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John F. Kennedy Presidential Recordings

In July of 1962, John F. Kennedy began secretly recording what would become roughly 260 hours of meeting and telephone conversations.

The Kennedy collection of Presidential Recordings consists of Meeting recordings and Dictabelt recordings. The Meeting recordings are made primarily of conversations in the Oval Office and Cabinet Room. The Dictabelt recordings consist primarily of telephone conversations with occasional dictation included. more →

Some transcripts are available alongside the audio files below, others were published in three volumes through W.W. Norton Press in October 2001. Click through to explore PDFs of the Norton transcripts.

John F. Kennedy White House Tapes

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Tape Mtg/Dict Title Date Details Download  
42.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 42.1 1959 Kennedy MP3 WAV +
50.4 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 50.4 1962 Kennedy and Unidentified MP3 WAV +
50.3 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 50.3 1962 Kennedy and George Smathers MP3 WAV +
50.2 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 50.2 1962 Kennedy and Unidentified MP3 WAV +
mtg-3 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Jul 30, 1962 (3) 7/30/1962 Meeting on Nuclear Test Ban continued MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-2 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Jul 30, 1962 (2) 7/30/1962 Meeting on the Economy and the Budget MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-1 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Jul 30, 1962 (1) 7/30/1962 Taping System Installed MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-5a meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 01, 1962 (5A) 8/01/1962 Meeting with the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-5 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 01, 1962 (5) 8/01/1962 Meeting on Nuclear Test Ban MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-4 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 01, 1962 (4) 8/01/1962 Meeting on Nuclear Test Ban MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-6 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 03, 1962 (6) 8/03/1962 Meeting on Berlin MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-7.1 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 06, 1962 (7.1) 8/06/1962 Meeting with Wilbur Mills on the Tax Cut Proposal MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-8 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 08, 1962 (8) 8/08/1962 Meeting with Llewellyn Thompson on Khrushchev MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-9 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 09, 1962 (9) 8/09/1962 Meeting on Berlin continued MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-10.1 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 09, 1962 (10.1) 8/09/1962 Meeting with Business Leaders on the Tax Cut Proposal continued MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-11 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 10, 1962 (11) 8/10/1962 Meeting on the Gold and Dollar Crisis MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-10.2 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 10, 1962 (10.2) 8/10/1962 Meeting on the Tax Cut Proposal MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-11a meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 15, 1962 (11A) 8/15/1962 Meeting on Laos MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-14 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 16, 1962 (14) 8/16/1962 Meeting on the Gold and Dollar Crisis MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-13 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 16, 1962 (13) 8/16/1962 Meeting with Douglas MacArthur continued MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-12 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 16, 1962 (12) 8/16/1962 Meeting with Douglas MacArthur MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-15 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 21, 1962 (15) 8/21/1962 Meeting on U.N. Strategy MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-15a meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 22, 1962 (15A) 8/22/1962 Meeting on Intelligence Maters MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-17 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Aug 27, 1962 (17) 8/27/1962 Meeting on Arab-Israeli Questions MP3 WAV FLAC +
33.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 33.1 8/29/1962 Kennedy and David McDonald MP3 WAV +
mtg-20 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Sep 04, 1962 (20) 9/04/1962 Meeting on the Congressional Resolution about Cuba MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-19 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Sep 04, 1962 (19) 9/04/1962 Drafting Meeting on the Cuba Press Statement MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-18 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Sep 04, 1962 (18) 9/04/1962 Meeting on U-2 Incident MP3 WAV FLAC +
4B.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4B.1 9/1962 Kennedy and LeMoyne Billings MP3 WAV +
3A.8 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 3A.8 9/10/1962 Kennedy and unidentified MP3 WAV
3A.7 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 3A.7 9/10/1962 Operator and Operator MP3 WAV
3A.6 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 3A.6 9/10/1962 Kennedy and C. Douglas Dillon MP3 WAV
3A.5 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 3A.5 9/10/1962 Unidentified MP3 WAV
3A.4 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 3A.4 9/10/1962 Operator and Pierre Salinger MP3 WAV
3A.3 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 3A.3 9/10/1962 Kennedy and David McDonald MP3 WAV
3A.2 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 3A.2 9/10/1962 Evelyn Lincoln and Robert Troutman MP3 WAV
3A.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 3A.1 9/10/1962 Evelyn Lincoln and Phil Reagan MP3 WAV
mtg-22 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Sep 10, 1962 (22) 9/10/1962 Meeting on Berlin MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-21 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Sep 10, 1962 (21) 9/10/1962 Meeting with Dwight Eisenhower MP3 WAV FLAC +
3B.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 3B.1 9/13/1962 Kennedy, John McCormack, Thomas E. Morgan and Carl Vinson MP3 WAV
4D.2 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4D.2 9/1962 Kennedy and Torbert MacDonald MP3 WAV +
33.2 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 33.2 9/1962 Kennedy and Walter Ruether MP3 WAV +
33.3 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 33.3 9/1962 Kennedy and Willard Wirtz MP3 WAV +
33.4 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 33.4 9/1962 Kennedy and George Meany MP3 WAV +
33.5 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 33.5 9/1962 Kennedy and Walter Reuther MP3 WAV +
mtg-23 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Sep 25, 1962 (23) 9/25/1962 Meeting with Maxwell Taylor on His Far Eastern Trip MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-25 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Sep 28, 1962 (25) 9/28/1962 Meeting on Laos MP3 WAV FLAC +
4A.2 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4A.2 9/29/1962 Kennedy and Ted Sorensen MP3 WAV +
4A.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4A.1 9/29/1962 Kennedy and Ross Barnett MP3 WAV +
4C.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4C.1 9/29/1962 Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Ross Barnett MP3 WAV +
mtg-24 .1 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Sep 29, 1962 (24 .1) 9/29/1962 Meeting on the Crisis at the University of Mississippi MP3 WAV FLAC +
4F.6 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4F.6 9/30/1962 Burke Marshall and Ramsey Clark MP3 WAV
4F.5 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4F.5 9/30/1962 Kennedy and Ross Barnett MP3 WAV
4F.4 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4F.4 9/30/1962 Kennedy and Ross Barnett MP3 WAV
4F.3 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4F.3 9/30/1962 Robert Kennedy and Cyrus Vance MP3 WAV
4F.2 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4F.2 9/30/1962 Jack Rosenthal and Evelyn Lincoln MP3 WAV
4F.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4F.1 9/30/1962 Kennedy and Ross Barnett MP3 WAV
4E.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4E.1 9/30/1962 Kennedy and Ross Barnett MP3 WAV
mtg-26a meeting Kennedy Conversation on Sep 30, 1962 (26A) 9/30/1962 Meeting on Civil Rights continued MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-26 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Sep 30, 1962 (26) 9/30/1962 Meeting on Civil Rights MP3 WAV FLAC +
4K.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4K.1 10/01/1962 Evelyn Lincoln and Unidentified MP3 WAV
4H.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4H.1 10/01/1962 Kennedy, Cyrus Vance, and Robert McNamara MP3 WAV
4G.5b dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4G.5b 10/01/1962 Evelyn Lincoln and Robert McNamara MP3 WAV
4G.5a dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4G.5a 10/01/1962 Evelyn Lincoln and unidentified MP3 WAV
4G.4 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4G.4 10/01/1962 Kennedy and Archibald Cox MP3 WAV
4G.3 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4G.3 10/01/1962 Kennedy and Ross Barnett MP3 WAV
4G.2 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4G.2 10/01/1962 Kennedy and Creighton Abrams MP3 WAV
4G.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4G.1 10/01/1962 Creighton Abrams and Robert Kennedy MP3 WAV
4F.7 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4F.7 10/01/1962 Creighton Abrams and Robert Kennedy MP3 WAV
4J.6 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4J.6 10/02/1962 Evelyn Lincoln and Unidentified MP3 WAV
4J.5 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4J.5 10/02/1962 Evelyn Lincoln and Operator MP3 WAV
4J.4 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4J.4 10/02/1962 Evelyn Lincoln and William H. Brandt MP3 WAV
4J.2 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4J.2 10/02/1962 Kennedy and Cyrus Vance MP3 WAV
4J.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 4J.1 10/02/1962 Kennedy and Cyrus Vance MP3 WAV
mtg-27.2 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 02, 1962 (27.2) 10/02/1962 Conversation with Kenneth O'Donnell and Cyrus Vance MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-27.1 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 02, 1962 (27.1) 10/02/1962 Meeting on the Budget and Tax Cut Proposal MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-27a meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 08, 1962 (27A) 10/08/1962 Meeting on the Budget MP3 WAV FLAC +
38.3 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 38.3 10/1962 Kennedy and Dean Rusk MP3 WAV +
38.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 38.1 10/1962 Kennedy and Dean Rusk MP3 WAV +
38.2 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 38.2 10/1962 Kennedy and Operator MP3 WAV +
mtg-28a meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 16, 1962 (28A) 10/16/1962 Meeting on the Cuban Missile Crisis MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-28 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 16, 1962 (28) 10/16/1962 Meeting on the Cuban Missile Crisis MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-29 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 17, 1962 (29) 10/17/1962 Meeting with West German Foreign Minister Gerhard Schroeder MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-31.1 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 18, 1962 (31.1) 10/18/1962 Kennedy Summarizes a Late-Night Meeting on the Cuban Missile Crisis MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-30a meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 18, 1962 (30A) 10/18/1962 Meeting on the Cuban Missile Crisis MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-30 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 18, 1962 (30) 10/18/1962 Cabinet Meeting on the Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 1964 MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-31.2 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 19, 1962 (31.2) 10/19/1962 Meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the Cuban Missile Crisis MP3 WAV FLAC +
30.2 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 30.2 10/22/1962 Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower MP3 WAV
30.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 30.1 10/22/1962 Kennedy and John McCloy MP3 WAV
2A.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 2A.1 10/22/1962 Evelyn Lincoln and Operator MP3 WAV
mtg-33a.1 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 22, 1962 (33A.1) 10/22/1962 Meeting with the Congressional Leadership on the Cuban Missile Crisis continued MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-33.2 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 22, 1962 (33.2) 10/22/1962 Meeting with the Congressional Leadership on the Cuban Missile Crisis MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-33.1 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 22, 1962 (33.1) 10/22/1962 NSC Meeting on the Cuban Missile Crisis MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-32.2 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 22, 1962 (32.2) 10/22/1962 Meeting of Berlin Group on Crisis Planning MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-32.1 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 22, 1962 (32.1) 10/22/1962 Meeting on Diplomatic Plans for the Crisis MP3 WAV FLAC +
32.3 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 32.3 10/23/1962 Kennedy and Roswell Gilpatric MP3 WAV
32.1 dictabelt Kennedy Dictabelt Conversation 32.1 10/23/1962 Kennedy and General Lucius Clay MP3 WAV
mtg-36.2 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 23, 1962 (36.2) 10/23/1962 Discussion between President Kennedy and Robert Kennedy continued MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-36.1 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 23, 1962 (36.1) 10/23/1962 Executive Committee Meeting of the NSC on the Cuban Missile Crisis continued MP3 WAV FLAC +
mtg-35.2 meeting Kennedy Conversation on Oct 23, 1962 (35.2) 10/23/1962 Executive Committee Meeting of the NSC on the Cuban Missile Crisis MP3 WAV FLAC +

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