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Do You Recognize Anyone From These Photos Of JFK? His Library Needs Your Help


“President John F. Kennedy with Unidentified Visitors”

The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston has a problem. They have a huge collection of photographs from the Kennedy White House, but they can’t I.D. the some of people in the images. Some are visitors, some are people who actually worked at the White House, some are reporters and other press in the background of photos who they can’t identify.

“Our audiovisual metadata catalogers Lindsay Closterman and Nicola Mantzaris started doing very focused and thorough research with the resources we have, using JFK’s schedule and paper records to be able to ID people,” a rep for the Library tells BuzzFeed News. “Despite their research, including reaching out to people who worked in the White House or various government agencies, people still remain unidentified.”

Now they’re asking help from the public: do you know any of these people?

They’ve posted two collections of the photos they need help with to the U.S. Archives Flickr page – one for unknown visitors, one for unknown White House staff – and have put out a call through Twitter and Facebook for people to help out.

If you think there’s a chance some one you know (or you!) visited or worked at the White House during the Kennedy administration, please take a look through these photos, and additional ones on Flickr.

If you recognize someone, leave a comment on the Flickr page or email them at: [email protected]

“President John F. Kennedy with Representatives from the Women’s Army Corps”

4. Update: a BuzzFeed reader identified this visitor as Rafael Caldera, the future president of Venezuela

“President John F. Kennedy with Unidentified Visitor”

Update Sept 10, 2014: In the Facebook comments of this post, a reader said that he recognized Rafael Caldera in this image. The JFK Library’s archivists examined it and verified that this IS indeed Caldera. He doesn’t appear in JFK’s appointment book, which is why archivists couldn’t ID him at first. Caldera didn’t become the president of Venezuela until 1969.

“Congressman Ken Hechler (West Virginia) with Visitors at the White House”

“Presidential Assistant David F. Powers with Visitors”

“Presidential Assistant John J. McNally with James Stoffel and Visitor from Franklin, Massachusetts”

“President John. F. Kennedy with Visitors”

“President John F. Kennedy with Newspaper Publisher”

“President John F. Kennedy with Women Newspaper Publishers”

“White House Chef René Verdon and Kitchen Staff”

“President John. F. Kennedy with Visitors”

“First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s Press Secretary Pamela Turnure with a Visitor”

“Press Secretary Pierre Salinger with Visitors”

“Assistant Press Secretary, Jay W. Gildner, with Visitors in Cabinet Room”

“White House Housekeeper, Anne Lincoln, with Unidentified Visitors”

“Visitors in the Rose Garden”

“Visitors Present a Gift for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy”

“President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson Walk to Greet Winners of National Science Talent Search”

“Press Secretary Pierre Salinger with Visitor”

“White House Social Aides”

“John F. Kennedy, Jr. Plays with Hat in White House”

“President John F. Kennedy Visits with Reporters Upon Returning from Atlantic City, New Jersey”

“White House Staff and Police Officers at First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s First Musical Program for Youth”

“President John F. Kennedy with Women Newspaper Publishers”

“First Lady’s Press Secretary Pamela Turnure”

“Visitors at the White House”

“Presentation of Gifts for President John F. Kennedy”

“President John F. Kennedy En Route to the Commencement Ceremony at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland”

“President John F. Kennedy with a Former White House Staff Member”

“Rocking Chair Donated to White House”

“El Ferik Ibrahim Abboud, President of Sudan, Arrives at the White House”

“First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Greets Guests before a Reception for the Wives of American Society of Newspaper Editors Members”

“Christmas Reception for White House Staff”

“Christmas Reception for White House Staff”

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