Library Staff

JFK at 50: The John F. Kennedy/Dallas Police Department Collection in the Dallas Municipal Archives

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • Austin, TX • News Release

Revisit the unforgettable events in Dallas, November 1963, on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the murders of presumed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and police officer J.D. Tippit. Guest speaker John Slate, Dallas City Archivist, will present an illustrated lecture on the history and contents of the John F. Kennedy Collection, comprised of records from the Dallas Police Department, in the Dallas Municipal Archives. Transferred to the archives in 1989, the Kennedy collection contains more than 11,400 documents and photographs, including homicide reports, affidavits, witness statements, fingerprint cards, mug shots, newspaper clippings and correspondence.

This event will take place at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, November 7, at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, 1201 Brazos St., Austin. Sponsored by the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas, the event is free and open to the public. Space is limited: please RSVP at or (512) 463-5460.

John H. Slate is city archivist for the City of Dallas, where he is responsible for historic city government records in the Dallas Municipal Archives. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board. He possesses a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, specializing in archival enterprise, from the same institution. He’s written on photography, music, and Texas history and is the author or co-author of the following Arcadia Images of America books: Historic Dallas Parks, Lost Austin, Dealey Plaza, and John F. Kennedy Sites in Dallas-Fort Worth.