Collections

The following is a list of all photographic collections open for research at the Kennedy Library – with links to collection finding aids (guides), collection overviews, and, where available, digitized collection content.

A growing number of photographic images has been digitized and may be browsed from this page: browse digital collections, or browsed below by collection, where you'll find selected links to digitized materials.

We continue to digitize images from our White House Photographs, the most widely used photographic collection at the Kennedy Library (see alphabetical collection listing below). See also our online media galleries, which feature audiovisual materials by topic.

For more information please contact JFK.AVarchives@nara.gov or 617.514.1622. Have a research question? Ask an Archivist!

PX65-34:103 (crop): President Kennedy's Casket Lying in State, November 1963: 24-25

Black Star Photograph Agency Collection

Photographs, 1960-1963. 7" x 9" black-and-white prints. Images made by Black Star Publishing Co., Inc. photographers, featuring John F. Kennedy at various events during his presidential campaign and as President; members of the Kennedy family and the Kennedy Administration also appear. Collection overview | Finding aid

PX78-33:16 (crop): Joseph P. Kennedy, Captain of the Baseball Team at Boston Latin High School, undated

Boston Globe Newspaper Photograph Collection

Photographs, c. 1897-1962. Created and collected for publication in the The Boston Globe newspaper. Photographs include early images of the John F. Fitzgerald family, the Joseph P. Kennedy family, and John F. Kennedy from childhood through his tenure as Congressman. Collection overview | Finding aid

PX94-51:15 (crop): Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway Park: Robert Kennedy, Carl Yastrzemski, and Edward Kennedy, 17 April 1964

Boston Herald Newspaper Photograph Collection

Photographs, c. 1910-1969. Donated by the Boston Herald and its associated newspaper entities. Includes early Kennedy photographs of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., Rosemary Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Kathleen Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy; Associated Press (AP) and United Press International (UPI) photos covering much of John F. Kennedy’s political career; and some photos taken by Herald staff. Collection overview | Finding aid

BB T10205 C133 (crop): Robert F. Kennedy Campaigning in Pendleton, Oregon, 21 May 1968. (C) Burton Berinsky

Burton Berinsky Collection (BB)

Comprised of original negatives and transparencies, contact sheets, and file prints by photographer Burton Berinsky, 1960-1976. The collection covers: the 1960 presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy and selected events during his presidency; Robert F. Kennedy’s 1964 senatorial campaign; Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign; Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral; selected images of Edward M. Kennedy; and other contemporary figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Eugene McCarthy, George Romney, Nelson Rockefeller, George McGovern, and Edmund Muskie.

PC772 (crop): Senator John F. Kennedy at the 1956 Democratic National Convention, Chicago, August 1956

Democratic National Committee

File photos taken by the DNC’s staff photographer, primarily of DNC personnel, party leaders, and the 1960 and 1964 presidential campaigns.

EH-C00717T (crop): Ernest Hemingway at his Home, Finca Vigia, in San Francisco de Paula, Cuba, c. 1947

Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection (EH)

Comprised of approximately 11,000 still images (original negatives, photographic prints, transparencies, and scrapbooks) collected by Ernest Hemingway, 1840-1961. Please see the Ernest Hemingway media gallery for selected digitized images. Or, view the EH collection finding aid.

PX74-19:30 (crop): Jacqueline Kennedy Places Flowers on President Kennedy's Grave, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, 16 March 1967

Gerald Steinberg Collection

Comprised of photographs and other material collected by Gerald Steinberg relating to memorials erected or dedicated in memory of President Kennedy.

TJF2007-91:82 (crop): Don Cheadle Appears at Kennedy Library Forum, "Darfur: Not On Our Watch," 4 May 2007

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Photographs and Recordings

Comprised of original negatives, transparencies, prints, and digital images documenting important events, visitors, and exhibits related to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, 1990-present. These images were made by professional photographers hired by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and copyright is retained by the Foundation.

NLJFK90-C49L-2 (crop): Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy Welcomes Nelson Mandela to a Luncheon at the Kennedy Library, 23 June 1990

John F. Kennedy Library Photographs and Recordings

Comprised of original negatives, transparencies, contact sheets, and digital images documenting events, visitors, staff, exhibits, and materials at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, 1964-present. These images were created by staff at the John F. Kennedy Library. (See also Moving Images and Sound Recordings for descriptions of the collection's moving image and audio materials.)

JJH379 (crop): Old North Church, Boston, c. 1847 - 1869

Josiah Johnson Hawes Collection (JJH)

Comprised of original glass plate negatives and study slides of images of 19th-century Boston and its environs as well as studio portraits taken by photographer Josiah Johnson Hawes, 1863-1897.

KFC618N or FY-P18 (crop): Rosemary, John, Eunice, Joe, Jr., and Kathleen Kennedy Swim in Hyannis Port, 1925

Kennedy Family Photograph Collection (KFC)

Comprised of approximately 10,000 still images (original negatives, photographic prints, and scrapbooks) collected by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1878-1975. This collection includes personal family photos and photos from newspapers, magazines, and professional photographers.

PX65-015:266 (crop): John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy at Hickory Hill, Virginia, 1957

LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection

Photographs, 1957-1963. 8" x 10" black-and-white prints. Images made by LOOK magazine, Cowles Communications, Inc., featuring John F. Kennedy at various events starting as a senator and through his presidency. Members of the Kennedy family, Kennedy Administration, and foreign dignitaries also appear. Collection overview | Finding aid

PX81-32:68-10-3-36 (crop): Robert F. Kennedy Speaks at a Campaign Appearance, 1968

Magnum Photos Collection

Photographs, 1939-1968. 35mm and 4" x 5" black and white contact sheets, one silver-gelatin print, one reel 35mm negative microfilm. Images made by Magnum Photos, Inc. photographers, featuring John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, members of the Kennedy family, and their associates. Photographers represented in the Collection include Eve Arnold, Cornell Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Burt Glinn, Dennis Stock, and others. Collection overview | Finding aid

PX70-20:59 (crop): Members of the Kennedy Family at the Hyannis Port Armory after the Election of John F. Kennedy, 9 November 1960

New Bedford Standard-Times Photograph Collection

Photographs, 1946-1963. Black-and-white prints and negatives of images published in the New Bedford Standard-Times newspaper of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The images feature John F. Kennedy at various events during his tenure as Congressman, Senator, and President, including many photographs of the Kennedy family at Hyannis Port. Collection overview | Finding aid

PX77-23:1093 (crop): President Kennedy Leaves Chicago with a "Cold" during the Cuban Missile Crisis, 20 October 1962

New Orleans Times-Picayune Photograph Collection

Photographs and news clippings, 1919-1966. Wire service and original New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper black-and-white photographs illustrating John F. Kennedy’s life, career, and family. Collection overview | Finding aid

PX65-104:147 (crop): Charles De Gaulle and Haile Selassie Attend the Burial of John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery, 25 November 1963

Newsweek Magazine Photograph Collection

Photographs, black-and-white prints, 1960-1963. Images made by Newsweek magazine photographers featuring John F. Kennedy at events during the 1960 presidential campaign and during his presidency. Members of the Kennedy family, Kennedy Administration officials, and foreign and domestic dignitaries also appear. Collection overview | Finding aid

PX65-129:91 (crop): President Kennedy and Brother-in-Law Stephen Smith at the White House, 18 July 1963

New York Times Photograph Collection

Photographs, 1957-1970. Black-and-white prints of images made by New York Times photographers featuring John F. Kennedy and administration officials during the Kennedy Presidency; Robert F. Kennedy as Senate Counsel, United States Attorney General, U. S. Senate candidate, United States Senator for New York, and 1968 presidential candidate; and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library at the Federal Archives and Records Center in Waltham, Massachusetts. Collection Overview | Finding aid

PX81-32-65 (crop): Wedding of Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier at Hammersmith Farm, Newport, Rhode Island, 12 September 1953

Photographic Accessions (PX)

Photographs, c. 1868-present. Comprised of approximately 45,000 photographs covering a wide range of topics and donated by a variety of sources to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

PX89-13nonumber (crop): Kenneth P. O'Donnell Campaigning for Governor of Massachusetts, 1970

Photographs from personal papers

Comprised of images accompanying the personal papers of Kennedy family members, Kennedy Administration officials, and Kennedy friends.

JFKPOF-132-012-p0113 (crop): John F. Kennedy in PT-109, c. 1943

Photographs from the President’s Office Files (POF)

Comprised of images from the President’s Office Files, a sub-collection of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Papers. POF finding aid | Digitized POF photographs

PC564 (crop): Congressman John F. Kennedy in his Congressional Office, Washington, D.C., c. 1946

President’s Collection (PC)

Comprised of approximately 1,500 images originating from John F. Kennedy’s senatorial and White House files, 1919-1963. This collection is particularly strong in images of John F. Kennedy’s service as Congressman and Senator from Massachusetts, and images from the 1960 presidential campaign.

Teti Miller Collection (crop): Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy at Bat, undated

Teti Miller Collection

Comprised of photographic prints and transparencies taken by photographer Frank Teti for the book, Kennedy: The New Generation (1983). Includes photographs of the following families: John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward M. Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Patricia Kennedy Lawford, and Jean Kennedy Smith.

PX65-81:5 (crop): President Kennedy Addresses the United Nations General Assembly, 25 September 1961

United Nations Photograph Collection

Photographs, 1953-1965. 8" x 10" black-and-white prints of images created by the United Nations featuring John F. Kennedy at the United Nations in 1961 and 1963, as well as publicity images of international United Nations projects. Collection overview | Finding aid

PX65-108:SC603950 (crop): President Kennedy Using Binoculars to View a Missile Firing at White Sands Missile Range, 5 June 1963

United States Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection

Photographs, 1955-1964. Color and black-and-white prints with corresponding negatives made by Unites States Army Signal Corps photographers, featuring John F. Kennedy at various events in 1955 and from 1960 to 1963. Images include President John F. Kennedy with administration officials, legislative leaders, and international dignitaries; in West Germany during his tour of Europe in June 1963; his funeral ceremonies; and photographs of State Gifts given to him. Collection overview | Finding aid   (See also WH Audio Collection.)

JFKWHP-AR6447-B (crop): President Kennedy Signs Feed Grains Act (Secretary of Agriculture, Orville Freeman, Looks on), 22 March 1961

United States Department of Agriculture Photograph Collection

Photographs and publicity materials, 1955-1964. Black-and-white photographs made by the United States Department of Agriculture during John F. Kennedy’s presidency featuring John F. Kennedy, Secretary of Agriculture, Orville L. Freeman, and images used to illustrate and promote Department of Agriculture programs. Collection overview | Finding aid

PX65-2:44 (crop): Peace Corps Volunteer Barbara J. Wylie in Katmandu, Nepal, 1963

United States Peace Corps Photograph Collection

Photographs, 1961-1968 and undated. Black-and-white images of United States Peace Corps administrators and staff, both at headquarters and in the field, as well as images of volunteers working at their duty stations abroad. Photographers include Rowland Scherman, Paul Conklin, and Abbie Rowe. Collection overview | Finding aid (See also Peace Corps Films and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Collection sound recordings.)

SWPC-RFK-C004-003: Robert F. Kennedy Presidential Primary Campaign, San Fernando Valley State College, 25 March 1968

Sven Walnum Photograph Collection

Negatives, 1960, 1968, 1982. Original negatives taken by Sven Walnum of John F. Kennedy during the 1960 presidential campaign, Robert F. Kennedy during the 1968 presidential primaries, and Edward M. Kennedy during the 1982 United States Senate campaign. Collection overview | Finding aid

JFKWHP-KN-C19229 (crop): President John F. Kennedy Meets with William V.S. Tubman, President of Liberia, 19 October 1961

White House Photographs

Approximately 35,000 still images (original negatives, transparencies, and photographic prints) documenting President Kennedy’s years in the White House, 1961-1963. The majority of these images were taken by the three U.S. Government photographers assigned to cover President Kennedy: Abbie Rowe, Cecil Stoughton, and Robert Knudsen. Collection overview | Finding aid | Digitized WH Photographs