Libraries I Love: The Dole Archives

Time for another throwback edition of Libraries I Love! This time it’s off to the Dole Archives, where the papers and records of Senator Robert Dole are housed, and where I interned for the summer of 2010! More of an archive than a library, but it definitely qualifies as a lovely LIS institution, which is what this series is all about. Here are the top 10 reasons you should brave the Kansas heat to check it out:

  1. It’s not just for Bob Dole aficionados/Republicans/political scientists! This archive definitely has something for everyone, from historical campaign materials to all kinds of multimedia to interesting press clippings (looking at you, Cosmo article about Bob Dole…).
  2. For example, there is a huge collection of  “objects” in the archives, most of which were gifts given to Dole during his political career; many are from his time spent abroad.

    Dole elephants! Image source: Dole Institute
    Dole elephants! Image source: Dole Institute
  3. The archives are just one part of the larger Robert Dole Institute of Politics, which hosts events, promotes civic engagement, and encourages the study of political science.
  4. The first floor atrium comes complete with a giant floor-map of Kansas and multiple permanent exhibition areas about Bob Dole, his military service, his political career, and his many accomplishments.
  5. The institute also plays host to many events, speakers, and traveling exhibits; the summer I was there featured a traveling photo-journalism exhibition on women in politics.

    It was a very interesting, informative exhibit, and the Dole Institute was the perfect setting. Image source: LJ World
    It was a very interesting, informative exhibit, and the Dole Institute was the perfect setting. Image source: LJ World
  6. It is located in Lawrence, Kansas, which is by far the best place in the state. A fun little college town, it’s definitely worth the ridiculously humid weather…
  7. It is housed in a truly lovely facility that is still fairly new; thus, the archival storage and processing areas are top-notch!

    So pretty! Image source: Dole Institute
    So pretty! Image source: Dole Institute
  8. The atrium also has a giant, multi-story American flag stained glass window, which everyone takes a picture of themselves with, as so:

    Ah, 2010. The braids were so long then...
    Ah, 2010. The braids were so long then…
  9. The Institute and Archives welcome researchers, fellows, and interns. In fact, if you’re interested in political science, history, and/or archival science, you should consider applying to the internship I completed back in 2010. It’s a great way to get paid archival experience.
  10. Sometimes Bob Dole comes to visit! He never did the summer I was there, but we did have an ice cream cake on his birthday (July 22)!

    Image source
    Image source: LJ World 

To visit the Dole Archives:

Address:
2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045
(785)864-4900

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM

http://dolearchive.ku.edu/

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