Category: Kennedy Colleagues

Aides, associates, allies, and opponents of John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy.


Spotlight on Maurice Sorrell, Photographer

  by Laurie Austin, Audiovisual and Textual Reference Archivist In 1961 photographer Maurice Sorrell found himself in the middle of a public civil rights controversy and ultimately broke the race barrier to the White House News Photographers Association. Born in Washington, D.C., c. 1914, Sorrell began taking photographs in his childhood and by 1946 was…

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Swearing in of David S. Black as General Counsel of the Bureau of Public Roads.
Photgrapher unknown. David S. Black Personal Papers. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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…

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…


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…

Swearing-in of United States Ambassador to the Ivory Coast James W. Wine. (L-R) State Department Chief of Protocol Angier Biddle Duke, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs G. Mennen "Soapy" Williams, and Ambassador Wine.

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…

JFKWHP-KN-18294. Charlie, left, and Pushinka, right, 22 June 1961.

Doggie Détente

  From our Audiovisual Reference archivists What follows is the story of a White House pet, and just possibly its historical effect. The Kennedy White House was notable for the number of animals that eventually occupied it.  Among these was President Kennedy’s dog Charlie, a Welsh terrier given to the family by the President’s father,…

White House Easter Egg Roll, April 3, 1961

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…

Clint Hill at the Kennedy Library

Getting Help with Identifications

      Former Secret Service agent Clint Hill sits down with Kennedy Library metadata catalogers working on our digitization project. During the administration, Mr. Hill was assigned to protect Jacqueline Kennedy, and he became a nationally recognized figure because of his quick action during the events of November 22, 1963. Mr. Hill collaborated with…

Tazewell Shepard, Chester Clifton, General Douglas MacArthur

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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Justin N. Feldman, 1919-2011

  by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist Feldman had a long and notable career as a lawyer and reform-minded Democratic politician in New York.  His association with John F. Kennedy began in 1959, and he worked on the 1960 campaign in New York and at the Democratic National Convention.  But though he met the older brother…


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…