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Remarks at Robert Frost Library ground-breaking, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, 26 October 1963

Remarks at Robert Frost Library ground-breaking, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, 26 October 1963
26 October 1963
55 digital pages
This folder contains materials collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning President Kennedy's address during a ceremony at Amherst College granting the President an honorary degree and for the ground-breaking of the Robert Frost Library. In his speech the President describes the role of an artist in society, noting Frost's contributions to American arts, culture, and ideology. He discusses the nature of strength and power, famously stating, "When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses." Materials in this folder include note cards and drafts of the speech by Special Assistant to the President and speechwriter Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., in addition to a program for the ceremony and correspondence from the Syracuse University Library. Of note are several items with handwritten notations by the President.
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  • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
  • President (1961-1963 : Kennedy). Office of the Personal Secretary. , 1961 - 1963
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This series contains, in chronological order, speeches, remarks, announcements and proclamations which President Kennedy made during the three years of his administration. A major portion of the material is the official press copy of speeches, but there are also numerous reading copies, drafts, memoranda, schedules of visits, and other supplementary information and background material on particular speeches. The speeches and remarks vary a great deal as to subject and reflect the President's schedule of visits to cities and foreign countries, meetings with heads of state, greetings to visiting groups and dignitaries, messages to Congress, remarks at state receptions and banquets, and official proclamations. The Speech Files are rich with the President's notations and comments, since reading copies, drafts, dinner menus, programs and so forth were all used to make notations and changes. An alphabetic index, by name and subject, is included to assist researchers unfamiliar with the chronology. Researchers should consult the Speech Files primarily for the texts of particular speeches. It should be noted, however, that the series is not a complete compilation of the speeches of President Kennedy. Announcements, remarks, and proclamations on numerous other topics not included in the Speech Files may also be found in Series 4. Legislative Files, Series 8. Subjects, and Series 9. Countries. Researchers will find the Theodore Sorensen Personal Papers, also housed at the Kennedy Library, a helpful additional source. Researchers should also consult the Public Papers of the Presidents, John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963 (3 volumes), which are well-indexed.
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