Telephone Recordings: Dictation Belt 4A

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Telephone Recordings: Dictation Belt 4A
September 1962
1 dictation belt (13 minutes)
Dictation Belt 4A contains two sound recordings. Item 4A.1 is a telephone conversation probably held on either September 28 or September 29, 1962, between President John F. Kennedy and Governor Ross R. Barnett of Mississippi. They discuss the University of Mississippi crisis, relevant legal obligations, and arrangements for a meeting between the Attorney General and attorney Thomas H. Watkins. The recording begins with a brief exchange between President Kennedy and [White House Operator?], followed by a delay. At times the dictation belt skips. Item 4A.2 is a telephone conversation held in September 1962 between President John F. Kennedy and Special Counsel to the President Theodore C. Sorensen. They comment on campaigning Alabama Republicans, and President Kennedy asks for thoughts on a speech about the Mississippi crisis. The recording begins in mid-conversation and ends abruptly. Machine noise follows the conversation, and then Personal Secretary Evelyn Lincoln answers the telephone. Transcript included. Each item listed above is also available individually as an excerpt derived from this full-length digitized recording. See Related Records for more information.
The donors assigned copyright that they might have in the recordings to the United States; however, copyright of the donors does not extend beyond statements uttered by John F. Kennedy, his minor children, and the donors themselves. Statements uttered by officials of the United States government in the course of their duties are considered to be in the public domain. Users of this material are cautioned, however, that not all persons recorded were members of the Kennedy family or government officials. A number of the people recorded were, at the time of recording, private citizens. Therefore, those intending to quote from this material beyond the accepted limits of fair use are cautioned to determine the copyright implications of any intended publication.
President (1961-1963 : Kennedy). Office of the Personal Secretary. , 1961 - 1963