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Press Release
July 19, 2013

National Archives to Open Additional Robert F. Kennedy Records

WHAT:

The National Archives and Records Administration and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library are opening an additional 25 boxes of material (approximately 7,500 pages) from the Attorney General files of the Robert F. Kennedy Papers, housed at the Kennedy Library in Boston, MA.

WHERE:

The records will be available in the Research Room at the Kennedy Library in Boston.

WHEN:

The records will be available at 8:30 A.M. EST on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

“The National Archives is pleased to open these additional historic materials as the nation and world continue to mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s administration,” said David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States. “As President Kennedy's Attorney General, closest advisor and confidant, Robert F. Kennedy played a vital role in the Kennedy Administration’s policy decisions. Researchers and the public look forward to exploring these documents.”

The Kennedy Library will release the remaining boxes from the RFK Attorney General files in the near future thus completing the archival processing of this important collection in collaboration with the RFK family in accordance with the 1973 Memorandum of Agreement between the National Archives and Mrs. Ethel Kennedy.

Background

The materials included in this opening consist of documents accumulated by Robert F. Kennedy in his capacity as both Attorney General and advisor to President Kennedy. These files relate chiefly to matters that ordinarily do not come under the jurisdiction of the Attorney General or the Justice Department, but rather include memos, correspondence, reports, and notes from Robert F. Kennedy’s participation in White House meetings.

See background on Robert F. Kennedy
[http://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/The-Kennedy-Family/Robert-F-Kennedy.aspx].

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's 35th president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. Located on a 10-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy. The Museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President. Students and scholars can also arrange to conduct research using our collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of John F. Kennedy.

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and online at www.archives.gov.

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