JFK Assassination Records

Papers of Edward F. Wegmann

Background on the Edward F. Wegmann Papers

Edward Wegmann, an attorney who represented Clay Shaw during his civil suit against Jim Garrison, et. al., donated these records to the National Archives. The linear measurement of this series is 3 feet, 1 inch, and it is arranged by subject. The series consists of the files Wegmann maintained from 1967 to 1974, and includes documents dating as early as 1963. Many of these documents were created by the office of Jim Garrison, District Attorney of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, and relate to Garrison's investigation of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In particular, these documents relate to Clay Shaw, who the District Attorney of New Orleans charged with conspiracy in the killing of JFK.

The Wegmann papers contain memorandums, court papers, judicial briefs, petitions, photographs, proceedings, correspondence, interviews, investigative reports, criminal records, and newspaper and magazine articles relating to Clay Shaw's legal conflicts with Jim Garrison and the State of Louisiana. Approximately two boxes comprise records compiled by William Gurvich, an investigator working for the District Attorney of New Orleans, and turned over to the Shaw defense team after Gurvich left the employ of Jim Garrison. The Wegmann papers also contain materials gathered by attorneys of Clay Shaw in order to defend him against Garrison's charges, as well as records accumulated by Shaw's attorneys when they sued Jim Garrison, et. al. in civil court. In addition to the materials relating to the State of Louisiana v. Clay Shaw and Clay Shaw v. Jim Garrison et. al., the records contain information relating to Lee Harvey Oswald, David Ferrie, Jack Ruby and many other individuals, organizations, and geographic locales associated with or investigated in relation to the Kennedy 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, call at (301) 837-3190, or e-mail: specialaccess_foia@nara.gov.

Folder Title List

Volume: 3 Cubic Feet

Boxes 1 and 2:

  • Investigative Files of William Gurvich, Investigator for the District Attorney of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana

Box 3:

  • Alvin R. Beaubouef
  • Dean Andrews
  • Shaw-Bradley
  • Tom Bethell Diary
  • Shaw-Breitner
  • Carlos Bringuier and Carlos Quiroga
  • Vernon Bundy
  • Julian Buznedo
  • John Cancler
  • Eugene C. Davis
  • Dr. C.D. Dwyer
  • David F. Ferrie
  • Darrell Wayne Garner
  • Eva Grant
  • William Gurvich

Box 4:
  • Gurvich Interviews
  • Clyde Jenkins
  • Don Merrill Jordan
  • Aloysius J. Habighorst
  • Shaw-Jurors Press Interview
  • Mark Lane
  • Patrick Layton Martens
  • Jack Martin
  • Sandra Moffett McMaines
  • Newsweek-Aynsworth
  • Gordon Novel
Box 5:
  • Oswald Stay in New Orleans (4/25 to 9/25/63)
  • Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Warren A. Reynolds
  • Jack Ruby
  • Perry R. Russo
  • Newsweek Magazine, May 15, 1967
  • Newspaper Scrapbook, State of Louisiana v. Shaw trial
  • Assorted newspaper and Magazine articles relating to Clay Shaw, Jim Garrison, and the JFK assassination
Box 6:
  • Court papers relating to The State of Louisiana v. Clay Shaw
Box 7:
  • Court papers relating to Clay Shaw v. Jim Garrison, et al. civil suit.