Southampton Hospital Donates Birth Records of Former First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

On December 5, 2013, Robert I. Ross, Southampton Hospital’s Vice President of Community and Government Relations traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to donate the birth records of former US First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis to Tom Putnan, the Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. 

The records, which have been in the Hospital’s possession since Mrs. Onassis’ birth on July 28, 1929, were donated to the JFK Library with the express permission of Caroline Kennedy, Mrs. Onassis’ daughter and the newly appointed US Ambassador to Japan.  While looking for documents pertaining to the Hospital 100th anniversary in 2009, Mr. Ross came upon Mrs. Onassis’ birth records in a Hospital safe, in a manila envelope, and marked “Mrs. President Jack Kennedy.”

“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,” comments Robert S. Chaloner, Hospital President and CEO.


Robert I. Ross, Southampton Hospital’s Vice President of Community and Government Relations with the birth records of former US First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.


Tom Putnam, Director of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum accepted Southampton Hospital's donation of the birth records of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis from Robert Ross, the Hospital's Vice President of Community and Government Relations.
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