About the Collection
In 1967 and 1969, CBS donated certain pre-presidential and presidential film footage of John F. Kennedy to the John F. Kennedy Library Corporation (the predecessor of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation).
The CBS Collection consists of, but is not limited to, all of President Kennedy's domestic press conferences, major Presidential addresses, his Inaugural Address, the four televised presidential debates with Vice President Richard Nixon, proceedings from the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Democratic National Conventions, and other footage of news events before and during the Kennedy presidency.
CBS also deeded non-exclusive right in perpetuity to use in any manner certain portions of the film footage donated to the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization founded in 1984 to provide financial support, staffing, and creative resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
All proceeds from the licensing of the CBS film footage directly benefit the work and programs of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Copyright Policy and Procedure
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation licenses the CBS film footage donated to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library for commercial and professional use only, including broadcast, multimedia, feature films, government, educational and industrial.
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation does not sell, license or provide footage for personal use.
An individual and/or corporation seeking to obtain copyright clearance to use film footage in the CBS Collection must first submit a written request for clearance to the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
Once an individual and/or corporation has been granted permission to use the film footage, they will be required to sign a Licensing Agreement and pay a licensing fee to the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
All requests to use the film footage in advertising or product promotion will be denied.
Film footage requests involving a work of fiction must be accompanied with the manuscript or at least the section of the manuscript where the film footage will appear. If the program is a work of fiction, the film footage must remain intact and be shown as is. Alterations to the film footage to create an event that is not historically accurate or to make it appear the President is saying something that he did not say, will not be allowed.
License fees for all educational, government, museum, and CBS affiliate requests may be waived.
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation reserves the right to not license any material at its sole discretion.
Procedures and Rates
A non-negotiable license fee of $1,000 per minute will be assessed for all footage. This license is for all media, worldwide, in perpetuity. A license fee of $1,000 per minute will be assessed for each additional minute or fraction thereof.
An on-screen, visual credit must appear at the end of the production. The specific credit required is: “John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.”
To request specific footage please contact the:
Audio Visual Archives
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Boston, MA 02125
Individuals may either make an appointment to view CBS footage at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston (recommended), or request the Audio Visual Archives to provide a screener from which they can decide what, if any, footage they wish to license. All screeners will contain the “Copyright: John F. Kennedy Library Foundation”
The Audio Visual Archives of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a part of the federal government’s National Archives and Records Administration, is required to charge for reproduction and shipping and handling costs incurred with each request.
Once a determination has been made as to the exact footage being requested, a completed Licensing Request Form must be submitted to:
CBS Film Footage Licensing
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Boston, MA 02125