The Briscoe Center for American History has acquired the prized archives of photographer Jacques Lowe, best known for his images of the Kennedy family, including scenes from John F. Kennedy‘s presidential campaign and his first year in the White House.

“This acquisition was more than a few years in the making,” said Don Carleton, director of the Briscoe Center at the University of Texas, “if you consider that I first met Jacques Lowe in the late 1990s, and we discussed his archive before his death.”

Lowe died May 12, 2001.

The Lowe collection covers his entire career as a photojournalist and portrait artist, with close to 6,000 prints, more than 2,000 contact sheets, almost 5,000 negatives, and hundreds of pieces of ephemera, including publications, correspondence and equipment.