Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
This west campus building, dedicated in ceremonies July 19-22, 2003, that honored World War II veterans, is named for retired Kansas Sen. Robert J. Dole. The $11 million, 28,000-square-foot facility, designed by ASIA of Lenexa, houses papers from Dole’s 35-year career and is the world’s largest congressional archive.
The institute sponsors public and educational programs in bipartisan civic education and leadership training; it has seminar and meeting rooms, broadcast facilities and exhibits on Dole’s life and career as well as on specific historical or political topics. Features of the limestone structure include a reflecting pool, two large stained-glass windows and a Memory Wall of photos of Kansas war veterans, the central Hansen Hall and the Simons Family Media Center.