The Kennedy Library houses more than 400 collections of presidential records, personal papers, and institutional records that document the careers and activities of: President Kennedy and his administration; Kennedy family members, friends, and associates; selected institutional bodies; and notable contemporaries. The personal papers of early Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are also available to researchers.

The Papers of John F. Kennedy, the Library’s largest collection, is arranged into three sub-collections, two of which – Pre-Presidential and Presidential Papers – are further divided into sub-files containing their own finding aids (guides):

Collection development policy

Learn more about the Library's general collection development policy as well as the RPCV collection development policy.

Digital collections

A growing number of textual collections has been digitized in full or in part and may be browsed from this page: browse digital collections.

For more information please contact Kennedy.Library@nara.gov or 617.514.1629.

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JFKWHP-AR6296-E (crop): President Kennedy Speaks at Press Conference, 25 January 1961

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JFKWHP-ST-C94-4-61 (crop): White House Army Signal Agency (WHASA) Advance Trip to Paris, 8 March 1961

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