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    Invitation to Texas Breakfast With John F. Kennedy on the Day of His Assassination

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 2459

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    Young John F. Kennedy Condemns Harry Truman's Reversal to Support the Partition of Palestine

    Autograph Manuscript

    2 pages

    SMC 149

    At a dinner of Jewish veterans, John F. Kennedy, then a congressman from Massachusetts, condemns Harry Truman's withdrawal of support for the partition of Palestine as "one of the most unfortunate reversals in American policy. Kennedy also called for the US to lift the arms embargo in order to give Israel a chance to protect herself in the ensuing war.
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    President John F. Kennedy Says He’s Tempted to Write About Thomas Jefferson but His Current Job Takes Up All His Time

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 660

    President Kennedy declines a publisher's offer to write a book about Thomas Jefferson, citing his time-consuming job as President of the United States.
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    Eisenhower & Kennedy:  Eisenhower Writes JFK a Chilly Letter After Losing the 1960 Election

    Typed Letter Signed

    3 pages

    SMC 703

    Eisenhower coldly, yet cordially, confirms that his friend and Defense Liaison Officer, General Andrew Goodpaster, will be staying, as per Kennedy's request, with the President until February or March.
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    Rare Ticket to

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 710

    Ticket to the Democratic Party's welcome dinner in honor of President Kennedy; it was to be held in Austin in the evening of the day he was shot in Dallas.
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    Notes Written by President John F. Kennedy Aboard Air Force One

    Autograph Note

    7 pages

    SMC 711

    These notes, written by President Kennedy aboard Air Force One illustrate how the most important world events, like our mundane tasks, often begin with the same shorthand scrawlings.
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    JFK’s Drafted Letter to Medgar Evers' Widow, Myrlie, on Evers' Assassination

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 712

    John F. Kennedy writes a condolence letter to Medgar Evers's widow. Four hours before Evers was shot in front of his wife and children, Kennedy had given a televised speech calling for an end to racial discrimination.
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    After His

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 715

    President Kennedy thanks General Landon, the Commander in Chief of the United States Air Force in Europe for the "magnificent way" in which the General ensured that Kennedy's visit to Germany was a success.
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    President John F. Kennedy on the Death of His Infant Son, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 716

    President John F. Kennedy's infant son Patrick Bouvier Kennedy was born prematurely and lived for 39 hours. Five days later, the president thanks his sister-in-law and husband for their support during this difficult time.
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    President John F. Kennedy

    Autograph Note Signed

    1 page

    SMC 901

    John F. Kennedy signs a quote to the photographer, who had recently captured him "on the edge of the new frontier."
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    Sen. John F. Kennedy Declines McCarthyite Alvin Owsley's Invitation to Visit Texas; Invites Him to Lunch

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 340

    Kennedy’s letter to Alvin Owsley, addressed to him in Dallas, is dated almost ten years to the day on which he would make his ill-fated trip to that city as president. In a sad twist, Kennedy concludes the letter with the hope that he will be able to see Owsley during "one of my visits to Texas on another occasion."
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    President John F. Kennedy Plans a Pleasure Trip to His Ancestral Home, Ireland

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 341

    Ahead of his trip to Ireland, President Kennedy reassures his close friend Dot Tubridy that she will be included in all presidential functions.
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    President John F. Kennedy On His Historic Trip to Ireland:

    Typed Letter Signed

    2 pages

    SMC 342

    John F. Kennedy writes to his close friend Dot Tubridy to tell her how much he enjoyed his trip to Ireland and seeing her.
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    In 1942, Ensign J.F. Kennedy Requests Sea Duty on a PT Vessel:

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 343

    This document sent John F. Kennedy to sea during World War II, where he would become a celebrated hero after his boat sunk, and he swam three miles to shore dragging a shipmate to safety with his lifejacket between his teeth.
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    President Kennedy Sends General Maxwell Taylor to South Vietnam to Appraise the Situation

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 344

    Under pressure to send US ground troops to Vietnam, President John F. Kennedy plays for time by sending General Maxwell Taylor to South Vietnam to appraise the situation. Kennedy reminds Taylor that the "initial responsibility for the effective maintenance of the independence of South Viet-Nam rests with the people and government of that country."
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    Life's Lessons: John F. Kennedy Advises a College Student What Classes to Take for a Life in Politics

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 522

    John F. Kennedy, then a senator, is asked what he recommends as a course of study for a young person wishing to enter politics. In addition to recommending joining a campaign for practical knowledge, Kennedy says he feels that a "thorough knowledge of English is most essential," followed by the obvious choice of law for postgraduate studies.
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    John F. Kennedy: National Security and Future of the Space Program Depend on Ending Labor Strife Delays

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 523

    John F. Kennedy views the delays with the labor unions as a threat to not only the space program, but to national security. He urges Arthur Goldberg, the Secretary of Labor, to come to a swift arrangement with union leaders in order to resume the space race against the Soviets.
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    Early John F. Kennedy Letter About the Death of His Brother Joe, Which Would Propel Him Into Politics

    Typed Letter Signed

    2 pages

    SMC 524

    This letter thanking Miss Forbush for her condolences and prayers on the occasion of Joe Jr.'s death in World War II marks the beginning of John F. Kennedy's shouldering the mantle of his father's political aspirations.
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    Harry Truman,

    Autograph Letter Signed

    2 pages

    SMC 591

    Truman is frustrated yet optimistic in this letter. On one hand, neither Kennedy nor Nixon were, in his opinion, desirable candidates. On the other hand, Truman concedes, this is probably how the "oldsters" felt in 1828, 1840, 1852, and 1860, when those elections changed the course of American politics. Ultimately, he posits America came out "on top" in these other elections and will in this one as well.
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    The Beginning of the Peace Corps: President Kennedy Welcomes the First Volunteers

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 1447

    President John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps in 1961. This letter from him wishes the Peace Corps volunteer good luck on the upcoming entrance exams.
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    John F. Kennedy's

    Typed Manuscript

    20 pages

    SMC 1449

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    A Rare Original Watercolor by John F. Kennedy of the Kennedy Palm Beach Home in 1955

    Signed Drawing

    1 page

    SMC 1452

    Likely one of Kennedy's last watercolors, inscribed and gifted to Dot Tubridy, a close family friend of the Kennedys.
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    President John F. Kennedy Recalls Happy Palm Beach Memories With an Old Irish Friend

    Autograph Letter Signed

    2 pages

    SMC 1740

    President John F. Kennedy writes to eight-year-old Aine Tubridy to thank her for her picture of a painting he made of the Kennedy compound at Palm Beach, Florida.
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    On His First Day in Office,

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 2051

    Masking his true feelings about his predecessor, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower, President John F. Kennedy, a Democrat, and twenty-eight years Eisenhower's junior, thanks him for a smooth transition of power.
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    Rare, Seemingly Singular Evidence, That John F. Kennedy Knew How to Fly: His 1944 Flight Logbook

    Signed Book

    3 pages

    SMC 2074

    John F. Kennedy's flight logbook of 1944, in which he took ten solo lessons. No existent documentation exists to explain Kennedy's choice; an odd one, as just that year, he discouraged his brother Bobby from flying, and was growing increasingly anxious about the number of fatalities in his older brother Joe's aviation unit. Joe would be shot down later that year in a secret mission over France.
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    A Last Thing Signed: John F. Kennedy Autographs a Dallas Newspaper on the Morning of His Murder There

    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 2168

    An edition of The Dallas Morning News signed by President John F. Kennedy on the morning of his assassination. Kennedy was shot at 12:30, making it very likely that this was the last thing he ever signed.
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    John F. Kennedy Letter, Post-Dated November 26, 1963, Signed Before He Left for Dallas

    Typed Letter Signed

    1 page

    SMC 2181

    A letter from President Kennedy wishing Senator Dan Flood a happy birthday, dated November 26, 1963, four days after Kennedy was assassinated. Kennedy had signed the letter before leaving for Dallas.
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    Ephemera

    1 page

    SMC 2356

    Newspaper from the morning after Kennedy's Assassination. Kennedy had signed the same newspaper on the very day of his assassination.
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