Archives offer insights gleaned 50 years since JFK's assassination
By Sarah Marloff, 8:34AM, Sun. Nov. 24, 2013
Here's a round-up of resources and archives to assist in understanding the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy as well as the traumatic events of November 22, 1963.
The LBJ Museum launched a new website, Nov. 22, 1963: Tragedy and Transition, consisting of archival materials available to the public – some for the first time ever – for online viewing and for download. The site, a collection of artifacts about November, 1963 and the events which lead to Johnson’s transition to the presidency, contains digitized speeches, photos, and interviews in chronological order. According to LBJ Library Director Mark K. Updegrove, “The materials now on the LBJ Presidential Library’s website are an important tool for researchers and the public who are interested in that tragic day and the immediate days that followed.”
Texas State Library and Archives Commission has created an exhibit of artifacts and preserved documents that encapsulate the events of November 22 and surrounding dates in '63. According to the website, TSLAC curated this show to specifically focus "on materials that state criminal investigative agencies and courts gathered and created." Admission is free.
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image has curated a unique compilation of interviews, news clips, home movies, and documentaries on Kennedy’s assignation. This collection takes the perspective of the Texans who witnessed the shooting firsthand. Former Governor, John Connally, was also shot that day and his personal retelling of what happened on November 22, 1963 is included in TAMI’s anthology.
The Dallas Morning News has created a special website and is offering a special commemorative box set for sale. The site links to relevant news stories of today as well as photos, in-depth features, and interactive timelines. The new Commemorative Box Set, which the DMN is selling for $29.99, includes a complete newspaper reprint from November 23, 1963, along with a transcript of Kennedy’s “Unspoken Speech” that was to have been given the day of his death, and 10 original reprints of Dallas Morning News photographs.
Read more JFK-related stories at austinchronicle.com/blogs. The Austin Chronicle’s 'JFK: 50 Years Gone' issue is on stands Thursday, Nov. 21.