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Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963) Harvard Commencement Address with Handwritten Notes, 14 June 1956.

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Books & Manuscripts - 2865B
Date / Time :
November 15, 2015 11:00AM


Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963) Harvard Commencement Address with Handwritten Notes, 14 June 1956.
Twenty-six pages, consisting of two complete carbons of typed drafts of the twelve-page speech Kennedy delivered, and a third copy of pages five and six; all but two pages (the two copies of page eleven) with notes in Kennedy's hand, including revisions of the text, additional words, notes to self, sections crossed out, phrases added, and other revisionist work; some pages with wear, primarily the draft Kennedy likely brought with him to the podium, because it notes the names of the other honorees and officials seated on the podium on the day; despite wear (the pages look like they may have been stepped on in the floorboards of a car), all pages still legible and sound, 8 x 10 1/2 in. (26)

A review of the published copy of JFK's address reveals that the manuscript revisions added to this draft, which he presumably incorporated into the speech he delivered, have not been included in the official record and are not reflected in the transcript currently available.

Provenance: From the collection of Robert F. Morey, former U.S. Marshall and Kennedy aide; sold in these rooms on November 15, 1997.
Estimate $6,000-8,000

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