Browse Exhibits (5 total)

Parading Around: Chuck Hagel Campaign Parades and Events

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This exhibit offers a glimpse into life on the campaign trail in Nebraska in 1996 and 2002. When Hagel ran for U.S. Senate in 1996 he was virtually unknown to most Nebraskans. Hagel needed to reach out to communities across the state to win the election. He won in 1996 and maintained his seat in 2002. These photos highlight the many events, parades, and other local activities that Hagel and his family, campaign staff, and volunteers participated in across Nebraska to garner support for his two runs for public office.

These photographs are a sample of the images in the Photographs Series of the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel ArchivesBrowse our online database and visit Criss Library Archives & Special Collections to see more.

Charles Timothy Hagel: A Life in Photographs

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On October 4, 1946 it was unknown that the bouncing baby boy born to Charles Dean Hagel and Betty Hagel (Dunn) would fight in a war, work for a U.S. Representative and three U.S. Presidents, be an advocate for veterans, and become a U.S. Senator and Secretary of Defense. On this day, Charles Timothy Hagel was just a boy in North Platte, Nebraska surrounded by a family that loved him. 

Learn about Chuck Hagel's roots in Nebraska, his family's commitment to serving their country, and Hagel's own service. Find images of his first campaign for U.S. Senate, his work in Washington, D.C., and his rise from U.S. Senator to Intelligence Advisory Board co-chairman and eventually Secretary of Defense under President Barack Obama. Finally, discover his life as son, brother, husband, father, and leader. 

These photographs are a sample of the images in the Photographs Series of the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel ArchivesBrowse our online database and visit Criss Library Archives & Special Collections to see more.

Life of a Senator: Schedules in a Senate Office

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How does a U.S. Senator fill up a day? A month? Easily. Through schedules, photos, and other items from the career of U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (1997-2009), learn about the varied work of a U.S. Senator one month at a time. Some months kick off a new president. Others bring tragedy or controversy. Still others show the normal rhythm of politicians at work. 

Documents shown here are a sample of the items in the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives. Browse our online database and visit Criss Library Archives & Special Collections to see more.

In the News: Press, Media, and Speeches in the Hagel Archives (New in 2017)

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Senator Chuck Hagel's office was a bustling place. Staffers helped him craft op eds and articles in response to pressing issues, released a constant stream of press releases, juggled requests for interviews and appearances, created newsletters for Nebraskans, and arranged weekly calls with members of the Nebraska media. They helped him write speeches and prepare for the senate floor and committee hearings. And all of this activity reflects only part of the Senator's regular press and media responsibilities. 

This exhibit includes press, media, and speech material produced by Senator Hagel and staff as they responded to six issues and events: veterans, drought in Nebraska, Iraq War, disaster response and recovery in Nebraska, 9-11 and aftermath, and Native Americans.

Documents shown here are a sample of the items in the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives. Discover this material by searching our Archives & Special Collections database and visiting us in Criss Library. Hagel served as U.S. Senator from 1997 to 2009 and U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2013 to 2015.

Under the Bright Lights: Videos in the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives (New in 2017)

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462 videos make up Senator Chuck Hagel's video record. Most reflect his time in the U.S. Senate from 1997 to 2009. They show him on national and local news programs, on the Senate floor, in committee hearings, and giving speeches in Nebraska and around the U.S. Other videos chronicle his campaigns in 1996 and 2002. There are serious videos, like the dozens of videos relating to conflicts around the world. There are funny videos, like his visit to the Daily Show. There are sweet videos with family. 

The entirety of this record is open for research. 161 videos are available through this exhibit. The rest may be viewed in person at Criss Library Archives & Special Collections. See a listing of every video in our Archives & Special Collections database.