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Help ensure that our elected representatives will uphold and enforce the terms of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act. The law mandates that all JFK assassination records must be declassified by 26 October, 2017. · There are 5 million pages of records in the JFK Act collection · There are 318,886 documents in the JFK Act database · 11% of the documents have partial redactions · 3,603 documents are withheld in full. learn more here...


Book Corner: Board Selections

The AARC is proud to announce the creation of a new resource for those who are new to the study of America's political assassinations.

We begin a series of new posts by AARC Board members and associates designed to provide a basic introduction to essential books and learning materials associated with the continuing investigation of President Kennedy's assassination.

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An Important Announcement:


To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Warren Report, on September 26 thru 28, 2014, the AARC hosted an unprecedented gathering of prominent authorities, historical researchers, and notable personalities associated with the study of President Kennedy's assassination. Because of AARC's mission to provide public access to national records, video recordings of their presentations at the conference will be released over the course of the next several weeks. These presentations may be viewed here without charge. Full dvd sets will soon be available for purchase. Viewers are encouraged to support the work of the AARC by making a tax-exempt donation.

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The Assassination Archives and Research Center was founded in 1984 to provide a permanent organization which would acquire, preserve, and disseminate information on political assassinations. The AARC is devoted to reaching the widest possible audience with this new information.


Joint Venture with the Mary Ferrell Foundation

Mary Ferrell FoundationThe AARC has partnered with the Mary Ferrell Foundation, supplying nearly a million pages of AARC records for browsing and searching via the MFF website. These records include massive CIA and FBI documents received as settlement for a lawsuit brought by Mark Allen, as well as other document collections on the John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy assassinations.

The JFK Assassination Archive disk and other AARC electronic document products are developed by History Matters. Visit our website: for more information and to order

The Assassination Archives and Research Center is the largest private archives in the world which is dedicated to acquiring, preserving, and disseminating information on political assassinations.


Starred Review: THE DEVIL’S CHESSBOARD by David Talbot

28 July, 2015 KIRKUS REVIEW THE DEVIL’S CHESSBOARD: ALLEN DULLES, THE CIA, AND THE RISE OF AMERICA’S SECRET GOVERNMENT by David Talbot (Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 2015) “Washington, D.C., regulars may know some of this information, and foreign nations certainly do, but all engaged American citizens should read this book and have their eyes opened.” Former […]


Russ Holmes Obituary

Russell B. Holmes, former CIA specialist on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died of cancer on December 18, 2014. Mr. Holmes was a career intelligence officer with the Office of Strategic Services and the CIA. He was born on September 20, 1923 in Mystic, CT. Mr. Holmes served as an officer in the […]

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New Releases from the NDC

July 14, 2015 The National Declassification Center has released a listing of 102 entries that have completed declassification processing between February 9, and June 26, 2015 and are now available for researcher request. This release consists of records from both military and civilian agencies. Highlights include: Department of the Navy, Naval History and Heritage Command, War […]

President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Texas Governor John Connally ride in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.  Moments later the President and Governor were shot by an assassin. (Walt Sisco / Copyright Bettmann/Corbis / AP Images)

Why the last of the JFK files could embarrass the CIA

By Bryan Bender  5/25/15 7:15 AM EDT | Updated 5/25/15 3:27 PM EDT COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Shortly after the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Chief Justice Earl Warren, who oversaw the first official inquiry, was asked by a reporter if the full record would be made public. “Yes, there will come a […]