JFK Archives

Provided below are leading records centers for materials about President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. The Justice Integrity Project is maintaining this list as part of our Readers Guide for the 50th anniversary of the killing on Nov. 22, 1963.

David FerrieroThe reference centers include both major institutions and citzen start-ups that have achieved prominence via the diligence of their founders.

At left, for example, is National Archivist David S. Ferriero, shown at right, is the presidentially appointed head of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). 

On a smaller but also important scale has been the work of the Mary and Buck Ferrelllate Mary Ferrell, a Dallas legal secretary, shows how a dedicated individual with no stake in the outcome aside from a passion for justice that helped create a major archive assisting researchers through the generations.

She and her husband, Buck, shown at right, began building an archive soon after the shooting. They believed Lee Harvey Oswald's arrest just an hour after the killing was strange. They bought a copy of every local newspaper and added materials through the years.

This evolved into the Mary Ferrell Foundation, a Washington, DC-based non-profit that contains over 1.2 million pages of documents, government reports, books, essays, and hours of multimedia open to the public.

This installment is not meant for casual reading. Instead, it is best regarded as a reference source if you are looking for something specific in terms of a book, film, or archive.

Johnn F. Kennedy Looking UpVital collections of records are maintained at government sites, as well as those private collections listed below. The National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), based in Washington, DC, is shown at left (and is located directly across the street from our Project's offices). NARA is the nation's official record keeper. JFK researchers, for example, may search the NARA online database of recently declassified and still-classified records from the Kennedy assassination investigations.

Experts have estimated that more than 2,000 books alone have been published on the JFK assassination, with more than 70 in 2013.

Therefore, our list below of books, videos, archives and organizations is necessarily selective. It seeks, however, to include leading works of whatever viewpoint that are frequently cited or regarded as important in the community of experts. Special emphasis is on newer materials and those considered classics.

The criteria is intended to encompass important books that may include only a small amount of material on the assassination if that material is unique or otherwise of important research value.

Several special markings are attached to certain books below to note if they are new as of 2013 or if the author has been included in certain listings or event indicating an unusual expert and other public interest in the research.

Any such compilation is a work in progress. Therefore, we welcome any corrections, additions or other updates. These may be sent me at Andrew [at] justice-integrity.org.

Justice Integrity Project Readers Guide To JFK Assassination

* Denotes major articles in this Readers Guide series

  1. Project Launches JFK Assassination Readers' Guide, Oct. 16, 2013. The Justice Integrity Project will provide a consumer's guide this fall to the many books and events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
  2. Project Provides JFK Readers Guide To New Books, Videos , Oct. 26, 2013. This is a list of new books and films this year.
  3. Project Lists JFK Assassination Books, Archives, Reports & Videos, Nov. 2, 2013. Provided below is a leading books, films and archives from the last 50 years regarding the JFK assassination in 1963. *
  4. Disputes Erupt Over NY Times, New Yorker, Washington Post Reviews of JFK Murder, Nov. 7, 2013. *
  5. Self-Censorship In JFK TV Treatments Duplicates Corporate Print Media's Apathy, Cowardice, Nov. 7, 2013.
  6. 'Puppetry' Hardback Launched Nov. 19 at DC Author Forum on ‘White House Mysteries & Media,’ Nov. 19, 2013.
  7. Major Media Stick With Oswald 'Lone Gunman' JFK Theory, Nov. 27, 2013. The past week's news coverage of President Kennedy's 1963 assassination provides a stark view of self-censorship.
  8. JFK Murder Scene Trapped Its Victim In Kill Zone, Nov. 30, 2013.
  9. JFK Murder, The CIA, and 8 Things Every American Should Know, Dec. 9, 2013. The Central Intelligence Agency implicated itself in the 1963 murder of President Kennedy and its ongoing cover-up, according to experts who have spoken out recently. *
  10. JFK Murder Prompts Expert Reader Reactions, Dec. 19, 2013. Expert reactions to our Dec. 9 argument against the Warren Commission's finding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing President Kennedy. *
  11. Have Spy Agencies Co-Opted Presidents and the Press? Dec. 23, 2013. *
  12. Don't Be Fooled By 'Conspiracy Theory' Smears, May 26, 2014.
  13. JFK Assassination Archives and Advocacy Centers, Aug. XX, 2014.

 

Selected JFK Assassination Archives, Websites

American Presidency Project, Santa Barbara, CA. The project was established in 1999 as a collaboration between John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Archives contain 104,108 documents related to the study of the Presidency. The index of those documents related to President Kennedy is here.

Assassination Archives Research Center (AARC), Silver Spring, MD -- Washington, DC. President James Lesar and Executive Director Jerry Policoff. The AARC's holdings comprise the most extensive collection of records on the JFK assassination in private hands. It has approximately 1,500 books on assassinations, organized crime, covert activities, and a wide variety of other subjects relevant to the study of assassinations and related topics. Its “main files” consist of newspaper and magazine articles, unpublished manuscripts, trial transcripts, photographs, tapes, notes, letters and other materials which fill some 36 four-drawer file cabinets.  AARC’s events include The Warren Report and the JFK Assassination: A Half Century of Significant Disclosures, a three-day conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland, September 26 through September 28, 2014 featuring, among others: Russ Baker; Prof. G. Robert Blakey; James D’Eugenio; Marie Fonzi; Robert Groden; Dan Hardway; Dr. David Kaiser; Dr. Joan Mellen; Jefferson Morley; Dr. John Newman; Dr. Randolph Robertson; Dr. Peter Dale Scott; Dr. Wayne Smith; Anthony Summers; Dr. Donald Thomas; Dr. Ernst Titovets; Lamar Waldron; Dr. Cyril H. Wecht; and many others.  A complete list of confirmed speakers and more details is at the AARC’s website, www.aarclibrary.org.Washington, DC.

Baylor University, JFK Materials Collection, Waco, TX. Ben Rogers, Director, W.R. Poage Legislative Library, Baylor University. The JFK Materials collection began in 2004 with the acquisition of the papers of Penn Jones, Jr. from his friend, Bob Platt. These papers included correspondence, manuscripts, cassette tapes, video tapes, magazines, photographs and various publications. Additional materials were given by Penn Jones' sons including a large group of materials related to Penn's service with the 36th Infantry Division in WWII. The new web site for the Penn Jones Collection is www.baylor.edu/lib/poage/jones/. Since then, it has partnered with Jack White and Gary Shaw to duplicate JFK materials from their personal collections. According to library staff: As of 2008, we had added 40+ JFK assassination research newsletter titles with over 800 individual issues, 420 magazine articles, 200+ videos, 100+ cassettes, HSCOA videos and cassettes, and correspondence from hundreds of individuals. We have also added general magazines, newspapers and videos documenting the life and death of President Kennedy. Background: Jones's liberal, confrontational and controversial opinions in the Mirror led to a firebombing of the paper in 1962. The International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors awarded him the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for Courage in Journalism on July 14, 1963. Jones was covering President Kennedy's visit to Dallas on November 22, 1963, and was awaiting the president's arrival at the Dallas Trade Mart when Kennedy was assassinated. The Mirror's post-assassination headline, in the largest hot-type size possible, read "The Shame of Dallas." His local access to witnesses and others with assassination-related knowledge, led him to identify "strange deaths" and disappearing witnesses connected with President Kennedy's murder. Eventually he published four volumes of "Forgive My Grief" a compilation of Mirror editorials. 

Citizens for Truth About the Kennedy Assassination (CTKA), Long Beach, CA. Director, James DiEugenio. CTKA is an activist group lobbying for full disclosure of all records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was organized as a result of the April 1993 Chicago Midwest Symposium on Assassinations. At the end of that conference, it was generally decided that the time had come to create a political action group, which would urge the executive branch of our government to re-open the unsolved assassinations of the 1960s-i.e., the murders of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King. CTKA endeavors to ensure that the Review Board fulfill its mandate to release all the remaining records pertaining to the JFK assassination; to amend the current Freedom of Information Act to render future covert actions more difficult to hide; and to urge the American people to discover the truth about their history.

COPACoalition on Political Assassinations (COPA), Washington, DC. Contact: Joseph Green, board member. Founded in 1994 and led by the late John Judge, the Coalition on Political Assassinations originally included the Committee for an Open Archives, the Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy Assassination, and the Assassination Archives and Research Center. The organization is a network of researchers into the murders of John and Robert Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other political figures. COPA was instrumental in overseeing implementation of the JFK Assassination Records Act, passed in 1992, which has led to the release of over 6.5 million pages of records to date, the second largest release of classified documents in US history. Our network of researchers includes medical and ballistic experts, academics, authors, researchers and concerned citizens. Between 1994 and 2013, COPA held national and regional meetings to present the most recent credible research into these unsolved political assassinations. John Judge died in 2014, with his extensive personal collection bequethed to his partner, Museum of Hidden History Director Marilyn Tenenoff.

Dallas Municipal Archives, Dallas TX. Beginning in 1989, the Dallas Police Department transferred to the Dallas Municipal Archives, police records relating to the assassination. The collection is reported to contain nearly 12,000 documents and photographs. These include homicide reports, affidavits, witness statements, newspaper clippings and correspondence. The collection is also available on microfilm. The Municipal Archives possesses the original files, except those that have been transferred to the federal government permanently.

Harold Weisberg Archive, Hood College, Frederick, MD. Co-Directors are Gerald D. McKnight and Clayton Ogilvie. Hood College maintains a large, accessible private collection of government documents and public records relating to President Kennedy's assassination. Much of it comes from the labors of Harold Weisberg (1913-2002). He used the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIAPA) to obtain about 250,000 pages of documents, largely from the Warren Commission, FBI, Secret Service, Justice Department, and CIA. Also, the collection includes about 85,000 pages of FBI documents regarding the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Government records are available also about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

History Matters LogoHistory Matters: The JFK Assassination. History Matters, based in Ipswich, MA, is a venture operated by Rex Bradford, a computer game designer and avid historian of the Cold War. Rex has published articles in JFK assassination journals and speaks regularly at conferences on this topic. Besides operating a website, History Matters produces a series of CD-ROM titles containing source materials and essays on the topics presented on this site. The goal of this website is to serve as a repository and focal point for education and research on the subject of the JFK assassination and related topics in Cold War history. History Matters is devoted to the idea that history does matter. Much of the history that we learn is biased and distorted. This is particularly true of the "official" history of our darker national episodes. History Matters has no agenda, however, other than service to the truth. By delivering document collections in an accessible manner, we hope to inform and enlighten.

JFK Assassination Information Center, Toronto and Milwaukee. Co-Moderators Peter Fokes and John McAdams. The primary purpose of this website is to make as much of the primary information concerning President Kennedy's assassination available to the general public as possible in a manner that is user-friendly and unbiased. A secondary goal is to allow a forum for authors on all sides of the issue to present their views. Peter Fokes has worn many hats during his 49 years, including business journalist, communications media specialist, freelance writer and stock trader. He has a conspiracy orientation but believes the truth has remained a mystery for so long because there were "few" in the know but many helping to shut the door to a proper investigation. John McAdams is Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Among the courses he teaches at Marquette is one on the assassination. He runs The Kennedy Assassination Home Page. McAdams believes that Oswald alone was responsible for killing Kennedy.

JFK Countercoup.com, Somers Point, NJ. Led by William Kelly, Jr.

JFK Essentials LogoJFK Essentials. Administrator Alan Dale is the host of “JFK Lancer: Conversations,” an on-line interview program featuring in-depth discussions with prominent authors, historical researchers, and notable personalities associated with the study of President Kennedy’s assassination. Dale is a lifetime student of American history whose parents were active as supporters and volunteers in the political campaigns of John and Robert Kennedy. JFK Essentials is dedicated to civil discussion of the meaning, facts, and circumstances of President Kennedy’s assassination. As of mid-2014 JFK Essentials includes select interview transcriptions among nearly one thousand posts on more than 220 topics by 36 members. 

JFK Facts LogoJFK Facts, Washington, DC. Led by author and former Washington Post reporter Jefferson Morley, at right, JFK Facts seeks to become the premier web destination for hiqh-quality information about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. "We will fact-check news stories, blogs, YouTube videos, books, and movies about the JFK assassination Jefferson Morleywith the goal of dispelling confusion and establishing an accurate historical record. We answer questions for high school and college students, as well as the general public."

JFK Lancer Productions and Publications, Dallas, TX. JFK Lancer (named for the JFK's Secret Service code name "Lancer") is a historical research company specializing in the administration and assassination of President John F. Kennedy; founded in 1995 by Thomas A. Jones and Debra J. Conway. Larry Hancock is the Chairman, and Stuart Wexler the Co-Chairman. It was joined by Sherry P. Fiester in 2006, Nicola Mediteraneo in 2010, and Julianne Carson in 2013. Its description: "JFK Lancer works with the largest and most active group of President John F. Kennedy historical researchers. Our past conferences have hosted many of the eyewitnesses of the assassination and the most respected of authors and researchers from around the world. We subscribe to the values of patriotism, excellence, integrity and dedication to the revealing of truth surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Our goal is to make research materials concerning Kennedy's assassination easily available to everyone. Our prime concern is the accuracy of history and the true story of the turbulent 1960s."

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA. Under Director Thomas J. Putnam, the facility is dedicated to the memory of the nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. "Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy." As director, Larry SabatoPutnam has responsibility for preserving and providing access to the Library’s collections and using them as the basis of exhibits and educational programming. During his tenure, the Library has increased the size of its collections, built a 30,000 square foot addition, launched the nation’s first digital presidential archives, strengthened the Library’s Forum series, and experienced an unprecedented increase in its core revenue streams.

Kennedy Half Century. This is the title of a 2013 book by University of Virginia Professor Larry J. Sabato, who is created an unusually innovative collection of new and old research materials. "John F. Kennedy died almost half a century ago—yet because of his extraordinary promise and untimely death, his star still resonates strongly. On the anniversary of his assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato—himself a teenager in the early 1960s and inspired by JFK and his presidency—explores the fascinating and powerful influence he has had over five decades on the media, the general public, and especially on each of his nine presidential successors."

Mary and Buck FerrellMary Ferell FoundationMary Ferrell Foundation (MFF), Ipswich, MA. Rex Bradford, President. The Mary Ferrell Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) group engaged in an ongoing effort to bring accessible and interactive history to a new generation of critical thinkers. With a wide topic base including the assassinations of the 1960s, the Watergate scandal, and post-Watergate intelligence abuse investigations, the MFF’s vast digital archive at www.maryferrell.org contains over 1.3 million pages of documents, government reports, books, essays, and hours of multimedia. This site is open to all for browsing. Memberships are available that unlock the site's powerful search engine and allow access to PDF copies of documents. Institutional memberships are also available.  Find out more about membership in the MFF here

The late Mary Ferrell, a legal secretary in Dallas who immediately suspected after the JFK shooting that archives would be vital to public understanding, is shown at left and at right with her late husband, Buck.

McAdams Museum, Milwaukee, WI. Prof. John McAdams, a professor at Marquette University and a defender of the Warren Commission, created an archive of materials, including a recommended list of readings of primarily older books with conventional views of the assassination and its impact. McAdams authored The Kennedy Assassination.

Museum of Hidden History, Washington, DC. Executive Director Marilyn Tenenoff. Founder, the late John Judge.

David FerrieroNational Archives and Record Administration (NARA), Washington, DC. National Archivist David S. Ferriero, shown at right, is the head of our agency, appointed by the President of the United States. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept forever. In 1992, Congress enacted the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act. The Act mandated that all assassination-related material be housed in a single collection in the NARA. The collection consists of more than 5 million pages of assassination-related records, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings and artifacts (approximately 2,000 cubic feet of records). Most of the records are open for research. JFK researchers may search the NARA online database of recently declassified and still-classified records from the Kennedy assassination investigations. The site provides a Kennedy Assassination Collection Simple Search Form. Some names appear in various forms. For example, records pertaining to Clay Shaw are sometimes coded "CS" while others show up under the search term "Clay Shaw." 

Oswald Innocence Campaign, Santa Barbara, CA. Administrator Ralph Cinque. "We are an organization of JFK researchers committed to spreading the truth that -- in spite of ingenious efforts to conceal it -- Lee Harvey Oswald was the "Man in the Doorway" in the famous Altgens photo, which thereby exonerates him of any and all guilt in the murder of President Kennedy. It is the smoking gun of the JFK assassination. The Pacific Coast Blues Band has recorded our anthem for JFK truth. The video is on Youtube: "He Didn't Do It." The truth about Lee Harvey Oswald can clearly be seen where he is standing in the doorway of the Texas School Book Depository during the assassination. Lee was watching the passing motorcade, and it proves that he could not have been up on the 6th floor firing at President Kennedy. Senior members of the Oswald Innocence Campaign are listed. 

Jacqueline Kennedy, Clinton Hill in DallasPatSpeer.com, Los Angeles, CA. Editor Patrick Speer, an entertainment industry veteran, has researched President Kennedy’s assassination full-time for three years beginning in 2003 and in part-time writing since then. He has published thousands of commentaries and presented his findings at leading events in the field. One of his major topics has been to review mainstream documentaries featured in 2013 regarding the 50th anniversary of the death. Also, he produced a four-part documentary in 2007, The Mysterious Death of Number 35, attacking medical conclusions of the Warren Commission. He publishes also in the JFK Assassination section of The Education Forum, where he serves as moderator.

L Fletcher ProutyProuty.org. Len Olsanic, Director. This is a website devoted to the life and commentaries of the late L. Fletcher Prouty, left, an Air Force colonel who held high-level positions in the Eisenhower and Kennedy administration's Department of Defense. This website is curated by Black Ops Radio host Len Olsanic. It provides materials on the liaison between the Air Force and CIA during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. Prouty served as the chief of special operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Kennedy years. A retired colonel of the U.S. Air Force, he ran the global system designed to provide military support for the clandestine activities of the CIA from 1955 to 1964. He was the author of JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy. Skyhorse, 2013 (1996), and The Secret Team. Prentice Hall, 1973.

Real History Archives. Real History Archives and BlogLisa Pease, co-editor of Probe and former webmaster for CTKA, directs this site. It says of its founding: This site exists because we are not being told the truth about our history. Are you under the impression that Oswald killed Kennedy? That the media is independent? That the CIA never operates without presidential authority? If so, you need to peruse these archives and find out what you've been missing. This site is designed to provide researchers links and leads to finding solid information about our real history, as opposed to the convenient -- if somewhat fake -- history the "mainstream" corporate press feeds us. This site has been in existence since 1993, and will continue to evolve.

John SimkinSpartacus Educational, United Kingdom. This is a web-based educational maintained by John Simkin, right, an educator. Its index of key figures and topics in the JFK assassination is here. The material is hot-linked to extensive bios and photos. There are approximately 500 names listed in Simkin's database of important figures, witnesses and possible conspirators. Sixty are listed among the 120 suspicious deaths in a spreadsheet of deaths from 1964-78 maintained separately by researcher Richard Charnin, who calculates that 45 of the 60 were homicides. The  web-based Spartacus archive contains many topics beyond United States history and the JFK murder.

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, TX. Gary Mack is the liaison for donations, and the film and photo library. The museum chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history.

Wikipedia, Assassination of John F. Kennedy.

 

Major Official Reports

Jack Ruby Murders Lee Harvey Oswald1998

Assassination Records Review Board, Final Report and Records Index. Available here via National Archives and Records Center.

1996

Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City [aka "Lopez Report"], House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), written in 1978 by Dan Hardway and Ed Lopez. Declassified in 1993 and more fully in 1996. Available here via the Mary Ferrell Foundation. 

1979

Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: Final Report and Appendix to Hearings Before the Select Committee To Study Government Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities, 95th Congress, Volumes I-XII. House Report No. 95-1828.U.S. Government Printing Office, 1979, with accompanying 12 volumes on the JFK portion of the probe. The Final Report of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) presents the HSCA's findings in the murders of both President John F. Kennedy and Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. The report is available here via the History Matters archive, which provides this summary: "The HSCA found a "probable conspiracy" in the JFK assassination, but was unable to determine its nature or participants (other than that Oswald was still deemed to have fired all the successful shots). In the King case, the HSCA similarly found that James Earl Ray assassinated Reverend King, but that there might have been a small-scale conspiracy involved."

1976

Final Report: Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: Performance of the Intelligence Agencies, Select Committee To Study Government Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities, 94th Congress, 2nd Session, United States Senate ("Church Committee). Senate Report No. 94-755. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1976.

1975

Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders: An Interim Report  of the Select Committee To Study Governmental Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities, United States Senate ("Church Committee), Senate Report No. 94-465. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1975.

Report to the President by the Commission on CIA Activities Within the United States ("Rockefeller Commission). Manor Books, 1975.

1964

Earl WarrenWarren Commission Presents Report to President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy [aka "Warren Commission Report"] and 26 volumes of hearings and exhibits, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1964, available here via the Mary Ferrell Foundation.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, center in the photo at left, and individually at right, led  the seven-member commission. Warren, a former governor of California, is shown at left presenting their report in 1964 to President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Kennedy's successor.