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Richard N. Goodwin (#85)
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An Inventory of His Personal Papers
At the John F. Kennedy Library
National Archives and Records Administration

Administrative Information
Biographical Note
Collection Overview
Series Description

Administrative Information

Papers 1961-1965.
Lawyer. Assistant Special Counsel to the President (1961); Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (1961-62); Director, International Peace Corps Secretariat (1962-64). Memorandums, reports, and correspondence.


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Received from Richard N. Goodwin of Cambridge, MA in April 1974 (Acc. 2003-053).

About 4800 items (6.0 feet).

Classified Items Withdrawn 
Selected folders may contain withdrawal sheets where documents containing national security classified information were removed from this collection.

Withdrawn Items
Selected folders may contain withdrawal sheets where documents, in accordance with the donor's deed of gift, were removed from the collection. These include documents which may be used to injure or harass any living person.

Date Opened
April 2001

Processed by
Kara Drake

Finding aid updated March 2003 by Jennifer Miller

Encoded by
Jennifer Miller

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Richard N. Goodwin Papers (#85)

Biographical Note
 Born in Boston on December 7, 1931, Richard N. Goodwin graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in 1953. He went on to study law at Harvard University, graduated summa cum laude in 1958 and joined the Massachusetts State bar the same year. After clerking for Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter in 1958, Goodwin came to Senator John F. Kennedy's attention in 1959 while working as special counsel to the Legislative Oversight Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Goodwin joined Kennedy's speech writing staff in 1959, and after Kennedy's successful presidential bid, served as assistant special counsel to the President in 1961. Goodwin was also a member of Kennedy's Task Force on Latin American Affairs and in 1961, was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, a position he held until 1963. As one of Kennedy's specialists in Latin-American affairs, Goodwin helped develop the Alliance for Progress, an economic development program for Latin America. From 1963 to 1964, Goodwin served as secretary-general of the International Peace Corps and in 1964 became special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson. Goodwin left government service in 1965, though returned briefly in 1968 to write speeches for presidential candidates Robert Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy and Edmund Muskie. After leaving government, Goodwin served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut from 1965 to 1967 and as a visiting professor of public affairs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968. Along with acting as a contributor to Rolling Stone and The New Yorker, Goodwin has published numerous books, articles and plays. Goodwin is married to Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys (Simon and Schuster, 1986).

Collection Overview
The personal papers of Richard N. Goodwin document his time as assistant special counsel and speechwriter to President Kennedy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs and director of the International Peace Corps Secretariat. The collection contains memoranda, correspondence, position papers, proposals, reports, minutes, speeches and drafts created and collected by Goodwin. The papers are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series Description

Subject File, 1961 - 1965.
About 4800 items.
Arrangement: by subject.

Memoranda, correspondence, position papers, reports, minutes, speeches and drafts. Arranged alphabetically by subject. Selected folders contain withdrawal sheets where documents containing national security classified information were removed from the collection.


Box 1

Abu Simbel

Background book

"Act of Bogota"

Implementation memo and draft chapters I-II
Implementation draft chapters IV through IV-A and miscellaneous

Alliance for Progress


1961: April 17 - July 18
19 July 1961
1961: July 20 - November 21

Committee of nine
Hemispheric Council for Social Progress, report on
Punta del Este meeting, August 1961

Preparatory papers, 13 June 1961
Charter analysis
Drafts and working documents, 16 August 1961 and undated
Official documents, 16 August 1961


Box 2


Federal building, 1961: September 9 - October 9, undated
New York world's fair

1963: August 12 - August 25
1963: August 26
1963: August 27 - November 21

President's Advisory Council on the Applicants, 3 May 1963 - 18 February 1964
President's Advisory Council on, background material

General 1958 - 1962
General 1963 and undated
Great Britain
New York

Box 3

Arts Legislation

1963: July 12 - October 28
1963: October 29 - December 20 and undated (2 folders)

Bennett, Bill

1961: April 10 - May 13
1961: May 14
1961: May 15 - June 10

British Guinea
Cabinet papers
Commerce, department of
Congressional mail
Costa Rica

American universities field staff, reports on September - October 1960
Covert activities
Cuban Embassy in Argentina

Box 4

Follow-up action
Special activity file
US policy towards (2 folders)


January 1 - April 25
April 26 - May 20
May 21 - 22
May 23 - 31
June - July
September - October
November and undated

1963: November

Box 5

Cultural and educational affairs

Report on informal working group
1963: January - June
1963: August - December, undated

Defense, Department of

1960, February 1961

March 1 - 22
March 23 - 31
August 1 - 15
August 16 - 31
October 1 - 15
October 16 - 31
November 1 - 15
November 16 - 28

Development Assistance Committee
Dominican Republic
El Salvador, 1961: January - October, undated

Box 6

Estrada, Emilio
Export-import bank
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Federal Trade Commission
Food for Peace
Foreign aid suggestions (from public)
Foreign aid (2 folders)
Foreign economics policy
Foreign policy - "Growth for Freedom"
Foreign students
Government Operation, Committee on

Box 7

Hartford, Huntington, Manuscript of "Jane Eyre"
Honduran pulp and paper project

"Impressions of India," May 1960
October 1960 - August 1961

Institute for development planning

Literacy foundation
News service

Johnson, Lyndon Baines, speeches of
Jordan river developments
Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier
Kennedy, John F. state of the union address

Box 8

"Labor Training in Developing Countries" appendices
Latin America

Regional conferences, October 1961
Travel folder

Latin American policy (2 folders)
Legislative procedure
Mental retardation
Mental retardation: interrelated areas in poverty and mental retardation
National planning association, report on "Strengthening the Government for Arms Control," July 1960
National Security Council
National Service Corps director, applicants for
New York Review of books, Muggeridge, Malcolm on "J.F.K. the Loved One," 28 January 1965

Box 9

Panama canal
Peace Corps

Second annual report on
Background papers
Conference scope paper
General (2 folders)

Box 10

Physically handicapped, employment of
Post office
Poverty (2 folders)
President's achievements
President's advisory panel, report on ethics and conflict of interest in government, 22 March 1961

Box 11

Press conferences (2 folders)
Schlesinger, Arthur Meir Jr.
Shapp's business investment conference
Shriver, R. Sargent - speech invitations
Speaking engagements completed (3 folders)

Box 12

Speaking engagements (pending), 1963
State department
Travel vouchers (pending)
Travel vouchers personal, 1962
Travel vouchers completed, 1963 (2 folders)
U.S. servicemen overseas, crimes of
Youth committee

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