Photographs covering the week of President Kennedy’s assassination significantly enhance the Museum’s collection
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza today announced the addition of two collections of photographs to the Museum’s archives: a donation of approximately 1,200 photographs from former Dallas Times Herald photographer Eamon Kennedy, including images he took the day of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963 and during his coverage of the Jack Ruby trial in 1964; and an acquisition from former Fort Worth Press photographer Gene Gordon of a collection including more than 400 images detailing President Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth in November 1963 and the funeral of Lee Harvey Oswald a few days later.
“These photographs complement our rich holdings and provide in-depth historical documentation of the weekend of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination,” said Nicola Longford, executive director. “With the addition of these two collections, the Museum continues to build on its longstanding commitment to the exploration and interpretation of President Kennedy’s assassination and legacy.”
The Eamon Kennedy Collection contains photographs from Dallas Love Field, including what may have been the President’s last close-up portrait; a picture of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital; and photos from the trial of Jack Ruby in 1964.
Photographs in the Gene Gordon Collection detail the time President and Mrs. Kennedy spent in Fort Worth prior to departing for Dallas on November 22, 1963: their arrival at Carswell Air Force Base and crowd scenes at the Hotel Texas Chamber of Commerce breakfast held in their honor. Mr. Gordon also captured images of Lee Harvey Oswald’s funeral.
“All of these images will be catalogued, digitized and added to our permanent collection,” said Ms. Longford. “They eventually will be available to the public through the Museum’s online collections database.”
Eamon Kennedy, born in in Limerick, Ireland, grew up in London, England, before immigrating to Canada where he became a noted photojournalist. In 1962, on a visit to Dallas, he was offered a job at the Dallas Times Herald.
Native Texan Gene Gordon went to work at the Fort Worth Press shortly after finishing high school in 1948. By 1963, Gordon was the afternoon paper’s chief photographer.
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