JFK library opens 1st online presidential archive

Caroline Kennedy, pictured with her father, President John F. Kennedy, in August 1963, is helping to present the first online digitized U.S. presidential archive. Image by White House photographer Cecil W. Stoughton, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Caroline Kennedy, pictured with her father, President John F. Kennedy, in August 1963, is helping to present the first online digitized U.S. presidential archive. Image by White House photographer Cecil W. Stoughton, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Caroline Kennedy is helping to present the first online digitized U.S. presidential archive, which includes President John F. Kennedy’s most important papers, photographs and recordings.

On Thursday, Caroline Kennedy, sole surviving member of Kennedy’s immediate family, visited the National Archives and said online access to her father’s official records, personal correspondence, telephone conversations and speeches would give a new generation access to the historical record.

The Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston has been working for four years on the $10 million project. Archivists have digitized more than 200,000 pages, 1,200 recordings and 300 museum artifacts, plus film and hundreds of photographs.

Library Director Tom Putnam says it is a resource for young students and the most serious scholars.

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum:

http://www.jfklibrary.org/

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Caroline Kennedy, pictured with her father, President John F. Kennedy, in August 1963, is helping to present the first online digitized U.S. presidential archive. Image by White House photographer Cecil W. Stoughton, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Caroline Kennedy, pictured with her father, President John F. Kennedy, in August 1963, is helping to present the first online digitized U.S. presidential archive. Image by White House photographer Cecil W. Stoughton, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.