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jfk … history online

AP: Caroline Kennedy unveiled the nation’s first online presidential archive Thursday, a $10 million project to digitize the most important papers, photographs and recordings of President John F. Kennedy’s days in office.

Users can sort through the drafts of Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you,” speech and see how he tinkered with the words of that most famous line from his inauguration. Or they can listen to his personal phone calls and read his letters.

….After four years of work, the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston has made that a reality. Archivists digitized over 200,000 pages, 1,200 recordings and 300 museum artifacts, as well as reels of film and hundreds of photographs….

….For students across the country, the online archive will mean access to primary documents for school research. They could examine Kennedy’s correspondence with Martin Luther King Jr. from the time they first met to the time King was jailed in Birmingham, Ala.

Drafts of Kennedy’s speeches show how he was writing and editing along with speechwriter Theodore Sorensen, giving people a sense of the president’s power as a writer…

…January 20 is the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s inauguration….

John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum here


2 Responses to “jfk … history online”


  1. 1 collegekay
    January 13, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Great website. I’m already addicted to it.

  2. 2 majii
    January 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks for mentioning Ted Sorenson, CS. I remember him well, but I haven’t thought about him for years and years. I will be visiting the web site, and I plan to visit Boston to see the museum, too. My daughter loves to travel, so I’m going to stay mum until I have everything planned. When I tell her she’ll say, “Road Trip!” and begin packing her bags immediately. LOL


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