Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

Using the Dole Archives

Access to Materials

The Dole Archives' collections are available to all researchers on an equal basis.

All materials must be examined in the Reading Room of the Dole Institute of Politics. We recommend researchers call ahead for an appointment, as our ability to serve walk-ins is limited.

Reference and Duplication

Archivists accept e-mail or telephone requests for easily identifiable items and can provide copies of print material, photographs, and audio-visual material. The staff cannot identify all materials on a given topic for mail and telephone researchers, but we will do our best to help answer your questions. In most cases archives staff will spend up to one hour on a research request before requiring the researcher to visit the archive in person or make arrangements for a surrogate researcher.

The Dole Archives will consider requests for the duplication of material when such duplication can be done without injury to the material, and does not violate copyright restrictions.

Photocopying and other duplication services are available for a fee, as laid out in our fee schedule.

Returns of copied material are not accepted, and unless staff has made an error in completing an order, refunds are not made.

Citing Archival Holdings

Preferred citation: Collection Name, Box #, Folder #, Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas


Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different kinds of materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archive are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. Senator Dole did not donate his copyright interest in his papers and other historical materials to the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. However, a request for permission to publish can be facilitated by the Dole Archives. There are other materials in the library carrying a copyright interest that must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code.

The Archive issues a warning concerning copyright restrictions to every researcher who requests copies of documents. Although the copyright law is under constant redefinition in the courts, it is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to properly use copyrighted materials.

For more information see the University of Kansas copyright policy.
United States Copyright information may be found at the U.S. Copyright Office web site.



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