Drake University is proud to be the home of Senator Tom Harkin’s papers, spanning 40 years in public service and addressing some of the most pressing issues of the past half-century.
Drake University is honored to be the home of the Tom Harkin Collection, which includes print and digital materials, as well as memorabilia covering Sen. Harkin’s more than 40 years of public service. Sen. Harkin’s papers arrived at Drake University in January 2015 and are in the process of being professionally archived.
Sen. Harkin’s papers are housed in dedicated space in the Drake University Archives & Special Collections at Cowles Library. Select portions of these papers, including many disability and Americans with Disabilities Act-related papers, have been opened to the public and are available for on-site access and research.
To learn more about the Drake University Archives and how to access them, please contact Hope Grebner Bibens
The Tom Harkin Collection features many images that illustrate Sen. Harkin’s career.
The following photos offer a small behind-the-scenes look at Sen. Harkin’s 40 years of public service.
Congressmen and senators planted 250 crosses, one for each farm failing every day across the country in March 1985. From left: Rep. Berkley Bedell (IA), Rep. Tim Penney (MN), Rep. Lane Evans (IL), Sen. Gary Hart (CO), Sen. Tom Harkin (IA), Sen. John Melcher (MT)
Congressman Tom Harkin communicates with a deaf constituent using sign language in his mobile office.
Sen. Tom Harkin poses with Sesame Street characters Elmo and Rosita while they recorded a Healthy Minute about healthy food and exercise for the Iowa Communications Network in 2005.
Sen. Harkin has a conversation with a man attending the American Association of People with Disabilities ADA Anniversary event in 2006.