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Kennedy Family Collection Nitrate Negatives: A Centennial Digitization Initiative

  by Nicola Mantzaris, Photographic Metadata Cataloger As part of the Centennial Digitization Initiative to commemorate the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth, archivists have begun a large-scale project to preserve and make accessible nitrate photographic negatives from the Kennedy Family Collection. With generous grant funding from the Fund II Foundation, the project…

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…

Digitization of Photographs from President John F. Kennedy’s Trip to Germany

  by Laura Kintz, Audiovisual Metadata Cataloger We are pleased to announce that all White House Photographs from President John F. Kennedy’s trip to Germany in June of 1963 are now digitized in full. Over two dozen photographs from the trip had previously been cataloged, but all 153 photographs are now accessible online through the…

Collection Opening: Michael S. Reynolds Personal Papers

  by Kelly Francis, Processing Archivist We are pleased to announce the opening of the Michael S. Reynolds Personal Papers. Reynolds was an author and a leading scholar on Ernest Hemingway as well as a professor of English at North Carolina State University.     This collection consists primarily of research materials and notes related…

John F. Kennedy, Conservation, and the National Park Service

  by Maryrose Grossman, Audiovisual Reference Archivist The centennial of the National Park Service on August 25, 2016 marks an occasion to consider John F. Kennedy’s relationship with the National Park Service and its goals of preserving natural and cultural resources and making them available to present and future generations. The Organic Act of 1916,…

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…

Bunkyo Gakuin University Students Research the Ernest Hemingway Collection

  by Stephen Plotkin, Textual Collections Archivist One of the best things about working in research is having somebody whom you first knew as a hard-working student come back as a full-fledged professional scholar. Professor Kaori Sugimoto Fairbanks first came to visit the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in 2000.…

Collection Opening: Clarence J. Martin Personal Papers

  by Kelly Francis, Processing Archivist We are pleased to announce that the Clarence J. Martin Personal Papers collection is now available for research. Clarence J. Martin (1930-2014) practiced law in Louisiana and served as a member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana Bar Association. During the 1960 presidential campaign, he served as…

Collection Opening: Edmund A. Gullion Personal Papers

  by Christina Fitzpatrick, Processing Archivist We are pleased to announce the opening of the Edmund A. Gullion Personal Papers. Gullion had a lengthy and distinguished career in the Foreign Service and was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo (Leopoldville) from 1961 to 1964.     Edmund Asbury Gullion (1913-1998) joined the State…

“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…

Collection Opening: Robert A. Wallace Personal Papers

  by Christina Lehman Fitzpatrick, Processing Archivist We are pleased to announce the opening of the Robert A. Wallace Personal Papers. Wallace was an economic consultant to Senator John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, and subsequently served in the Treasury Department from 1961 to 1969.     Robert Ash “Bob” Wallace, Jr. was born on May…

Collection Opening: Lincoln Gordon Personal Papers

  by Jennifer Marciello and Christina Fitzpatrick, Processing Archivists We are pleased to announce the opening of the Lincoln Gordon Personal Papers. Gordon served as U.S. Ambassador to Brazil (September 1961 – March 1966) in both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He was known as an expert on Latin American culture, economy, and politics.  …

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…

Digitization of Photographs from President John F. Kennedy’s Trip to Italy

  by Laura Kintz, Graduate Student Intern (UMass Boston) We are pleased to announce that all White House Photographs from President John F. Kennedy’s trip to Italy in July of 1963 are now digitized in full. They are accessible online through the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s digital archives.     The 92…

Digitization of Photographs from President John F. Kennedy’s Funeral

  by Lindsay Closterman, White House Photographs Metadata Cataloger We are pleased to announce that all White House Photographs from the state funeral of President John F. Kennedy are now digitized in full. These photographs capture a time of great significance and grief in our nation’s history, and they (together with the photos from the…

Serendipity in the Archives: Making Connections between Collections

  by Laura Kintz, Graduate Student Intern (UMass Boston) As a digitization intern at the Kennedy Library, I am lucky enough to work with the White House Photographs collection, scanning and cataloging photos. Through this work, I have learned so much about President John F. Kennedy’s daily activities, the ins and outs of the White…

Newly Opened Collection: Paul Rand Dixon Personal Papers

  by Christina Lehman Fitzpatrick, Processing Archivist We are pleased to announce that the Paul Rand Dixon Personal Papers are open and available for research. Dixon was appointed chairman of the Federal Trade Commission by President Kennedy and served on the regulatory agency for twenty years. Paul Rand Dixon was born on September 29, 1913…

Newly Opened Collection on Early Peace Corps Training Camps in Puerto Rico

  by Corbin Apkin, Graduate Student Intern (Simmons College GSLIS) We are pleased to announce that the William Henry Byrd Personal Papers collection is now available for research. The collection consists of materials created during Byrd’s time as Director of the Peace Corps training camps in Puerto Rico, a position he held from 1961-1963, and…

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…

Papers of H. Bentley Hahn: The Man Who Invented the 5-Digit ZIP Code

  by Lauren Wallace, Graduate Student Intern (Simmons College GSLIS) We are pleased to announce that the H. Bentley Hahn Personal Papers is now fully digitized and available on our website. The digitization of the H. Bentley Hahn Personal Papers was part of my final capstone internship for my Masters degree in Library and Information…

Collection Opening: William J. Hartigan Personal Papers

  by Jennifer Marciello, Processing Archivist We are pleased to announce the opening of the William J. Hartigan Personal Papers. William J. Hartigan was born in 1923 in Revere, Massachusetts. He was a graduate of the Beacon Institute of Podiatry, pursued pre-legal studies at Suffolk University, and took university extension courses at Harvard University and…

Archival Detective Work in the Hemingway Collection

  by Christina Lehman Fitzpatrick, Processing Archivist During the recent project to update the finding aid for the Ernest Hemingway Personal Papers, we noticed several folders of “unidentified” incoming letters where the author was not known. Naturally, this piqued our interest and we decided to do some sleuthing. In the current age of online search…

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…

Remembering Fr. Theodore M. “Ted” Hesburgh and the 1961 Notre Dame Laetare Medal

  by Maryrose Grossman, Audiovisual Reference Archivist Aside from being born four days apart (in May 1917), President John F. Kennedy and Fr. Theodore M. “Ted” Hesburgh had other things in common. Both were steeped in Catholic tradition as well as committed to public service. They were also charismatic leaders who exhorted generations to combat…

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,…

Newly Processed Collection: James Saxon Personal Papers

  by Christina Lehman Fitzpatrick, Processing Archivist We are pleased to announce that the James Saxon Personal Papers are open and available for research. Saxon served as Comptroller of the Currency during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations (1961-1966). As an independent bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department, the Office of the Comptroller is charged with…

Newly Opened Collection: John H. Sharon Personal Papers

  by Abigail Malangone, Processing & Reference Archivist We are pleased to announce the opening of the John H. Sharon Personal Papers collection. John H. Sharon was a Washington, D.C.-based attorney whose personal papers document his interest and involvement in the Democratic Party in the 1950s and 1960s. The materials in this collection focus primarily…

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…

Newly Processed Collection: Myer Feldman Personal Papers

  by Christina Lehman Fitzpatrick, Processing Archivist You were far more indispensable than the public knows to John Kennedy’s success as a Senator, candidate and President. He knew it, however; and I know he would want me to express his deep gratitude. – Theodore Sorensen to Myer Feldman upon learning that Feldman was leaving the…

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…

Newly Digitized: Civil Rights Materials from the Burke Marshall Personal Papers

  by Elyse Edwards, Graduate Student Intern (Simmons College GSLIS) ‘In times of great struggle and conflict in the South,’ Congressman [John] Lewis said, ‘during the freedom rides of 1961, when young people were being beaten by angry mobs in Montgomery and when fire hoses and dogs were being turned on people in Birmingham, people…

Newly Processed Collection: Lawrence F. O’Brien Personal Papers

  by Abigail Malangone, Processing & Reference Archivist We are pleased to announce that the Lawrence F. O’Brien Personal Papers are open and available for research. Lawrence “Larry” O’Brien, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was a member of the inner circle of Kennedy aides that came to be known as the “Irish Mafia.” O’Brien began his association…

La Biblioteca Kennedy Recuerda Cineasta Robert Drew

  por Laurie Austin, Archivera de Referencias Audiovisuales traducción por David Castillo, Interna en la Biblioteca Presidencial John F. Kennedy (See English translation here.) Estamos muy triste saber de la defunción del director de documentales Robert Drew el 30 de julio de 2014. Aunque Drew tenía una carrera larga y distinguida que excedía su connexión…

The Kennedy Library Remembers Filmmaker Robert Drew

  by Laurie Austin, Audiovisual Reference Archivist (Ver traducción española aquí.) We were saddened to learn of the passing of documentary filmmaker Robert Drew on July 30, 2014. While Drew had a long and distinguished career that went beyond his connection with John F. Kennedy, we pause a moment to recognize the importance of his…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

Now Fully Digitized: The White House Staff Files of Lee C. White

  by Tricia Patterson, Graduate Student Intern (Simmons College GSLIS) We are happy to report that the White House Staff Files of Lee C. White is now fully digitized and available on our website. Lee Calvin White was born in Omaha, Nebraska on September 1, 1923. He remained in Nebraska to earn both his bachelor’s…

New Digital Collection: White House Staff Files of Sanford L. Fox

  by Kelly Francis, Assistant Digital Archivist for Textual Collections The White House Staff Files of Sanford L. Fox is one of the more interesting collections at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and it’s also the most recent addition to our digital collections. Sanford Fox came to work in the White House in 1952,…

It Gets Better Project: Honoring Frank Kameny and the Fight for LGBT Rights

  by Stacey Chandler, Reference Archivist With the launch of the National Archives video for the It Gets Better Project, we’re spotlighting documents on the history of the LGBT rights movement from the collections of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450, which barred people with…

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…

U.S. Congressional Representative from Louisiana Thomas Hale Boggs visiting President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office along with his wife, Lindy Boggs, and two other unidentified women. White House, Washington D.C., November 5, 1963 [WHP-ST-C380-2-63]

Personal Recollections of Corinne “Lindy” Boggs

  by Sarah Jennette, Graduate Student Intern (Simmons College GSLIS) The Oral History Collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library includes an interview with Corinne “Lindy” Boggs, a notable member of the House of Representatives from Louisiana and a longtime friend of the Kennedy family. Sadly, Boggs passed away at her home in Maryland…

“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…

Newly Digitized Material: Subject Series of the National Security Files

  by Kelly Francis, Assistant Digital Archivist for Textual Collections The National Security Files (NSF) is one of the most popular collections requested by researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. A rich collection, the NSF is a sub-file of the Presidential Papers of John F. Kennedy and the working files of McGeorge Bundy,…

New Digital Collection: White House Staff Files of Harris Wofford

  by Kelly Francis, Assistant Digital Archivist for Textual Collections One of the more recent collections from the holdings of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to be fully accessible in the digital archives is the White House Staff Files of Harris Wofford. Mr. Wofford worked as an assistant to Senator John F. Kennedy and…

A Mother’s Day Tale: Rose Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, & the Search for a Signature

  by Stacey Chandler, Reference Archivist Just in time for Mother’s Day, our digital archivists have published a folder that contains some favorite documents here at the Kennedy Library. This folder comes from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Personal Papers, and the documents inside offer an illuminating glimpse at the intersection of Kennedy family life and…

John F. Kennedy and Civil Rights: Thoughts on Developing a Visual Representation

  by Tara Mayes, Graduate Student Intern (UMass Boston) I began my career here at the Kennedy Library six months ago as an intern, eager to work in an institution dedicated to historical research and interpretation. I have to admit, however, that before coming here I had basic (aka, grade school) knowledge of John F.…

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.…

Creating a Digital Collection: The John L. Saltonstall Papers

  by Jane Silva, Graduate Student Intern (UMass Boston) As a graduate student in the History Department’s Archives track at the University of Massachusetts Boston, I was required to complete a 120 hour internship at an archival institution to gain practical experience in the Archives field. At first I thought there was nothing I could…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Historic Papers of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

  by Jennifer Beaton, Processing Archivist We are pleased to announce that portions of the Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Personal Papers were opened on February 13th, 2012 (for more information on the opening, please see our press release). These newly available papers, which focus on Mrs. Kennedy’s years in the White House, cover a broad…

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Donald M. Wilson, EXCOMM, and the National Security Council

  by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist The death of Donald M. Wilson in November 2011 represents the most recent loss of a notable Kennedy Administration official.  In addition to being a high-ranking member of the Kennedy Administration, Wilson was the last living member of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (EXCOMM), the advisory…

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,…

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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…

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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We’re Closing our Stacks (not entirely)*

  by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist Below is the culprit.  (Actually, that’s being unfair to our fire suppression system [fire sprinklers to most of the world].  We have no complaints about it, and no intention of getting rid of it; we simply want to give it a little help and updating. Not that there aren’t…

Speaking Archives

  by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist There is a rueful thought that, in one form or another, crosses the minds of all archivists at some point in their careers:  These things I take care of – these documents, these files – have more of a voice than I do. Scholars, writers, journalists, lawyers, individuals with…