Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

Online Resources for Research Topics

Collections at the Dole Archive include information on a wide variety of subjects related to twentieth century American social and political history. The Dole Archives has created a set of online resources covering a variety of topics that are available for research. 

 

Resources for KU Courses

Medicare and Medicaid Act of 1965

Voting on the Original Medicare and Medicaid Act in 1965
Resources for KU course ECON 177: The Affordable Care Act.

Race and American Politics

Race & American Politics, 1960s-1990s
Resources for KU course UNIV 101 Research Projects

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

Lessons, workshops, and instructional materials created for the Dole Archives Education Program, some in partnership with Kansas University Council for the Social Studies, which use sources from the Research Topics' folders

Research Topics and Resources

 

Americans with Disabilities Act
Americans with Disabilities Act

Animal Rights
Animal Rights

Bosnia
Bosnia

President George H. W. Bush
President George H. W. Bush

China
China

Civil Rights
Civil Rights

Clean Air Act
Clean Air Act

Cuba
Cuba

Bob Dole
Senator Bob Dole

Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies

Equal Rights Ammendment
Equal Rights Amendment

Food for Peace
Food for Peace

Food Stamps
Food Stamps

Senator Nancy Kassebaum
Senator Nancy Kassebaum

Senator George McGovern
Senator George McGovern

NAFTA
NAFTA

Panama
Panama

Gulf War
Gulf War

School Lunches
School Lunches

Social Security Act
Social Security Act

Solidarity in Poland
Solidarity in Poland

Soviet Disarmament
Soviet Disarmament

Space
Space

Title IX
Title IX

Vietnam War
Vietnam War

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

World War II
World War II

Other Topic Ideas

In addition to the above online resources, the following are some additional examples of subjects that can be explored using the Dole Archive's collections in our reading room. For more online resources and digital exhibits, please visit our Digital Collections page. As always, please feel free to contact our staff with any questions that you have.

Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM)

Signed in 1972, this treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union limited the use of anti-ballistic missile systems in defending areas against missile-delivered nuclear weapons. The ABM Treaty was called into question by President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983, but SDI went ahead. ABM Treaty was in force for 30 years, when the US unilaterally withdrew in June 2002. Our collection has meeting information regarding this treaty from the 1980s.

B-2 Bomber

Also known as the Stealth Bomber, the B-2 has low observable stealth technology and can deploy conventional and nuclear weapons. Development started during the Carter administration and continued throughout the Reagan administration. Its advanced technology caused the cancellation of the B-1 bomber, but program delays revived B-1 production. The stealth program costs were astronomical and with the winding down of the Cold War made the project controversial in Congress. Legislative information about both the B-1 and B-2 bombers is available in Senator Dole's collections.

Crop Insurance
The Federal Crop Insurance Act of 1980 subsidizes the cost of crop insurance farmers buy from private insurers against losses from disasters like drought or flood. As an issue that was vital to Kansas farmers, much information regarding crop insurance legislation resides within the Dole Institute's Collection.
Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF)

This treaty is an agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union that eliminated conventional and nuclear ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles with intermediate ranges. It was signed by President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev on December 8, 1987, and ratified by the US Senate on May 27, 1988.

Minimum Wage

There are many arguments for and against minimum wage laws and how they affect the economy. Having an extensive career in Congress, Senator Dole was a part in many pieces of legislation regarding the minimum wage. In addition to legislative information, our collection also includes position press releases on minimum wage from Dole's 1996 Presidential campaign.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA is part of the U.S. Department of Labor and was created under the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act. It was established to create a better workplace and to prevent on the job injuries, illnesses, and fatalities by enforcing safety and health standards. The law was unpopular in Kansas and Senator Dole proposed several amendments throughout the 1970s.

Pesticides

Although controversial, pesticides have played a large role in American farming. Senator Dole took often unpopular stances on pesticides, perhaps in an effort to support the interests of his constituents. Our collection offers issue mail from American citizens on the issue as well as insight into legislative decisions.

Pollution

Information about noise, water, and air pollution are available in our collection. Senator Dole played instrumental roles in the 1971 Amendment to Federal Water Pollution Control Act, 1990 Clean Air Act, and 1995 Safe Drinking Water Act.

START I

The first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty became the largest and most complex arms control treaty in history, and its final implementation in late 2001 resulted in the removal of about 80 percent of all strategic nuclear weapons then in existence. It was a treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union, signed on July 31, 1991. START I expired on December 5, 2009, and its replacement, New START, was signed by President Obama and Russian President Medvedev on April 8, 2010.

START II

The second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty banned the use of multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRVs) on intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). It was signed by President George H. W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin on January 3, 1993.

Strategic Defense Initiative

This initiative was suggested by President Ronald Reagan on March 23, 1983, and proposed to use ground- and space-based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic missiles. This initiate was criticized as being unrealistic and unscientific, but stuck around to be renamed the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and then later renamed the Missile Defense Agency in 2002 by President George W. Bush. The Dole Archive contains legislative information about this program from the 1980s through 1990s.

Threshold Test Ban Treaty

This treaty signed in 1974 by the United States and the Soviet Union, prohibited testing of nuclear devices having a yield exceeding 150 kilotons, thereby establishing a nuclear threshold. It also mandated that each party exchange information about tests and test sites.

Watergate Scandal
The Watergate scandal refers to June 1972 break-in to the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., and President Nixon's administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement. It resulted in the indictment, trial, conviction, and incarceration of 43 people, many of whom were top Nixon officials, as well as the only resignation of a U.S. President.
Wheat to Russia
Russia has often experienced wheat shortages and, as a result has made several large, historic purchases. In 1963 a large deal was cut with the United States, but not without some hesitancy in Congress. As an issue that would have been important to Kansas famers, our collection holds a lot of issue mail from constituents. More information about Wheat to Russia chronology is available from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

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