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    Telephone Recordings: Dictation Belt 9A
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.1959-1963

    Dictation Belt 9A contains six sound recordings. Item 9A.1 is a brief fragment of a telephone conversation held on March 2, 1963, between President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. They talk about results of a recent Gallup Poll. The full conversation (including this fragment) is recorded on Dictation Belt 8B.5. Item 9A.2 is ...

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    Telephone Recordings: Dictation Belt 9B
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.1959-1963

    Dictation Belt 9B contains eight sound recordings. The recording of the conversation in item 9B.1 begins on Dictation Belt 9A.6. Item 9B.1 is part of a telephone conversation held on March 4, 1963, between President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. They continue their discussion about John A. McCone’s testimony and involvemen...

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    Meetings: Tape 85. Vietnam, Defense Budget, Nomination of New Deputy Secretary of Defense, undated
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.Undated

    Sound recording of an undated meeting, possibly held on May 7, 1963, between President John F. Kennedy and Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. They discuss various issues concerning the Department of Defense (DOD), including the military situation in Vietnam, the Congressional budget fight on military spending in Vietnam and personnel issues i...

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    Swearing-in Ceremony and Inaugural Address, 20 January 1961
    White House Audio Collection20 January 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s swearing-in ceremony administered by Chief Justice Earl Warren and his inaugural address at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. In his speech President Kennedy urges American citizens to participate in public service and “ask not what your country do for you- ask what you can do for your cou...

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    Remarks at a Meeting of the Democratic National Committee, 21 January 1961
    White House Audio Collection21 January 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee held in the East Room of the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. In his speech the President discusses the importance of strong political parties as an organ of effective government and addresses the organization’s change in leadership from ret...

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    Remarks at the Swearing-in Ceremonies for Members of the Cabinet, 21 January 1961
    White House Audio Collection21 January 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at the swearing-in ceremonies for members of the United States Cabinet held in the East Room of the White House.

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    Press Conference, 25 January 1961
    White House Audio Collection25 January 1961

    Sound recording of the President’s News Conference of January 25, 1961 (News Conference 1). President Kennedy begins the press conference with a statement concerning the scheduling of the Geneva negotiations for a nuclear test ban. He then announces that the United States Government has decided to increase famine relief for the Congo and that the S...

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    Interview with Dave Garroway, Recorded for the 150th Anniversary of The Founding of Massachusetts General Hospital (on the air 31 January 1961), 28 January 1961
    White House Audio Collection28 January 1961

    Sound recording of an interview of President John F. Kennedy by television journalist Dave Garroway of Today concerning the 150th anniversary of Massachusetts General Hospital recorded in the broadcoast room of the White House. In his remarks President Kennedy discusses the importance of physical fitness, the progress of medicine since the hospita...

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    Remarks at the Swearing-in Ceremonies and Reception for Presidential Appointees, 29 January 1961
    White House Audio Collection29 January 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at the swearing-in ceremonies and reception for Presidential appointees held in the East Room of the White House.

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    State of the Union Address, 30 January 1961
    White House Audio Collection30 January 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s State of the Union message addressed to Congress at the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. In his speech President Kennedy discusses his concerns regarding the present economic recession, the depreciation of the American dollar, the need for federal aid in education and scientific research, ...

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    Press Conference, 1 February 1961
    White House Audio Collection1 February 1961

    Sound recording of the President's News Conference of February 1, 1961 (News Conference 2). President Kennedy begins the press conference by expressing the Kennedys’ gratitude for the numerous congratulatory letters and telegrams they have received. This statement is followed by several announcements concerning the lifting of international travel r...

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    Remarks to the Niagara Power Commission, 4 February 1961
    White House Audio Collection4 February 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s message to the Niagara Power Commission recorded in the President’s Office in the White House. In his remarks President Kennedy discusses the origins of the hydro-electric power plant and characterizes the project as an engineering achievement representative of North American efficiency and determinat...

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    Press Conference, 8 February 1961
    White House Audio Collection8 February 1961

    Sound recording of the President's News Conference of February 8, 1961 (News Conference 3). President Kennedy begins the press conference by announcing the upcoming visit of Canadian Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker to the United States. This announcement is followed by a brief discussion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the a...

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    Remarks at the Dedication Breakfast for the International Christian Leadership, Inc.: Men, 9 February 1961
    White House Audio Collection9 February 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks to the men’s session of the Dedication Breakfast for the International Christian Leadership, Inc. held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. In his speech President Kennedy addresses the significance of religious freedom and conviction in American history.

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    Remarks at the Dedication Breakfast for the International Christian Leadership, Inc.: Women, 9 February 1961
    White House Audio Collection9 February 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks to the women’s session of the Dedication Breakfast for the International Christian Leadership, Inc. held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. In his speech President Kennedy addresses the significance of religious freedom and conviction in American history.

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    Remarks at the Swearing-in Ceremony of Robert Weaver as Housing and Home Finance Administrator, 11 February 1961
    White House Audio Collection11 February 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at the swearing-in ceremony of Robert C. Weaver as Housing and Home Finance Administrator held in the President’s Office in the White House. In his speech President Kennedy discusses his administration’s goal to provide decent housing for all American families and Mr. Weaver’s responsibilities...

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    Address at a Luncheon Meeting of the National Industrial Conference Board, 13 February 1961
    White House Audio Collection13 February 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s address at the National Industrial Conference Board luncheon held at the Sheraton-Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. In his speech President Kennedy addresses his administration’s support of American business practices, emphasizing the partnership between the two.

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    Press Conference, 15 February 1961
    White House Audio Collection15 February 1961

    Sound recording of the President's News Conference of February 15, 1961 (News Conference 4). President Kennedy begins the press conference by reaffirming the United States support of the United Nations presence in the Republic of the Congo. He then announces the formal recognition of the Government of El Salvador by the United States, and briefly d...

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    Remarks at the Presentation of the Medal of Freedom to Paul-Henri Spaak, Secretary General of NATO, 21 February 1961
    White House Audio Collection21 February 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at the presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Paul Henri Spaak, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held in the President’s Office in the White House. In his speech President Kennedy congratulates Secretary General Spaak on his efforts and discusses...

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    Remarks to Delegates of the Youth Fitness Conference
    White House Audio Collection21 February 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s address to members of the Council on Youth Fitness (later known as the Council of Physical Fitness) at the Youth Fitness Conference held in the Health, Education, and Welfare Auditorium in Washington, D.C. In his speech President Kennedy addresses the importance of exercise and physical fitness for Am...

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    Remarks on the Settlement of the Airway Labor Dispute, 23 February 1961
    White House Audio Collection23 February 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks recorded in the Fish Room at the White House concerning the settlement of the labor dispute between the Flight Engineers International Association and the Airlines Pilots Association, and the multiple airlines.

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    Remarks at the Conclusion of The White House Press Correspondents Dinner, 25 February 1961
    White House Audio Collection25 February 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s address to White House press correspondents at a dinner held at the Sheraton-Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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    Press Conference, 1 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection1 March 1961

    Sound recording of the President’s News Conference of March 1, 1961 (News Conference 5). President Kennedy begins the press conference by announcing the upcoming visit of German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer to the United States, proposed legislation to restore former President Eisenhower’s military rank of General of the Army, the reduction in the ou...

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    Conversation Between the President and Eleanor Roosevelt, Discussing the Peace Corps, 1 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection1 March 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s conversation with former First Lady and Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly Eleanor Roosevelt concerning the creation of the Peace Corps. In his remarks President Kennedy discusses the origins of the program, the importance of public service for young Americans, and the ways in which Peace...

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    Remarks Recorded for a Television Program Marking 25 years of Publication of Life Magazine, 2 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection2 March 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s recorded remarks for an NBC television program commemorating Life Magazine’s 25th anniversary. In his speech the President discusses the magazine’s past coverage and the future of communications.

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    Remarks at the Dedication Ceremonies of the National Wildlife Federation Building, 3 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection3 March 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at the dedication ceremony of the National Wildlife Federation Building in Washington, D.C. In his speech President Kennedy describes the development of the country’s natural resources as a national opportunity that requires the cooperative efforts of government programs, private organizations...

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    Remarks Upon Inscribing a Copy of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to the President of Brazil, 4 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection4 March 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks upon inscribing a copy of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address to Janio Quadros, President of Brazil, in the President’s Office in the White House. In his speech President Kennedy discusses the international importance of President Lincoln and efforts to strengthen the partnership be...

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    Press Conference, 8 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection8 March 1961

    Sound recording of the President’s News Conference of March 8, 1961 (News Conference 6). President Kennedy begins the press conference by urging the public to support Radio Free Europe. He then announces that he would be making a statement concerning his views of problems in the Americas following an upcoming reception at the White House; that he h...

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    Remarks of Welcome to President Nkrumah of Ghana at the Washington National Airport, 8 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection8 March 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s welcome address to President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana at MATS Terminal in Washington National Airport.

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    Remarks Upon Presenting President of Ghana to Press Corp, 8 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection8 March 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s introduction of President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana to press correspondents in the White House Fish Room. The recording also includes President Nkrumah’s response.

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    Remarks on the Peace Corps, 9 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection9 March 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks on the Peace Corps recorded in the Red Room of the White House. In his speech President Kennedy discusses the mission of the Peace Corps and the importance of public service among America’s youth.

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    Address at a White House Reception for Members of Congress and the Diplomatic Corps of the Latin American Republics, 13 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection13 March 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s address at a reception for Washington’s corps of Latin American ambassadors in the East Room of the White House. In his speech President Kennedy proposes the establishment of the Alliance for Progress, a cooperative effort between the United States and Latin America to improve social, economic, and he...

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    Press Conference, 15 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection15 March 1961

    Sound recording of the President’s News Conference of March 15, 1961 (News Conference 7). President Kennedy begins the press conference with several brief announcements concerning small business participation in defense contracts, the construction of the Libby Dam in Montana on the Columbia River, the Export-Import Bank’s authorization of a credit ...

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    Remarks on the Occasion of the Celebration of the Centennial of Italian Unification, 16 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection16 March 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at the centennial celebration of the unification of Italy held at the State Department Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

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    Remarks Upon Presenting the Young American Medals, 23 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection23 March 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks upon presenting the Young American Medals to recipients in a ceremony held in the White House Conference Room (Fish Room).

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    Interview with NBC News Correspondent Ray Scherer for a Television Special Report, "JFK - Report #2," 23 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection23 March 1961

    Sound recording of an interview of President John F. Kennedy by NBC News correspondent Ray Scherer for a television special report entitled “JFK – Report #2” recorded in the Cabinet Room of the White House. In the interview President Kennedy introduces the members of his staff and explains their roles in the administration.

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    Press Conference, 23 March 1961
    White House Audio Collection23 March 1961

    Sound recording of the President’s News Conference of March 23, 1961 (News Conference 8). President Kennedy begins the press conference with a statement concerning the advances of Communist forces in Laos, emphasizing his administration’s support for the goal of a peaceful, neutral, and independent Laos. Following this statement the President answe...

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    Edward R. Murrow, Question and Answer Session with USIA Staff Members, 24 March 1961
    United States Information Agency Audio Recordings Collection24 March 1961

    Sound recording of a question and answer session with Director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) Edward R. Murrow and USIA staff members on March 24, 1961. Director Murrow, Deputy Director of the USIA Donald M. Wilson, and Deputy Director for Policy and Plans Thomas C. Sorensen make opening remarks. In extended remarks, Director Murrow...

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    Interview with the Japanese Broadcasting Corportation, 25 March 1961 (released in late April 1961)
    White House Audio Collection25 March 1961

    Sound recording of an interview of President John F. Kennedy by an unidentified journalist from the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation held in the White House Cabinet Room. In the interview President Kennedy explains the philosophy of the term “New Frontier,” discusses his hopes for strong relations with Japan and his plans for achieving lasting wo...

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    Pre-recorded Remarks to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Luncheon in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 6 April 1961 (released 8 April 1961)
    White House Audio Collection6 April 1961

    Sound recording of a message recorded in the President’s Office of the White House to be played at a luncheon at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In his remarks President John F. Kennedy congratulates MIT on its 100th anniversary and discusses the ways in which the institution contributes not only to the...

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    Remarks at the Reading of the Joint Statement Following Discussions with Prime Minsiter Macmillan, 8 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection8 April 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy reading a joint statement in the White House Rose Garden following discussions with Prime Minister Harold Macmillan of Great Britain. The statement provides a summary of the meetings’ major topics, including: the current state of nuclear test ban treaty negotiations, strengthening of the North Atlantic ...

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    Remarks at the Opening Session of the Meeting of the Military Committee of NATO, 10 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection10 April 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at the opening session of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee held in the International Conference Room of the State Department in Washington, D.C. In his speech the President addresses arms control and military defense, particularly in regards to the threat of nuc...

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    Interview with Sportscaster from WGN-TV, Chicago, Illinois, During Opening Day Ceremonies, 1961 Baseball Season, 10 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection10 April 1961

    Sound recording of an interview of President John F. Kennedy by sportscaster Vince Lloyd of WGN-TV during the American League opening day ceremonies at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. In his remarks President Kennedy discusses his administration’s physical education plan. The recording also contains remarks from Vice President Lyndon Johnson...

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    Remarks at the First Meeting of the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, 11 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection11 April 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at the first meeting of the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity (later known as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) held in the White House Cabinet Room. In his speech President Kennedy explains the committee’s mission to create and enforce policies to end employment...

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    Press Conference, 12 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection12 April 1961

    Sound recording of the President’s News Conference of April 12, 1961 (News Conference 9). President Kennedy begins the press conference by encouraging the public to get vaccinated for polio. He then announces the formation of an advisory group to assist in changes to the foreign aid program and the sale of a United States Naval Ordinance Plant in W...

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    Joint Statement and Remarks Following Discussions with Chancellor Adenauer of West Germany, 13 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection13 April 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy reading a joint statement following discussions with Chancellor Konrad Adenauer of the Federal Republic of Germany. The statement provides a summary of the meetings’ major topics, including: disarmament, the reunification of Berlin, the current state of nuclear test ban treaty negotiations, strengthenin...

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    Pan American Day Ceremonies, 14 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection14 April 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at the Pan American Day ceremonies held at the Pan American Union in Washington, D.C. In his speech the President discusses the goals and accomplishments of the Organization for American States, explains the fundamental purposes of Pan-Americanism, and describes the mission of the Alliance for...

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    Remarks at a Reception Marking African Freedom Day, 15 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection15 April 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks at a reception celebrating African Freedom Day (later known as African Liberation Day) held in the drawing room of the State Department Auditorium. In his speech President Kennedy discusses his hopes for strong relations between the United States and African nations and commends the efforts of...

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    Remarks Upon Awarding the National Geographic Society Gold Medal to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, 19 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection19 April 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s remarks upon awarding the National Geographic Society’s Gold Medal to explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Director of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, in the White House Rose Garden.

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    Address Before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, 20 April 1961
    White House Audio Collection20 April 1961

    Sound recording of President John F. Kennedy’s address to the American Society of Newspaper Editors held at the Statler Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. In his speech President Kennedy discusses the purpose of American intervention abroad and the spread of communist ideology to Latin America and Southeast Asia, with particular emphasis on the Bay ...

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