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  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    (Lawrence) Brooks Hays Oral History Interview - JFK #1, ca. 1964
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collectionca. 1964

    In this interview Hays discusses early interactions with John F. Kennedy [JFK]; obstacles to becoming an Assistant Secretary of State and his work in that position; Hays’ trip abroad to visit the Pope; moving over to the White House and his work as a Special Assistant to the President; Federal-State intergovernmental relations; visiting Africa and ...

  • Digitized Photographic Image
    Photograph, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy at Coronation of Pope Pius XII
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.1939: 10-12 March

    Coronation of Pope Pius XII in Vatican City, Rome. The photograph was sent to President John F. Kennedy with a letter from Oscar Garabedian, who indicated he was given the photograph by a friend. Standing in the foreground, left to right, are Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, United States Ambassador to Italy William Phillips, and United States Ambassador t...

  • Digitized Photographic Image
    Photograph, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy at Coronation of Pope Pius XII
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.1939: March 10-12

    Coronation of Pope Pius XII in Vatican City, Rome. The photograph was sent to President John F. Kennedy with an undated note from James E. and Maggie O'Brien. Standing in the foreground, left to right, are Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, United States Ambassador to Italy William Phillips, and United States Ambassador to Great Britain Joseph P. Kennedy.

  • Digitized Museum Artifact
    Replica of Michelangelo's Pieta
    Gifts from Heads of Stateca. 1960

    Carved replica of the Pieta, very similar to Michelangelo's original in overall composition and detail, depicting the dead body of Jesus in the arms of his mother Mary, after his crucifixion. Jesus bears the wounds of crucifixion on his rib cage and feet. The base is inscribed in Latin: "PAULUS VI P.M. IOANNI F. KENNEDY POSTR. KAL. IUL. A. MCMLXIII...

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Vatican, 1961-1963
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.20 January 1961-17 May 1962

    This folder contains materials collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning the State of Vatican City. Materials in this folder include a draft of a statement regarding President Kennedy's upcoming visit to Vatican City and correspondence between President Kennedy and Pope John XXIII, including a han...

  • Digitized Museum Artifact
    Pope John XXIII Medal
    Gifts from Heads of StateNovember 4, 1961

    Medal with profile of Pope John XXIII facing proper right on obverse, and a landscape and village or monastery on reverse.

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Vatican
    Arthur M. Schlesinger Personal Papers17 October 1962-4 January 1963
  • Digitized Museum Artifact
    Medal of Pope Paul
    Gifts from Heads of State1963

    Papal medal of Pope Paul VI encased in a rectangular piece of Lucite on a wooden base. Medal depicts profile of Pope Paul on obverse with papal seal and date MCMLXIII on reverse. Base originally had a metal plate engraved "presented to John F. Kennedy by His Holiness Pope Paul VI, July 1963".

  • Digitized Moving Image
    The Five Cities of June, 1963
    United States Government Agencies CollectionJune 1963

    Motion picture narrated by Charlton Heston and focusing on the national and international scene during the month of June, 1963. Events covered include activities at the Vatican, with the election and coronation of Pope Paul VI as successor to the late Pope John XXIII, the launching of a Soviet rocket and background on the space race between the Uni...

  • Digitized Moving Image
    President John F. Kennedy’s Trip to Europe June 23-July 2, 1963
    White House Films1963: 23 June-2 July

    Motion picture covering President John F. Kennedy’s European trip in the summer of 1963. President Kennedy arrives in West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany) and travels to various sites. Included are appearances with Chancellor Konrad Adenauer of the Federal Republic of Germany and Mayor of West Berlin Willy Brandt. President Kennedy then arriv...

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