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:
- 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…).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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…
- It is housed in a truly lovely facility that is still fairly new; thus, the archival storage and processing areas are top-notch!
- The atrium also has a giant, multi-story American flag stained glass window, which everyone takes a picture of themselves with, as so:
- 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.
- 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)!
To visit the Dole Archives:
2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM