Municipal Archives


Dallas Police Department Records Related to the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, 1963-1992

​Collection 1991-001

​Overview

Repository
Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorDallas Police Department
TitleDallas Police Department Records Related to the Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Dates1963-1992
Quantity21 boxes
AbstractProcedural documents, witness affidavits, forms, evidence inventories, reports, photographs, and negatives.
Identification1991-001
LanguageRecords are in English


Scope and Content

The collection contains procedural documents, witness affidavits, forms, evidence inventories, reports by individual officers, photographs, and negatives.

In 1989, the Dallas Police Department transferred the documents related to the Kennedy Assassination to the Dallas Municipal Archives and Records Center.  To make the availability of these records known, on January 27, 1992, the Dallas City Council passed resolution 92-0438 stating that "all files, documents, papers, films, audio, or any other evidence held by the Dallas Police Department or any City department or agency regarding the John F. Kennedy assassination, the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby to the public and media immediately.  That the Dallas Police Department and other city departments transfer all John F. Kennedy assassination documents and related materials to the Dallas Municipal Archives and Records Center for preservation and release to the public."

In response to the resolution, the Dallas Police Department transferred additional records on January 27, 1992, March 10, 1992, and March 30, 1992.

The collection contains 11,406 documents and photographic images documenting the following four police cases: 

Murder of John F. Kennedy
Murder of Officer J. D. Tippit 
Murder of Lee Harvey Oswald 
Assault on John Connally

These materials also exist in an online exhibit provided by the Municipal Archives and also on the Portal to Texas History.

Organization​

The collection contains the following series

Records division
Identification division
Personnel
Intelligence division
Materials received from DPD outreach efforts to transfer all Kennedy assassination records
Other records 
Inventory list

Records within each series may be originals, carbon copies, or photocopies.  Many of the documents are duplicated in other series.  The collection also contains oversized material.

Access​

The collection has the following restrictions and requirements related to accessing it:
The collection in general is fragile, and access to it is considered on a case-by-case basis.  As noted above, the  collection is available for viewing via online exhibit on both this website via the link in the Scope and Content section and on the Portal to Texas History.  Speak to an archivist about viewing the originals. 
The City of Dallas does not have copyright for 13 negatives taken by newspaper photographers Robert Jackson and Jack Beers of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald.  These images may not be microfilmed or scanned.  The City does not provide reproductions from these images.
The collection contains a color slide of Lee Harvey Oswald.  Color and black and white copy negatives were created from this slide.  Because of possible light damage from microfilming and scanning, these slides/negatives may not be reproduced.
The collection contains several reels of news film of the shooting of Oswald made by WFAA-TV and other local television stations.  Copyright to the WFAA-TV news film was transferred to the Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas, Texas, and all requests for reproduction will be forwarded to the Museum.  Requests for materials copyrighted by other television stations will be forwarded to their administrative offices.

Except for the items specified, permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from the Dallas Municipal Archives.  All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

Citation​

Dallas Police Department Records Related to the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, 1963-1992 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Collection 2015-005—City of Dallas JFK Commemoration
Collection 2014-002—William Oren Trogdon John F. Kennedy Assassination Research Collection, 1952-1964

Index Term​s

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Assassination

Container ​List 

BoxFolderTitle, Date
  Records division
1 Procedural documents: includes homicide reports, supplementary offense reports, handwritten affidavits, and officer's reports
2 Affidavits, officers' reports, and correspondence
3 Reports of Officers Duties, and other reports: includes autopsy reports, and arrest reports
4 Records in Notebook, and Correspondence.  Includes various documents and photocopies arranged in alphabetically by subject, and photocopies of incoming cards and letters mailed to Jack Ruby
5 Photocopies affidavits and other documents; includes photocopies of city and county affidavits and officer's reports.  Investigation of the Operational Security involving the transfer of Lee Harvey Oswald, November 24, 1963
6 Inventory of property
  Identification division
7 Photocopies of reports on Oswald/Kennedy/Ruby
8 Correspondence, photocopies of Homicide Report related to the Shooting of Oswald includes photographs
9 Photocopies of property removed from Oswald's residences, other photocopies related to property, and copy of the Carr report
10 Kinescope (sound film) recordings from WPAP-TV, WFAA-TV and ABC-TV
[DMARC does not have the equipment to view these films.]
11 
Evidence files includes photographs of the Texas School Book Depository 411 Elm St.
See contact print album.
12 Photographs of the Texas School Book Depository 411 Elm St., Tippit Shooting, and Oswald Property.  See contact print album.
12A Negatives - Original Vintage and Copy negatives created by the Dallas Police Department.  See contact print album.
13 Bound volumes of photocopies related to Oswald/Kennedy/Ruby. Includes Cards and letters to Jack Ruby, photocopy of the intelligence file on Oswald, U.S. Secret Service photocopies and other various reports from Series I.
  Personnel, additional records division, and public information division
14 Personnel file Officer J. D. Tippit, copies from microfilm items in Series I, and Public Information Division correspondence concerning requests for information
15 Personnel file Officer J. D. Tippit, copies from microfilm items in Series I, and Public Information Division correspondence concerning requests for information
  Intelligence division
16 Intelligence documents concerning Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby
17 Intelligence documents concerning Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby
  Materials received from DPD outreach efforts to transfer all Kennedy assassination records
18 Materials transferred after January 27, 1992
  Other records
19 
Items in this series have not been photocopied, microfilmed or scanned.

Death Certificates (for viewing only; copies can be obtained through the Office of Vital Statistics for the City of Dallas)

Newspapers

Oversized post card Dealey Plaza

Guide to the Texas State Library and Archives holdings

Item received from the Department of Aviation on December 1, 1994

Photocopies from City Minutes and Files from November 25-26, 1963
​​20​Materials received after 1992
​2111x14" printouts of microfilm information.  This box's contents is not itemized.  It contains photocopies of correspondence, police files, and other case materials which have been enlarged for easier viewing, (Photocopy) various dates.  Multiple pages.
Inventory list
​​​Click here​​ for the itemized list of this collection.