From the Archives
For this issue of the eBulletin our From the Archives will focus on the current exhibit at the New York State Library that focuses on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President Kennedy.
Dallas, 11/22/63: 50 Years Later
Seventh Floor Exhibit: November-December, 2013
The New York State Library's seventh floor exhibit for November and December commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, with an array of newspaper headlines, magazines, books, government documents and even political cartoons drawn from a variety of the Library's collections.
The events of Kennedy's assassination, and its aftermath, took place in the full glare of news cameras. Images of these events, culled from the pages of contemporary magazines and newspapers, have retained their power as lasting symbols in the decades since 1963.
In the center of the case is the program from a memorial service for John Fitzgerald Kennedy, held at City Hall Plaza in New York City on December 2, 1963. In addition to processions, religious rites and ceremonies, and speeches by invited dignitaries, the service included musical performances by the Department of Sanitation Band, and by vocalists Leslie Uggams and Marian Anderson. (Manuscripts & Special Collections, Call No. BRO6036+. New York State Library copies donated by Assemblywoman Donna A. Lupardo, from the personal papers of Francis P. Lupardo.)
Also in this case are: A John F. Kennedy Memorial Miniature (Manuscripts & Special Collections Call No. N 099.1 K35); A souvenir printing, in miniature, of President Kennedy's inaugural address, delivered at the Capitol in Washington on January 20, 1961. The address was to become perhaps Kennedy’s most famous and best remembered speech, with its signature call to public service: "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country." (Manuscripts & Special Collections, Call No. V973.922, U65a) Times Union (Albany, NY) November 24, 1963, Metropolitan Section.
Editorial Cartoons by Hy Rosen (1923-2011), for the Albany Times Union.