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Welcome to the Dole Archives

The Congressional Archive of
Senator Robert J. Dole & Senator Elizabeth H. Dole

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exhibit banner. text reads: Missing, then action: an army wife speaks out. opens June 14, 2022. The graphics behind text are from newspaper photos. One shows Bruce Johnson surrounded by children. Another shows his wife, Kathleen Johnson.


In June 1965, Kansan Kathleen Johnson received word that her husband, U.S. Army Major Bruce Johnson was missing.
For four years, she waited—then, she sought answers for her three young children. This is her story of love, loss, waiting – and action.

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What is a Congressional Archive?

A congressional archive houses political papers and records from a congressional member's time in office. The Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archives & Special Collections is one of the largest congressional archives outside of the presidential library system. We also house career papers, photographs and materials from other points in Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole's lives in addition to their time in Congress.

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Dole Archives Education Program

Lessons, workshops, and instructional materials created for the Dole Archives Education Program, which use sources from the Research Topic guides

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Research Collections  

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Kansas Veterans Virtual Memory Wall

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Our Archives Contain

+ 1,500
Linear Feet of Manuscript Material
Years-worth of objects
Bob Dole holding a paper with a phone to his ear, Bob Dole with his fist in the air, Bob Dole holding a paper

young Elizabeth Dole speaking into many microphones, Elizabeth Dole standing inside the Dole Institute, Elizabeth Dole speaking at a podium in the United States Capitol