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JFK Papers Withdrawn From Auction

March 14, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Presidential documents said to contain information about national security were withdrawn from a showing of John F. Kennedy memorabilia to be sold at auction.

The agreement to remove the documents from the auction was reached Friday at a meeting between collector Robert White, his attorneys and officials from the National Archives and Records Administration, archives spokesman Gerald George said.

White’s lawyer, Robert Adler, had said his client had no problem pulling back any items related to national security.

However, federal officials are also looking into whether some of the items proposed for sale belong to the federal government. If so, the items belong in the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, federal officials said.

Guernsey’s auction house said Saturday that the auction would go forward as planned Wednesday, adding that the dispute involved only a handful of documents and one or two artifacts.

White said he inherited the bulk of the material from Evelyn Lincoln, JFK’s personal secretary and a tireless collector of memorabilia during her time in the White House.

Federal officials have suggested they may go to court to block the auction if the ownership question is not resolved. Adler promised that White would fight any effort to shut down the sale.

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