Basics of Archival Research
Conducting research can be challenging, but the good news is that it is a skill that can be developed. While the principles of research apply to most archives, there are some differences from place to place. Here are some helpful tips for researching at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
Browse Finding Aids
Finding aids are created by archivists to help researchers understand and navigate a collection. They provide information on the creator of a collection, the materials it contains, and often highlight copyright concerns and noteworthy content. Our finding aids usually include a listing of all boxes and folder titles, making it easy for researchers to request the most useful materials.
Browse Digitized Collections
Search or browse digitized materials from the Library’s collections, including finding aids and descriptions of collections digitized in full or in part.
Browse Subject Headings
An alphabetical listing of subject headings associated with the Library's archival collections. Each heading is defined and links out to relevant archival holdings.