Category Archives: Collection issues

Notes on the collection as a whole, including its history, management, and access issues.

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.…

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.…

The state of the JFK ARC: The IG report

[First posted on December 14, 2018, at rgr-cyt.org.]

For those not familiar with the subject of this post, I have a new page introducing the JFK Assassination Records Collection (a link is at the top of the blog page). This should help make the discussion a little more comprehensible.

I’ve now had a look at the two reports I mentioned in my last post.…