top of page

The Kennedys Plan JFK Memorial Library

Apr. 11, 1964 - Senator Edward M. Kennedy led a family group today to the site selected for the erection of a memorial library to his brother, President Kennedy, at the Harvard Business School.

On a two-acre plot donated by the university, the Kennedys discussed designs with an advisory committee of architects, artists, and designers who had been invited there for weekend talks on the project. The President’s widow was not at the site. She was participating in closed sessions in town.

President Kennedy had selected the site as a library for his papers during a visit to Harvard in October, a few weeks before his assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22. Mrs. Kennedy had visited the site on Jan. 18. President Kennedy’s library plans will be incorporated in the designs for a memorial.

The site is on the Boston side of the Charles River, behind the Kresge Building, a business school dining unit. It overlooks a cluster of Harvard housing units on the Cambridge side.

Family members with Senator Kennedy today were Mrs. Sargent Shriver, Mrs. Peter Lawford, and Mrs. Stephen Smith, all sisters. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy was in Norfolk, Va., attending the funeral of General Douglas MacArthur. He was expected by tomorrow, when the family will go to its summer colony in Hyannis Port, Mass.

Support this project at


bottom of page