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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Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation by Ellen Fitzpatrick

A sample of 250 out of the thousands of condolence letters written to Jacqueline Kennedy following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.

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Six White Horses: An Illustrated Poem about John-John by Candy Geer

This poem, about that sad Monday in November, captures for posterity the wonderful, happy relations that existed between the late President and his young son, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr.

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Their Finest Hour by Thomas F. Reid

Written by more than twenty members of the Third Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), the U.S. Army’s official ceremonial unit, who attended at President Kennedy’s funeral.

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LIFE Dec. 6, 1963

Includes the following articles: “Kennedy’s Last Journey”; “The World Mourns J.F.K.” ; “An Epilogue” by Theodore White; and “John-John’s Salute.”

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Long Shadows: The Farewell to JFK by Jim Leeke

Recounts those four days, the shock of a young president fallen, the mourning of his young widow and the world’s leaders, gathered silently on an Arlington cemetery hillside, as the world watched.

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November Twenty-Six, Nineteen Hundred Sixty-Three by Wendell Berry

A poem tribute on the death of President Kennedy, lettered and illustrated by Ben Shahn.