Elizabeth Hanford Dole U.S. Secretary of Transportation Papers, 1983-1987
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Brief Description:

The Elizabeth Hanford Dole U.S. Secretary of Transportation Papers, which date 1982 – 1998, consist primarily of correspondence, newsclippings, briefing books and other policy documents, schedules, subject files, and speeches. This collection documents Dole’s time as head of the Department of Transportation, and as such, a Republican Party campaign surrogate and member of President Reagan’s cabinet. To a lesser extent, her personal and professional relationship with Senator Bob Dole and his position in Congress are also represented in the collection.

The majority of the collection was created while Dole served as Secretary of Transportation; however, some later files (dating through the late-1990s) following up on initiatives and projects from her tenure are present. Predominant topics reflect Dole’s main initiatives while she served at the DOT: safety, renovating D.C.’s Union Station, the government sale of Conrail, transferring control of D.C. airports, regulation and deregulation, and the promotion and support of women and minorities within the Department. Safety comprises many subjects involving all transportation modes – airplane, car, railroad, trucking – like drunk driving and the nation-wide 21 drinking age, random drug testing, and new regulations involving safety belts and air bags in cars.

Held at:
Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archive and Special Collections
The Dole Institute of Politics
2350 Petefish Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: 785-864-1405
Email: dolearchives [at] ku.edu
Record Series Number: 01/035
Volume: 63.8 Linear Feet
Arrangement:

Original order has been preserved and reconstructed wherever possible. The Speeches, Newsclippings, and Correspondence series largely arrived organized and labeled by the creator. Speeches and newsclippings are arranged chronologically; correspondence is arranged alphabetically.

The Administrative series is comprised of the remainder of the files that pertain to Dole’s time at the Department of Transportation that did not fit in the other series. The processing archivist applied the Administrative label to classify this grouping of material that encompasses the beginning and end of Dole’s time at the DOT, as well as policy decisions and initiatives.

Access Restrictions: Some materials within the Dole Archive 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 personnel files, medical records, financial records, 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.
Rights/Use Restrictions: 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 has not donated her copyright interest in her papers and other historical materials to the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. Permission to publish must be obtained from her or her designee. 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.