The diary of the Kennedy's nanny reveals heart-to-heart memories she shared with the family

Edduin Carvajal
Apr 28, 2018
06:30 A.M.
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The Kennedys are one of the most politically active family in the U.S. as at least one member of them held federal elective office in every year since 1947.


If it is not surprising enough, the most relevant member of that family, John F. Kennedy, was the victim of the worst magnicide act in the modern history of the U.S. Consequently, pretty much everything that surrounded that family has a huge value.

According to Closer Weekly, Maud Shaw, who worked for the Kennedys as a nanny from 1957 to 1965, was an important part of John Jr. and Caroline's lives. Shaw was so old-fashioned that she used to write several details of the children’s personalities in a notebook.

Her 22-page long diary was sold recently by Boston’s RR Auction house for $3,327. It is considered an important piece of the family’s history as Shaw wrote everything from when Caroline said her first words to when John Jr. repeated words after her.


While the diary might contain interesting information, Shaw wrote a book titled White House Nannie: My Years with Caroline and John Kennedy Jr. In it, she confessed how she told Caroline that her father had been killed.

"I sat on the edge of Caroline's bed and felt tears well up in my eyes. I took her in my arms. 'I can't help crying, Caroline, because I have some very sad news.' Then I told her. It was a dreadful time for us both.”

Maud Shaw, Closer Weekly (taken from White House Nannie), April 22, 2018.


Apart from the diary, the auction included several postcards Shaw and the family sent to each other after she stopped working for the family.

Despite the fact that Shaw worked with many other families in the U.K., Egypt, and Iran, she confessed that the Kennedys were her favorite charges. She added that she loved them deeply and that they repaid them with their own love and affection.