General Information

The Ernest Hemingway Collection serves researchers, educational groups, and the general public. Visitors must schedule an appointment to visit the library to access the collection's unique manuscript, audiovisual, and textual materials related to Ernest Hemingway. Brief tours of the Hemingway Room may be scheduled during weekdays, pending staff availability. For further information, please contact or 617.514.1629.

Hours of Operation

The Ernest Hemingway Collection is open by appointment:

Monday through Friday, 8:30AM - 4:30PM (researchers may request materials up until 4:00)

The Hemingway Room is open for research Monday through Wednesday; on Thursday and Friday Hemingway researchers are serviced in the Main Research Room on the fourth floor. 

How to Reach Us

Hemingway Textual Research: 617-514-1629 or
Hemingway Audiovisual Research: 617-514-1622 or

General Research Questions:

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125

Teaching Hemingway

Many of our educational visits are organized around a teacher's work unit. Teachers ask to use the room to help teach students the value and use of primary sources.

At this time, we do not offer in-house educators to lead groups. It is the responsibility of the teacher to create and teach the work unit.

A staff member is available to introduce the class to the room, give a short history of the collection, how it came to the Library, and to describe the objects in the room.

If interested in scheduling an educational visit, please contact the Hemingway Archivist at 617-514-1629 with the relevant information:

Name of Teacher
Name of School
Contact Information for Teacher
Date of Visit
Time of Visit
Length of Visit
Number of Students
Description of Manuscripts Requested

Permission to Publish

Permission to examine a document does not convey the right to publish or reproduce either the full manuscript or excerpt. The researcher is also responsible for securing permission to publish from the owner of the literary rights to the manuscript. The John F. Kennedy Library will attempt to assist in the location of the owner of the copyright or literary property rights, but the Library makes no representation that it is the owner of the copyright or literary property rights unless such rights have been explicitly transferred. As a condition of use, the researcher assumes full responsibility for any infringement of literary, copyright or publication rights belonging to the owner of such rights.

If permission to publish is granted, credit should be given as follows:

For manuscripts -- Ernest Hemingway Collection, Manuscripts, [Title of Manuscript] , [Manuscript number] , [Folder number (if applicable)] , [page number (if applicable)], at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Boston, MA.

For Outgoing Correspondence -- Ernest Hemingway Collection, Outgoing Correspondence, [ ], [ ], [ ], at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Boston, MA.

For Incoming Correspondence -- Ernest Hemingway Collection, Incoming Correspondence, [ ], [ ], [ ], at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Boston, MA.

For Newsclippings -- Ernest Hemingway Collection, Newsclippings, [ ], [ ], [ ], at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Boston, MA.

For Other Materials -- Ernest Hemingway Collection, Other Materials, [ ], [ ], [ ], [ ], [ ], at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Boston, MA.

Policies Governing the Use of Materials

Application Procedures

The Kennedy Library is a research archive, not a general public library. It houses materials that are valuable and unavailable elsewhere. Because of this, the library staff adheres to professional archival security measures in administering library holdings. Prior to visiting the library you should contact the reference staff to describe your proposed research topic and to find out whether material is available on your topic. The reference staff will provide you with information about relevant holdings, their extent, and their character. When you arrive at the library you will complete an application to conduct research and you must present a driver's license, military identification card, passport or other current identification containing your photograph. After a short interview with a member of the reference staff, you will be registered for a researcher identification card. You will not be issued a researcher identification card if the library staff determines that the records that you wish to use are not in the legal custody of the Kennedy Library or if your research needs can be met by secondary sources available at other libraries. Specific research room rules and a guide to proper document handling procedures will be given to you upon registration.

Permission to Examine

Use of any material in the Hemingway Research Room is subject to approval. Permission to examine manuscripts and/or archive materials will be granted to qualified researchers upon completion of the application form. The use of some materials may be restricted by agreement with the donor. Patrons will be informed when such restrictions exist. Materials housed in Hemingway Research Room do not circulate and must be used in the Research Room.

Protection of Materials

Because of their unique and fragile nature, care must be taken in the handling of materials. Patrons who mark, tear, rub or fold any of these materials will be denied access to their use. When using the Hemingway Research Room, patrons must use pencil or lap-top computers to take notes. Pencils will be provided upon request. WiFi is available in the Hemingway Research Room.

The consumption of food is expressly forbidden in the John F. Kennedy Research Rooms. Patrons carrying food or beverages will not be admitted to Hemingway Research Room.

Boxed materials must be preserved in their existing order. Please notify a staff member if any material or folders appear to be misfiled, mislabeled or missing.

Patrons must check coats and bags before using materials. The John F. Kennedy Library reserves the right to search the loose papers or notes of those patrons who have made use of manuscripts and archives.


Photocopies may be made from the following series of the Ernest Hemingway Collection: Outgoing Correspondence, Incoming Correspondence, Newspaper Clippings, and select items from Other Materials. No photocopies may be made of the manuscripts, however, researchers are allowed to transcribe the text by hand or on a laptop computer. Photocopies will be made from the existing reference photocopies available in the Ernest Hemingway Room. Photocopying is self service with two photocopy machines located in the general research room. The number of photocopies allowed to each researcher from the Ernest Hemingway Collection is limited. The charge for photocopying is 20 cents per page.

Remote researchers may order a limited number of photocopies by phone or via email request. The charge for this photocopying service is 75 cents per page with a minimum charge of fifteen dollars. The charge for shipping and handling is included. To make such a request, call the general research room at 617.514.1629 or email

Photocopies are provided solely for private study, scholarship, or research use. In making copies available, the John F. Kennedy Library does not thereby grant permission to reproduce or quote for publication. The applicant is responsible for communicating with the owner(s) of the copyright; requests to publish quotes or sections of manuscript materials require written permission from the owners of the copyright.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain restrictions specified in the law, libraries and archives are permitted to provide a photocopy or other reproduction. One of the specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The Library reserves the right to deny a copy order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law. In general, entire works cannot be copied due to this restriction.

The copying and use of photographs from the Ernest Hemingway Collection is governed by a separate policy.

Schedule of Fees

Photocopy and duplication service is available at fees set by NARA. Consult reference staff for current rates. Fees are payable in advance of processing an order. The library reserves the right to refuse to process orders for researchers who have outstanding unpaid balances at the Kennedy Library or any other NARA facility. Orders are filled on a first-paid first-processed basis. Rush orders are not accepted. Orders placed on-site are given preference over mail orders of the same date. Processing of mail orders of over 100 pages may be delayed or refused.

Members of the reference staff do not select documents for you for duplication. Self-service photocopying is available at reduced fees. Payment may be made by personal check, money order, or credit card. All payments must be made in U.S. currency. Foreign checks and money orders must be drawn on a branch of a U.S. bank.

Mail-order copies are sent by regular mail. Alternate shipping arrangements can be made at your expense. The library assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to mail orders by the Post Office or other carriers. There is no warranty expressed or implied for the quality of reproductions beyond providing the best copy using available equipment. Except in the event of staff error, returns are not accepted, and refunds are not made.