John F. Kennedy: A Resource Guide
Designed for elementary and middle school students, America's
Library provides the following stories related to John F. Kennedy:
Jump Back in Time: The Great Debates of Nixon and Kennedy, October 21, 1960
Jump Back in Time: Robert Frost Reads Poem at JFK's Inauguration, January 20, 1961
Jump Back in Time: Vice President Johnson Was Assigned the Task of Unifying the U.S. Satellite Programs, June 24, 1961
Jump Back in Time: President John F. Kennedy Was Shot in Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963
Jump Back in Time: Jack Ruby Shot Accused-Kennedy-Assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, November 24, 1963
Treasures of the Library of Congress
This exhibition provides unique insight into various aspects
of American history and culture. Objects displayed are
organized according to the three categories that Thomas
Jefferson used for his library: memory, reason, and imagination.
The exhibition includes a copy of Robert Frost's poem Dedication, which was written for Kennedy's 1961 inauguration, but never read.
Bob Hope and American Variety
This exhibition explores variety entertainment through the lens of Bob Hope’s long and rich career. The Public Service section of the exhibition presents a photograph of Bob Hope and John F. Kennedy at a dinner held in honor of Eleanor Roosevelt in 1960.
Churchill and the Great Republic
Presents the life of Winston Churchill, his career, and his connection with the United States, a country he called “the Great Republic.” The section of the exhibition Cold War and Long Sunset contains a telegram that Kennedy sent to Churchill in 1962.
Herblock's History: Political Cartoon from the Crash to the Millennium
Presents works by cartoonist Herb Block, who chronicled the nation’s political history and caricatured twelve American presidents from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton. This exhibition includes a number of political cartoons related to John F. Kennedy and his Administration.
Do Solemnly Swear..." Inaugural Materials from the
Collections of the Library of Congress
Items from eighteen presidents are featured in this
online exhibition, including documents and images related
to Kennedy's 1961 inauguration.
Revelations from the Russian Archives
This exhibition presents documents and photographs from the highly secret internal record of Soviet Communism. It includes a section on the Cuban Missile Crisis that contains a letter from Nikita Khrushchev to Kennedy.
“With an Even Hand”: Brown v. Board at Fifty
This exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark judicial case, which declared that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” This decision was pivotal to the struggle for racial desegregation in the United States. The exhibition section The Aftermath contains a letter from John A. Morsell, Assistant to the NAACP Executive Secretary, to President Kennedy requesting the assistance of the federal government in the case of James Meredith.
& Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald),--1917-1963 to find
hundreds of digital images related to Kennedy such
as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search
all text fields in PPOC using the phrase John Kennedy to locate additional images.
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey
This collection contains surveys of more than 363,000
measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written
histories for more than 35,000 historic structures and
sites dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries,
including John F. Kennedy's birthplace in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress
This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy.
American Memory Timeline: The Presidential Election of 1960
This site contains a short essay on the presidential election of 1960 and links to related documents found within American Memory.
On June 24, 1961, the public learned of President John Kennedy's letter assigning Vice President Lyndon Johnson the high priority task of unifying the U.S. satellite programs. On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy declared to a joint session of Congress his belief that the nation should commit itself to landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade. This mission was accomplished on July 20, 1969.
One of America's most prominent first ladies, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was born on July 28, 1929. In 1952, she met the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and a year later the two were married.
In 1942, John F. Kennedy entered the United States Navy to join American forces fighting in World War II. Prior to his departure, playwright Clare Boothe Luce, a close friend of the Kennedy family, sent the young naval officer a good luck coin that once belonged to her mother. On September 29, 1942, Kennedy wrote to Luce thanking her for sharing such an important token with him.
On October 21, 1960, American viewers were riveted to their television sets for the broadcast of the fourth and final debate between Vice President Richard M. Nixon, the Republican presidential candidate, and Senator John F. Kennedy, the Democratic candidate.
On Friday, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot as he rode in a motorcade through the streets of Dallas, Texas; he died shortly thereafter. The thirty-fifth president was forty-six years old and had served less than three years in office.
On November 24, 1963, Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed President John F. Kennedy's accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a Dallas police station. Broadcasting live from the scene, network cameras captured Oswald's murder and shocked television viewers became unwitting witnesses to the crime.
Retreat from Armageddon? Khrushchev, Kennedy, Johnson and the Elusive Quest for Peace
Melvyn P. Leffler, Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar in Foreign Policy and International Relations in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, presented a lecture titled "Retreat from Armageddon? Khrushchev, Kennedy, Johnson and the Elusive Quest for Peace." According to Leffler, there were many attempts by policymakers in both Washington and Moscow to reduce the confrontational nature of the Cold War. Leffler analyzes the efforts of Nikita Khrushchev, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and attempts to explain why they did not succeed.