John F. Kennedy and Carl Sandburg

Source: Seth H. Muse Papers, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #673

Staff Person: Lynette Lundin


JFK with Carl Sandburg at White House.

JFK with Carl Sandburg at White House.

This photograph is from the Seth H. Muse Papers. Seth Muse was a well known Washington news photographer, born in Cash Corner, N.C., on Nov. 11, 1912. He was living in Arlington, Va. when he died. He died from a heart attack at the age of 63, on February 27, 1976. He attended ECU in 1937, and Married Dorothy Crumpler of Roseboro, N.C., a graduate of East Carolina. Their son George also graduated in 1963 from East Carolina. He was a member of White House News Photographers Association and National Press Club. He worked mainly in Washington, D.C. Muse took pictures of nearly all the prominent figures in North Carolina politics during his career. There are photographs of Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Vice President Richard Nixon and of leaders of other countries such as Queen Elizabeth of England, and famous people such as Bob Hope, Sophie Tucker, Kim Novak, the fighter Jack Dempsey and evangelist Billy Graham. Seth Muse was an enthusiastic supporter of East Carolina University. I find this a very interesting collection of photographs. The image of John F. Kennedy with Carl Sandburg was taken on Oct 25th, 1961 at the White House. The photograph below is in collection # 673 and is in box 13 of that collection. The finding aid for this collection can be found at Manuscript Collection 673.