Press Release nr96-19
Press Release · Monday, December 18, 1995

Washington, DC

Press Release
December 18, 1995
The National Archives to Open Additional JFK Information

Washington, DC. . . On Wednesday, December 20, l995, the National Archives at College Park will make available to the public CIA, FBI and House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) documents relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in accordance with the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of l992. All of the documents have been available, but many previously contained redactions. They will now be available either in their entirety or with fewer redactions.

The JFK Assassination Records Review Board has authority to release materials related to the assassination of President Kennedy that have been previously withheld by Federal agencies. The Board voted on October 24, l995 to release these documents in full or in part. They include:

  • Thirty-seven documents (including duplicates) that cover various aspects of the FBI investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy. Several FBI documents in this group are duplicates of ones previously released that were located elsewhere in the FBI filing system.

  • One hundred ninety-seven CIA documents that relate primarily to Lee Harvey Oswald's trip to Mexico City in the fall of 1963, before the assassination of President Kennedy.

  • Ninety-five pages (in full) of a report written by the staff of the HSCA entitled "Oswald in Mexico City" (commonly known as the Lopez Report). The Report was largely declassified in 1993, but contained many redactions.

    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, ie. 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.

    DIRECTIONS: Archives II is located at 8601 Adelphi Road.

    BY CAR the facility is approximately 40 minutes from downtown Washington, DC. Take North Capitol Street north, turn right onto Michigan Avenue, (Michigan Avenue becomes Queens Chapel Road in Maryland,) continue to East West Highway, turn left on Adelphi Road and follow it to the Archives II entrance on the right. Parking is available.

    BY SHUTTLE from the National Archives in Washington, DC, board the bus on 7th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues. The shuttle leaves on the hour, from 8 AM to 5 PM, returning to the downtown building from Archives II on the hour. Researchers may use the shuttle on a space available basis with National Archives staff members receiving priority boarding.

    For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (202) 501-5525 or by e-mail at Visit the National Archives Home Page on the World Wide Web at


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