The ready reference section (also known as "quick reference") is composed of information frequently requested by researchers and is updated as needed. If you are unable to find the information you seek on this page or elsewhere on the website, please contact the Library's Reference staff at Kennedy.Library@nara.gov or 617.514.1629. Have a research question? Ask an Archivist.

PX-86-8 (crop): Orville L. Freeman, Secretary of Agriculture (1961-1969), undated

Biographical Profiles

Biographical information about Kennedy Administration officials and staff members and other important contemporary individuals.

JFKWHP-ST-C360-16-63: President Kennedy Signs Maternal and Child Health and Mental Retardation Planning Bill, 24 October 1963

Legislative Summary

A digest of major accomplishments (alphabetical by topic) of the 87th Congress and the First Session of the 88th Congress; includes the Summary's introductory statement by Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (Government Printing Office, 1964).

JFKWHP-ST-C400-18-63 (crop): President Kennedy at Cape Canaveral, 16 November 1963

Milestones of the Kennedy Presidency

A chronological list of important events, speeches, and legislation from John F. Kennedy's presidential administration.

JFKNSF-329-015-p0001: National Security Action Memorandum (NSAM) No. 40, 24 April 1961

National Security Action Memoranda (NSAMs)

Digitized versions of more than 250 NSAMs sent to various government agencies and staff members from President Kennedy or McGeorge Bundy, his National Security Adviser.

The New York Times (Source): New York Times Headline Announcing John F. Kennedy's Swearing in as 35th U.S. President, 21 January 1961

New York Times Chronology

A compilation of articles from The New York Times documenting each day of John F. Kennedy's presidency.

JFKPOF-055-004-p0052 (crop): President Kennedy at Press Conference in the State Department Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 15 January 1962

News Conferences

Online transcripts and digitized sound recordings of President Kennedy's news (press) conferences.

JFKCAMP1960-1032-027-p0012 (crop): "The New Frontier," Democratic Nomination Acceptance Speech by John F. Kennedy (Partial Quote), 15 July 1960


A selection of famous quotations from John F. Kennedy's speeches, addresses, news conferences, and writings (pre-presidential and presidential).

WH-HO (crop): White House Portrait of President Kennedy, undated

Resources (External)

JFKWHP-ST-387-4-62 (crop): President Kennedy Speaks at Rice University, 12 September 1962


Online transcripts and, where available, digital facsimiles and sound recordings of selected speeches by John F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy.