Category: Archival Holdings

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“The Business of Every Citizen”: President John F. Kennedy Stumps for Democratic Candidates in 1962

  by Lindsay Closterman, White House Photographs Metadata Cataloger In the last few months leading up to the midterm elections in 1962, President John F. Kennedy made several campaign trips in support of Democratic congressional and gubernatorial candidates around the eastern and midwestern United States. We are pleased to announce that all images in the…

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#ChristmasMiracle

  by Laurie Austin, Audiovisual Reference Archivist and Stacey Chandler, Textual Reference Archivist Reference Archivists love sharing the treasures in their collections, so when the National Archives’ Office of Presidential Libraries announced a Twitter chat about Presidential holiday traditions, textual archivist Stacey Chandler and audiovisual archivist Laurie Austin jumped at the chance to participate. The…

Swearing in of David S. Black as General Counsel of the Bureau of Public Roads. [DSBPP-PH-001]

Newly Opened Collection: David S. Black Personal Papers

  by Abigail Malangone, Processing & Reference Archivist We are pleased to announce the opening of the David S. Black Personal Papers. The material in this collection relates to Black’s work as General Counsel for the Bureau of Public Roads; Commissioner, Vice Chairman, and Acting Chairman of the Federal Power Commission; Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration; and Undersecretary of…

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Introducing the Updated Finding Aid (Guide) to the Ernest Hemingway Papers

  by Stacey Chandler, Reference Archivist, and Christina Lehman Fitzpatrick, Processing Archivist The Kennedy Library recently released an updated finding aid (guide) to the Ernest Hemingway Personal Papers to improve organization and to enable better access to the collection. We are excited to share the results of this work: nine separate series (that function like…

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In Memorium: Dr. Jack Ruina

  by Michael Desmond, Reference Archivist We wish to acknowledge the passing of Dr. Jack P. Ruina on February 4th, 2015 at the age of 91. From 1961 to 1963, Dr. Ruina served as Director of the Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). As the head of ARPA, Ruina played a key role in…

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Newly Processed Materials: Nancy Tuckerman Files of the Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Personal Papers

  by Jennifer Marciello, Processing Archivist We are pleased to announce that the Nancy Tuckerman Series of the Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Personal Papers is open and available for research. The papers contain personal and professional materials relating to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s public and private life and her role as First Lady of the United…

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Newly Opened Collection: Ace of Clubs Records

  by Lauren Wallace, Graduate Student Intern (Simmons College GSLIS) We are pleased to announce that the Ace of Clubs Records is now open and available for research. This collection features the administrative, social, and photographic records of the Ace of Clubs Charitable Organization. From charity events to by-law revisions, President’s books to Secretary journals,…

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Grabaciones de audio del director del USIA Edward R. Murrow digitalizados y disponibles en la red

  por Bill Bjelf, archivero digital asistente por las colecciones audiovisuales traducción por David Castillo, Interna en la Biblioteca Presidencial John F. Kennedy (See English translation here.) Se ha digitalizado una serie de grabaciones del United States Information Agency Audio Recordings Collection del Kennedy Library y se puede accederlas en nuestro archivo digital. Los Director…

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USIA Director Edward R. Murrow Audio Recordings Digitized and Available Online

  by Bill Bjelf, Assistant Digital Archivist for Audiovisual Collections (Ver traducción española aquí.) A series of materials from the Kennedy Library’s United States Information Agency Audio Recordings Collection has been digitized and made available in the Library’s digital archives. The Director Edward R. Murrow Recordings, 1961-1965, contains audio recordings of speeches and other public…

JFKWHP-ST-C1-21-62. La primera dama Jacqueline Kennedy visita a niños en el Instituto Nacional de Protección a la Infancia en la Ciudad de México, México, 30 de junio de 1962.

“We Come as Good Neighbors”: Presidential Visit to Mexico, June 29–July 1, 1962

  (Ver traducción española aquí.) The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library has teamed up with the National Archives Communications Office to extend its social media reach to Spanish-speaking audiences. As chance would have it, a Kennedy Library intern was in the midst of cataloging President and Mrs. Kennedy’s 1962 trip to Mexico when NARA announced…

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“Venimos como Buenos Vecinos”: La Visita Presidencial a Mexico, Junio 29–Julio 1 de 1962

  (See English translation here.) La Biblioteca Presidencial John F. Kennedy se ha unido a la Oficina de Comunicaciones de los Archivos Nacionales para extender su alcance de medios de comunicación social para el público de habla hispana. Tal parece que de casualidad, nuestra interna de la Biblioteca Kennedy, estaba en medio de la catalogación…

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964

  by Elyse Edwards, Graduate Student Intern (Simmons College GSLIS) By 1963 most states in this country had integrated businesses, schools, and public spaces, but integration proved much more difficult in southern states where policies and attitudes were still highly discriminatory. On June 11, 1963, the day two African American students were admitted to the…

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The Sven Walnum Photograph Collection

  by J.T. Buzanga (Former Graduate Student Intern, Northeastern University) Sven Walnum was born in Oslo, Norway and immigrated to the United States in September 1947. Walnum’s life in Norway was difficult; having survived debilitating childhood illness, a chaotic family life, and World War II, Walnum went on to study cinematography at the University of…

JFKWHP-KN-C21483. White House Chefs and Kitchen Staff, 3 May 1962
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Adventures in Crowdsourcing

  by Lindsay Closterman and Nicola Mantzaris, Metadata Catalogers, White House Photographs The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library is now on Flickr! We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new National Archives Flickr page, a crowdsourcing pilot project featuring images from the White House Photographs collection at the Kennedy Library. As metadata catalogers, we…

Archivist of the United States David Ferriero presents Kennedy Library volunteer Meghan Testerman with the Weidman Outstanding Volunteer Service Award at Archives II in College Park, MD, 7 May 2014.

Meghan Testerman, Volunteer Extraordinaire

  by Laurie Austin, Audiovisual Reference Archivist In conjunction with Public Service Recognition Week, the Archivist of the United States (or “AOTUS,” as he’s known throughout the National Archives) presented awards to employees and volunteers across the National Archives for exceptional work they achieved over the past year. [Check out the AOTUS’s blog here.] We…

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John F. Kennedy, Jr. in the Rose Garden, April 26, 1963

A Bunny in the Rose Garden

  by Maryrose Grossman, Audiovisual Reference Archivist Now that spring is blooming, the White House Rose Garden–the most prominent horticultural display on the grounds of the Presidential mansion–comes to mind. Bordering the Oval Office and the West Wing of the White House since 1913, the White House Rose Garden has long been the setting for…

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The Kennedy Library Joins GoodReads!

  by Stacey Chandler, Reference Archivist Here in the research room at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library we often get emails from students and scholars asking about books that might be helpful for their research topics. Until very recently, our solution was to email lists of books to our researchers, which they could print…

JFKWHP-ST-C139-1-63. Visit of recipients of 3rd annual Federal Woman's Awards, 2 May 1963
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Finding Inspiration in the Archives: Honoring Women at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

  by Lindsay Closterman and Nicola Mantzaris, Metadata Catalogers, White House Photographs As National Women’s History Month comes to a close, we want to pay tribute to the women represented in the collections of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library who were instrumental in shaping the landscape of American politics and human rights. In the…

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Restoring the Past in the White House: A Look at the Jacqueline Kennedy White House Restoration Project

  by Suzanna Calev and Sara Hawran, Graduate Student Interns (Simmons College) Greetings from Reference interns Suzanna Calev and Sara Hawran! We have recently completed an exhibit board in the main research room of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, entitled “Jacqueline Kennedy’s White House Restoration Project.” Through our research we have come across many…

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An Experiment in Processing and Digitizing at the Same Time: The Personal Papers of Margaret Ronayne Hahn

  by Stephanie Mokszychi, Graduate Student Intern (Simmons College GSLIS) At the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, collections are frequently processed years before digital images and related metadata are available online. Typically, multiple archivists handle materials as they move through the processing, cataloging, and digitization steps. In a trial experiment, I was responsible for all…

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“Archiving Your Peace Corps History”: A Presentation at the 2013 Peace Corps Connect Conference

  by Christina Lehman Fitzpatrick, Processing Archivist I was pleased to participate in the Peace Corps Connect conference held in Boston on June 28-29. This event was the second annual gathering of the National Peace Corps Association. Because President Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, the Kennedy Library has several archival collections pertaining to…

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Five Hemingway Scrapbooks Digitized and Available Online for the First Time

  by Jessica Green and Tiffany Link, Graduate Student Interns (Simmons College and Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Grace Hall Hemingway created and annotated five scrapbooks to document her son Ernest’s first eighteen years of life, long before he became a Nobel Prize-winning author. These unique scrapbooks include countless photographs of the Hemingway family and…

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The Peace Corps Goes to the Yarm School

  by Maura Porter, Declassification Archivist Recently I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of intelligent and committed young students at the Yarm School in northern England. My goddaughter is a student at the school and she asked me to speak about President Kennedy when I visited with her and her family on…

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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

  by Kelly Francis, Assistant Digital Archivist for Textual Collections The economy. Unemployment. Religion. Civil rights. Health care. These were the principal issues of the 2012 presidential election. Surprisingly, they were also the major issues of the 1960 election. Senator John F. Kennedy’s 1960 Presidential Campaign Files were cataloged concurrently with the 2012 presidential campaign.…

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Unexpected Gems from the Archives

  by Stacey Chandler, Reference Archivist Reference archivists at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library are responsible for answering questions from researchers of all kinds around the world. For those of us who work specifically with the paper collections, our detective work can lead us to look at hundreds of documents every day; after all,…

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Hemingway Pictogram Puzzle Solved!

  by Jessica Green, Graduate Student Intern (Simmons College GSLIS) The Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is extremely grateful for all of the hard work our Hemingway aficionados put into deciphering this pictogram puzzle. Special thanks go out to Noah Kim and Ellen Knodt for their correct ordering…

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New Release of the President’s Intelligence Check Lists (aka, PICLs)

  by Maura Porter, Declassification Archivist The President’s Daily Brief, or PDB, is a highly classified intelligence briefing produced each morning for the President of the United States. The written briefing informs the President and other senior policymakers about intelligence developments worldwide and provides analysis of those events. Although now produced by the Director of…

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The Newly Opened Personal Papers of Warren I. Cikins

  by Christina Lehman Fitzpatrick, Processing Archivist Recently the library was pleased to open the newly-processed Personal Papers of Warren I. Cikins, who served in the White House from 1962 to 1966 during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. (For more information on the opening, please see our press release.) This large collection documents the professional…

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Hemingway Pictogram Puzzle

  by Jessica Green, Graduate Student Intern (Simmons College GSLIS) The document pictured below is from the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. We think it may be a rebus or another type of pictogram that uses pictures to represent words, parts of words, or phrases. Can you help us solve…

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Digitization at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library: The James W. Wine Personal Papers

  by Timothy Bowen, Graduate Student Intern (Simmons College GSLIS) As a soon-to-be graduate of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science with a focus in Archives, I was recently required to complete a 130-hour internship meant to strengthen the skills I learned throughout the program. When Digital Archivist Erica Boudreau approached…

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Creating a Media Gallery on Jacqueline Kennedy’s Trip to India and Pakistan: An Inside Look

  by Colleen Cooney, Digitization Specialist Fifty years ago this month, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy traveled to India and Pakistan. Although the trip was not an official State visit, Mrs. Kennedy attended various functions as an official representative of her husband, President Kennedy. Our new media gallery, which draws together museum artifacts, audiovisual assets, and…

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Mardi Gras Comes to the White House

On March 2, 1962 — exactly 50 years ago today — the Mardi Gras Royal Court and guests met with President Kennedy at the White House and gathered in the Rose Garden for the following photograph. Standing in front of the group (holding a Smokey Bear doll) is the United States National Forestry Queen. We…

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On Finishing: The Presidential Recordings

  by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist Yesterday the Kennedy Library released the final set of tapes in one of its most widely known collections, the White House recordings that were secretly made during John F. Kennedy’s time in office. Collectively known as the “Presidential Recordings,” they comprise more than 248 hours of meetings  and 12…

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White House Turkey

From 50 years ago, courtesy of our Audiovisual Archives, the presentation to the White House of the Thanksgiving Turkey, which seems to be less than thrilled by the honor.  What’s that you say?  You want a picture of John F. Kennedy with your turkey?  Then you will have to go here. Happy Thanksgiving everybody.  

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Historical Knowledge Advances!

  by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist We have some answers regarding regarding the pictures we posted a couple of weeks ago. Football Hall of Fame Dinner in New York City December 5, 1961, Room 805, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City.  White House Army Signal Agency staff members Jack Rubley and John J. Cochran are…

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What do we Have Here?

  by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist In case you missed the announcement, the Kennedy Library is busily working to digitize its holdings.  We’ve made a lot of headway with our photographs, but an interesting by-product of this effort are those moments when we look at a photo, sit back in our chairs, and say “who…

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Demystifying Declassification

  by our Declassification Unit colleagues One of the most common questions that we hear from researchers is, “When will this document be declassified?” (sometimes expressed more plaintively as, “Why isn’t this document declassified yet?”). Even for seasoned researchers, security classification can seem mysterious and opaque and hint of governmental cover-up or paranoia. To dispel…

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Bernard Boutin, 1923-2011

  by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist An effective Democratic politician in New Hampshire at a time when the state was almost synonymous with the Republican party, Boutin was the mayor of Laconia, New Hampshire from 1955-59 and twice ran for governor, in 1958 and 1960, doing comparatively well in both elections  In New England, Boutin…