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Hospital Donates Jackie Kennedy's Birth Records To JFK Presidential Library

Caroline Kennedy gave the hospital permission to give her mother's birth records to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

The birth records of former First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Credit: Southampton Hospital
The birth records of former First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Credit: Southampton Hospital

Southampton Hospital turned over birth records of former First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum last week.

Robert I. Ross, the hospital's vice president of community and government relations, traveled to Boston on Dec. 5 to donate her birth records.

The records, which have been in the hospital’s possession since Onassis’ birth on July 28, 1929, were given to the JFK Library with the permission of Caroline Kennedy, Onassis’ daughter and the newly appointed US Ambassador to Japan.

Ross stumbled upon the documents by accident in a hospital safe. They had been kept in a manilla envelope marked “Mrs. President Jack Kennedy.”

The record for "Baby Girl Bouvier" is handwritten and notes that she was born weighing 8 pounds at 5 p.m. Her physician was Dr. Caldwell.

Her family had a home in East Hampton.

“Southampton Hospital is extremely pleased to transfer this piece of American history to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum where visitors to the 35th President’s Library will be able to view the documents,” Robert S. Chaloner, hospital president and CEO, said in a statement.

Gene Scanlon December 13, 2013 at 12:46 AM
The hospital could not find info on an operation my son had in the mid-eighties and they still had someone's birth record from the 20's. Maybe they Judge Crater's death certificate too?

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