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January 13, 2011

National Archives Launches New "Inside the Vaults" Video short

Short marks 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address

Washington, DC…The National Archives marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration with the latest “Inside the Vaults” video short [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C3gqIR8RoI].

The National Archives' produced 3:54 “The Writing of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address” video short shows the creation of this legendary address, including the evolution of the inspired call to service: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” The video features John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Curator Stacey Bredhoff displaying handwritten notes, drafts and President Kennedy’s “reading copy” of one of the most famous speeches in American history, along with excerpts of President Kennedy delivering remarks.

Background on “Inside the Vaults”

“Inside the Vaults” is part of the ongoing effort by the National Archives to make its collections, stories, and accomplishments more accessible to the public. “Inside the Vaults” gives voice to Archives staff and users, highlights new and exciting finds at the Archives, and reports on complicated and technical subjects in easily understandable presentations. Earlier topics include the conservation of the original Declaration of Independence, the new Grace Tully collection of documents at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library, the transfer to the National Archives of the Nuremberg Laws, and the launch of a new National Archives user-friendly search engine. The film series is free to view and distribute on our YouTube channel at [http://tiny.cc/Vaults].

Created by a former broadcast network news producer, the "Inside the Vaults" video shorts series presents “behind the scenes” exclusives and offer surprising glimpses of the National Archives treasures. These videos are in the public domain and not subject to any copyright restrictions. The National Archives encourages the free distribution of them.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at (202) 357-5300.

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