Library Gets Missing JFK Items

Several artifacts from John F. Kennedy's (search) presidency have arrived at the Kennedy Library and Museum, including a piece of wood from the platform believed to be where Kennedy stood while he took the oath of office in 1961.

The items, which arrived last week, were briefly displayed on Wednesday. They also include JFK's first-edition copy of his book, "Why England Slept," (search) kept in a drawer in the Oval Office, and a light brown suede glove believed to be the mate to one already at the library, worn by Kennedy at his inauguration.

The artifacts were recovered by the National Archives and Records Administration (search) from the estate of Robert L. White, a collector who obtained them from the president's late secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, library officials said.

The library also now has a map of Cuba with Kennedy's notes from briefings on the Cuban Missile Crisis. White had obtained the map from Lincoln and sold it, and the federal government recovered it last year for the Kennedy library.

Other new material includes thousands of pages of national security documents, letters, notes and memoranda.

Curators are considering when and where to display the collection, Kennedy Library director Deborah Leff said.