Thomas J. Putnam
Thomas J. Putnam is the fifth person to serve as Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum since it was opened in 1979.
As Director, he has responsibility for preserving and providing access to the Library’s collections and using them as the basis of exhibits and educational programming. During his tenure, the Library has increased the size of its collections, built a 30,000 square foot addition, launched the nation’s first digital presidential archives, strengthened the Library’s forum series, and experienced an unprecedented increase in its core revenue streams.
Putnam first joined the Library staff in 1999 as Director of Education and later served as Deputy Director overseeing operations and finance. A graduate of Bowdoin College and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, he was a Watson Fellow in Quebec, Canada and a Fulbright Scholar in Senegal, West Africa. Before coming to the Library he directed a federally funded Upward Bound program that helps low income high school students to be the first in their families to attend college.
Library Senior Staff
The Deputy Director assists the Library Director in planning, directing, and administering all programs and activities of the library. The Deputy Director oversees the Operations Division which includes the following departments: Administration and Finance, Facility Management, Information Technology, Audio Visual Technical Support, Visitor Services, Events, and Retail Operations. The Operations Division is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the building, including assessing and coordinating technical programs and procedures and human resources management, overseeing budgets and facility management issues including security, maintenance, and construction projects, and is responsible for community relations, public outreach, special events, museum visitor services and relations, public information and public relations, and retail and merchandising operations.
Karen Adler Abramson
The Chief Archivist is responsible for planning and carrying out professional archival processes on presidential materials and donated collections, and related management and administrative duties. The Chief Archivist supervises the textual archives, audiovisual archives, declassification program, Hemingway archives, and reference service as well as performing the full range of archival duties as needed.
The Museum Curator is responsible for planning, supervising, and executing the programs and activities of the museum. The Curator is responsible for the planning, formulation, design, construction, and installation of exhibits; establishes and monitors a system of registration and cataloging of museum objects; and oversees and provides professional advice concerning rehabilitation repair, and preservation of the museum collections.
Director of Education
The Director of Education is responsible for the overall planning and direction of educational and public programs and the supervision of all program staff. The Education Director develops and implements plans for programs for the general public on a variety of historical, political, and public policy issues, including programs for primary and secondary school groups, conferences, seminars, and workshops for primary and secondary school teachers, and education outreach efforts.