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JFK Records Collection Act Research Series
Volume 1: ARRB '95 & '96 Releases

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Product Code: CD-ARRB9596


JFK Records Collection Act Research Series brings important documents released under the JFK Records Act to researchers and citizens everywhere. Volume 1 contains stunning CIA and FBI documents publicly released in 1995 and 1996, suppressed in many cases for more than 30 years. Many of these concern Lee Harvey Oswald's purported trip to Mexico City in the fall of 1963, and the allegations of a Communist conspiracy emanating from there.

Detailed List of Contents

1995 and 1996 Assassination Records Review Board Releases:

  • 1995 Assassination Records Review Board CIA & FBI Releases
    • CIA July 20, 1995 Release - 16 documents, mostly related to Mexico City.
    • CIA September 20, 1995 Release - 39 documents, mostly related to Mexico City.
    • FBI October 19, 1995 Release - 7 documents, related to Jack Ruby, the Communist party, and Oswald's trip to Mexico City.
    • CIA October 26, 1995 Release - 44 documents, mostly related to Mexico City.
    • FBI October 26, 1995 Release - 9 documents, mostly internal memos reporting on the allegation that Lee Oswald had been an informant to the FBI.
    • CIA November 21, 1995 Release - 61 documents, mostly related to Mexico City.
    • CIA December 20, 1995 Release - 196 documents, mostly related to Mexico City.
    • FBI December 20, 1995 Release - 37 documents, most from initial period of investigation, on various topics.
    • FBI December 28, 1995 Release - 6 documents, all related to the FBI's investigation of Oswald's failure to attend a school in Switzerland (instead, he defected to the Soviet Union).
    • Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City (aka "Lopez Report"), 1995 Release - Individual pages with unredacted information. See 1996 ARRB Releases for fuller version of this report.
  • 1996 ARRB Releases
    • CIA Mexico City Station Documents - 73 documents, all related to Mexico City.
    • CIA Russian Name Checks - 47 documents, all related to CIA checks of Russian names found among the Oswald's possessions.
    • Warren Commission Helms Responses to Rank Inquiries - 54 CIA documents, consisting of memos sent to the Warren Commission or internal memos involved in preparing responses.
    • CIA Marina Oswald's Notebook, Russian Name Traces - 6documents, related to Marina Oswald's notebook and related matters.
    • CIA Garrison, Gordon Novel, Clay Shaw, INCA - 10 CIA documents relating to the Garrison investigation and figures involved in it.
    • CIA LHO Mexico City Chronology - 3 documents, all versions of a "Mexico City Chronology" prepared by Anne Goodpasture of the Mexico City CIA station.
    • CIA, LHO, Russia - 5 documents, containing chronologies of Oswald's stay in the Soviet Union and his return to the U.S.
    • CIA General - 23 CIA documents on various topics.
    • WC Slawson Trip to Mexico City 4/8/64 Memos - 3 documents, all versions of a trip report, two of them edited down from the third. This is a report of three Warren Commission staffers' trip to Mexico City to clear up lingering questions about the CIA's reporting on the events which transpired there.
    • FBI Name Checks - 169 documents, mostly consisting of memos on investigations into various persons, from George de Mohrenschildt and the Paines to Mark Lane.
    • HSCA - 6 House Select Committe on Assassinations documents on various topics.

Additional Documents:

  • Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City (aka "Lopez Report"). This report, written by HSCA staffers Edwin Lopez and Dan Hardway, describes some of the anomalies and problems the HSCA found with the CIA records and testimony on the events surround Lee Oswald's trip to Mexico City in the fall of 1963.
  • ARRB Final Report. The Assassination Records Review Board's Final Report, issued in 1998.
  • Warren Commission Document 347. This CIA memo to the Warren Commission, dated January 31, 1964, is entitled: "Information Developed by CIA on the Activity of Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City 28 September - 3 October 1963.
  • Soviet Documents Given to President Clinton in 1999 by Russian President Boris Yeltsin. These consist of internal Soviet records relating to Oswald's 1959 defection, as well as Soviet documents from the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination.
  • Transcript of ARRB Deposition of Anne Goodpasture. Anne Goodpasture was an assistant to CIA station chief Win Scott in 1963, and was involved in the handling of the "Oswald" transcripts.
  • Transcript of Church Committee Deposition of Jane Roman. Jane Roman was a member of CIA's CounterIntelligence staff in 1963.
  • Church Committee: References to FBI Review of Tapes of Oswald's Oct. 1, 1963 Mexico City Conversation. A collection of documents, among them the FBI memo of 11/23 to the Secret Service (another copy went to the White House) which stated: "The CIA advised that on October 1, 1963, an extremely sensitive source had reported that an individual identified himself as Lee Oswald, who contacted the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City inquiring as to any messages. Special Agents of this Bureau, who have conversed with Oswald in Dallas, Texas, have observed photographs of the individual referred to above, and have listened to a recording of his voice. These special agents are of the opinion that the above-referred-to individual was not Lee Harvey Oswald."

Audio Interview:

  • Audio of HSCA interview of Warren Commission staffer William Coleman. William Coleman and David Slawson handled the "foreign conspiracy" part of the Warren Commission investigation. They and another staffer, Howard Willens, traveled to Mexico City in April of 1964 to try to clear up lingering mysteries.


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System Requirements

  • PC with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, or XP, or Macintosh
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