Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

Frequently Asked Questions

Our collections include the records of Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole that were created and accumulated during their respective decades of national public service. This includes documents, photographs, objects and memorabilia, and audio-visual material.

A wide variety of topics can be researched using our collections, as they cover a breadth of social and political history from the latter part of the 20th century. For some examples of how our collections can be used, check out the following pages:

We also have some material relating to Bob Dole's early life and post-political career, as well as his Presidential campaigns. In addition, we have some collections from people associated with Senators Dole, including family, staffers, employees, and others. These primarily serve to complement the archive's main holdings.

For a more detailed look at our materials, see:

Who can use the Dole Archives?
The Dole Archives is open to everyone on an equal basis. Our researchers include everyone from middle school students to professional scholars to members of the community. All are welcome.
Is all of your collection online?

No. We do have some material available in digital format, and all of our finding aids are available online. Please check out our online collection interface to browse our collections and to search for specific topics by keyword.

The vast majority of our collections must be viewed in person in our Reading Room.

I want to research at the Dole Archives, but I am too far away. What can I do?
You can feel free to contact us with some questions. We may be able to help you remotely with what you're looking for. In addition, we do offer travel grants and fellowships for qualified researchers. Please see our Research Fellowships and Travel Grants page for more information.
I'm looking for some photos of Bob and/or Elizabeth Dole. How can I find them?
The best place to start is through our digital archive interface. Here you can search for keywords or browse through our digital content. If you have further questions or do not find what you are looking for, please feel free to contact us and we can try to help you.
I want to use some of your material in an article/book/exhibit. What should I do?

Start by checking out this page (including the links in the left sidebar): Using Our Collections . This covers general use and fees.

In addition, be aware that the Dole Archives does not hold the copyright for most of the material that we have, and permission may need to be obtained from the copyright holder. In many cases, Dole Archives staff can help identify a contact person for this process. It is, however, the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all necessary permissions prior to use.

I'm looking for some information about a specific topic. Can you help me?

We will do our best. We love to help people find information that they are looking for. Feel free to send us a note, and the appropriate staff member will contact you, usually within 48 hours.

You can also feel free to search our collections through our online collection interface. This will give you a good starting point to see what we might have.

I have some materials that I would like to donate to the Dole Archives. What should I do?

The mission of Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections at the Dole Institute of Politics is to collect, preserve, and promote unique materials documenting the life of Senator Robert Dole and Senator Elizabeth Dole, subject areas designated as relevant to their lives and careers, and materials documenting the activity and history of the Dole Institute of Politics.

Things we generally collect:

  • We are currently collecting material relating to or from "Dole Alumni": Dole family members, legislative staff, campaign staff, and closely-related individuals.

Things we generally do not collect:

  • Papers or material not directly related to either of Senator Dole's careers
  • Papers or material primarily from published sources (such as newspaper clippings, magazine articles, etc.)
  • World War II memorabilia

If you have something that you think we might be interested in, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us and let us know what you have:

Sarah Gard
Senior Archivist



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