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The Tall Ships are Here!

  by Laurie Austin, Reference Archivist Boston treasures its history as a seaport. Its deep water port was a primary source of its wealth from before the country’s founding through the years of the early Republic. It continues to be an active port today. From our vantage point at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library,…

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…

Mapping John F. Kennedy’s 1960 Presidential Campaign with Historypin

  by Nicola Mantzaris, White House Photographs Metadata Cataloger As the 2016 election season gains momentum and we commemorate the fifty-sixth anniversary of the announcement of John F. Kennedy’s candidacy for President of the United States, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Historypin invite you to answer the question: “Did John F. Kennedy visit…

#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…

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…

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…

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…

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, 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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.…

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,…

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…

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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Finding the Kennedys in the 1940 Census

  by Kate Hanson Plass On Monday, April 2, the National Archives released the 1940 census and historians and genealogists have dug in looking for ancestors and historical figures.  The decennial census is conducted every ten years (as the name indicates) to count the population and to apportion representatives; the 1940 census also included several…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…