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Lincoln Bedroom, John F. Kennedy Administration

This photograph of the Lincoln Bedroom was taken by Robert L. Knudsen on May 3, 1962, during the John F. Kennedy administration. The Lincoln Bedroom was captured following the completion of minor additions made by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, including a pair of William Morris velvetupholstered slipper chairs documented to date to the Abraham Lincoln administration. An elaborate yellow and green fringe chosen by French interior designer Stéphane Boudin was added to the slipper chairs. Located on the Second Floor of the White House, in modern times the Lincoln Bedroom is used for official and personal guests of the presidents family. In the past, it served as an office and the Cabinet Room. The room became a bedroom in the family quarters during the 1902 Theodore Roosevelt renovation. The high-back bed, known as the Lincoln Bed, was purchased for the White House by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. While it was purchased during the Lincoln administration, the bed was probably never used by President Lincoln, nor was it originally placed in this room. Repurposed during the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the room features furniture, artwork, and refurbishing reminiscent of the 1860s. In 2005, the room underwent refurbishing under the direction of First Lady Laura Bush, enhancing the historical accuracy of the room.
Robert L. Knudsen
Date of Work
May 3, 1962
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum/NARA