John F. Kennedy Assassination Collection
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The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 is a public law passed by the United States Congress. It directed the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to create a collection of records known as the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection. The JFK Act stated that the collection should consist of all U.S. government documents relating to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, including any state or local law enforcement materials. Furthermore, the Act required that each assassination record be made public no later than 25 years after the date of enactment, unless the President of the United States has reason to withhold the documents. In October of 2017, President Donald Trump directed the National Archives to release materials that were previously withheld. These consisted of nearly 50,000 documents, including more than 19,000 additional documents with the latest release in April 2018. The newly available information contained FBI, CIA, and other agency documents. Some documents will remain classified until 2021.
These newly released documents are now available to the public. HeinOnline has organized and indexed this material to make it easy to navigate and use. Also included in this collection are books, hearings, other related works, and scholarly articles on this topic.
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past – let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”John F. Kennedy
Content Through April 26, 2018 Release
- More than 35,000 documents
- More than 420,000 images
- Organized and indexed
- Fully searchable
- Data visualization: charts for easy browsing by agency, document type, and date
- User-friendly platform
- Continuously updated as new content is released
Data Visualization Charts
Users can easily locate documents by Agency, Type, Originator, or Date.
A New Way to Search
The Data Visualization charts below allow the user a quick and easy way to locate NARA documents by Agency, Document Type, Originator and Date. For example, starting with the first chart on the left, simply hover over each segment of the chart to learn how many documents from each Agency are included. The chart will also display this result as a percentage. In the example chart, the gray portion is defined as “Other.” The agencies making up this slice are further defined and broken down in the “Agency – Other” visualization chart on the right hand side of the page. The legend to the right of this chart will list out by name eight “Other” agencies at a time through four pages of results–use the blue arrows beneath the list to navigate them all. These instructions apply to the other Data Visualization charts as well, and using them will provide a unique way to research and browse the documents.
According to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), there are a total of 5 million pages which make up the JFK Assassination Records Collection. The President has determined that all documents which remain withheld under section 5 will be reviewed again before October 26, 2021. HeinOnline will continue to add any new documents released by NARA.
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