Research Guides by Subject
Guides to the JFK Library archives’ holdings on popular research topics, including links to finding aids and digitized content as well as internal and external resources.
Volunteer-created transcripts of selected John F. Kennedy speeches covering his entire political career, with links to any related digitized archival materials.
Transcriptions of John F. Kennedy’s Presidential press conferences, with links to stream or download audio recordings for each conference.
“Mapping JFK's 1960 Campaign” uses Google Maps to follow John F. Kennedy’s Presidential campaign trail. If JFK visited your town during his campaign, you can share your stories, photos, and memorabilia by pinning them to our site.
Lists of secondary sources curated by archivists at the JFK Library and organized by topic, covering people and events represented in the archives’ holdings.
Public online catalog for searching/discovering the archival and published holdings of the National Archives, including its presidential libraries.
National Security Action Memoranda (NSAMs)
Links to digitized folders of documents on each of the 272 National Security Action Memoranda issued by John F. Kennedy or his National Security Adviser, McGeorge Bundy.
National Archives and Records Administration summaries of each of the 214 Executive Orders issued by John F. Kennedy, organized by year.
Legislative Summary from the Kennedy Presidency
An online transcription of the Summary of the Legislative Record, a review of Congressional legislative accomplishments from 1961-1964, originally published by the Government Printing Office.
JFK Assassination Records Collection
Records related to JFK's assassination, which were transferred to the National Archives in College Park, Maryland following passage of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.
FBI Files: The Vault
Records digitized by the FBI, including the agency’s files on Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., Robert F. Kennedy, Edward M. Kennedy, and other significant figures of the 20th century, such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr.
U.S. Department of State: Foreign Relations of the U.S. (FRUS) Online
Transcriptions of archival materials taken from government repositories (including the JFK Library). The FRUS volumes document major United States foreign policy decisions and diplomatic activity and are organized by topic and geopolitical region.
University of California: Public Papers of the Presidents
An online, searchable database of The Public Papers of the Presidents, an ongoing federal government publication containing most Presidential statements, speeches, and news conference remarks.