The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection
John F. Kennedy was killed on November 22, 1963. Almost 30 years later, Congress enacted the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. The Act mandated that all assassination-related material be housed in a single collection in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
The resulting Collection consists of more than 5 million pages of assassination-related records, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings and artifacts (approximately 2,000 cubic feet of records). Most of the records are open for research.
If you plan to visit the National Archives at College Park to examine JFK Assassination Collection records, we strongly urge you to visit our Information for Researchers page prior to your arrival. Here you can find information regarding pull times, contacts and hours.
Contact the Textual Records unit at:
The National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
There are several ways to research our collections online:
- Search the JFK Database.
This is an index to records that were open pursuant to the 1992 JFK Act. The database currently contains 268,116 records. See also the Database Search Hints.
- Review the JFK Collection Register.
These are general lists at the series level, with numbers of boxes for each item.
- Examine Folder Title Lists.
These finding aids describe all records in the Collection that are not included in the JFK Database.
- Search the National Archives Catalog.
- various bullet fragments
- Oswald's rifle, revolver and clothing
- the windshield of the President's limousine
- the camera belonging to Abraham Zapruder that produced the famous moving images of the assassinations