Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.
This folder contains material collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, for the President's News Conference of May 22, 1963 (News Conference 56). During this press conference President Kennedy answered questions from the press on a variety of topics including the controversial integration at the University of Alabama, the 1963 Wheat Referendum, troops in Vietnam, foreign aid, and the progress of the nuclear test ban proposal. Background materials in this folder include briefing papers for the President on domestic and foreign affairs and national security. Of note is a memorandum from Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara to the President regarding the procedures and policies for the selection and assignment of personnel within the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The official White House transcript of the press conference and the stenotype transcript of the press conference are also included.