrence, Kan: University Press of Kansas, 1998.
  • Lind, Michael. Vietnam, the Necessary War: A Reinterpretation of America’s Most Disastrous Military Conflict. New York: Free Press, 1999.
  • McNamara, Robert S. and Brian VanDeMark. In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam. New York: Times Books, 1995.

World War II

World War II

  • Eizenstat, Stuart. Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II. New York: Public Affairs, 2003.
  • Feuer, A. B. Packs On!: Memoirs of the 10th Mountain Division in World War II. Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Books, 2006.
  • Haydu, Bernice Falk, Rita Cody Casey, and Sally Van Wagenen Keil. Letters Home, 1944-1945: Women Airforce Service Pilots, World War II. 2009.
  • Herold, Donald C. World War II: A Kansas Corporal's Experience. Kansas, 2004.
  • Minker, Ralph Lee, Sandra O'Connell, and Harry A. Butowsky. An American family in World War II. Tarentum: Word Association Publishers, 2005.
  • Monahan, Evelyn. And if I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II. New York: Knopf, 2003.
  • Palmer, Ben. The Hunter and the Hunted: Two Years in a Rifle Company, WWII: Italy, France, Germany, February 5, 1943-October 20, 1945. Holland: B. Palmer, 2002.
  • Scharnberg, Ken. Voices: Letters from World War II. Nashville: Premium Press America, 1993.
  • Schorer, Avis D. A Half Acre of Hell: A Combat Nurse in WW II. Lakeville: Galde Press, 2000.
  • Shrout, Bill. After the Mud: Stories of the U.S. Navy and World War II. Clackamas: Honeybil Pub., 2000.
  • Smith, Kenneth L. Western Pacific Escapades During World War II. New York: Vantage Press, 2004.
  • Spach, Jule. Every Road Leads Home: Memoirs of Jule C. Spach, POW-World War II. Chapel Hill: Professional Press, 1996.
  • Westerfield, Hargis. 41st Infantry Division: Fighting Jungleers II. Paducah: Turner Pub. Co., 1992.

What is History Day?

National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students.

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.

How can I get more information about National History Day?

Please feel free to contact us with any questions! We'll be happy to help you in whatever way we can!

Dole Institute of Politics Contact Information
Julie Bergene
Public Education Coordinator
2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

Information about National History Day can be found at

Information about the National History Day State Contest in Kansas can be found at

What is the Robert J. Dole Congressional History Prize?

The Robert J. Dole Congressional History Prize is named in honor of Senator Bob Dole who served Kansas as both a member of the House of Representatives (1960-1969) and Senate (1969-1996). This prize will be awarded to three entries, Junior or Senior Division, at the Kansas History Day State Contest that include discussion about the United States Congress in their research and presentation.

Eligible entries may include those which focus on one of the following:

1) the history of Congress as an institution OR

2) the history of a piece of legislation OR

3) individual members or committees of the US House of Representatives or the US Senate OR

4) other branches/processes of the U.S. government OR

5) ANY topic that uses materials from the Dole Archives, which documents a diverse array of cultural, social, and political issues of the latter half of the 20th century, as well as the career of Senator Bob Dole. Examples include and

  • 1st place - $150 and special recognition at a Dole Institute event
  • 2nd place - $100 and special recognition at a Dole Institute event
  • 3rd place - $50 and special recognition at a Dole Institute event

How do I qualify for this prize?

To be eligible for this award, students must complete the award nomination information within the online registration system, including an entry description and how the entry is related to the award and mail in a copy of the nomination information, process paper, and annotated bibliography by the registration deadline date. Nominations must also include the following for Website, Documentary, and Historical Paper entries: Website URL, CD/DVD of the documentary, or Historical paper.

If you're thinking about upcoming History Day projects, please let us know! We'd love to assist you with your project!