The museum collection at John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site is the primary resource contributing to the site's significance as a memorial. The objects constitute an assemblage specifically created for the birthplace by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy with the intent that they be seen by the public. As part of the 1966-1969 restoration effort, a collection of household furnishings, photographs and significant mementos were personally collected and arranged in the principal rooms of the home by Mrs. Kennedy and her consultant, Jordan Marsh interior decorator Robert Luddington. Many pieces in the collection are original to the family's tenure in the house; others are Kennedy family pieces, appropriate antiques, or period reproductions selected for interpretive value. After restoration and refurnishing were completed, Mrs. Kennedy donated the house and its contents to the National Park Service.

The park's archives consists of two collections. The Robert T. Luddington Papers, 1961-1998 (bulk dates: 1966-1969) documents the work of Robert Luddington and Rose Kennedy to refurnish the house in 1967-1969. The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site Resource Management Records, 1963-2003 (bulk dates: 1966-1987) documents the management of the site by the National Park Service. Personal papers of the Kennedy family and John F. Kennedy's presidential papers are held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

metal toy cannon mounted on carriage with four wheels, side stamped SWAMP ANGEL

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