May 28, 2022

Available Online Tomorrow: National Archives Opening Robert F. Kennedy Records Relating to the Cuban Missile Crisis

UPDATE (10/11/12): The records are now available. You can find them here.

From NARA:

The National Archives and Records Administration and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library are releasing an additional seven boxes of material (more than 2,700 pages) from the Robert F. Kennedy Papers, housed at the Kennedy Library in Boston, including documents relating primarily to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The new material will be available online beginning at 8:30am on Thursday, October 11, 2012, at and in the JFK Library Reading Room.

“The National Archives is pleased to open these materials as the nation and the world mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis,” said David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States.  “Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy played a crucial role in the peaceful resolution of the crisis, and researchers and the public are keenly interested in the information and insights contained in these documents.”

The materials included in this opening consist of documents accumulated by Robert F. Kennedy in his capacity as both Attorney General and advisor to President Kennedy. The files relate chiefly to matters that ordinarily do not come under the jurisdiction of the Attorney General or the Justice Department, and include memos, correspondence, reports, notes from Executive Committee meetings, as well as CIA and State Department telegrams and cables chiefly related to the United States relationship with Cuba during the years 1961 to 1963 – a time which included the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs invasion.

While the majority of these materials will be opened in full, some will remain restricted because of classified material:  no documents are closed due to restrictions related to personal privacy concerns.


+ Background information about Robert F. Kennedy (via JFK Library)

+ Statement from the Robert F. Kennedy Family (PDF)

+ Learn About the Cuban Missile Crisis (via JFK Library(

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