To learn more about the Ernest Hemingway materials at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library or to make an appointment to view the Hemingway-related collections on site, please contact a reference archivist at Kennedy.Library@nara.gov.
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Ernest Hemingway Personal Papers
As the primary Hemingway collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the Ernest Hemingway Personal Papers includes Hemingway’s manuscript material, incoming and outgoing correspondence, notebooks, clippings, scrapbooks, and portions of the author’s personal book and object collections.
The finding aid for the Ernest Hemingway Personal Papers debuted in 2015, and catalogs most of these materials at the item level. It is intended to help researchers locate and cite items efficiently and discover materials that may have previously been overlooked. Please note that due to the large size of the file (10 MB), it may take a moment to load. For more information about the finding aid, please see our tips on using the guide to the collection.
We welcome all visitors who may be interested in working with the Ernest Hemingway Personal Papers. There are some use and reproduction policies specific to this collection, so we encourage all potential visitors to contact an archivist in advance of their visit by emailing Kennedy.Library@nara.gov.
Outside of the Ernest Hemingway Personal Papers, the JFK Library holds many collections related to the author and his life and work. These include the papers of his widow, Mary Hemingway; the papers of various friends and contemporaries such as Jane Mason, Agnes von Kurowsky, and William Walton; miscellaneous records related to Hemingway, including the Hemingway Miscellaneous Accessions Collection and the Museum Ernest Hemingway Collection; and the research files of significant Hemingway scholars such as Bernice Kert and Michael Reynolds.
These and other collections are listed in our Ernest Hemingway Research Guide.
Guide to Abbreviations Used in the Ernest Hemingway Personal Papers Finding Aid
Outgoing Correspondence Name Index: Use this list to locate letters written by Hemingway to a particular person or organization in the Ernest Hemingway Personal Papers. Please note that this list has not been updated to reflect any donations received or opened since the new finding aid debuted in March 2015.
Incoming Correspondence Cross References: Use this list to locate letters to Hemingway from a person or organization that may be indexed under a different name in the Ernest Hemingway Personal Papers. Please note that this list has not been updated to reflect donations received or opened since the new finding aid debuted in March 2015.