The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. Thomas J. Putnam serves as the Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Our purpose is to advance the study and understanding of President Kennedy's life and career and the times in which he lived; and to promote a greater appreciation of America's political and cultural heritage, the process of governing and the importance of public service.
We accomplish our mission by:
- preserving and making accessible the records of President Kennedy and his times;
- promoting open discourse on critical issues of our own time;and
- educating and encouraging citizens to contribute, through public and community service, to shaping our nation's future.
As an organization dedicated to public service, we affirm that our understanding of "public" is truly inclusive -- that people of all backgrounds, ages, and viewpoints are made to feel welcome, and that the Library actively makes its resources, programs and services accessible, especially to those who remain under-served. We are committed to creating full access and opportunity in the areas of recruitment, employment, promotion, and work assignments.
We serve the public as we would wish to be served: With a sense of pride, with professionalism, with courtesy, and with a commitment to excellence.
Realizing that communicating openly, honestly, and with integrity is vital to fulfilling our mission, we readily share knowledge with constituents and co-workers, and recognize the responsibility of each of us to stay informed.
As a relatively small institution with a wide-ranging agenda, the Library's success flows directly from the quality of each staff member's contribution, and from a genuine spirit of cooperation and teamwork based on courtesy and mutual respect.