The Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection is the John F. Kennedy Library’s single best audiovisual collection to illustrate the life of Ernest Hemingway. This collection, which contains over 11,000 images plus six childhood scrapbooks, was collected by Ernest Hemingway himself and donated to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library by his widow, Mary Hemingway. The collection is organized in series covering family photos and major places or events of importance in Hemingway’s life.

The Library also collects other Hemingway materials, including unique photographs, moving images, and sound recordings. We have a very small collection of archival footage featuring Ernest Hemingway as well as televised dramatizations of his books and documentaries about the author. We also have a limited number of sound recordings that include interviews about Hemingway, readings of his books, and several recordings of Hemingway speaking.

If you would like more information about the audiovisual holdings (including duplication services), or wish to make an appointment to use the audiovisual research room, please email us at JFK.avarchives@nara.gov or call the reference line at 617-514-1622.

The Media Gallery provides a selection of images from the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection. 

Listen to Ernest Hemingway reading his remarks on receiving the Nobel Prize.

Mother's Scrapbooks

Grace Hall Hemingway created and annotated six scrapbooks to document her son Ernest’s first eighteen years of life, long before he became a Nobel Prize winning author. There is a sixth scrapbook made by Grace Hall for Ernest’s grandparents (Grandparents’ Scrapbook) that has yet to be digitized. Below are digital renditions available for download as PDFs: just click on the scrapbook title or icon to download the PDF.

Physical copies are closed for research; high resolution images are available in the Audiovisual Department. To make an appointment to view the digital scrapbooks or other photographs in the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, please email us at JFK.avarchives@nara.gov or call the reference line at 617-514-1622.

 

Ernest Hemingway with sister Marcelline at 5 1/2 months old (EHSB1 page 30-31)

Scrapbook, Volume I: 1899-1901

(EHPH-SB1-SB1)

A Record of Ernest Miller Hemingway’s Baby Days, Book I: From birth to 23 months old. 103 pages. (13MB)

Ernest Hemingway as a baby in a bowl. Photo on a 1903 Christmas card. His mother's caption: "Ernest Miller made this and other Christmas presents, all himself..Just how he used to have a bath.." (EHSB2 page 48b-49b)

Scrapbook, Volume II: 1901-1904

(EHPH-SB2-SB2)

Ernest Miller Hemingway, Book II: From 1 year 11 months old, to 5 years 5 months old. 100 pages. (15MB)

Ernest Hemingway's children's drawing. His mother's caption: "This is a Bobby Chipmunk running. Done by Ernest 5 1/2 years old" (EHPH-SB3-016_017)

Scrapbook, Volume III: 1904-1909

(EHPH-SB3-SB3)

Ernest Miller Hemingway, Book III: From 5 years 5 months old (Dec 1904), to 9 years 6 months old (Jan 1, 1909). 100 pages. (9MB)

EH10062P Ernest Hemingway feeding a stuffed squirrel at 11 years old, Feb 1911 (EHPH-SB4-014_015)

Scrapbook, Volume IV: 1909-1914

(EHPH-SB4-SB4)

Ernest Miller Hemingway, Book IV: From 9 years 6 months old (Jan 1909), to 15 years 5 months old (Dec 21, 1914). 100 pages. (23MB)

EH10616P Small portrait of Ernest Hemingway on a page beside a similar portrait of his sister, Marcelline. Their mother's caption: "The Frerian + The Old Brute" (EHPH-SB5-062b_63)

Scrapbook, Volume V: 1914-1917

(EHPH-SB5-SB5)

Ernest Miller Hemingway, Book V: From 15 years 5 months (Dec 21, 1914), to 18 years old (July 21, 1917). 65 pages. (20MB)