The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum today announced that it has opened and made available for research the first section of the Personal Papers of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. This portion of the collection features never-before-seen historic records from Mrs. Kennedy’s years as First Lady, including material relating to her efforts to restore the state rooms of the White House and her highly acclaimed televised tour of the First Family’s home, which aired on February 14, 1962 – fifty years ago tomorrow.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was only 31 when she first entered the White House in 1961, but was soon determined to restore the White House with antiques and emblems that best represented America”s history. The papers provide details of her hands-on work in the project. The papers document her interest in such topics as: the restoration of the White House, travel, State visits, arts and culture, press coverage, and her involvement in a variety of cultural projects, organizations and associations. These papers are a valuable asset to history enthusiasts.