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Walt Riker Papers, 1943-2003 | Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections

By Tessa Klink, Charles Welborn, Sarah D'Antonio, Erin Wolfe

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Collection Overview

Title: Walt Riker Papers, 1943-2003Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1981-1993

ID: 01/014

Primary Creator: Riker III, Walter F. (1947-)

Extent: 14.63 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically into four series based on major functions of Walt Riker’s career and includes Pre-Press Secretary, Press Secretary, Post-Press Secretary and Published Materials. All attempts have been made during processing to preserve the original order of the collection as it was received from Walt Riker. Subseries and individual folders within each series are arranged alphabetically first, and then chronologically if needed. The collection includes a fourth series, Published Materials, comprised of books, newspapers and magazines, which did not fit intellectually within the three preceding series. An attempt was made to incorporate any viable published materials into the first three series. Additionally, photographs, slides and audio visual materials have been housed separately from text materials for preservation purposes, although removal forms still link the materials intellectually to the corresponding series.

Subjects: Dole, Robert J., 1923-, Kansas, Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

Languages: English, Russian, Chinese

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Walt Riker Manuscript Collection, which spans the years 1943-2003, consists of correspondence, photographic and audiovisual materials, invitations, press passes and badges, maps, newspapers and clippings, books and magazines.

The majority of the collection relates to his tenure as Press Secretary for Senator Bob Dole. Riker worked alongside Senator Dole from 1981-1993, as his media specialist. Included in the collection are photographs of political functions, press releases, drafts of speeches, notes and itineraries. Many of the items reveal Riker’s close relationship with Senator Dole and his responsibility to promote the Senator’s public image. Also documented are Riker and Senator Dole’s extensive travels with the Congressional Delegation wherein they met such figures as Saddam Hussein, Pope John Paul II, and Deng Xiaoping, among others. Additional items not only portray Riker’s interest in politics, but also events closer to home including the Kansas City Royals World Series championship in 1985 and the Kansas Jayhawks Men’s Basketball championship in 1988.

In addition to materials pertaining to Riker's role as Press Secretary, a small portion of the collection includes essays and coursework related to Riker’s academic career at The University of Kansas. These materials consist primarily of graded papers from his time as a student at the William Allen White School of Journalism and are restricted to patron access in accordance with FERPA. The collection also includes memos and correspondence Riker acquired as a radio and television journalist for WIBW in Topeka, Kansas, from 1978-1981.

Collection Historical Note

Walter Riker (1947- ) was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He attended the University of Kansas, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1970. Following his graduation from the University of Kansas, Riker toured the country as the drummer of “Thump Theater” before returning to Lawrence and the University of Kansas to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism. He graduated from the William Allen White School of Journalism with a Bachelors of Science in Broadcast Journalism in 1978. Shortly after, he began his broadcast career in radio and television at Channel 13-WIBW Topeka, an affiliate of CBS. Riker rose quickly through the ranks at WIBW, becoming the State House political correspondent. This position provided him the opportunity to report from the center of Kansas politics in Topeka, where he was introduced to Senator Dole.

After working at WIBW for four years, Senator Dole hired Riker in 1981 to be his Press Secretary. As Press Secretary, Riker accompanied Senator Dole throughout his political career, including his leadership positions as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Majority and Minority Leader and as a Presidential candidate in 1988. In addition to these duties, Riker also served as the communications leader for numerous Congressional Delegations that traveled the world, eventually visiting 58 countries with Senator Dole.

After 13 years of service, Walter Riker resigned as Senator Dole’s Press Secretary in 1993 to pursue a career in public relations at McDonalds. Riker’s tenure at McDonald’s culminated in a nine year stint as Vice President of Global Media Relations before his retirement in 2010. He remains a close friend of Senator Dole and was present at the dedication of the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas in 2003.

Subject/Index Terms

Dole, Robert J., 1923-
Kansas
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

Administrative Information

Repository: Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research, however, some materials within the Riker Papers are restricted because of their sensitive nature or because they contain personal or confidential information. These records are protected by federal laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Examples of restricted records are academic files and any materials containing personal information such as addresses and social security numbers. Restricted materials are identified at the box and/or folder level within the finding aid. Questions about these materials may be directed to the Senior Archivist of the Dole Archives.

Use Restrictions: Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different kinds of materials. Some of the documents and other historical materials in the Dole Archive are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. However, there are other materials that carry a copyright interest that must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Dole 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.


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Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Pre-Press Secretary, 1964-1981],
[Series 2: Press Secretary, 1981-1993],
[Series 3: Post-Press Secretary, 1993-2003],
[Series 4: Published Material, 1899-2001],
[Series 5: Objects],
[All]

Series 2: Press Secretary, 1981-1993Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Correspondence, Speeches and Memos, 1981-1993Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Articles, Correspondence, Invitations, Media Requests and Speech Drafts, [Folder 1 of 2], 1983-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Articles, Correspondence, Invitations, Media Requests and Speech Drafts, [Folder 2 of 2], 1983-1989Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence and Newsclippings, 1981-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence and Newsclippings, 1982, 1984-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence and Newsclippings, 1987-1993, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Itinerary, 1987 January 18-20Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Memos and Correspondence, 1986, 1989-1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Office of the Majority Leader Stationery, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Planner, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Speech Drafts, Correspondence and Memos, 1983-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Speech Drafts, Correspondence and Memos, 1986-1987, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Speech Drafts and Memos, 1981, 1984-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Speech Drafts and Schedules, 1985Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Speech Drafts, Correspondence and Memos, (Photographs), 1986-1987, 1990Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Speech Drafts, Schedules and News Requests, 1985, 1988-1989Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Media and Public Relations, 1979-1993Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Articles, 1981-1982, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Articles, Media Contacts and Photos, 1983, 1987-1988, 1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Campaign Press Kit, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Caring, 1983 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, Invitations and Newsclippings, 1982-1986, 1989, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Crow from Dole, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Kansas City Royals World Series, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Media Requests, Correspondence, Political Cartoons and Newsclippings, 1982-1983, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Media Requests, Correspondence, Press Releases and Inauguration Invitations, 1981, 1985-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Newsclippings, 1988, 1990-1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Articles, Media Contacts and Photos, (Photographs), 1983, 1987-1988, 1990, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, Invitations and Newsclippings, (Photographs), 1982-1986, 1989, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Kansas City Royals World Series, (Photographs), 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Media Requests, Correspondence, Political Cartoons and Newsclippings, (Photographs), 1982-1983, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Newsclippings and Press Photos, (Photographs), 1984, 1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Press Photos, 1982, 1984-1986, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Press Photos, (Photographs), 1982, 1986, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Press Photos, 1982, 1986-1987, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Press Photos, (Photographs), 1983-1987, 1989, 1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Press Photos, (Photographs), 1984-1985, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Press Photos, (Photographs), [Folder 1 of 2], 1985-1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Press Photos, (Photographs), [Folder 2 of 2], 1985-1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Press Photos, 1988, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Face-Off, Audio Cassette, 1986 February 24-28 and March 3-10Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Senator and Mrs. Dole," Larry King, Audio Cassette, 1983 September 23Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Newsclippings and Media Requests, 1986-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Newsclippings and Press Photos, 1984, 1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Newsletters and Family Weekly Article Draft, 1983, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Periodicals and Inaguration Invitations, 1982-1983, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photograph: Elizabeth and Senator Dole with Leader, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Press Photos, 1982, 1986, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Press Photos, 1983-1987, 1989, 1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Press Photos, 1984-1985, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Press Photos, 1985-1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Press Release and Kansas Daily News Summary, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Republican Staff Directory and Kansas Media Contacts, 1991-1993Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Newsclippings and Press Photos, (Slides), 1984, 1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Press Photos, (Slides), 1982, 1986, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Memorabilia, 1974-1991Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bush Inauguration Poster and Senate Majority logo, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "Republican Bob Dole for Congress" and Dole Certificate of Appointment to Reagan Social Security Commission, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Campaign Posters, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Dole-Roy Ag Debate," Audio Cassette, 1974 September 21Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Telephone Directory and Pamphlets, 1989, 1991, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Reagan/Bush Inauguration Invitation, Child's Drawing and Matted Photo, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Presidential Campaign, 1985-1988Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 13: American Politics, 1987 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Campaigns and Elections, 1987 November/DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Campaign Notebook, 1988Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Campaign Strategy and Memos, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence and Newsclippings, 1985-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Dole's Concession Announcement, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Insight-The Washington Times, 1987 June 1Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Memos, Newsclippings and Photos, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Newsweek, 1988 February 22Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Republican Nomination Campaign Materials, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Speech Draft, Presidential Candidacy Announcement, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Speech Drafts, Newsclippings and Schedules, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 10: U.S. News & World Report, 1987 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Memos, Newsclippings and Photos, (Photographs), 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Republican Nomination Campaign Materials, (Photographs), 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Russell Daily News and Orlando Sentinel, 1988 February 24 and November 6Add to your cart.
3 copies of Russell Daily News
Sub-Series 5: Republican National Convention, 1984, 1988, 1992Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Floor Passes, Tickets and Invitations: Dallas, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Floor Passes: New Orleans, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Floor Passes: Houston, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Official Guide, Republican National Convention: Dallas, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Scheduling Notebook, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Senator Robert Dole Brochure: New Orleans, 1988Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: Travel, 1982-1990Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Congressional Delegation to Asia: Maps, Newspapers and Memorabilia, [Folder 1 of 2], 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Congressional Delegation to Asia: Maps, Newspapers and Memorabilia, [Folder 2 of 2], 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Congressional Delegation to Moscow, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Congressional Delegation to Moscow: Maps and Memorabilia, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Congressional Delegation to Moscow and Europe: Photos, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Congressional Delegation: Vatican, 1985, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Italy Trip, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Travel Schedules and Speech at Duke University, 1988 MarchAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Congressional Delegation to Europe and North Africa: Marrakech, Morocco, (Slides), [Folder 1 of 4], 1989 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Congressional Delegation to Europe and North Africa: Rabat, Morocco and Earthquake Zone in Armenia, (Slides), [Folder 2 of 4], 1989 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Congressional Delegation to Europe and North Africa: Warsaw and Gadansk, Poland, Armenia (Slides) [Folder 3 of 4], 1989 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Congressional Delegation to Europe and North Africa: The Hague and Delft, Netherlands, President Bush visit in New Hampshire and Maine (Slides), [Folder 4 of 4], 1989 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Congressional Delegation to South America: Panama, Bolivia, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Ascuncion, Paraguay, (Slides), [Folder 1 of 2], 1989 December 10-17Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Congressional Delegation to South America: Caracas, Venezuela, Trinidad and Return Trip to Andrew's Air Force Base, (Slides), [Folder 2 of 2], 1989 December 10-17Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Congressional Delegation to Europe and North Africa: NBC WRC-TV Armenia Program, Video Cassette, 1989 July 5Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Congressional Delegation to Middle East: "The Middle East," [Video Cassette 1 of 2], 1990 April 7-16Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Congressional Delegation to Middle East: "The Middle East," [Video Cassette 2 of 2], 1990 April 7-16Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Congressional Delegation to Middle East: "Saudi Sands to the Kremlin," Video Cassette, 1990 August 25 - September 5Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Dole Master 1: "Andrews AFB - Italy - Desert Storm - Saudi Arabia," [Video Cassette 1 of 3], undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Dole Master 2: "Edited Final," [Video Cassette 2 of 3], undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Dole Master 3: "Edited Final," [Video Cassette 3 of 3], undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Congressional Delegation to Middle East: Damascus, Syria, (Slides), [Folder 1 of 4], 1990 AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Congressional Delegation to Middle East: Cairo Pyramids, Egypt, (Slides), [Folder 2 of 4], 1990 AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Congressional Delegation to Middle East: The Sphinx and Valley of the Kings, Egypt, (slides) [Folder 3 of 4], 1990 AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Congressional Delegation to Middle East: Luxor, Egypt, Jordan and Jerusalem, (Slides), [Folder 3 of 4], 1990 AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Congressional Delegation to Middle East: Ireland, (Slides), [Folder 4 of 4], 1990 AprilAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Congressional Delegation to Moscow, (Negatives), 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Congressional Delegation to Moscow and Europe: Photos, (Photographs), [Folder 1 of 2], 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Congressional Delegation to Moscow and Europe: Photos, (Photographs), [Folder 2 of 2], 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Congressional Delegation: Vatican, (Photographs), 1985, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Italy Trip, (Photographs), 1985Add to your cart.
Box 18: Republic of China Trip, "With the Compliments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of China," Scrapbook, undatedAdd to your cart.

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[Series 1: Pre-Press Secretary, 1964-1981],
[Series 2: Press Secretary, 1981-1993],
[Series 3: Post-Press Secretary, 1993-2003],
[Series 4: Published Material, 1899-2001],
[Series 5: Objects],
[All]


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