Introduction

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum acquires, preserves, arranges and describes, and provides access to primary-source materials in all formats that document the life, political career, and legacy of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States.

The Library's holdings include the papers of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, Joseph P. Kennedy, and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, as well as more than 400 other collections of personal papers and institutional records: those of other Kennedy family members; Kennedy administration officials, staff, and associates; and relevant individuals, authors, and institutions.

In addition, the Kennedy Library houses a large audiovisual collection, the Ernest Hemingway Collection, the John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History collections, a print materials collection, and the Museum collection.

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Our collections

PC370 (crop): John F. Kennedy with Father Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Grandfather John F. "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, April 1946. Photo by Hy Peskin for LOOK magazine article "A Kennedy Runs for Congress" (Vol. 10, No. 12, 11 June 1946).

"Access to a Legacy" Digitization Initiative

Our digitization program, established through a partnership between the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

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JFKWHP-AR6180-G (crop): President-elect John F. Kennedy Speaks to Reporters, 6 December 1960

Audiovisual Collections

Photographic images, moving images, and sound recordings that document the Kennedy Presidency, the Kennedy family, and other aspects of John F. Kennedy's life and legacy.

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EH04369P: Ernest Hemingway in Uniform during World War II, c. 1944

Ernest Hemingway Collection

The personal and literary papers of Ernest Hemingway, the papers of Hemingway family members, friends, and scholars, and many photographs documenting all periods of Hemingway's life.

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MO 63.3700.1: Autographed All-Star Game Baseball, 1962

Museum Collection

Thousands of artifacts and works of art related to the lives and careers of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

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JFKWHP-ST-137-5-61 (crop): White House Army Signal Agency Staff Prepare for the Arrival of President John F. Kennedy at Schwechat Airport in Vienna, Austria, 3 June 1961

Oral History Program

More than 1,600 oral history interviews offering rich recollections of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and the Peace Corps.

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Profiles in Courage Cover (Edition with Intro by Caroline Kennedy and Forward by Robert F. Kennedy)

Print Materials Collection

A non-circulating special library that focuses on the life and times of John F. Kennedy, his family, and others associated with his legacy. The collection also includes works authored by John F. Kennedy, members of his family, and individuals who played important roles in his life and political career.

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JFKNSF-319-007-p0003 (crop): "The Cuba Project" (Memorandum), 20 February 1962

Textual Collections

Presidential records, personal papers, and institutional records documenting John F. Kennedy's presidency and political career; his family, friends, staff, and associates; and notable contemporaries.

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