Robert J. Dole Presidential Campaign Papers, 1988-1996
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Brief Description:

This collection includes materials created by and pertaining to Senator Robert Dole's 1988 and 1996 presidential campaigns. Types of materials in this collection include correspondence, memos, schedules, briefing books, speeches, policy research, financial records, news clippings, and party records. The 1988 and 1996 Campaign Papers consist of materials related to campaign and debate preparation, newspaper and magazine clippings documenting the Senator's campaign, research on opponents and topics seen as important to constituents and the election, and schedules and trip files documenting events from the campaign trail. The Robin Dole Files, found exclusively in the 1996 Campaign series, include trip files relating to her travels as a part of the 1996 campaign.

The bulk of this collection documents the 1996 campaign. Additional materials relating to the 1988 presidential campaign or other political campaigns can be found in the Robert J. Dole Senate Papers collection. Papers regarding the 1980 presidential campaign, the 1976 vice presidential campaign and other senatorial campaigns can also be found in the Robert J. Dole Senate Papers collection.

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]
Record Series Number: 01/010
Created by: Dole, Robert J. (1923-2021)
Volume: 0.0
Arrangement: Papers are separated according to their relation to the 1988 or 1996 presidential campaigns. The 1988 campaign papers are divided into five series: Finances, Policy Research, Political, Press, and Scheduling. The 1996 presidential campaign papers are arranged into seven series: Campaign Offices, Finances, Policy Research, Political, Press, Robin Dole Files, and Scheduling. Each series includes from one to seven subseries within it. All materials are arranged alphabetically, except for the Clippings sub-series under the 1996 Campaign – Press series and the 1996 Campaign – Robin Dole Files series, which are arranged chronologically.
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 series, box, and/or folder level within the finding aid. Questions about these materials may be directed to the Senior Archivist of the Dole Archives.

You may determine that restricted materials may be relevant to your project. If this is the case, please contact the Dole Archives as soon as possible, as the files will need to be reviewed by a member of the archives staff. We require a period of at least one month to review records.

Upon review, an archivist will notify you either:
  1. That we cannot grant you access to the records, or
  2. That we can grant you access to the records, and:
    1. The records need to be redacted first, or
    2. The records do not need to be redacted
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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 his copyright interest in his papers and other historical materials to the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. Permission to publish must be obtained from him or his 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.