Expert: Southwest Collection is key resource to anyone researching the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

As Americans recognize the 48th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination, historians and the interested public can look through documents available at Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection and Special Collections Library.

Pitch

As Americans recognize the 48th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination, historians and the interested public can look through documents available at Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection and Special Collections Library.

 

The collection includes documents that belonged to Texas Tech alumnus and former regent Waggoner Carr, who was elected Texas Attorney General in 1963.

 

Expert

Monte Monroe, associate archivist, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3749 or monte.monroe@ttu.edu.

 

Talking Points

  • On the morning of Nov. 22, Carr and his wife dined with President John F. Kennedy and the first lady in Fort Worth.
  • Because Kennedy’s murder fell under the jurisdiction of Texas, Carr was the man to release the President’s body, and he was also the man to launch the initial investigation.
  • In 1967, Carr sent copies of his material, which comprised about 2,500 items, to Texas Tech. An even larger donation of his personal and political papers followed in 1988.
  • Monroe was the last person to interview Carr before his death in 2004, and believes the Waggoner Carr Papers are as valuable as those housed in the Federal Government Archives or the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

 

Quotes

  • “We have copies of depositions taken by the Dallas Police Department and Dallas County Sheriff’s Department for everybody in Dealey Plaza that day, as well as for Lee Harvey Oswald, his wife Marina, and Oswald’s assassin, Jack Ruby.”
  • “Waggoner Carr worked hand-in-glove with the Warren Commission, and because of his close involvement and the fact that he was privy to all evidence. He contended to the end of his life that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin.”
  • “The Waggoner Carr Papers are a key resource for anyone doing research into the Kennedy Assassination. We are extremely proud to have them.”