To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy inauguration the JFK Library and Museum has published an online archive of the President’s speeches, writings, film, photos and correspondence. These historical documents contain accounts of “the civil rights movement, the Cold War, relations with the Soviet Union, the Cuban missel crisis and the beginning of the epic journey of man to the moon.”1

Billed as the first of its kind, the digital archives contains over 200,000 pages, 1,200 recordings2 and hours and hours of film footage.  Finding what you’re looking for is made easy through the use of three search methods: browsing, keyword search, and advanced search.  I lost track of time poking around in the subject browsing area but ran across so many wonderful resources including some B-roll footage of the President’s funeral and some audio recordings of phone calls between JFK and many top officials of the time.  These resources would be a wonderful addition to public speaking, political science, history, and sociology classes to name a few.  Make some time to check out the resources available in the John F. Kennedy Digital Archives.  I think you’ll be glad you did.

1 Thomas, John Kennedy’s Documents Are Published on Internet, http://www.coffetoday.com/john-kennedys-documents-are-published-on-internet/908760/, January 17, 2011.

2 The Associated Press, JFK library opens 1st online presidential archive, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jqRWibVCwW4sQxHwsmza8tPobzfA?docId=f1aad28c32114a319809cd5fe5db074f, January 13, 2011.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum: http://www.jfklibrary.org/
Terms of Use: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Search-the-Digital-Archives/Access-to-a-Legacy.aspx?t=5
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athy Schrock’s Guide for Educators: http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/newlist.html