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Object ID 001960

Object Name Jacqueline Kennedy condolence letter

Object Desc Framed letter and envelope from Jacqueline Kennedy addressed to Miss Ruth Chudnow. Letter is a thank for for condolence letter. Frame is painted black, burgundy matting.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002064

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General Category History

Category Stationery Items


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location 3rd Floor Hallway South

Object Date 1963

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Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Kennedy, John F.,Kennedy, Jacqueline,assassination,letters,envelopes,correspondence,White House,Chudnow, Ruth,Democratic Party,politics,First Ladies,Presidents,

Title Jacqueline Kennedy condolence letter

Description Framed card and envelope from Jacqueline Kennedy and President Johnson addressed to Miss Ruth Chudnow. Letter is a thank you note for condolence letter. At top is envelope. "The White House" in upper left corner. At top center is postal stamp dated 20 Aug 1963. At center is address "Miss Ruth Chudnow / 612 N. 26th Street, Apt. 3 / Milwaukee, Wisconsin". Stamp at upper right corner. At bottom is copy of the card. On thick paper. At top center is embossed seal of the President. Below printed is text "The President and Mrs. Kennedy deeply appreciate your thoughtfullness and expression of sympathy at this time". Frame is painted black. Glass covering. Burgundy paper matting around envelope and letter. Back has cardboard attached to frame with masking tape.


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Height 9

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Width 7.25

Depth 0.68

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Date APR 11,2014

Summary good

Assessor BN

Notes Matting, frame, backing and glass are not archival or original. Needs attention. Frame has scuff marks around edges. Masking tape on back is brittle. On envelope at lower right quadrant there is a gray mark, possibly ink or pencil, and above it are two additional indented marks with no dark coloring. Looks like a typo in "Milwaukee" most likely original and corrected with ink. On thank you card, staining around edges. Yellow staining at left upper quadrant. At left and right edges there is cellophane tape showing that attaches it to backing. Tape is yellowed. Overall, paper of envelope and card are yellowing.On back side at upper edge at left there are accretions from tape.


Date APR 11,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to 3rd Floor Hallway South from Political Room Exhibit - automatic entry by admin