Mississippi Humanities Council
Mississippi Department of Archives and History

John F. Kennedy Library

Mailing Address: John F. Kennedy Library
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125
Contact person/title:
Telephone: 617-929-4530
Fax number: 617-929-4538
E-mail: library@kennedy.nara.gov
Web site: http://www.cs.umb.edu/jfklibrary
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed federal holidays.
Services/Restrictions: The library is open to the public, but anyone wishing to use the library needs to make an appointment. The library issues a researcher identification card to researchers after seeing a photo ID, and visitors must sign in each day. The library provides limited bibliographic service and document duplication service. Researchers must store all personal belongings in lockers that are provided, bringing only paper and pencil into the library. No pens are allowed. Researchers are allowed, however, to also bring in typewriters, tape recorders, and computers, provided that the equipment does not disturb others. For researchers who cannot go to the library, they offer a limited interlibrary loan service that is open for anyone to use. They also have limited bibliographic service and document duplication service.

Researchers may listen to any tapes that are available and open to the public. Tapes, however, may not be quoted, paraphrased, cited, or used in any way for publication. All transcripts have been seen and approved by the interviewees, who were allowed to make minor changes. All transcripts are open unless otherwise noted and may be quoted, paraphrased, and cited. to research unless otherwise noted. The library will provide transcripts of unrestricted interviews at fees set by the National Archives and Records Administration


Collections/Interviews:

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Oral History Collection, 1964-1983

This collection was begun in 1964 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation and is one of the oldest continuing activities of the JFK Library. Modeled after the Columbia University Oral History Program, the goal of the project continues to be to collect, preserve, and make available interviews conducted with individuals who have recollections of events and people associated with John F. Kennedy. Currently the collection has more than 1,110 interviews, of which 910 have been transcribed and accessioned by the library. In addition the library's collection includes interviews done by other institutions, such as the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Columbia University. In the collection are interviews with members of Congress, people who were officials in Kennedy's administration, political leaders and foreign officials and with Kennedy's political opponents. In addition, the collection includes interviews with civil rights leaders and activists. The library also has the papers of Robert F. Kennedy and oral history interviews about his life. Below are listed 30 interviews relating to the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

John Moran Bailey Belford V. Lawson Joseph Rauh
Ross R. Barnett Marjorie McKenzie Lawson Frank D. Reeves
Oscar Carr Allard Lowenstein James Leonard Reinsch
Paul Corbin Burke Marshall Harold F. Reis
James Farmer Thurgood Marshall Norbert A. Schlei
Edith Green Louis E. Martin Herbert E. Tucker
Aaron Henry James McShane Roy Wilkins
Nicholas D. Katzenbach Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Harris Llewellyns Wofford
William A. Keel Vel R. Phillips
Martin Luther King Jr. Elijah Barrett Prettyman
 
 

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