Category Archives: NARA 21

NARA 21 is a recent version of the JFK ARC database (17 May 2021). It has the standard metadata for individual items in the collection, and is updated to reflect the current status of documents in the collection: redacted, withheld, or released.

NARA 21, part 11: Redacted CIA records – long

This is my 11th note on NARA 21, the updated version of the JFK ARC database (available here). See the first note in this series for more details on the what, when, why of this update.

This note concludes my look at redacted CIA documents in NARA 21. The three previous posts on this subject were two looks at short docs, and one look at mid-length docs.…

Oswald docs in the December 2021 releases

This post reviews newly released redactions from documents related to Lee Harvey Oswald (LHO), as posted at the National Archives website last December. Oswald is a key figure in Kennedy assassination documents, and the release of redactions in Oswald-related docs is always worth a close look.

The review this time is limited to LHO docs from the CIA, since these are more readily identified than LHO docs from other agencies, as will be seen below.…

NARA 21, part 10: CIA mid-length docs

An earlier post on this blog counted redactions in a set of ARC docs which I dubbed CIA short docs. CIA short docs are one page CIA docs where NARA 21, the May 2021 update of the JFK database, lists a current status of “Redact” and a doc restriction of 5(g)(2)(D).…

Bradford on the ARC, 2021

This note looks at a critique of the current state of the ARC, written by Rex Bradford, president of the Mary Ferrell Foundation (MFF). The critique was posted online here in March 2021. Unfortunately, this was too early for Bradford to consult the updated version of the JFK database, which went on line in June 2021.…

NARA 21, part 8: More updates to the JFK database

I am still looking at NARA 21, the updated version of the JFK ARC database. I have had recent correspondence with NARA on the status of the database that corrects a couple of my earlier posts.

“Declassify” records

The first correction here is on the 13 records in the updated JFK database labeled “declassify”.…