September 10, 1998
National Archives to Open Additional JFK Materials
College Park, MD. . . At 9 AM on Friday, September 11, 1998, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will release additional materials relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Among the records to be released are approximately 67,377 additional pages of FBI records; 14,000 pages of Investigative Files and Grand Jury materials from the late Jim Garrison, the New Orleans District Attorney who conducted an investigation into the Kennedy assassination; and 1,000 pages of National Security Council records. The records will be available for research in the textual research room of the College Park facility, located at 8601 Adelphi Road. This opening is pursuant to the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 that established the Collection, consisting of assassination-related records of the Federal government.
The Garrison Investigative Files include transcripts of interviews, telephone conversations and radio programs and summaries of conversations. Among the Grand Jury testimony materials are the transcripts of Layton Martens, Harold Weisberg, Dean Andrews, Jr., Mark Lane and Marina Oswald Porter. A complete list of transcripts will be available at the opening.
Records to be released from the National Security Council, 1961-63, pertain to Cuba and Operation Mongoose. Also included in this release is a small amount of materials dating from 1976, regarding requests for access from the Church Committee.
The newly-released FBI records relate to various individuals and groups that were of interest to the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) during the Committee’s investigation of the assassination. Nine thousand pages of materials relate to electronic surveillance of subjects that were of interest to the HSCA. The JFK Collection already contains files on numerous HSCA subjects that were previously released.
Research Room hours are: Monday and Wednesday 8:45 AM - 5 PM; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:45 AM - 9 PM; Saturday 8:45 AM - 4:45 PM. Research cards are required. Personal property, i.e. notebooks, briefcases, purses or fountain pens are not allowed in the research room. Lockers are available. Debit cards may be purchased for the photocopying machines.
For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.