JFK Assassination Records

Records of J. Lee Rankin


Background on the Records of J. Lee Rankin

James Lee Rankin served as General Counsel for the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (commonly called the Warren Commission). His son donated these records (approximately 21.01 cubic feet) to the National Archives in 1996. The papers consists of the files Rankin maintained throughout the Warren Commission's investigation, and contain numerous drafts of each chapter of the Commission's final report, as well as memorandums, correspondence, interviews, investigative reports, and newspaper and magazine articles relating to the assassination.

For questions about these records or copying information, please write to the Special Access and FOIA Staff at the National Archives at College Park, Room 6350, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001, or call at (301) 837-3190, or e-mail: specialaccess_foia@nara.gov.


Folder Title List

Volume: 21.01 Cubic Feet

Box 1:
  • Folder 1
    Old Folder List

  • Folder 2
    Classified draft of "The Existence of a Foreign Conspiracy" dated August 13, 1964, with comments by John McCloy

  • Folder 3
    Classified draft of Oswald's foreign contacts and matters to be considered about N

  • Folder 4
    Memo for the Commission concerning the Review of Secret Service Protective Procedures
    5/14/64

  • Folder 5
    FBI Exhibits Volumes 1, 2, and 3 of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy - November 22, 1963

  • Folder 6
    Bealle's informant note

  • Folder 7
    Letter from Dale Cameron, Superintendent of St. Elizabeths Hospital, concerning motivation of Oswald
    6/17/64

Top of Page

  • Folder 8
    Letter from Leon Jaworski to J. Lee Rankin concerning Hudkin's story in the Houston Post

  • Folder 9
    File containing Alterations in Exhibits (numerous FBI interviews)

  • Folder 10
    Memorandum and attachments from J. Lee Rankin to the Commission concerning the Secret Service Protective Research Section, November 1961 - November 1963
    4/21/64

  • Folder 11
    Memo from John Ely to J. Lee Rankin with draft of Lee Harvey Oswald: The Pre-Russian Period, with proposed changes

  • Folder 12
    Memorandum from Richard Mosk to Wesley Liebeler with list of items Oswald checked out of the New Orleans Public Library
    6/18/64

  • Folder13
    List of books in the possession of Oswald

  • Folder 14
    Burt Griffin Memo to Howard Willens on Ruby Conspiracy portion of Chapter VI
    8/14/64

  • Folder 15
    Tentative outline of the Report

  • Folder 16
    Letter to J. Lee Rankin with proposed changes to Chapters II & III (McCloy's Notes?)

  • Folder 17
    Handwritten note to J. Lee Rankin from Burt (Griffin ?), received 8/10/64

  • Folder 18
    Memorandum from Leon Hubert, Jr., to J. Lee Rankin concerning the aspects of pertinent Texas law relative to the time of finality of Ruby's prosecution
    1/21/64

Top of Page

  • Folder 19
    Newspaper article concerning the Commission's final report

  • Folder 20
    Memo from Allen Dulles to J. Lee Rankin regarding Chapter VII, Oswald Motivation
    8/10/64

  • Folder 21
    Handwritten note re: Tyler Gatewood Kent

  • Folder 22
    Drafts and notes on - Conspiracy to Kill President Kennedy; Chapter III; items from newspapers; and memo on Bill DeMar

  • Folder 23
    Comments of Senator Cooper on Chapter III

  • Folder 24
    Outline of Oswald as the Assassin of President Kennedy

  • Folder 25
    Revilo P. Oliver Exhibits

  • Folder 26
    Preface of Volume V

  • Folder 27
    Memo from Stuart Pollack to Howard Willens with comments on Chapter IV
    8/11/64

  • Folder 28
    Memo from J. Lee Rankin to the Commission
    1/15/64

  • Folder 29
    Repeat memo concerning certain testimony

Top of Page


Box 2:
  • Folder 30
    J. Lee Rankin copies of drafts of final changes and corrections on Chapters II, III, VI, VII, VIII, and pages 73-162 of Associations in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Community of Oswald
    7 folders

  • Folder 31
    Printer's copy of Warren Report Forward
    8/21/64

  • Folder 32
    Proposed discussion of polygraph examinations for insertion in Forward - prepared by Norman Redlich
    8/6/64

  • Folder 33
    Memorandum from J. Lee Rankin to the Commission re: Secret Service Protective Service Section
    4/21/64
    2 copies

  • Folder 34
    Carbon copy of P. 5 of document relating to the murder of Officer Tippit

  • Folder 35
    Old Folder List

  • Folder 36
    Draft Outline of the Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
    7/21/64

  • Folder 37
    Draft Preface of the Report - Approved by J. Lee Rankin
    7/13/64

  • Folder 38
    Draft of Forward of Report

  • Folder 39
    Draft of biographical information and acknowledgements - members of the commission - with typing changes

Top of Page

  • Folder 40
    Draft Introduction to Report

  • Folder 41
    Third draft of Foreword, with changes by J. Lee Rankin
    6/10/64

  • Folder 42
    Fourth Draft of Foreword
    6/23/64

  • Folder 43
    Drafts of Forward dated 8/6/64 (2 copies) and 8/11/64

  • Folder 44
    Printer's copy of Foreword
    8/21/64

  • Folder 45
    Draft of the Introductory Statement

  • Folder 46
    Draft of Chapter I: Summary and Conclusions
    6/24/64

  • Folder 47
    Draft of Summary of Findings and Conclusions

  • Folder 48
    Draft of Chapter I: Summary and Conclusions
    6/26/64

  • Folder 49
    Proposed Final Draft of Chapter I: Summary and Conclusions
    8/7/64

  • Folder 50
    Proposed Final Draft of Chapter I dated 9/2/64, Summary and Conclusions, with routing slip from Norman Redlich to Jenner, Liebeler, Slawson, Laulicht, Griffin, Weinreb, Stern and Goldberg
    9/2/64

Top of Page


Box 3:
  • Folder 51
    Corrrection draft by Weinreb on Chapter I
    9/2/64

  • Folder 52
    Draft of Chapter I dated 9/4/64 - Summary and Conclusions
    9/4/64

  • Folder 53
    Draft of Conclusions dated 7/21, 8/7, 9/8 and 9/16

  • Folder 54
    Draft of Chapter IV, Lee Harvey Oswald was the Assassin of President Kennedy
    6/25/64

  • Folder 55
    Draft of Chapter IV: Lee Harvey Oswald was the Assassin of President Kennedy - with John McCloy's comments
    7/21/64

  • Folder 56
    Draft of Chapter IV - Oswald was the Assassin
    7/21/64

  • Folder 57
    Proposed Final Draft of Chapter IV - Lee Harvey Oswald - The Assassin
    8/19/64

  • Folder 58
    Proposed Final Draft of Chapter IV - with Laulicht comments
    8/19/64

  • Folder 59
    Printer's copy of Chapter IV - Lee Harvey Oswald - The Assassin
    8/28/64

  • Folder 60
    Partial re-draft of the Dallas Police and Courts Building Nov. 22-24, by Stuart R. Pollak
    7/21/64

Top of Page


Box 4:
  • Folder 61
    Copy of the Assassination: President Kennedy's Agenda and Activities from Planning the Dallas Trip through the Autopsy

  • Folder 62
    Draft of the Assassination: President Kennedy's Agenda and Activities from Planning the Dallas Trip through the Autopsy comments and changes - numerous drafts and copies

  • Folder 63
    Memorandum from Arlen Specter with draft of Area I
    6/10/64

  • Folder 64
    Draft of Chapter II, the Trip to Dallas, dated 6/13/64; revision copy dated 6/25/64, drafts of 7/18 and 8/7/64; Printer's copy dated 8/18/64

Top of Page

Box 5:
  • Folder 65
    Draft dated 6/13/64 of Chapter III - the Shots from the TSBD; draft dated 6/26/64, draft dated 6/26/64 with Redlich's comments; draft dated 8/14/64; final draft of Chapter III: The Shots from the TSBD (8/25/64)

  • Folder 66
    Old folder list

  • Folder 67
    Newspaper clippings about the Warren Commission

  • Folder 68
    Marked review files of Allen Dulles

  • Folder 69
    Memorandum from J. Lee Rankin to Commission Members forwarding a draft of Chapter IV, Lee Harvey Oswald - The Assassin (table of contents only)
    8/19/64

  • Folder 70
    Draft of Chapter VI, Investigation of Possible Conspiracy
    8/31/64

  • Folder 71
    Memorandum from Richard Helms to J. Lee Rankin concerning questions to be put to the Soviet Government concerning Lee Harvey Oswald's residence in the USSR, with 5 page attachment dated 1/20/64
    1/21/64

  • Folder 72
    Drafts of Chapter I - Summary and Conclusions
    6/26/64

  • Folder 73
    Draft of Conclusions
    7/21/64

Top of Page

Box 6:
  • Folder 74
    Drafts of Foreword dated 8/6 & 8/11/64

  • Folder 75
    Proposed final draft of Chapter I - Summary and Conclusions
    8/7/64

  • Folder 76
    Draft of Chapter II - The Assassination
    8/7/64

  • Folder 77
    FBI letter concerning publication of excerpts from Lee Harvey Oswald's diary which appeared in the Dallas Morning News and a copy of CD 1408
    8/20/64

  • Folder 78
    Copy of Joint Resolution by Congress authorizing the Warren Commission and a copy of a White House Executive Order appointing a Commission to report upon the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

  • Folder 79
    See Box 41

  • Folder 79a
    See Box 42

  • Folder 80
    Incomplete article on Protection of Presidents from assassination

Top of Page

  • Folder 81
    Copy of Jack Ruby as a Conspirator (1 page)

  • Folder 82
    Folder originally containing Folder 83

  • Folder 83
    Footnotes from Chapter VIII, The Protection of the President

  • Folder 84
    FBI copy of a transcript of a tape recording of Helen Markham talking with Mark Lane

  • Folder 85
    FBI memo to J. Lee Rankin for the Commission reviewing the book Who Killed Kennedy, with J. Lee Rankin Memorandum for the Commission, 6/10/64, and copy of CD 1036
    6/3/64

  • Folder 86
    Commission Document 1295 - Publication of Oswald Diary

  • Folder 87
    J. Lee Rankin Memorandum for the Commission with Dulles' comments on Chapter V
    8/21/64

  • Folder 88
    Draft of Chapter VIII: The Protection of the President, with notes and changes
    8/15/64

  • Folder 89
    Outline of the Report
    7/21/64

  • Folder 90
    Footnotes for Chapter III

  • Folder 91
    Draft changes on the Presidential Protection section

  • Folder 92
    Drafts of Title Page, Preface, and Prefaces for Hearings Volume 1 and Volume 2

  • Folder 93
    Footnotes #210-285 (pp. 12-15)

  • Folder 94
    Questions on Mrs. Oswald's autobiography

  • Folder 95
    Dulles notes on Chapter VIII: The Protection of the President
    8/15/64

  • Folder 96
    Phase II - Lee Harvey Oswald was the assassin of President Kennedy

  • Folder 97
    Lee Harvey Oswald was the assassin of President Kennedy (clipped copy of draft)

Top of Page

Box 7:
  • Folder 98
    Medical and non-medical reports on Oswald in Russia

  • Folder 99
    File marked Dallas papers 11/22-11/25

  • Folder 100
    Drafts of Chapter VIII - The Protection of the President dated 7/11, 7/16 and 8/30/64

  • Folder 100a
    File - Dori Dressender correspondence - JLR (Missing)
    10/22/96

  • Folder 101
    Alfred Goldberg memorandum to Members of the Commission re: showing of TV tapes and films with attached program of TV tapes and films, 8/13/64
    8/11/64

  • Folder 102
    Memorandum from J. Edgar Hoover to J. Lee Rankin (CD 1430 & CD 1430a) re: Dorothy Kilgallen
    8/26/64

  • Folder 103
    Memorandum from J. Edgar Hoover to J. Lee Rankin with attached CD 1438 re: Miss Odell Oliver
    8/27/64

  • Folder 104
    J. Lee Rankin Memorandum for the Commission transmitting 1st part of Chapter VI and other documents
    9/1/64

  • Folder 105
    James J. Rowley to J. Lee Rankin memorandum transmitting CD 1077 and other documents relating to the Secret Service
    6/11/64

  • Folder 106
    Dale C. Cameron (St. Elizabeths Hospital) memo to J. Lee Rankin with attached summary re: motivation of Lee Harvey Oswald
    6/17/64

  • Folder 107
    Old folder list

  • Folder 108
    J. Lee Rankin memorandums to Staff Members

  • Folder 109
    File on Bill DeMar - mind reader who claimed to have seen Lee Harvey Oswald at the Carousel Club

  • Folder 110
    Memorandums from J. Lee Rankin to the Staff

  • Folder 111
    J. Lee Rankin - Personal file. Includes (1) draft of proposed questioning of Marina Oswald; (2) information on Norman Redlich; (3) information on the American Civil Liberties Union; and (4) stamps (The stamps folder is empty)

  • Folder112
    Book by Charles Roberts - The Truth about the Assassination

  • Folder 113
    See Box 42

Top of Page

Box 8:
  • Folder 114
    Newsweek Magazine, May 11, 1964
    5/11/64

  • Folder 115
    Life Magazine, October 2, 1964, on the Warren Report
    10/2/64

  • Folder 116
    National Law Journal article on The Lawyers of the Warren Commission
    11/28/88

  • Folder 117
    Miscellaneous information on notes and letters which J. Lee Rankin felt merited retention

  • Folder 117a
    See Box 42

  • Folder 118
    Record book of J. Lee Rankin and the activities of the staff - black 3-ring binder (Missing)
    11/23/96

  • Folder 119
    U. S. News and World Report, August 17, 1992

  • Folder 120
    Report of the Commission's Proceedings - Volume 4
    1/21/64

  • Folder 121
    Report of the Commission's Proceedings - Volume 5
    1/27/64

Top of Page

  • Folder 122
    Report of the Commission's Proceedings - Volume 16
    2/24/64

  • Folder 123
    Report of the Commission's Proceedings - Volume 24-B
    3/16/64

  • Folder 124
    Report of the Commission's Proceedings - Volume 40
    4/30/64

  • Folder 125
    Report of the Commission's Proceedings - Volume 45
    5/19/64

  • Folder 126
    Report of the Commission's Proceedings - Volume 46
    6/4/64

  • Folder 127
    Report of the Commission's Proceedings - Volume 55
    6/23/64

  • Folder 128
    J. Lee Rankin's Secretary's daily diary of events and staff time

  • Folder 129
    Warren Commission record of Commission hearing dated Dec. 5, 1963
    12/5/63

  • Folder 130
    Draft of Report - The Assassination
    6/8/64

  • Folder 131
    Report of Commission Proceedings dated July 2, 1964
    7/2/64

  • Folder 132
    (1) Summary of Work File; (2) Memorandum from J. Lee Rankin to Mr. Devevoise; (3) Preliminary report on list of psychiatrists and psychologists; (4) List of Official Reports of Closed Commission Hearings, 11/24/64; and (5) NYU Law Review Vol. 40, May 1965

Top of Page

Box 9:
  • Folder 134
    Old folder list

  • Folder 135
    File with report of examination of Oswald exhibits

  • Folder 136
    Questions to be asked of Secretary Dillon

  • Folder 137
    File on Copyright bill (S. 3008)

  • Folder 138
    FBI Report on Thomas Buchanan's book Who Killed Kennedy?

  • Folder 139
    Material Relating to the Final Report

  • Folder 140
    Materials sent to all commissioners
    6/26/64

  • Folder 141
    Marguerite Oswald - examination material

  • Folder 142
    Marguerite Oswald - telephone conversations

  • Folder 143
    Drafts of Area V Preliminary Report - Murder of Lee H. Oswald by Hubert & Griffin

  • Folder 144
    Draft of The Biography of Jack Leon Ruby

  • Folder 145
    Foreign Broadcast Information Service

  • Folder 146
    District Attorney Henry Wade

  • Folder 147
    Progress reports on staff and administration of the Warren Commission

  • Folder 148
    Draft of letter to each Commissioner with set of copies of the writings of Lee Harvey Oswald

  • Folder 149
    Area V - Preliminary Report - Murder of Lee H. Oswald
    2/18/64

  • Folder 150
    Lee H. Oswald - Background, Interviews of members of the Dallas Police Dept.
Box 10:
  • Folder 151
    Oswald's writings

  • Folder 152
    Report of the Commission

  • Folder 153
    Memorandum for the Commission

  • Folder 154
    Kling brief from John Evans, Jr.

  • Folder 155
    File - Background for Assassination - American Security Council - submitted by Mr. Dulles

  • Folder 156
    Craig file - designations of participants in hearings by the Bar Association

  • Folder 157
    Wolpert Productions movie - Four Days in November

  • Folder 158
    Agenda information - biographical sketches

  • Folder 159
    Letter to Chief Justice from President & Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson

  • Folder 160
    List of questions for President & Mrs. Johnson

  • Folder 161
    Documents on Earl Ruby submitted 6/3/64
    6/3/64

  • Folder 162
    Polygraph exam of Jack Ruby

  • Folder 163
    Chronology of events in the Assassination to 11/24/63

  • Folder 164
    Gopadze - interviews with Marina Oswald

  • Folder 165
    Marina's writing - transcript and questions by Russell & Cooper

  • Folder 166
    Marina Oswald - original preparation for her questions by J. Lee Rankin

  • Folder 167
    Mrs. John F. Kennedy

Top of Page

Box 11:
  • Folder 168
    Marina Oswald - attorney agreement

  • Folder 169
    Passport information

  • Folder 170
    Mexico file on Oswald

  • Folder 171
    File on Oswald handwritten memos, including the diary

  • Folder 172
    Dr. Burkley

  • Folder 173
    Mark Lane

  • Folder 174
    Receipts for Secret Service Report

  • Folder 175
    Secret Service Protective Procedures

  • Folder 176
    Receipts for FBI reports

  • Folder 177
    Receipts for State Department report on Oswald

  • Folder 178
    The riddle of Dallas - Beienberg - published in the Spectator
    3/6/64

  • Folder 179
    Dallas Radio Station tapes

  • Folder 180
    Old folder list

  • Folder 181
    Possible conspiracy involving Jack Ruby

  • Folder 182
    Possible conspiracy involving Jack Ruby

  • Folder 183
    Possible conspiracy involving Jack Ruby

  • Folder 184
    Possible conspiracy involving Jack Ruby

  • Folder 185
    Jack Ruby as a possible conspirator
    8/25/64

  • Folder 186
    Investigation of possible contact between Ruby and Oswald prior to November 22

  • Folder 187
    Investigation of possible contact between Ruby and Oswald prior to November 22

  • Folder 188
    Chapter VI - Investigation of Possible Conspiracy - Griffin (8/11/64) & Willens (8/24/64)

  • Folder 189
    Footnotes to Chapter 6

  • Folder 190
    Right Wing Section

  • Folder 191
    Other allegations regarding Oswald's activities
    9/1/64

  • Folder 192
    Investigation of other activities: two copies - (1) ( WJL); (2) 9/10/64

  • Folder 193
    Personal relations

Top of Page

Box 12:
  • Folder 194
    Political activities of Oswald upon return to the United States - three copies - (1) undated; (2) 9/1/64; & (3) 9/7/64

  • Folder 195
    Memo from Mr. Jenner concerning the Paines Conspiracy Subsection
    8/28/64

  • Folder 196
    Ft. Worth

  • Folder 197
    Possible personal motive - copies dated 6/3/64, 6/8/64, 6/23/64, 7/6/64, & 7/12/64 (Wesley J. Liebeler)

  • Folder 198
    Third draft - political activities of Lee Harvey Oswald

  • Folder 199
    Copy of Chapter VII - Oswald - background and possible personal motives - from J. Lee Rankin to Commissioners

Top of Page

Box 13:
  • Folder 200
    Chapter VII - Lee Harvey Oswald - background and possible motives - 7/3/64 & 9/2/64

  • Folder 201
    Chapter VIII - The Protection of the President - Goldberg

  • Folder 202
    Assassination - a Federal Crime

  • Folder 203
    History of Presidential Protection

  • Folder 204
    Evaluation of Presidential Protection at the time of the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Folder 205
    Chapter VIII - The Protection of the President
    8/4/64

  • Folder 206
    Chapter VIII - draft material
    8/11/64

  • Folder 207
    Chapter VIII - draft material - The Protection of the President (Clark)

Top of Page

Box 14:
  • Folder 208
    Chapter VIII - latest draft to Commissioners. Sent to Chief Justice
    8/30/64

  • Folder 209
    Chapter VIII - The Protection of the President - Mr. Stern's draft
    8/30/64

  • Folder 210
    Chapter VIII - The Protection of the President
    8/30/64

  • Folder 211
    Chapter VIII - The Protection of the President - Printer's Copy
    9/6/64

  • Folder 212
    Chapter VI - Investigation of a Possible Conspiracy - Printer's copy 9/8/64

  • Folder 213
    Protective Measures taken in advance of the Dallas Trip

  • Folder 214
    Chapter VIII draft, 8/4/64 - Weintraub's revision, 8/11/64

  • Folder 215
    Old Folder List

  • Folder 216
    Draft - Press and Police in Dallas
    6/25/64

  • Folder 217
    Draft - The Dallas Police and Courts Building, Nov. 22-24

  • Folder 218
    Draft - Galley with corrections on Chapter V

Top of Page

Box 15:
  • Folder 219
    Draft - Treatment of Oswald in custody

  • Folder 220
    Chapter V footnotes

  • Folder 221
    Notes from Gerald Ford on Chapter V, The Murder of Lee Harvey Oswald

  • Folder 222
    Chapter V, The Detention and Death of Lee Harvey Oswald - Master Copy - draft of 7/31/64 and corrected copy of 8/4/64

  • Folder 223
    Chapter V, Master copy - Detention and Death of Oswald - Final Draft
    8/31/64

  • Folder 224
    Chapter V footnotes - copy of arrest warrant for Oswald

  • Folder 225
    Negatives of shooting of President Kennedy - dated 3/24/64 - Motorcade

  • Folder 226
    Newspaper reports of Warren Commission findings

  • Folder 227
    U. S. News and World Report, March 16, 1964
    3/16/64

  • Folder 228
    U. S. News and World Report, January 6, 1964

  • Folder 229
    Newsweek, March 2, 1964
    3/2/64

  • Folder 230
    Time, February 14, 1964
    2/14/64

  • Folder 231
    American Bar Association Journal, December 1963

  • Folder 232
    Saga Magazine, March 1964

  • Folder 233
    Confidential Detective Yearbook, Annual Edition 1964

  • Folder 234
    See Box 42

  • Folder 235
    See Box 42

  • Folder 236
    See Box 42

  • Folder 237
    See Box 42

  • Folder 238
    The Indianapolis Star - Booklet coverning period November 23 - November 26, 1963

Top of Page

Box 16:
  • Folder 239
    The Rockwell Report - combined report for Dec. 15, 1963, and Jan. 1, 1964

  • Folder 240
    Newsweek, December 2, 1963
    12/2/63

  • Folder 241
    Forbes Magazine, December 15, 1963
    12/15/63

  • Folder 242
    Budgeted expenses for the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Folder 243
    See Box 44

  • Folder 244
    Statement of the President's Commission

  • Folder 245
    Notes from J. Lee Rankin on the printing of the report and notes on Wade, Jaworski, Storey, and Carr

  • Folder 246
    Warren Commission - Dallas Depositions - Storey Letter, Goldberg (reel of file)

  • Folder 247
    List of legal consultants employed by the Warren Commission

  • Folder 248
    Consideration list for the Chief Justice

  • Folder 249
    Slides of printed report

  • Folder 250
    Printing of report and information as to where individual volumes should be sent; correspondence of wind-up of office by Mrs. Eide

  • Folder 251
    See Box 44

  • Folder 252
    List of individuals to receive personalized copies of the Warren Report

  • Folder 253
    List of staff members (the case of the missing Library Congress books)

  • Folder 254
    Shipping instructions for records

  • Folder 255
    Newspaper clipping about Dorothy Kilgallen's involvement with the assassination of President Kennedy

  • Folder 256
    Distribution lists for the summary report on the assassination of President Kennedy

  • Folder 257
    Memos from Mrs. Eide on the final days of the Commission

  • Folder 258
    List of thank-you letters for the Chief Justice

Top of Page

  • Folder 259
    Old folder list

  • Folder 260
    Old box list

  • Folder 261
    Texas Supplemental Report on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the serious wounding of Governor John B. Connally

  • Folder 262
    Copy of Chapter VIII - The Protection of the President

  • Folder 263
    Information on Treasury Department Job Series

  • Folder 264
    Vincent Salandria letter and clipping from the Philadelphia Bar Association

  • Folder 265
    Letter from Oscar Collier, representing Mrs. Marguerite Oswald
    8/14/64

  • Folder 266
    Memorandum for the Warren Commission members from J. Lee Rankin forwarding Chapter I, and appendices XII, XIII, XV, & XVIII

  • Folder 267
    Routing slip from Burt Griffin to J. Lee Rankin with possible questions for Jack Ruby
    6/6/64

  • Folder 268
    Reports of interviews with Jack Ruby

  • Folder 269
    President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (Oswald Activities) - Book I - September 1959-December 1960 - Chronology

  • Folder 270
    President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (Oswald Activities) - Book II - January 1961-December 1961 - Chronology

  • Folder 271
    President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (Oswald Activities) - Book III - January 1962-June 1962 - Chronology

  • Folder 272
    President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (Oswald Activities) - Book IV - July 1962-December 1962 - Chronology

  • Folder 273
    President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (Oswald Activities) - Book V - January 1963-May 1963 - Chronology

Top of Page

Box 17:
  • Folder 274
    President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (Oswald Activities) - Book VI - June 1963-September 1963 - Chronology

  • Folder 275
    President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (Oswald Activities) - Book VII - October 1963-November 24, 1963 - Chronology

  • Folder 276
    Rule 16, Discovery and Inspection

  • Folder 277
    Chapter VII

  • Folder 278
    Depositions

  • Folder 279
    Letters to J. Lee Rankin

  • Folder 280
    See Box 43

  • Folder 281
    Old folder list

  • Folder 282
    See Box 38

  • Folder 282a
    See Box 39

  • Folder 283
    John H. Ely memorandums

  • Folder 284
    Phillip Barson memorandums

  • Folder 285
    William Coleman & David Slawson memorandums

  • Folder 286
    Joseph Ball & David Belin memorandums

  • Folder 287
    Alfred Goldberg memorandums

Top of Page

Box 18:
  • Folder 288
    Burt Griffin & Leon Hubert memorandums

  • Folder 289
    Alfreda Scobey memorandums

  • Folder 290
    David Slawson memorandums

  • Folder 291
    Samuel Stern memorandums

  • Folder 292
    Howard Willens memorandums

  • Folder 293
    Old folder list

  • Folder 294
    Memorandum for Mr. McCloy - Lee Harvey Oswald's Life in Russia

  • Folder 295
    Draft appendix - Contacts of Oswald and wife with the Department of Stats and the INS - by Coleman & Slawson
    6/17/64

  • Folder 296
    Memorandum from Mosk to Willens & Jenner with a draft covering Oswald's post-Russian life up to November 22
    6/26/64

  • Folder 297
    J. Lee Rankin notes; Laulicht's draft on Ruby; Comments on Chapter 1 by Goldberg & Marmor; suggested answers to questions 1-72; changes in the Foreign Conspiracy draft dated 7/15/64

  • Folder 298
    Drafts of Foreward, Preface, & Introduction of the Warren Commission report; work outline of report and notes by Marmor; proposed outline for Area 5 (HPW); proposed work schedule on Ruby Report

Top of Page

Box 19:
  • Folder 299
    Slawson draft on Lee Harvey Oswald's life in Russia
    6/9/64

  • Folder 300
    Draft of Chapter II - The Trip to Dallas

  • Folder 301
    Draft of Possible Conspiracy involving Jack Ruby

  • Folder 302
    Draft of Chapter II - The Trip to Dallas - with corrections and notes
    7/18/64

  • Folder 303
    Appendix XII, Speculations and Rumors - Final Draft, including exhibit page
    9/4/64

  • Folder 304
    Draft three of Chapter I: Summary and Conclusions, dated 6/10/64; Foreward; Drafts of Conclusions and Recommendations dated 7/3/64; Draft of Conclusions dated 7/21/64

  • Folder 305
    Draft of Chapter II: The Trip to Dallas
    6/25/64

  • Folder 306
    Draft of Chapter II: The Trip to Dallas
    7/18/64

  • Folder 307
    Uncorrected copy of The Assassination
    6/8/64

  • Folder 308
    Draft of Chapter III: The Shots from the Texas School Book Depository
    6/13/64

Top of Page

Box 20:
  • Folder 309
    Draft of Chapter III: Reconstruction of the Assassination, with notes
    7/7/64

  • Folder 310
    Draft of Chapter III: The Shots from the Texas School Book Depository
    8/14/64

  • Folder 311
    Final Draft of Chapter III: The Shots from the Texas School Book Depository
    8/25/64

  • Folder 312
    Draft of Chapter IV: Lee Harvey Oswald was the Assassin of President Kennedy
    6/25/64

  • Folder 313
    Draft of Chapter V: The Murder of Lee Harvey Oswald
    6/26/64

  • Folder 314
    Draft of Chapter V: The Murder of Lee Harvey Oswald
    6/19/64

  • Folder 315
    Draft of Chapter V: The Detention and Killing of Lee Harvey Oswald
    7/31/64

  • Folder 316
    Draft - Police Department Policy Towards the News Media

  • Folder 317
    Draft of Foreign Conspiracy chapter
    7/15/64

  • Folder 318
    Draft of Chapter VII: Lee Harvey Oswald: Background and Possible Personal Motive
    7/31/64

  • Folder 319
    Draft of Chapter VIII: The Protection of the President
    8/4/64

  • Folder 320
    Draft of Chapter VII: Possible Personal Motive, by W. J. Liebeler
    6/23/64

Top of Page

Box 21:
  • Folder 321
    Draft of Chapter VIII: Presidential Protection

  • Folder 322
    Draft of chapter entitled Lee Harvey Oswald was the Assassin of President Kennedy, with notes and changes by J. Lee Rankin

  • Folder 323
    Draft of chapter entitled: The Murder of Lee Harvey Oswald
    6/26/64

  • Folder 324
    Fourth Draft of Foreward, with changes by J. Lee Rankin
    6/23/64

  • Folder 325
    Several copies of the Introduction

  • Folder 326
    Fourth Draft of the Foreward and routing slip of Mrs. Eide for J. Lee Rankin
    6/23/64

  • Folder 327
    See Box 39

  • Folder 328
    Memorandum from John Ely to Howard Willens, et al., re: Lee Harvey Oswald's Marine Career
    6/13/64

  • Folder 329
    Old folder list

  • Folder 330
    Copies of letters returning money or forwarding it to the Government Printing Office

  • Folder 331
    Items of Evidence pertaining to the Assassination of President Kennedy which should be retained permanently by the US Government

  • Folder 332
    List of Physical Exhibits retained in the custody of the FBI
    10/14/64

  • Folder 333
    Correspondence signed by the Chief Justice

  • Folder 334
    Correspondence with GSA re: Distribution of Hearings

  • Folder 335
    Final Report request from the White House

  • Folder 336
    Handling of citizen mail

  • Folder 337
    J. Lee Rankin - November and December Correspondence

  • Folder 338
    File of National Archives Accessions

Top of Page

Box 22:
  • Folder 339
    Letters requesting copies of Warren Report

  • Folder 340
    Commission Exhibits Reviewed

  • Folder 341
    Memos of transmittals, drafts, and information by J. Lee Rankin

  • Folder 342
    Warren Commission - background of associates, agendas, memos, notes, and exhibits

  • Folder 343
    Executive Order 10501 file

  • Folder 344
    Buck Pennington, USIA Television Service - Script on the Assassination of President Kennedy by David Davidson

  • Folder 345
    File of J. Lee Rankin containing memos, articles, proposed outline of report, copy of Brief History of Presidential Protection, relative index, a copy of a report of the State of Texas, and records relating to the National Archives

  • Folder 346
    US Attorney thank-you letters

  • Folder 347
    J. Lee Rankin - personal papers

  • Folder 348
    Correspondence with the FBI - August - December

  • Folder 349
    Archives - Arrangements for transfer of records

  • Folder 350
    Commission meeting, 6/29/64
    6/29/64

  • Folder 351
    Commission hearing, 9/18/64
    9/18/64

  • Folder 352
    Administrative matters

  • Folder 353
    Radio and TV Stations - thank-yous

  • Folder 354
    Resolutions

  • Folder 355
    Old folder list

  • Folder 356
    3-ring black notebook - Possible Foreign Conspiracy draft - CIA review copy
    8/19/64

  • Folder 357
    See Box 43

Top of Page

Box 23:
  • Folder 358
    Chapter I, parts of Chapters VI, VII, & VIII, with notes, comments, & memos by Senator Cooper and Howard Willens

  • Folder 359
    Draft of Area V - Preliminary Report - Murder of Lee H. Oswald - submitted by Hubert & Griffin
    2/18/64

  • Folder 360
    Draft information from Specter and Adams on Area I - The Assassination and Activities from planning the Dallas Trip through the Autopsy
    6/8/64

  • Folder 361
    Introduction of Warren Commission report, with memo by J. Lee Rankin detailing the first drafts of Foreward, Introductory Statement, the Assassination, and the main narrative and analytical parts

  • Folder 362
    1st draft of Area II by Ball and Belin - The determination of who was the assassin of President Kennedy
    2/25/64

  • Folder 363
    Black 3-ring binder - Possible Foreign Conspiracy
    8/6/64

  • Folder 364
    Draft history of Presidential Protection

Top of Page

Box 24:
  • Folder 365
    Secret Service protection measures for the Dallas trip

  • Folder 366
    Memo from Goldberg - Allegations
    7/24/64

  • Folder 367
    Appendix VI - Speculations and Rumors - eight copies of draft
    8/13/64

  • Folder 368
    Memorandum from Richard Mosk to Sam Stern re: Legislation making the assault or murdering of the President and others a Federal crime
    4/7/64

  • Folder 369
    Memo on the History of Presidential Protection

  • Folder 370
    Draft of Conclusion
    7/21/64

  • Folder 371
    Commission Exhibit list

Top of Page

Box 25:
  • Folder 372
    Draft of Chapter VII; notes and comments on the Warren Commission report

  • Folder 373
    Draft of Chapter I: Summary and Conclusions - proposed final draft
    8/7/64

  • Folder 374
    Draft of Chapter III: The Shots from the Texas School Book Depository
    8/25/64

  • Folder 375
    Draft of Possible Foreign Conspiracy
    8/6/64

  • Folder 376
    Partial draft of Chapter VI: Investigation of Possible Conspiracy
    8/31/64

  • Folder 377
    Old finding aid

  • Folder 378
    Oswald was unknown to and had no association with rightist groups in Dallas; Table of Contents

  • Folder 379
    Chapter VI - Investigation of Possible Conspiracy (Suggestions from Chief Justice)

  • Folder 380
    Proposed final draft - Chapter IV: Oswald - The Assassin
    8/19/64

  • Folder 381
    Chapter V - the Dallas Police and Courts Building, Nov. 22-24

  • Folder 382
    Suggested in depth chapter - The Killing of Lee Harvey Oswald
    8/5/64

Top of Page

Box 26:
  • Folder 383
    Chapter V - The Detention and Death of Oswald - final draft - drafts reviewed with comments by Chief Justice

  • Folder 384
    History of Presidential Protection - Dulles comments

  • Folder 385
    Drafts of Chapter I (6/26) and Chapter IV (7/21) - with comments by Gerald Ford

  • Folder 386
    Memorandums from Allen Dulles with marked changes on Chapters II, V, VII
Box 27:
  • Folder 387
    John McCloy drafts and comments on different chapters of the Warren Commission report

  • Folder 388
    John McCloy drafts and comments on different chapters of the Warren Commission report: II, III, V, VI, VIII, Foreign Conspiracy, and Conclusion - 8/64

  • Folder 389
    See Box 38

  • Folder 390
    Dulles memorandum, comments and notes on Chapters II, III, IV, V, and VI with detailed margin notes

Top of Page

Box 28:
  • Folder 390a
    Dulles memorandum, comments and notes on Chapters II, III, IV, V, and VI with detailed margin notes

  • Folder 391
    Old box and folder lists

  • Folder 392
    Black 3-ring binder with draft by Slawson of Lee Harvey Oswald's life in Russia - Early Preparations
    7/13/64

  • Folder 393
    Black 3-ring binder, draft by Slawson of Lee Harvey Oswald's life in Russia
    6/9/64


Box 29:
  • Folder 394
    Black 3-ring binder - The Existence of A Foreign Conspiracy (by Slawson)
    7/11/64

  • Folder 395
    Black 3-ring binder , dated 8/1/64, with corrections to 8/17/64: Lee Harvey Oswald's Life in Russia (Slawson)
    8/1/64

  • Folder 396
    Black 3-ring binder containing drafts by Slawson on Oswald's residence in the Soviet Union and Foreign Conspiracy - Cuba
    6/10/64

  • Folder 397
    Black 3-ring binder containing drafts on foreign conspiracy - Stern, Coleman, and Slawson
    7/15/64

  • Folder 398
    Black 3-ring binder containing drafts of Lee Harvey Oswald's life in Russia
    8/1/64

Top of Page

Box 30:
  • Folder 399
    Draft copies of Chapter VI: Investigation of Possible Conspiracy
    8/31/64

  • Folder 400
    Printer's copy of Chapter VI: Investigation of Possible Conspiracy
    9/10/64

  • Folder 401
    Draft of Associations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Community
    9/11/64

  • Folder 402
    Draft - Oswald's Political Activities upon return to the United States
    9/11/64

  • Folder 403
    Draft - Possible Conspiracy involving Jack L. Ruby

  • Folder 404
    Draft - Ruby's Background and Associates

  • Folder 405
    Draft - Oswald's trip to Mexico City

  • Folder 406
    Draft - The trip to Mexico City

  • Folder 407
    Old box and folder lists

  • Folder 408
    Chapter II: Trip to Dallas - Belin comments and suggestions

  • Folder 409
    Chapter I - Summary

  • Folder 410
    John R. Pillon - Member US House of Representatives

  • Folder 411
    See Box 43

  • Folder 412
    See Box 43

Top of Page

Box 31:
  • Folder 413
    Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Folder 414
    Printing - changes to be made in future printings

  • Folder 415
    Newspaper clippings of the activities of the Warren Commission

  • Folder 415a
    See Box 42

  • Folder 415b
    See Box 44

  • Folder 416
    Mr. Dulles' newspaper clippings, 11/25/63 - 12/24/63

  • Folder 417
    See Box 44

  • Folder 418
    See Box 44

Top of Page

Box 32:
  • Folder 419
    Old folder list

  • Folder 420
    Biography of Jack Ruby
    7/21/64

  • Folder 421
    Chapter IV: Lee Harvey Oswald was the Assassin - with various memorandums and notes
    8/19/64

  • Folder 422
    Chapter III: Shots from the Texas School Book Depository - various memorandums

  • Folder 423
    File: No Conspiracy between Oswald and Dallas-Ft. Worth Russian-speaking groups

  • Folder 424
    Chapter V: Detention and Death of Oswald - FBI reports

  • Folder 424a
    See Box 43

Top of Page

Box 33
  • Folder 425
    Final Report - Foreward

  • Folder 426
    Index (NARA File classification list)

  • Folder 427
    Speculations - Appendix VI

  • Folder 428
    J. D. Tippit - Information from FBI

  • Folder 429
    Life of Lee Harvey Oswald

  • Folder 430
    Polygraph examination of Jack Ruby

  • Folder 431
    Analysis of Lee Harvey Oswald's finances from 6/13/62 - 11/22/63

  • Folder 431
    Analysis of Lee Harvey Oswald's finances from 6/13/62 - 11/22/63. (Galley Proofs)

  • Folder 432
    Chapter VIII: The Protection of the President - various memorandums to J. Lee Rankin

  • Folder 433
    Legality of actions taken by Department of State and INS in dealing with Lee Harvey Oswald

  • Folder 434
    Chapter VII: Background of Lee Harvey Oswald and Possible Motives

  • Folder 435
    Chapter VI: The Existence of a Conspiracy - additional memorandums and notes

  • Folder 436
    Objectives - statements by staff

Top of Page

Box 34:
  • Folder 437
    Adams and Specter memorandums

  • Folder 438
    Internal Revenue memorandums

  • Folder 439
    Jenner and Liebeler memorandums

  • Folder 440
    Marmor memorandums

  • Folder 441
    Mosk memorandums

  • Folder 442
    Shaffer memorandums

  • Folder 443
    Redlich and Eisenberg memorandums

  • Folder 444
    Scobey notes on Warren Commission report

  • Folder 445
    Outline of Commission work (tentative)

  • Folder 446
    Old folder list

  • Folder 447
    Appendix IV: The Biography of Jack Ruby. Drafts dated 8/11 and 9/3/64

  • Folder 448
    Chapter VIII - Jonathan Clark work

  • Folder 449
    Appendix - Contacts of Lee Harvey and Marina Oswald with the Department of State and US Immigration and Naturalization Service

  • Folder 450
    Drafts of Coleman and Slawson of Appendix (Contacts of Oswalds with Department of State and INS), dated 6/17/64, 8/15/64, 8/21/64, and 8/29/64

Top of Page

Box 35:
  • Folder 450
    Drafts of Coleman and Slawson of Appendix (Contacts of Oswalds with Department of State and INS), dated 6/17/64, 8/15/, 8/21/64, and 8/29/64

  • Folder 451
    Redraft of Department of State material by Willens and Slawson
    8/15/64

  • Folder 452
    Memo on carton contents

  • Folder 453
    Additional draft of Lee Harvey Oswald contacts titled Not Done

  • Folder 454
    Memorandum from Willens to Mosk - Outline of Supplement
    6/16/64

  • Folder 455
    Memorandum from Mosk to Willens and Jenner and containing corrections by J. Lee Rankin
    6/26/64

  • Folder 456
    Lee Harvey Oswald - Post-Russian (by Mosk)

  • Folder 457
    Lee Harvey Oswald - Receipts and Expenditures (Barson)
    3/23/64

  • Folder 458
    Lee Harvey Oswald's life in Russia
    8/1/64

  • Folder 459
    Memorandum from Mosk to Redlich concerning Lee Harvey Oswald's marksmanship
    6/7/64

  • Folder 460
    Memorandum from Adams and Specter to J. Lee Rankin on the Comprehensive memo on Phase I - The Assassination: President Kennedy's agenda and activities from planning the Dallas trip through the Autopsy
    2/18/64

Top of Page

Box 36:
  • Folder 461
    Pages 3-171 of draft detailing background information on Lee Harvey Oswald

  • Folder 462
    Appendix VI (8/13/64 draft); Speculations and rumors; History of Presidential Protection (4 drafts); questioned documents; hair and fibers; photo of Lee Harvey Oswald holding rifle; Experts; and Appendix XI

  • Folder 463
    Draft of Chapter III: The shots from the Texas School Book Depository

  • Folder 464
    Draft of Chapter VIII - The Protection of the President

  • Folder 465
    Conclusions
    9/8/64

  • Folder 466
    Legal basis for decisions made by the Department of State and the INS in connection with the Oswalds

  • Folder 467
    Allen Dulles - memorandum and notes

  • Folder 468
    Draft - Motivation for Assassination

  • Folder 469
    Memorandum from Allen Dulles to J. Lee Rankin suggesting his changes for Chapter VII - Motivation

  • Folder 470
    Draft - History of Presidential Protection

Top of Page

Box 37:
  • Folder 471
    Memorandum from Stern to J. Lee Rankin on report on Security Measures to Protect the President
    2/17/64

  • Folder 472
    Report on video tape by SAIC Sorrels
    5/18/64

  • Folder 473
    Memorandum from John Hart to J. Lee Rankin - Oswald: The Pre-Russian Period

  • Folder 474
    Draft by Slawson on Oswald's life in Russia - June 1964

  • Folder 475
    Weinreb memorandum and draft re: Biography - Pre-Russian period 9/4/64

  • Folder 476
    Memorandum from Ely to Jenner and Liebeler - Lee Harvey Oswald's Marine Career
    4/22/64

  • Folder 477
    Protection measures taken in advance of the Dallas trip

  • Folder 478
    Evaluation of Presidential Protection at time of Kennedy Assassination
    7/14/64

  • Folder 479
    Memorandum concerning deposition and testimony taken by Jenner and Liebeler regarding the Oswald's life in Russia
    6/4/64

Top of Page

Box 38
  • Folder 282
    Witness Testimony - Volumes 1-2, 7-9

  • Folder 389
    Witness Testimony - Volume 3

  • Folder 480
    Witness Testimony - Volumes 4 & 6


Box 39:
  • Folder 282a
    Witness Testimony - Volume 13

  • Folder 327
    Witness Testimony - Volumes 10-12, 14

Box 41:
  • Folder 79
    File containing (a) copy of newspaper clippings relating to the Warren Commission

Top of Page

Box 42:
  • Folder 80
    File containing (b) Parade Magazine (5/10/64), the New York Times Magazine Section (11/20/88), and the National Weekly Edition of the Washington Post (11/22-28/93)

  • Folder 113
    Life Magazine's John F. Kennedy Memorial Edition

  • Folder 117a
    Approximately 24 color prints of Zapruder film (Many are stuck together)

  • Folder 234
    Paris Match Magazine, December 7, 1963
    12/7/63

  • Folder 235
    Life Magazine, December 6, 1963
    12/6/63

  • Folder 236
    Manana Magazine, December 14, 1963
    12/17/63

  • Folder 237
    Life Magazine, February 21, 1964
    2/21/63

  • Folder 415a
    Life Magazine, 7/10/69, and the Saturday Evening Post 12/14/63

Top of Page

Box 43:
  • Folder 280
    Galley proofs of report pages, Chapters IV & VII

  • Folder 357
    Printer proofs of Chapter III, VIII, & Appendix XII

  • Folder 411
    Tentative outline of the report of the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Folder 412
    John McCloy's drafts on President's Protection Service, Foreward, Chapters II & III. (Galley Proofs)

  • Folder 424a
    Chapter V: Detention and Death of Oswald - FBI reports

Top of Page

Box 44:
  • Folder 243
    Newspaper clippings of President John F. Kennedy's Funeral

  • Folder 251
    A Critique of the Warren Report published in Esquire Magazine

  • Folder 415b
    Newspaper clippings of the activities of the Warren Commission

  • Folder 417
    Newspaper clippings - Commissioners' trip to Dallas and issuance of final report

  • Folder 418
    Newspaper clippings and GPO proposal for style of publication of WC exhibits and copies of documents used in proposal

Top of Page

JFK Assassination Records >

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272

.