Reading Room

Overlooking Dealey Plaza, the Reading Room is a place for researchers to access the Museum’s vast collection of films, photographs, artifacts, and oral history recordings.

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Murrow’s Cold War: Public Diplomacy for the Kennedy Administration by Gregory M. Tomlin. 2016.
Tomlin reveals how one of America’s most revered journalists improved the global perception of the United States while working in President John F. Kennedy’s administration as director of the United States Information Agency.

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First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama. 2016.
Whether nurturing, pushy, or preoccupied, each president’s parenting style reveals much about his beliefs as well as his psychological makeup.

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Prisoners of Hope: Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society, and the Limits of Liberalism by Randall B. Woods. 2016.
Prize-winning historian Randall B. Woods presents the first comprehensive history of the Great Society, exploring both the breathtaking possibilities of visionary politics, as well as its limits.

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NASA Kennedy Space Center by Mark A. Chambers. 2016.
This photographic history of the nation’s premier spaceport looks back at the United States’ glorious past in space exploration and ahead to its future.

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The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates produced by Criterion Collection. 2016.
In 1960, Robert Drew was granted direct access to presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, filming him first on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three feature films–Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, and Crisis.

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Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement by Carlos Munoz. 2007.
The classic study of the origins of the 1960s Chicano civil rights movement, written by a leader of the Chicano student movement who also played a key leadership role in the creation of the wider Chicano movement.