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Orville Nix

Nix Still
Nix Collection

"After the first shots rang out, he inadvertently started taking pictures of [the assassination.] He has about eight seconds of moving film there of the First Lady coming over the car."

Orville Nix, Jr., son of the late Orville Nix
November 22, 1996
Oral History Collection/The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Orville Nix was an air conditioning engineer for the U.S. General Services Administration, located in the Terminal Annex building on the south side of Dealey Plaza. With his Keystone Auto-Zoom home movie camera in hand, he walked from his office to the northwest corner of Main and Houston streets. Nix unfortunately used Type A film, specifically designed for indoor use, but without the needed filter. As a result, his film appears darker and grainier than others made in Dealey Plaza that day.

From his location at the corner, Nix captured the presidential limousine as it made its way up Houston. He then quickly moved to the south curb of Main Street, approximately 60 feet west of Houston Street. Nix heard shots being fired as he filmed the motorcade again. “I thought [the shots] came from a fence between the Book Depository and the railroad track,” he recalled in a 1966 interview, though he accepted the official findings that the shots originated from the Texas School Book Depository.

A final sequence shows the crowd running toward Elm Street from Main Street. On Saturday, November 23, Nix returned to the plaza at 7:30 a.m. and filmed the exterior of the Texas School Book Depository and investigators.