JFK Assassination Documents
Documents Released in 2017-2023
These documents were released pursuant to a 25-year sunset clause in the JFK Records Act. But the majority were withheld for further review - see 2017 Document Releases for more information.
More document releases from the remaining withholdings - see 2021 Document Releases for more information.
Additional releases from the remaining withholdings - see 2022 Document Releases for more information.
Additional documents were released in six batches in April through August - see State of JFK Releases 2023 for more information.
Document Collections from the Investigations
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.
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.
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.
The Church Committee documented US plots to assassinate foreign leaders, and also conducted a review of the intelligence agencies' aid to the Warren Commission.
The HSCA investigated the murders of Kennedy and Martin Luther King in the late 1970s. In the JFK case, it found a "probable" conspiracy.
The ARRB was created in the early 1990s to oversee declassification of JFK assassination records.
Document Collections from Government Agencies
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.
The CIA had a pre-assassination file on Oswald, and also holds voluminous files on related topics of interest including anti-Castro operations.
Records on Vietnam and Cuba were declassified in the 1990s by the Department of Defense.
The State Dept's Foreign Relations of the United States volumes on the Kennedy era are now available.
Office of Naval Intelligence Files on Lee Harvey Oswald.
Records obtained from the Dallas Police Department or its former members.
Other Agencies, Committees, or other government bodies whose records are relevant.
Congressional reports related to the Kennedy Presidency.
Reports of the public statements made by presidents.
Document Collections from Archives and Libraries
The National Archives 2 facility in College Park Maryland is the repository for the JFK Assassination Records Collection.
The LBJ Library in Austin holds the LBJ phone call recordings as well as other relevant records.
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
Transcripts and other court records from the trial of Jack Ruby.
Private collections of personal documents (letters, etc.) or government documents not bundled into complete collections.