JFK Online Archive

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Marking the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's inauguration this month, Caroline Kennedy, president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and David S. Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States, announced yesterday "the nation's largest online digitized presidential archive." This allows unprecedented, global access to the documents, photographs, records, and audio/video recordings (including phone calls) of Kennedy's short presidency and its major themes -- the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War, the Peace Corps., and civil rights. It's all now available at www.jfklibrary.org.

"As the largest, most advanced digital archive created by a Presidential Library not 'born digital,' the project can serve as a model for other presidential libraries and national and international archival institutions," stated the press release. Twelve other presidential libraries have their work cut out for them.