History Day Previous Topics

Archived collection of previously suggested History Day resources by topic. Links not maintained.

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

This page covers only previous History Day topics, and is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to President John F. Kennedy

See also: additional topics in History Day guides and Connecticut State Library (CSL) general guides.

Other Institutions

Other Institutions

These are institutions not listed under a specific topic, and tend to have broader coverage of te topic.

JFK and the Space Race

  • Suggested search terms
    • Space race -- History
    • Sputnik satellites
    • Space race -- United States -- History -- 20th century
    • Space race -- Soviet Union -- History -- 20th century
    • Astronautics -- Soviet Union -- History
    • Aeronautics -- Research -- United States -- History
    • Project Apollo (U.S.) -- History
    • Manned space flight -- History
    • United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union
    • Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States
    • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
    • United States -- Politics and government -- 1961-1963
  • Challenge to Apollo [microform] : the Soviet Union and the space race, 1945-1974 FedDoc Fiche NAS 1.21:2000-4408  
  • Read you loud and clear!" : the story of NASA's spaceflight tracking and data network - catalog record has details about the contents. FedDocs NAS 1.21:2007-4233
  • Southern Connecticut State University Forum on the 50th Anniversary of Sputnik / [produced by] CT·N StLib CT·N DVDs--Level 5B      CT·N 9761  
  • 100 years of flight : a chronology of aerospace history, 1903-2003  TL515 .W526 2003   
  • Looking backward, looking forward : forty years of U.S. human spaceflight symposium 
  • America faces Russia; Russian-American relations from early times to our day (1950) E183.8.R9 B3
  • From Sputnik to Minerva [electronic resource] : education and American national security
  • Spaceflight revolution : NASA Langley Research Center from Sputnik to Apollo  StLib Federal Documents  NAS 1.21:4308   

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suggested terms: Space race; sputnik; specific names of rockets

Other terms used during the time period being studied

Assassination - JFK


Books, Documents, etc.

These are only some suggestions. Search our library catalog, digital collections, and databases for additional resources.

While preference is given to online resources that students may access from home or school, many of the federal documents may be available in print at the Connecticut State Library (CSL).


Other Institutions

Release of Records

President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 was passed unanimously in 1992, and requires "all records previously withheld either in part or in full should be released on October 26, 2017, unless authorized for further withholding by the President of the United States." (NARA  JFK Assassination Records Processing Project, https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/processing-project). On October 26, 2017, President Trump released "Presidential Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies", which provided an additional six months for agencies to release withheld records. This was later increased to four years.

The JFK Assassination Records Processing Project at U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) states (as of October 22, 2021, see link below):

"When Congress passed the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act in 1992 agencies throughout the Federal Government transferred assassination-related records to the National Archives which established the JFK Assassination Records Collection. The Collection consists of approximately 5 million pages of records. Approximately 88% of the records in the Collection are open in full. An addition 11% are released in part with sensitive portions removed. Approximately 1% of documents identified as assassination-related remain withheld in full. All documents withheld either in part or in full were authorized for withholding by the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), an independent temporary agency that was in existence from 1994 to 1998."

"According to the Act, all records previously withheld either in part or in full should be released on October 26, 2017, unless authorized for further withholding by the President of the United States."

There was an additional release on December 15, 2022. See link below for NARA page on these documents.



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