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Elizabeth Dole Gallery & Reading Room


In spring 2017, Elizabeth Dole announced that her leadership legacy would live on at the Dole Institute of Politics, through both the Elizabeth Dole Women in Leadership Lecture and the gift of her career papers. The papers span her long career in public service, including her years as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Secretary of Labor, president of the American Red Cross and U.S. senator representing the state of North Carolina.

In March 2017, Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s career papers crossed the country from Washington D.C. and arrived at the Dole Institute.


In celebration of her priceless gift, we have dedicated a remodeled research room and showcase exhibit gallery in her honor — a beautiful, functional, flexible, environmentally controlled and secure space that allows researchers and the general public to explore the legacies of both Senators Dole and our nation’s history. The named space — the Elizabeth Dole Gallery and Reading Room is an area where people gather to celebrate the lives and legacies of the Doles and their influence for generations to come.

The Elizabeth Dole Gallery & Reading Room featuring its inaugural exhibit What Would a Woman Offer Her Country?: Elizabeth Dole’s Ground-breaking,Trail-blazing Life of Service

Completed December 2019, it provides  an opportunity to acknowledge Elizabeth Dole’s contribution to the Dole Institute and our nation.

The remodeled gallery and reading room features controlled lighting, security and other features ideal for exhibition of original documents and historic artifacts. It may also host traveling exhibits and artifacts from our nation’s flagship cultural heritage institutions, such as the National Archives.

The Elizabeth Dole Gallery and Reading Room will be the debut space for impactful projects far into the future.

The inaugural exhibit to debut in the newly-renovated Elizabeth Dole Gallery & Reading Room, What Would a Woman Offer Her Country?: Elizabeth Dole’s Ground-breaking,Trail-blazing Life of Service, features over 100 items from Dole’s own historical collections, which she donated to the Dole Institute in 2017. The exhibit chronicles over 6 decades of people-focused leadership and policymaking.

It will be on display through May 2020.

Gallery Hours:

10:00 – 4:30 Tuesday-Saturday and 12:30-4:30 Sunday. CLOSED MONDAY.

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