Category Archives: ACRS

The Assassination Collection Reference System (ACRS) is NARA’s on-line database of finding aids for the JFK ARC. It is currently off-line, but there are other resources that provide same or similar information. See especially notes in the NARA 21 category

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.…

Yet another list: NARA20

As noted earlier, the ACRS, NARA’s on-line database of metadata for documents in the JFK Assassination Records Collection, has been down for maintenance since the end of September 2020.

In its place is a 27M excel file which NARA describes as “listing every item in the [ACRS] database to facilitate researcher access to the information in the system” (see here).…

Re-counting records at Mary Ferrell

This is a follow-up to a note I posted over two years ago (March 2018).

That note looked at the question of how many records were listed in the ACRS, NARA’s on-line database of ARC metadata. Since the ACRS has become available on-line, with a little bit of programming one should be able to answer that question definitively; just scan and scrape it.…

ACRS is down

NARA’s database of finding aids for the JFK ARC is off-line. The announcement says “The JFK Assassination Collection Reference System is currently down for maintenance. During this outage, we are providing a spreadsheet listing every item in the database to facilitate researcher access to the information in the system.”

Unfortunately, the humongo spreadsheet provided lists only about half the records in the collection.…

Filling the gaps in the ACRS: Three sets of FBI records

The Assassination Collection Reference System (ACRS) is NARA’s online database of finding aids for the JFKARC. This post discusses three sets of FBI records in the ARC which are not listed in the ACRS. Using the Mary Farrell Foundation’s online collection, ARC documents posted online at NARA, and ARRB record notices published in the Federal Register, I have put together an excel file of the missing data which is available here.…

Gaps in the ACRS: A note from NARA

[First posted on March 13, 2019, at rgr-cyt.org.]

I have done a couple of posts about the agencies whose records are missing from the Assassination Collection Reference System (ACRS), the on-line database of finding-aids for the JfK Assassination Records Collection at NARA.1 I emailed NARA about the problem a while ago and have recently heard back from them.…