Drake University seeks to grow university archive

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake University officials are hoping a new archive with documents from two longtime Iowa elected officials will provide another reason to lure political junkies to the state.

The private Des Moines-based university recently announced plans to house the official documents of retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin and many of the papers from former Republican Gov. Robert Ray.

The records will eventually go into a new archive and special collections center being constructed in the Cowles Library in the center of campus.

Drake University President David Maxwell says the new archival material will benefit students and professors at the school, where undergraduates frequently assist with faculty research projects.

Maxwell says the archives show that for students interested in politics and research, “you can do real world stuff” at Drake.

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