Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.
This folder contains materials collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning Project Mercury astronauts Commander M. Scott Carpenter and Colonel L. Gordon Cooper Jr. upon the successful completion of the Mercury-Atlas 7 and Mercury-Atlas 9 test flights. Materials in this folder include press releases of President Kennedy's remarks on the symbolic importance of Project Mercury, a press release and list of attendees for a medal ceremony in honor of the Project Mercury team, press releases of telephone conversations between President Kennedy, Commander Carpenter, and Colonel Cooper, a memorandum of suggested remarks for the speech concerning Colonel Cooper's mission with handwritten notations by the President, a memorandum concerning Commander Carpenter's medical condition upon landing, and photographs of Commander Cooper and his family with President Kennedy during a visit to the White House.