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June 12, 2009
Contact: Bill Lacy, Dole Institute of Politics, (785) 864-4900.

Dole Archive receives grant from historical publications commission

LAWRENCE — The Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections, within the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, has received more than $62,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to aid preservation efforts.

The Dole Archive is one of the nation’s largest collections of papers and artifacts for a nonpresidential politician. It contains the complete records of Sen. Dole’s political and post-political career — including schedules, legislative research files, correspondence, memos, speeches, press materials, briefing books and other materials. The archive also holds a photo collection consisting of 25,000 images, an audio/visual collection, an extensive collection of oral histories, as well as a large collection of art, artifacts and textiles.

With the grant, the Dole Archive will be able to fund additional assistance and purchase supplies to increase the speed of preservation efforts. The three-phase project includes organizing, filing and preserving the Dole papers. Processing of the entire Dole Archive is scheduled to be completed by May 2011.

“The records of Congress have the potential to revolutionize the way that our national history is written if we can preserve them,” said Morgan Davis, senior archivist at the Dole Institute. “This grant enables the Dole Archive to make our information available to the public at a faster rate, thereby providing an unprecedented view of the legislative process and American politics through Sen. Dole’s papers.”

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