Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

Digital Collections

Dole Archives Object Exhibits
This project focuses on objects from Senator Bob Dole's life and showcases three object exhibits housed in our stacks. Corresponding educational resources incorporate object-based learning into the classroom.
Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968
In 1961, Kansas, with the rest of the United States, found itself at a political, social, and cultural crossroads. Featuring a selection of constituent letters written to then-Congressman Bob Dole from the collections of the Dole Archives, this original exhibit offers a window into the hopes and fears of everyday Kansans as they responded to change at home and conflict abroad.
Buttons to Ballots: Icons of the Campaign Trail
Buttons are one of the most recognizable and enduring pieces of American campaign and political memorabilia, and have been used to support candidates and issues for over 100 years. This digital exhibit explores construction, design, color, and highlights notable Kansans, American symbols, and contemporary issues.
Robert J. Dole Speeches Collection
The fully digitized Speeches Collection includes speeches, remarks, talking points, briefing materials, correspondence, photographs, invitations, and other materials from the Senator’s career in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, 1958-1996.
Legacies of '76
An exhibit showcasing the people, places, and enduring legacies of the 1976 presidential election, featuring interactive resources from the Dole Archives, the Dole Institute programming archive, and other historical collections.
Celebrating Opportunity for People with Disabilities:
70 Years of Dole Leadership

Dedicated to stories from Senator Dole's decades-long advocacy for people with disabilities, with an emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), this exhibit provides access to over 12,000 pages digitized from our manuscript collections.
Greetings from Kansas - Postcards
Greetings from Kansas
A collection of postcards presented to Senator Dole as a birthday gift in 1986. Primarily from the early part of the 20th century, these postcards feature scenes of Kansas (with many from Russell, KS), "tall tale" images, and political figures.
Kansas City Royals
We Love Our Kansas City Royals!
This exhibit celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Kansas City Royals' 1985 World Series Championship victory. Drawing on the one-of-a-kind materials found in the archival collections, we showcase Senator Dole's love of baseball and his decades-long support for the KC Royals.
Dole Family WWII Letters
A collection of personal letters between Bob Dole and members of his family between 1941-1947. Many of these letters were quoted from in his 2005 memoir, One Soldier's Story, and reflect his experiences as a KU student and as an Army officer in World War II.
Press Releases
Nearly 10,000 press releases from Bob Dole's 35 years as a United States Representative and Senator from Kansas. The collection spans 1961 to 1996 and covers all aspects of Dole's Congressional career.
The Dole Institute Oral History Project
Preserving the legacy of Senator Dole through oral history interviews with a variety of people who knew and worked with him in various capacities, including friends, staffers, colleagues, journalists, members of Congress, and others.
Press Clippings
Robert J. Dole Press Clippings, 1939-1995
2,900 press clippings compiled by the Russell Public Library. The collection is primarily from Kansas newspapers, with content relating to Dole's life and political career and an emphasis on major campaigns.
VIP Letters
VIP Letters
This interactive exhibit provides access to 268 letters written to Senator Dole from a variety of notable public figures, including U.S. Presidents, Congresspeople, foreign officials, and other distinguished persons.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The admiration Senator Dole felt for his political hero, President Eisenhower, is strongly felt in the Dole Archives. This exhibit showcases at some relevant material from the collections, with a focus on the 1990 Dwight David Eisenhower Centennial Commission.

Research Topics
A student researcher reads through archival materials

Research resources in the Dole Archives curated by topic