The interviews with historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. were conducted in early 1964 in the aftermath of the U.S. leader's death in November 1963.
The tapes, which have been kept private for nearly 50 years, were inherited by Kennedy's daughter Caroline and they will be aired in public for the first time in a series of TV and radio programmes later this year (11).
Kennedy - later known as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and who died in 1994 - rarely spoke about her time in the White House, but will be heard opening up about the details of her life in the shows, which will include a one-hour 20/20 TV special hosted by Diane Sawyer due for broadcast in September (11). A book, titled Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, is also set for release.
Caroline Kennedy says in a statement, "It is a great privilege to be able to share these recollections with the millions of people who admire my parents. My mother took very seriously the obligation to preserve and document the history of my father’s administration - and these interviews are the result. I am honoured to play a small part in that effort by bringing them forward in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy administration.”