About This Episode
Of the many roles the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum plays, an important one is serving as the place where original documents, photographs, audio, film, and other artifacts from John F. Kennedy's presidency are stored and preserved. And though his presidency ended 60 years ago this year, archivists are still busy working with the original materials to make them available to the public.
While the pandemic interrupted some of the Library's normal activities, archivists used the time to reduce a large digital backlog of materials waiting to be published online. In this episode, we speak to two of the JFK Library's reference archivists, Stacey Chandler and Abbey Malangone, about their recent work in the archives.
What We Talked About
- Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy's personal diaries, including entries about meeting then-Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret
- The Papers of Pedro Sanjuan, Assistant Chief of Protocol (1961-1963), Director of Special Protocol Services (1963)
- Letters from JFK to his best friend Lem Billings between 1934-1939
- The Papers of the US President’s Commission on the Status of Women
- The Papers Herbert Tucker, Assistant Director of the Civil Rights Section of John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign
- Letters from Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. to his family, including a letter written 5 days before his death
- The Papers of Jean Stein, containing interviews for her book "American Journey: The Times of Robert Kennedy" (1970), including interviews with Bayard Rustin and Marian Wright Edelman
- Archives Blog: The JFK Library Archives: An Inside Look