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The John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Act of 1992

President John F. Kennedy in the White House Briefing Room

President John F. Kennedy in the White House Briefing Room

 The John F. Kennedy Assassination Act of 1992 was enacted by President George H. W. Bush about 30-years after President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. The purpose of the Act is to ensure the collection and transparency of the telling of this tragic event in history to be saved and held in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This moment in history was captured by ordinary bystanders along the parade route, doctors in the operation room at Parkland Memorial Hospital, and even friends of Lee Harvey Oswald. The collection of data vastly ranges in medium from film to government hearings; thus, resulting in over 5 million pages of records in association with the JFK assassination. All records germane to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are housed in the NARA in the Kennedy Collection.

The effort to release such documents to the public stemmed from putting to rest conspiracy theories that the assassination of President JFK was linked to the Central Intelligence Agency. Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie, JFK brought this fascination to the epicenter of pop culture and is said to have prompted government officials to be completely transparent with the public regarding the assassination. All files will be made available to the public on Oct. 26, 2017.

National Security Excerpt

Declassified excerpt from the National Security Agency (NSA) articulating government concern regarding conspiracy theories. Find full-text here.

For information, please visit the National Archives Website.  

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