James Roth was appointed as the Acting Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) effective December 9, 2016. Prior to this appointment, he served as Deputy Director at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum since 2008. He assists the Library Director in planning, directing, and administering all programs and activities of the Library.
Roth oversees the Operations Division; is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the building, including assessing and coordinating technical programs, human resources management, overseeing budgets and facility management issues including security, maintenance, and construction projects; and is responsible for community relations, public outreach, special events, museum visitor services and relations, and retail and merchandising operations.
Roth first joined the Library staff in 2001 as the Ernest Hemingway Curator, and later served as Senior Archivist/Head of Processing and Digitization, overseeing the acquisition of textual collections, the arrangement and description of collections, the Oral History Program, the Digital Initiative Access to a Legacy, and the records management program. He received a B.A. in History from Johnson State College, holds a M.A. in American History from the University of New Hampshire and an M.S.L.S., specializing in Archives, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Library Senior Staff
Karen Adler Abramson
Director of Archives
Karen Adler Abramson has served as Director of Archives at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum since 2010. As the Director of Archives, she oversees the work of all units in the Archives division: Processing and Digitization, Reference (Textual and Audiovisual), Declassification, and the Hemingway Collection. The Archives division comprises 20 staff members, including four Digitization staff funded by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
Adler Abramson has worked as a professional archivist for 15 years. Prior to joining the Library, she directed the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department at Brandeis University. Previous archival positions include those at Northeastern University, the State Library of Massachusetts, and the Mary Baker Eddy Library.
Adler Abramson holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women's Studies from Brandeis University; an M.A. in Social Welfare Policy and Women's Studies from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management (Brandeis University); and an M.S.L.I.S. with a concentration in Archives Management from the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Stacey Bredhoff has served as Curator at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum since 2008, where she curated “To the Brink—JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” a major exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the crisis, as well as several smaller exhibitions and displays, including “Poetry and Power—John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address” (2008), “In Her Voice: Jacqueline Kennedy’s Oral History Interview” (2011), “Moon Shot—JFK and Space Exploration,” (2009), and “Winning West Virginia—JFK’s Primary Campaign” (2010). As Museum Curator, she is responsible for planning, supervising, and executing the programs and activities of the museum.
Before joining the Library, Bredhoff was Senior Curator at the National Archives in Washington, DC, where she developed one of the institution’s signature exhibitions, “The Charters of Freedom: A New World Is at Hand” (2003-2009), which flanked the permanent display of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, as well as the national traveling exhibitions “Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Archives” (2006-2008), and “American Originals: Treasures from the National Archives” (2000 – 2003).
Bredhoff earned a B.A. degree from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, and a M.A. in Teaching/Museum Education from George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Director of Education and Public Programs
The Director of Education and Public Programs is responsible for the overall planning and direction of educational and public programs and the supervision of all program staff. The Director develops and implements plans for programs for the general public on a variety of historical, political, and public policy issues, including programs for primary and secondary school groups, conferences, seminars, and workshops for primary and secondary school teachers, and education outreach efforts.