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

A growing number of sound recordings 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. See also our online media galleries, which feature audiovisual materials by topic.

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NLK 93-C52:29 (crop): John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, 15 November 1993

John F. Kennedy Library Photographs and Recordings

Sound recordings of events hosted by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. 1968-2005. (See also Photographic Images and Moving Images for descriptions of the collection's photographic and moving image materials.)

JFKWHP-ST-120-42-61 (crop): White House Army Signal Agency (WHASA) Staff Member, Harold D. Haley, Prepares for President John F. Kennedy’s Arrival in Ottawa, Canada, 1961: May 14-16

Miscellaneous Recordings (MR)

Sound recordings donated to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library by a variety of sources, on a wide range of topics. c. 1910-present. Also included are sound recordings from various collections of personal papers.

JFKWHP-ST-50-8-62 (crop): Preparations for Recorded Remarks for the Annual Appeal for the American Red Cross, 22 February 1962

Presidential Recordings

Part of the President's Office Files and includes secret recordings of telephone conversations and meetings made by President Kennedy during his administration. Dictation belts pre-dating his presidency were added later. c.1959-1963. POF finding aid | Digitized sound recordings

JFKWHP-AR7405-H (crop): President Kennedy Welcomes Peace Corps Trainees on South Lawn of White House, 9 August 1962

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Collection

In addition to textual material the collection includes many sound-recorded oral history interviews with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who served from the program's founding to the present day. 1989-present. Note: To listen to oral history interviews in our Audiovisual Research Room, please schedule an appointment at least two weeks in advance so that listening copies can be prepared. Collection overview | Finding aid
(See also Peace Corps Films and United States Peace Corps Photograph Collection.)

BB1245A:30(30A) (crop): Robert F. Kennedy Campaigns for U.S. Senate, 1964, (c) Burton Berinsky

Robert F. Kennedy Audio Recordings

Sound recordings from the Robert F. Kennedy Papers, focusing primarily on speeches and appearances by Robert F. Kennedy as U.S. Attorney General, senatorial candidate, U.S. Senator from New York, and 1968 presidential candidate. 1955-1968.

JFKWHP-ST-C61-1-61 (crop): President Kennedy with Director of USIA, Edward R. Murrow, 21 March 1961

United States Information Agency Audio Recordings Collection

Sound Recordings, 1957-1974 (bulk 1961-1964), deposited in the Kennedy Library by the United States Information Agency (USIA) at various times. Speeches and other public appearances of Edward R. Murrow during his tenure as Director of the USIA; recordings of memorial ceremonies and tributes to President Kennedy; and more. Collection overview | Finding aid | Digitized sound recordings

BB258L:11 (crop): Senator John F. Kennedy during a Presidential Campaign Trip, Norristown, Pennsylvania, 29 October 1960  (C) Burton Berinsky

Victoria Schuck Collection

Motion picture film, videotape, sound discs, and audiotape recordings of political rallies, speeches, advertising, and other documentation of local, state, and national political campaigns and events, as recorded or acquired by the major national political committees. Sound recordings offer coverage of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Hubert H. Humphrey, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, and others. Circa 1950-1969. Collection overview (See also Victoria Schuck Collection moving images.)

JFKWHP-ST-41-14-61 (crop): White House Army Signal Agency Staff (WHASA) and Equipment at President John F. Kennedy's Estate, Glen Ora (Middleburg, Virginia), 2 March 1961

White House Audio Collection (WH and WHA)

White House Communications Agency recordings of President Kennedy's speeches and other public remarks. 1961-1963. Collection overviewFinding aid | Digitized sound recordings (See also United States Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection)