the mixed blessing of newly processed papers: the nancy tuckerman files of the jacqueline kennedy onassis collection at the jfk library (emotions by britney)

so this was terrifically exciting for about five minutes.

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NEW THINGS!!!! COMING OUT OF THE VAULT. (join me in remembering this.)

so yeah, JACKIE STUFFS COMING OUT OF THE VAULT INTO THE LIGHT OF DAY. MASSIVELY EXCITING.

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you will note: [CLOSED] [CLOSED] [CLOSED] [CLOSED] [CLOSED] [CLOSED] [CLOSED] [CLOSED] [CLOSED] [CLOSED] [CLOSED] [CLOSED].

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which i feel so complainy complaining about because there’s so little open in her files that just a mere folder feels like a pot of gold, so to have these files opened does represent a massive infusion of new material. and maybe there’s a (tiny) chance they’ve not yet updated the finding aide to accurately reflect what’s been opened. but.

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BUT.

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i should be so grateful.

“Thayer, Molly: ‘Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years’ notes and edits” sounds promising, as does “White House: Secrecy pledges,” “Dinners: Private, friends,” “King, Martin Luther, Jr.: Funeral,” “Matchbooks: Jacqueline Kennedy (1 of 2 Folders).”

there’s so much here.

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i should be so grateful. who cares about “Yucatan, 1966 [CLOSED]”… “Parks Springtime Seed Catalog, 1979” is now available for research!!!!

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i am, of course, grateful and i accept what they give me, gratefully.

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but it is so TOTALLY ARBITRARY, ya’ll.

THIS IS AMERICA. whycome we are prohibited from viewing jfk’s doodles??

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i know, i know, think of what we can see!! and believe you me, i’m now rearranging my whole boston trip and screwing all the other files i planned to look at in order to see these, so i’m not unaware of the gift. but it’s a mixed blessing, this. they open so much, and yet they’ve held back so much more.

i am grateful, but it is, at once, soooooooooooooo exciting and deeply, awfully absurd.

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