BOSTON (CBS) – Fifty years ago Tuesday, the nation watched as Jacqueline Kennedy opened the doors of the White House. Now, for the first time ever, the public is getting a firsthand look at historic records of her work.
The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum is releasing 20,000 documents from the private papers of Jacqueline Kennedy’s White House Years. Library Director Tom Putnam says, “What these documents really show is what an incredibly confident and substantive and intellectually thoughtful person she was.”
The papers include her speech in Miami after the Bay of Pigs, the itinerary for a trip with her sister to India and Pakistan, and the original designs and plans from her historic restoration of the White House.
WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports
In her hand written notes, you can see her attention to detail and deep knowledge and interest in the restoration. She has extensive notes on the draft of the televised tour script with CBS. Putnam says, “You can see the changes she made, you can see some of the jokes she made, you get a sense of how substantive and thoughtful and engaged she was in the whole process.”
The documents are available for research at the John F. Kennedy Library. They represent about a third of Mrs. Kennedy’s private papers. The rest will be released as they are archived.