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The MFF Archive contains a vast array of digital documents, books, essays, multimedia, and more concerning the assassination of President Kennedy and other political leaders, as well as other turning points in recent American history. Use the links below to browse the collections, or use the MFF's sophisticated search tools to quickly find what you're looking for.


About the MFF Archive

The MFF Digital Archive contains a large collection of scanned government documents, books about the assassinations and their historical context, a portal to essays from around the internet, scanned back issues of journals, and a varied collection of photos, audio, and video.

All materials are open for browsing. To conduct more than a limited number of searches, you must sign up for a paid membership. Free memberships afford the ability to rate and comment upon materials in the archive.


Document collections come from varied sources. A primary source of our materials is the Assassination Archives and Research Center. Other materials come from History Matters, JFK Lancer Productions & Publications, the National Archives, and other organizations and individuals.

The MFF currently has over 2 million pages of scanned government records, most of them copies of records in the JFK Records Collection, which is maintained at National Archives II in College Park, Maryland. Also online are growing collections on the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

For authenticity and best access to the original format, pages are presented as scanned images, not converted to text. Our custom viewing engine allows searching the text associated with each page image, and can even highlight search hits on the viewed pages.


The Multimedia portion of the MFF Archive contains photographs, audio, and video. These are organized into collections and available to all for browsing.

Photo collections are scanned from photos made available by the JFK Library & Museum, National Archives, and other organizations. They are presented in thumbnails - click on any thumbnail to view a larger version.

Audio collections of investigative interviews and other audio recordings come from the National Archives and other sources. Our own Unredacted series of interviews with authors and experts is part of this archive. Each is available for listening in .mp3 format.

Video includes the MFF's own taped interviews and productions, including our Withheld In Full series of documentary shorts. The Video Archive also features a portal to videos available elsewhere on the internet, primarily YouTube and Google Video.


Over 400 books have been scanned and entered into the MFF Book Archive, and organized into general topic categories. Books may not be read online, due to copyright restrictions, but limited fair-use searching is available.

The Mary Ferrell Foundation Press is dedicated to bringing back into print classic works and important government reports which are no longer easily available. These paperback books may be ordered online in the MFF Store, and are also available on amazon.com.


The Mary Ferrell Foundation has published many original essays on the MFF website. The Essay Archive contains these, and in addition is a portal to hundreds of essays on sites across the internet. This virtual essay collection may be searched as well as browsed.


The JFK assassination spawned several paper journals devoted to publishing articles and news; these journals lasted for years and in one case decades. Four of these journals, courtesy of their creators, are available in the Journal Archive. Full back issues of Kennedy Assassination Chronicles, Third Decade and Fourth Decade, and Dealey Plaza Echo are online. This last journal is ongoing.

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Search Tips

1. Type one or more words into a search box and hit Enter or click the Search button.
2. If you type multiple words, search results includes pages which feature any of the words (pages with multiple and rare words are ranked higher).
3. Use double-quotes to enclose phrases (consecutive words), e.g. "Jack Ruby".
4. Use "and" to find pages containing both word/phrase A and word/phrase B, e.g.: mccone and "maurice bishop".
5. Note that small words (the, by, on, etc.) are ignored.
6. Searches are not case-sensitive (e.g., KENNEDY is the same as kennedy).

See more search tips and techniques

About the Archive

Use the links below to find out more about the MFF Archive and how to use it.

Help - Need help? Start here.

About the Archive - Learn more about the MFF Archive, what it contains, and how it's built.

Document Archive FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about the document archive.

How to Read an FBI File - Contains invaluable information in making sense of FBI records.

Site Map - A quick guide to the entire site.

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