May 21, 2022

NARA Releases Approx. 2800 JFK Assassination Records

UPDATED December 18, 2017 Completion of the JFK Records Rolling Release (via NARA)

UPDATED December 15, 2017 Latest Group of JFK Assassination Records Available to the Public (3,539 Records)

This is the last release planned by the National Archives for this year.  At this point, with the exception of 86 record identification numbers where additional research is required by the National Archives and the other agencies, all documents subject to section 5 of the JFK Act have been released either in full or in part.  Any information subject to section 5 of the Act, which has been redacted from documents in any of the six public releases this year, remains subject to further review by the agencies and the National Archives, in accordance with the President’s direction.  The National Archives will release additional documents in 2018 based on the outcome of the reviews conducted pursuant to the President’s direction.

UPDATED November 17, 2017 Latest Group of JFK Assassination Records Available to the Public (10,744 Records)

UPDATED November 10, 2017 Latest Group of JFK Assassination Records Available to the Public (13,213 Records)

UPDATED November 3, 2017 National Archives Releases 676 More JFK Assassination Records

Direct to Documents Released on October 26, 2017 and July 24, 2017

Note From NARA:

To request a bulk download of the documents in a compressed format, please email with “JFK Bulk Download” in the subject lines. You will receive a response with the links to download the zip files.

From the National Archives and Records Administration (Full Text Statement):

The National Archives today released 2,891 records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that are subject to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Act). These records are available for download online.

The President has also ordered that all remaining records governed by section 5 of the JFK Act be released, and thus additional records will be released subject to redactions recommended by the executive offices and agencies.  NARA will process these records for release as soon as possible on a rolling basis.

Based on requests from executive offices and agencies the President has allowed the temporary withholding of certain information that would harm national security, law enforcement, or foreign affairs.  The President also ordered agencies to re-review their proposed redactions and  only redact information in the rarest of circumstances where its withholding “is made necessary by an identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or conduct of foreign relations; and the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.”  These instructions will allow the National Archives to release as much information as possible by the end of the temporary certification period on April 26, 2018.

The National Archives previously released 3,810 related records on July 24, 2017, including 441 records previously withheld in their entirety and 3,369 records previously withheld in part. More information about this release is available online.

In addition, the National Archives is also releasing to the public the unclassified electronic records of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), including 52,387 emails and 16,627 files from the ARRB drives.

The National Archives established the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection in November 1992, and it consists of approximately five million pages of records. The vast majority of the collection has been publicly available without any restrictions since the late 1990s.


Direct to Documents Released on October 26, 2017 and July 24, 2017

See Also: White House Statement

See Also: Background: JFK Assassination Records Processing Project

See Also: Background: About the Collection

See Also: Project FAQs

See Also: Records Relating to Key People

See Also: Project Press Releases (1993-2017)

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