Tag: digital collections

Setting the Stage: Communications Staff Prepare for Presidential Travel

  by Lindsay Closterman, former White House Photographs Metadata Cataloger Presidential trips are meticulously planned affairs. They require extensive preparation, and for much of the 20th century, this work fell largely on the officers of the White House Army Signal Agency (later called the White House Communications Agency). Staff traveled in advance of the president…

“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…

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…

“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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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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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…

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…

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…