Overview

The Library's audiovisual holdings are comprised of photographic images, moving images, and sound recordings made primarily by U.S. government personnel during the Kennedy Administration (1961-1963). 

Additional audiovisual materials document the lives and careers of Robert F. Kennedy; other members of the Kennedy family; and friends, associates, and notable contemporaries. In all, the Library holds approximately 515,000 still images (1863-present), 4,600 motion picture reels (1910-present), 6,300 video tapes (1958-present), and 14,000 sound recordings (1910-present).

Please note: Many audiovisual finding aids (collection guides) have yet to go online; until they do, we strongly encourage you to contact the Audiovisual Reference staff for more information about the audiovisual holdings (see contact information below).

Learn more about the audiovisual collections:

Collection development policy

Learn more about the Library's collection development policy, which includes audiovisual materials.

Digital collections

A growing number of audiovisual materials has been digitized in full or in part and may be browsed from this page: browse digital collections.

For more information please contact JFK.AVarchives@nara.gov or 617.514.1622.

JFK Library Flickr Photos

JFKWHP-KN-18481 (crop): White House Staff Members Accept Gifts from Colombian Group, 3 August 1961

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JFKWHP-ST-A11-1A-63 (crop): First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy at Opening of Mona Lisa Exhibit, 8 January 1963

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