Tag: civil rights

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…

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…

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 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.…

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…