LAWRENCE — The Robert J. Dole Institute Archive and Special Collections at the University of Kansas has awarded its 2013-14 Research Fellowship.
The Research Fellowship is a $2,500 award, which supports scholarship using the Dole Archive, specifically substantial contributions to the study of Congress, politics or policy issues on a national or international scale.
“The Dole Archive continues to attract world-class scholars who are conducting research not only on issues pertinent to American history and government, but also those who are situating U.S. policy and politics into an international context,” said Audrey Coleman, senior archivist. “The depth and breadth of activity documented in Senator Dole’s papers reflect the wide range of influence he achieved over his 36-year career in Congress. His is a research collection that has the potential to serve a wide variety of academic disciplines.”
This year’s fellow is Patrick Sandman, a doctoral student studying American history at the University of Oxford. His thesis, “Bringing Congress Back In: Watergate and the Politics of Institutional Change,” examines the cultural changes in Congress during the 1960s and its relationship with President Nixon.
The Dole Archive also awarded two travel grants, which are meant to defray the travel costs associated with conducting research in the Dole Archive.
Travel grants have been awarded to Patrick Oluwole Ojo, a doctoral student at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, for his project, “Comparative Study of United States’ Support for Democracy in Nigeria and South Africa,” and Neal Allen, an assistant professor of political science at Wichita State University, for his project, “Successfully Navigating the Politics of Race in the 1950s and 1960s: Future Congressional Leaders and Civil and Voting Rights Legislation.”
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 Dole’s political and post-political career — including schedules, legislative research files, correspondence, memos, speeches, press materials, briefing books and other materials — and, as such, documents the development of what have become defining national and international issues of the latter half of the 20th century. 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.