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John F. Kennedy Tribute Records

Identifier: C-0082

Scope and Contents

The JFK Tribute Collection consist of articles, correspondence, photographs, DVDs, architectural drawings, and other printed materials that document the creation and dedication of the JFK Tribute. The materials date from 2008-2013 and measure 16.96 linear foot (6 boxes). The collection is arranged into 3 series.

The first series, JFK Tribute (2008-2013), contains correspondence, invitations, programs, photographs, video recordings, articles, and planning materials related to the JFK Tribute. This series contains correspondence with Caroline Kennedy and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, photographs and video of the dedication ceremony, and articles from around the country covering the dedication of the JFK Tribute. The JFK Tribute Sculpture folder consists of contracts, photographs, and correspondence concerning the creation of the sculpture of JFK.

The second series, Architectural Drawings and Plans (2011), is made up of two sets of plans and twelve illustrations (some photographic and some drawn). The first set of plans is of a parking garage that is directly under the JFK Tribute site and the second set is for improvements to General Worth Square and the installation of the JFK Tribute.

The third series, Material Samples, Text Proofs, and Publications (1963-2012), contains samples of materials used in the construction of the JFK Tribute, text proofs, magazines from the 1960s, and a section of the Fort Worth Star Telegram about the JFK Tribute.


  • 2008 - 2013

Historical Information

The JFK Tribute was commissioned and created in order to honor and commemorate President Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth, Texas on November 21st and 22nd, 1963. On the morning of the 22nd, President Kennedy gave an unplanned speech to an audience of thousands of people who came down to the Hotel Texas to try and catch of glimpse of the President. This speech took place close to where the Tribute is today on the corner of Main and 8th Streets. Lawrence Ludtke designed an 8 foot tall bronze sculpture of President Kennedy that sits in the center of granite plaza. The installation and dedication of the Tribute was the culmination of over a decade of work by Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy. The Tribute dedication took place on November 8, 2012.


16.96 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

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The materials were donated to the Fort Worth Library by Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. on February 7, 2013 and August 15, 2015.

JFK Tribute Records
In Taro
March 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102