Overview of Resources

Below are online resources that may assist you in your research on John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy presidency. For more information please contact Kennedy.Library@nara.gov or 617.514.1629. Have a research question? Ask an Archivist.

JFKWHP-KN-C18712-M (crop): Oval Office, 14 August 1961

Kennedy Library Resources: Research Guides by Subject

Here you may find guides on subjects reflected in the Library's holdings. Each guide provides links to a range of relevant resources: archival holdings; secondary sources; Library blog and Tumblr posts; online media galleries; and more.

JFKWHP-ST-C310-36-63 (crop): President Kennedy Delivers Address at Convocation Ceremony in Tacoma, Washington, 27 September 1963

Kennedy Library Resources: John F. Kennedy Speeches

Transcriptions of approximately 650 speeches given by John F. Kennedy during his congressional, senatorial, and presidential years, with links to related materials from our digital collections, where available.

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Kennedy Library Resources: Online Ready Reference

Information frequently requested by researchers, including: biographical information about Kennedy Administration officials and staff; legislation passed or proposed during the Kennedy presidency; information about Kennedy family members; selected quotations by John F. Kennedy; presidential news conferences and press coverage; and other helpful resources.

Camelot at Dawn (Book Cover)

Kennedy Library Resources: Goodreads

Lists of contemporary and classic secondary sources, organized by topic, that address the life, career, and times of President John F. Kennedy.

SWPC-JFK-C004-012 (crop): Senator John F. Kennedy Talks with Supporters After his Address at the Capitol Steps in Columbus, Ohio, 17 October 1960

Kennedy Library Resources: Historypin

The Kennedy Library's Historypin site, "Mapping JFK's 1960 Campaign," tracks the presidential candidate's campaign throughout the United Statesusing Google Maps. Did John F. Kennedy visit your home town during his campaign? Share your stories, photos, campaign memorabilia, etc. by pinning them to our site.

JFKWHP-AR7595-B (crop): President Kennedy at News Conference, 20 November 1962

Kennedy Library Resources: Library Research FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about research at the Kennedy Library, including how to access our collections, how to submit Mandatory Review requests, and more.

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NARA Resources: The National Archives Catalog

Public online catalog for searching/discovering the archival and published holdings of the National Archives, including its 13 presidential libraries.

JFKWHP-AR6984-A (crop): President Kennedy Signs Executive Order, "Task Force on Employee-Management Relations in the Federal Service," 17 January 1962

NARA Resources: Executive Orders

Executive Orders signed by President John F. Kennedy (National Archives and Records Administration).

NARA Resources: President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection

NARA Resources: President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection

Approximately 2,000 cubic feet of material related to the assassination of President Kennedy, including documents, photographs, moving images, sound recordings, and artifacts.

JFKWHP-AR6372-A (crop): President Kennedy Meets with Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) J. Edgar Hoover and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, 23 February 1961

Outside Resources: FBI Files

Access to the FBI files of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy.

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Outside Resources: Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963, Volumes I-XXV (U.S. Department of State).

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Outside Resources: Public Papers of the Presidents

Public Papers of the Presidents, produced by the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara.