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. With the passage of the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Collection Act and successful suits under the Freedom of Information Act, the AARC has come into the possession of hundreds of thousands of pages of long-awaited government records. The AARC is devoted to reaching the widest possible audience with this new information.

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Public LibraryPublic Library. The AARC electronic library provides access to over 50,000 pages of reports, transcripts, and documents relating to political assassinations, many released in recent years under the JFK Records Act.

News & ViewsNews & Views. News on AARC projects, updates on FOIA lawsuits, essays, and new developments in the JFK, MLK, and RFK assassination controversies.

CatalogCatalog. The AARC CD-ROM Catalog has several titles available for purchase. Each CD-ROM contains thousands of pages of documents, transcripts, and reports. Speed your research with instant access and full-text search.

Membership. Become a member of the AARC today. Benefits include discounts on CD-ROM titles.


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.


This website and the AARC CD-ROM products are developed by History Matters. History Matters also runs an online store which stocks the AARC CD-ROM titles. Visit our website:

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.


  JFK Assassination Archive Research Tool Launched

October 30, 2013 - Today the AARC announces the JFK Assassination Archive, a personal research station on a USB hard disk. Produced in a joint venture with History Matters and the Mary Ferrell Foundation, this disk contains over 1 million pages of JFK records along with unparalleled research tools to access them. For full details including screenshots, and to order, visit the JFK Assassination Archive home page on the Mary Ferrell website.

National Archives Reverses Itself on Declassification Commitment

June 12, 2012 - Today the National Archives has reversed a 2010 commitment for declassification and decided instead to withhold records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Attached is a press release from the Assassination Archives and Research Center and a copy of the letter from Gary Stern, General Counsel of the National Archives announcing this decision. There is contact information on the press release for further information.

Attachments: (1) AARC Press Release of Jun 12, 2012; (2) AARC's letter to NARA of Jan 20, 2012; and (3) NARA's Response to AARC of Jun 12, 2012.

Narrow Partial Victory in Morley v. CIA

June 4, 2012 - Jefferson Morley's quest for records on George Joannides, the CIA case officer who managed the DRE at the time Lee Harvey Oswald was in contact with it, survived a second trip to the Court of Appeals. But the victory was a narrow one, ruling that on remand to the District Court the CIA will have to once again review 294 documents withheld in their entireties to determine whether other exemption claims cover all the now non-exempt "Exemption 2" materials, or whether all or some of the Exemption 2 materials are segregable and can be released, perhaps with some Exemption 1 (national security) materials as well. The judgment is posted together with a memorandum which explains the Court's ruling and an indication of what lies ahead in District Court.

The following briefs are attached: (1) Judgment of Apr 27, 2012; (2) The one-page released document; and (3) A memo explaining the court's ruling and what lies ahead.


Electronic Document Partners

The AARC's effort to disseminate its voluminous paper records in electronic form is aided by these partners:

Mary Ferrell FoundationMary Ferrell Foundation

The AARC is by far the largest contributor to the MFF's unparalleled electronic archive of documents on political assassinations.

History MattersHistory Matters

History Matters is the creator of this website and the CD-ROMs available in the AARC catalog.