Texas State Library and Archives Commission

John F. Kennedy:

An Inventory of the John F. Kennedy Assassination Scrapbook Collection at the Texas State Archives, 1963-1964, undated



Overview

Title: John F. Kennedy assassination scrapbook collection
Dates: 1963-1964, undated
Abstract: The John F. Kennedy assassination scrapbook collection is composed of newspapers, magazines, a welcome dinner invitation, a thank-you note, a photograph, programs, and one phonograph record, and dates from 1963 to 1964 and undated.
Quantity: 2.58 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Biographical History

Former President of the United States John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917. After graduating from Harvard in 1940, he entered the Navy and, in 1943, led fellow crewmen to safety after their PT boat was sunk by a Japanese destroyer. Kennedy was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democratic Congressman in 1946 and then to the U.S. Senate in 1952, representing the state of Massachusetts. Marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier followed on September 12, 1953, and, in 1955, Kennedy wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage.

Kennedy narrowly defeated Richard M. Nixon in the presidential election of 1960, becoming the youngest person ever to be elected president. Kennedy contended with several foreign affairs issues during his presidency including the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and complex diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. He is widely remembered for founding the U.S. Peace Corps and his Inaugural Address injunction "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country." Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas, most likely by Lee Harvey Oswald. Texas Governor John Connally was seriously wounded during the assassination. Oswald was later killed by Jack Rubenstein (more commonly known as Jack Ruby) during a police transfer.

On November 29, 1963, Kennedy's successor, President Lyndon Johnson, established a commission to investigate Kennedy's assassination and the wounding of Connally. This commission, known as the Warren Commission after its chairman Chief Justice Earl Warren, released its findings on September 24, 1964. Its conclusion that both Oswald and Ruby acted alone has been seen as controversial by some scholars.

(Sources include: John F. Kennedy's official White House biography: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/johnfkennedy (taken from "The Presidents of the United States of America," by Michael Beschloss and Hugh Sidey, copyright 2009), accessed on March 11, 2013, and the collection itself.)


Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John F. Kennedy assassination scrapbook collection is composed of newspapers, magazines, a welcome dinner invitation, a thank-you note, a photograph, programs, and one phonograph record, and dates from 1963 to 1964 and undated. The events covered by these records are the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and serious wounding of Texas Governor John Connally, the death of Lee Harvey Oswald and subsequent trial of Jack Rubenstein (more commonly known as Jack Ruby), and finally the release of the Warren Commission report and dissemination of its findings. Texas newspapers, particularly The Dallas Morning News, the Austin American, the Austin Statesman, and the Houston Chronicle, comprise the bulk of the records. A small number of other Texas newspapers and national publications, such as Life and Look magazines, are also present.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Organization of the Collection

The collection has been organized into three series:
General coverage, 1963-1964, undated, 1.8 cubic ft.
Trial of Jack Ruby, 1964, 0.76 cubic ft.
Warren Commission report, 1964, fractional

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, works first published in the U.S. in 1963 and 1964 with notice are protected for 95 years after the publication date (1963 works require that copyright was renewed). Sound recordings published in the U.S. prior to February 15, 1972 are subject to state statutory and/or common law protection and will fully enter the public domain on February 15, 2067. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.) and contacting copyright holder.

Technical Requirements

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials. To listen to the phonograph record please contact the Archives' Preservation Officer.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963--Assassination.
Ruby, Jack.
Oswald, Lee Harvey.
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994.
Connally, John Bowden, 1917-.
Corporate Names:
United States. Warren Commission.
Texas. Governor (1963-1969 : Connally)
United States. President (1961-1963 : Kennedy)
Subjects:
Assassination--Texas--1963.
Governmental investigation--United States.
Places:
Dallas (Tex.)
Document Types:
Magazines (periodicals)--Assassinations--Texas--1963-1964
Newspapers--1963-1964
Phonograph records-United States. President (1961-1963 : Kennedy)
Programs-United States. President (1961-1963 : Kennedy)
Photographs-United States. President (1961-1963 : Kennedy)
Invitations-United States. President (1961-1963 : Kennedy)
Publications-United States. President (1961-1963 : Kennedy)

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Supreme Court, State Bar vs. Melvin Belli records, 1964, fractional
Texas Department of Public Safety, Department of Public Safety records, Criminal Law Enforcement Division investigation files, 1934-1990, 19 cubic ft.
Governor John Connally letter re: Jack Ruby, March 1, 1964, fractional [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2012/104.]
Photographs of Governor John Connally's clothing, fractional [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1999/165.]
Texas, Office of the Attorney General, John F. Kennedy assassination investigation files, 1963-1964, 7.65 cubic ft.
Texas, Court of Criminal Appeals, Case files: #37,900 and #39,613 (Jack Ruby appeals), 1966, 3.47 cubic ft.
Texas State Archives: Manuscript Collections
Texas Democratic Executive Committee publications, 1961, 3 items. [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2-23/919.]
Kennedy (John F.) Assassination: UPI dispatch concerning, 1963, 1 item. [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2-22/976.]
Kennedy-Johnson Texas welcome dinner tickets, 1963, 5 items. [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2-22/744.]
Jack Ruby scrapbook, 1963-1964, 4 inches. [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2-22/970.]
Osburn (Mary McMillan) collection, 1833, 1849-1865, 1884, 1963, 6.75 inches. [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 2-23/869 and 2-23/918.]
Publications
Texas. Attorney-General's Office. Texas supplemental report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the serious wounding of Governor John B. Connally, November 22, 1963, 1964.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), John F. Kennedy assassination scrapbook collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1963/067

This collection was donated by Mary McMillan Osburn to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on December 31, 1963 and later unrecorded dates.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Jessica Tucker, March 2013


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

General coverage, 1963-1964, undated,
1.8 cubic ft.

The John F. Kennedy assassination scrapbook collection series General Coverage is composed of newspapers, magazines, a welcome dinner invitation, a thank-you note, a photograph, programs and one phonograph record, and dates from 1963 to 1964 and undated. The events covered by these records are the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and serious wounding of Texas Governor John Connally and their immediate aftermath, including the recovery of Connally, public reaction, and speculation on the motives of suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Texas newspapers, particularly The Dallas Morning News, The Austin American, The Austin Statesman, and The Houston Chronicle, comprise the bulk of the records. A small number of other Texas newspapers, such as the Waco Tribune-Herald and San Antonio Express, and national publications, such as Life and Look magazines, are also present.
Arrangement
These records are arranged first by format (magazines, newspapers, and phonograph record) and then very roughly chronologically within each format grouping, as received from the donor.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), General coverage, John F. Kennedy assassination scrapbook collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Technical Requirements
Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials. To listen to the phonograph record please contact the Archives' Preservation Officer.
Processed by
Jessica Tucker, January 2013
Box
1963/067-1 Texas Welcome Dinner in Honor of President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson invitation, November 22, 1963
President Kennedy's Assassination and Memorial Site, Dallas, Texas/Collector's Photo, 1964
Texas Welcome program, 1963
Texas Welcome Dinner program, November 22, 1963
Thank-you note to the Texas State Library Staff Association from Jacqueline Kennedy for contribution to the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, undated
The Murder of the Young President by Merriam Smith, a United Press International Publication, 1963
Radio Free Europe's Coverage on the Death of a President, 1963
Newsweek, December 2, 1963
Newsweek, December 9, 1963
Life, December 6, 1963
Life, December 13, 1963
Life, November 29, 1963
Life, John F. Kennedy Memorial Edition, 1963
Look, December 31, 1963
Look, March 10, 1964
TV Guide, January 25, 1964
Texas Medicine, January 1964
John F. Kennedy Memorial Album, 1964
This Week magazine (The Dallas Morning News), January 19, 1964
Look, January 28, 1964
Life, February 28, 1964
Life, March 27, 1964
Life, March 27, 1964
The Saturday Evening Post, November 21, 1964
Look, December 31, 1963
Austin American-Statesman, November 23, 1963
Austin American-Statesman, November 24, 1963
The Saturday Evening Post, December 14, 1963
Box
1963/067-2 Houston Chronicle, November 22, 1963
Dallas Times Herald, November 22, 1963
Dallas Times Herald, final edition, November 22, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, November 22, 1963
The Austin Statesman, November 22, 1963
EXTRA Austin American-Statesman, November 23, 1963
Austin American-Statesman, November 23, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, November 23, 1963
Houston Chronicle, final, November 23, 1963
Austin American-Statesman, November 24, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, November 24, 1963
Houston Chronicle, November 24, 1963
The Austin American, November 25, 1963
The Austin Statesman, November 25, 1963
Houston Chronicle, November 25, 1963
San Antonio Express, November 25, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, November 25, 1963
The Austin American, November 26, 1963
The Austin Statesman, November 26, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, November 26, 1963
The Austin Statesman, December 11, 1963
Houston Chronicle, memorial edition, November 22, 1963
Houston Chronicle, final edition, November 25, 1963
Houston Chronicle, final edition, November 26, 1963
Austin American-Statesman, December 15, 1963
The Austin American, November 27, 1963
The Austin American, November 27, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, November 27, 1963
Houston Chronicle, November 27, 1963
Austin American-Statesman, November 28, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, November 28, 1963
Houston Chronicle, holiday final edition, November 28, 1963
The Austin American, November 29, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, November 29, 1963
Houston Chronicle, November 29, 1963
Box
1963/067-3 Austin American-Statesman, November 30, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, November 30, 1963
Houston Chronicle, November 30, 1963
Waco Tribune-Herald, December 1, 1963
Austin American-Statesman, December 1, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, December 1, 1963
The Austin American, December 2, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, December 2, 1963
The Austin American, December 3, 1963
The Austin Statesman, December 3, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, December 3, 1963
The Austin American, December 4, 1963
The Austin Statesman, December 4, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, December 4, 1963
The Austin Statesman, December 5, 1963
The Austin American, December 5, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, December 5, 1963
The Austin American, December 6, 1963
The Austin Statesman, December 6, 1963
Austin American-Statesman, December 7, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, December 6, 1963
The Dallas Morning News, December 7, 1963
Box
1963/067-4 His Last 24 Hours, a memorial phonograph album of three Texas speeches of President John F. Kennedy and his inaugural address, 1963



 

Trial of Jack Ruby, 1964,
0.76 cubic ft.

The John F. Kennedy assassination scrapbook collection series Trial of Jack Ruby is composed of newspapers and a memorial service program, all dated 1964. The primary event covered by these records is the trial of Jack Rubenstein (more commonly known as Jack Ruby) for the murder of suspected John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Typical newspaper stories focus on the personality and motives of Ruby, selection of jurors, and the unorthodox behavior of defense lawyer Melvin Belli. Texas newspapers, particularly The Dallas Morning News, The Austin American, and The Austin Statesman, comprise nearly all of the records.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically, as received from the donor.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Trial of Jack Ruby, John F. Kennedy assassination scrapbook collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Jessica Tucker, February 2013
Box
1963/067-3 Memorial service program from the University Methodist Church, Austin, Texas, November 22, 1964
Panorama, a monthly supplement of The Daily Texan, November 22, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, February 27, 1964
The Austin Statesman, February 28, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, February 29, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 3, 1964
The Austin American, March 3, 1964
The Austin Statesman, March 4, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 4, 1964
The Austin American, March 4, 1964
The Austin Statesman, March 5, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 5, 1964
The Austin American, March 5, 1964
The Austin Statesman, March 6, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 6, 1964
The Austin American, March 6, 1964
Austin American-Statesman, March 7, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 7, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 8, 1964
The Austin Statesman, March 9, 1964
The Austin Statesman, March 10, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 10, 1964
The Austin American, March 10, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 11, 1964
The Austin American, March 11, 1964
The Austin Statesman, March 12, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 12, 1964
The Austin American, March 12, 1964
The Austin Statesman, March 13, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 13, 1964
The Austin American, March 13, 1964
Austin American-Statesman, March 14, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 14, 1964
Austin American-Statesman, March 15, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 15, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 15, 1964
The Austin American, March 16, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 17, 1964
The Austin American, March 17, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 18, 1964
The Austin American, March 18, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 19, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 23, 1964
The Austin American, March 23, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, March 24, 1964



 

Warren Commission report, 1964,
fractional

The John F. Kennedy assassination scrapbook collection series Warren Commission report is composed of newspapers and one magazine, all dated 1964. The primary event covered by these records is the release of the report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, known as the Warren Commission. Typical newspaper stories feature discussion of the Commission's findings and popular opinion regarding them. A small selection of newspapers, including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Austin American, comprise the bulk of the records. The national publication Time magazine is also present.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in reverse chronological order, as received from the donor.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Warren Commission report, John F. Kennedy assassination scrapbook collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Jessica Tucker, March 2013
Box
1963/067-4 Time, October 2, 1964
The New York Times, September 28, 1964
The Dallas Morning News, September 28, 1964
The Austin American, September 28, 1964