National Public Radio.
The Daily Mail (UK).
These are just a few of the media outlets — not to mention the authors and poets — who’ve reach out to UMass Dartmouth in the past few months.
What do they all have in common?
They are researching the death of Robert F. Kennedy. And they’re coming to UMD because the university houses the Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Archive Collection, which was dedicated April 20, 1988.
Kennedy was shot shortly after midnight June 5, 1968, after winning the California Democratic presidential primary, and he died the next day.
In marking the 50th anniversary of his assassination, the RFK archives housed at the Claire T. Carney Library have become a busy place to be.
The UMass collection also includes audiotape interviews, videotapes and news clippings. The library has 720 audio cassette tapes, which include interviews by the LAPD and others looking into the case, such as private investigators. An LAPD summary of the trial runs to more than 1,200 pages.
The UMass archives also include the entire transcript of the court trial, which is more than 9,000 pages. The FBI records were released between 1984 and 1986 under the Freedom of Information Act.
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