NARA 21, part 4: “redact” records

[Revised 7/18/2021]

This is my fourth note on NARA 21, the revised version of the JFK ARC database (available here). See the first note in this series for more details on the what, when, why of NARA 21.

This note deals with one of my main interests in the ARC: how many records in the Collection are still redacted, and on what basis do they remain redacted after the October 2017 “deadline” for the release of ARC records?…

NARA 21, part 3: “withhold” records

[Updated on 7/16/2021]

This is my third note on NARA 21, the revised version of the JFK ARC database (available here). See the earlier notes in this series for more details on the what, when, why of NARA 21.

This note deals with one of the most discussed issues relating to the ARC: how many records are withheld in full, and on what basis do they remain withheld despite the passage of the October 2017 “deadline” for the release of ARC records?…

NARA 21, part 1: A new version of the JFK database

[Updated 7/15/2021]

As I noted in my last post, there is a new version of the JFK Assassination Records Collection database now available at NARA (here). Six excel files were posted online, apparently in mid-June. These files represent a new version of the ARC database with important information on the current state of the JFK Collection.…

New version of ACRS posted at NARA

It had been a while since I visited the JFK ARC pages at NARA, so I was pleasantly surprised this morning to see that a new version of the Assassination Collection Reference System (ACRS) database has been posted in the form of six excel files, apparently added in mid-June 2021.…

NBR files in the ARC, part 4: The Cuban Revolutionary Council

This is my fourth post on NBR records in the JFK Assassination Records Collection. (See here for a general introduction to records designated NBR “not believed relevant”).

The CRC financial records

The documents I discuss in this post are financial records of the Cuban Revolutionary Council (CRC). The CRC was “an umbrella group of anti-Castro groups formed with the support of the U.S.…

Matching NARA to MFF, part 1: July 24 release

This is the first note in a new series on how the Mary Ferrell Foundation (MFF) managed to match up the records from NARA’s 2017-2018 ARC releases with the appropriate metadata and plug them in to their massive document archive.

This was a big, big job; my hat is off to them, particularly to Mary Ferrell Foundation President Rex Bradford, who doubles as the MFF’s website designer and programmer.…

Three years later

I posted my first note on the JFK ARC on November 14, 2017, so I’ve been writing on this subject for three years now. I had no particular goals when I began, so I can’t speak of any accomplishments to date.

I have, however, slowly acquired a few goals along the way.…