Collections

The following is a list of all moving image 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 moving 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. 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!

JFKWHP-AR6284-A (crop): Cameraman Films Former President Harry S. Truman, 21 January 1961

Donated Private Sources (DPS)

Home movies of John F. Kennedy and Ernest Hemingway by various private donors. 1930-1963.

PX65-152: p.78 (crop): A Woman with Binoculars Holding a Child and Standing on a Ladder on a Street Corner with a Sign Reading "Bernauer Strasse," c. 1963

Foreign Television Networks (FON)

Motion picture films by foreign networks (state and commercial) covering John F. Kennedy’s activities and retrospective programming. 1960-1974.

JFKWHP-KN-20749 (crop): President Kennedy Records Remarks for a Film on Physical Fitness, 30 March 1962

Independent Film Producers Collection (IFP)

Films and video tapes donated by a wide variety of independent producers covering the public life of John F. Kennedy, his family, and his contemporaries. 1938-1964.
Collection overview
 | Digitized IFP film (1 item)

NLJFK93-C50P-1 (crop): President William J. Clinton and Senator Edward M. Kennedy at Rededication Ceremony of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, 29 October 1993

John F. Kennedy Library Photographs and Recordings

Video tape of events that were held at and/or sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, including the Library dedication, distinguished visitors, and forums. 1979-present. (See also Photographic Images and Sound Recordings for descriptions of the collection's photographic and audio materials).

JFKWHP-ST-19A-19-62 (crop): White House Army Signal Agency (WHASA) Equipment Demonstration, 10 January 1962

Miscellaneous Recordings (MR)

Motion picture film, video tape, and DVDs donated by miscellaneous sources, including newsreel companies, film makers, and individuals, covering John F. Kennedy, his family, and others. c. 1913-present.

PC484 (crop): "Coffee with the Kennedys" Call-in Television Program, John F. Kennedy Senatorial Campaign, 1952

Network Affiliates, Independent (NAI)

News film and video tapes donated by local network affiliates, primarily covering John F. Kennedy’s public life. 1952-1964.

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

Peace Corps Films

Motion picture film and video tape that originally served as the Peace Corps/Vista lending library. Content includes informational films about agriculture, disease, science, and world cultures, as well as Peace Corps/VISTA recruiting films and spot ads. 1944-1991. (See also United States Peace Corps Photograph Collection.)

JFKWHP-KN-C23540 (crop): President Kennedy Gives Younger Kennedys a Ride around Kennedy Compound in a Golf Cart, Hyannis Port, MA, 3 September 1962

President’s Personal Pictures (PPP)

Primarily home movies taken by White House staff cameramen of President Kennedy’s vacations and leisure activities. Also includes films made by the Senate film studio, home movies by President Kennedy’s friends, and a home movie of the wedding of Mrs. Kennedy’s mother. 1928, 1940-1963. Collection overview | Digitized PPP materials

JFKWHP-ST-548-1-62 (crop): Taping of ABC Television Interview, "After Two Years: A Conversation With The President," 16 December 1962

Television Network American Broadcasting Company (TNA)

News film donated by ABC covering John F. Kennedy’s political activities before and during his presidency. 1957-1966.

JFKWHP-ST-C276-9-63 (crop): President Kennedy being Interviewed by CBS Anchorman Walter Cronkite, 3 September 1963

Television Network Columbia Broadcasting System (TNC)

News films and video tapes donated by CBS, covering John F. Kennedy’s political career. 1952-1964. (For copyright information go to: www.jfklibrary.org/About-Us/News-and-Press/Press-Policy/Licensing-CBS-News-Footage.)  Collection overviewDigitized TNC Collection materials

JFKWHP-ST-548-3-62 (crop): Taping of the Television Interview, "After Two Years: A Conversation With The President," Sander Vanocur (NBC News) and President Kennedy, 16 December 1962

Television Network National Broadcasting Company (TNN)

News film donated by NBC, covering John F. Kennedy’s political career. Also includes coverage of Robert F. Kennedy. 1951-1968.

JFKWHP-ST-476-4-62: President Kennedy Makes Public Service Film, "Voting on November 6," 1 November 1962

United States Government Agencies Collection (USG)

Films of President Kennedy and of memorials to him, particularly as they relate to donor agencies such as NASA, the U.S. Information Agency, the U.S. Air Force, and others. 1960-1964. Collection overview | Digitized USG Films

PX2009-25 (crop): Senator John F. Kennedy Speaks at a Campaign Rally in the Garment Center, New York, NY, 27 October 1960

Victoria Schuck Collection

Motion picture film and video tape collected by Victoria Schuck from the Democratic and Republican National Committees. The collection covers primarily political speeches, rallies, campaign spots ads, and other footage from state and national campaigns. 1941-1968. (See also Victoria Schuck Collection sound recordings.)

JFKWHP-KN-C20783 (crop): President Kennedy Records Remarks for a Film on Physical Fitness, 30 March 1962

White House Films (WHN, WHS, and WHU)

Films by White House staff cameramen of President Kennedy’s official activities, ceremonies at the White House, distinguished visitors, and funeral services. Includes one reel of pre-presidential material not related to President Kennedy’s time in the White House. 1945, 1962-1963. Collection overview | Digitized White House Films