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JFK Assassination Documents

Document Collections from the Investigations

Warren Commission

The Warren Commission was appointed in the aftermath of the JFK assassination, and in 1964 issued its Report and accompanying 26 volumes of hearings and exhibits, asserting that Oswald was the lone assassin of JFK.

Garrison Investigation

The Garrison investigation of the late 1960s ended with the trial and acquittal of New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw. Garrison's investigation became the basis for the film JFK.

Rockefeller Commission

The Rockefeller Commission was formed in the mid 1970s to investigate domestic activities of the CIA, and conducted a limited review of the JFK assassination.

Church Committee

The Church Committee documented US plots to assassinate foreign leaders, and also conducted a review of the intelligence agencies' aid to the Warren Commission.

House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA)

The HSCA investigated the murders of Kennedy and Martin Luther King in the late 1970s. In the JFK case, it found a "probable" conspiracy.

Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB)

The ARRB was created in the early 1990s to oversee declassification of JFK assassination records.

Document Collections from Government Agencies

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

The FBI took over the case from the Dallas authorities and conducted a brief investigation; the Warren Commission subsequently relied upon the FBI as its primary investigative arm.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

The CIA had a pre-assassination file on Oswald, and also holds voluminous files on related topics of interest including anti-Castro operations.

Department of Defense

Records on Vietnam and Cuba were declassified in the 1990s by the Department of Defense.

State Department

The State Dept's Foreign Relations of the United States volumes on the Kennedy era are now available.

Dallas Police

Records obtained from the Dallas Police Department or its former members.

Other Agencies and Committees

Other Agencies, Committees, or other government bodies whose records are relevant.

Congressional Reports

Congressional reports related to the Kennedy Presidency.

Public Papers of the Presidents

Reports of the public statements made by presidents.

Document Collections from Archives and Libraries

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

The National Archives 2 facility in College Park Maryland is the repository for the JFK Assassination Records Collection.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

The LBJ Library in Austin holds the LBJ phone call recordings as well as other relevant records.

Gerald R. Ford Library

The Gerald Ford Library at the University of Michigan holds some collections, most of them related to the Rockefeller Commission's work.

Other Document Collections

Private Document Collections

Private collections of personal documents (letters, etc.) or government documents not bundled into complete collections.


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