TLS as president signed “John Kennedy,” one page, 7 x 10.25, White House letterhead, September 8, 1961. Letter to noted writer and critic Lewis Mumford, in full: "Miss Kay Halle turned over to me a few days ago two albums filled with letters from the artists and writers who were invited to the Inauguration ceremonies. Mrs. Kennedy and I have had extraordinary pleasure in going through these volumes. We are grateful for the letters, and we shall treasure them for the rest of our lives. I am hopeful that this collaboration between government and the arts will continue and prosper. Mrs. Kennedy and I would be particularly interested in any suggestions you may have in the future about the possible contributions the national government might make to the arts in America. My wife joins me in extending best thanks and regards." In fine condition. Accompanied by a two-page Western Union telegram to Mumford from "President-Elect & Mrs. Kennedy," dated January 12, , extending an invitation to the inaugural ceremonies.
Kennedy took great care in endorsing the nation's culture, honoring leading writers, artists, poets, and musicians throughout his presidency. Kennedy also sought to raise aesthetic standards in the design of federal buildings and promoted historic preservation. Mumford, this letter's recipient, was internationally renowned for his writings on cities, architecture, technology, literature, and modern life, and once praised JFK as 'the first American President to give art, literature and music a place of dignity in the national life.'
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