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RFK Gives Update on JFK Memorial Library

Mar. 23, 1964 - Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy said today that $5 million, or half the sum required, had been raised for the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Library. The library is to be constructed on a site overlooking the Charles River in Boston.

Mr. Kennedy made the announcement after a meeting with the fundraising chairmen of 40 states at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City. Those attending the meeting included Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Stephen Smith and his wife Jean, who is Mr. Kennedy’s sister, and Eugene Black, chairman of the board of trustees for the library.

Sen. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, said he believed ground would be broken in a year and the structure completed in three years.

A committee of distinguished architects is consulting with the Kennedy family, and one will be designated soon.

The library and its research institute will become the property of the Government. Its operations will be under the Bureau of Archives.

The Attorney General said the President’s papers and memorabilia would be photographed and stored in the library’s archives.


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