Reading Room

Overlooking Dealey Plaza, the Reading Room is a place for researchers to access the Museum’s vast collection of films, photographs, artifacts, and oral history recordings.

New Arrivals

The Senator from New England: The Rise of JFK by Sean J. Savage. 2015.

Chronicles John F. Kennedy’s growing confidence during his career as a senator and his ambitious 1960 presidential campaign strategy.

New Arrivals


Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle. 2015.

This poetic memoir tells of growing up as a child of two cultures—Cuba and the United States. Set during the Cold War, Engle describes her longing and fear surrounding the Cuban revolution.

New Arrivals

Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa by James Neff. 2015.

Based on newly released primary sources, investigator James Neff uncovers the ruthless battle between Jimmy Hoffa and Robert Kennedy and examines the legacies this rivalry left behind in federal law enforcement and the labor movement.

New Arrivals

Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency by Paul Brandus. 2015.

From John Adams to Barack Obama, through triumph and tragedy, secrets and scandals, White House journalist Paul Brandus takes you takes on a tour of the history behind the home of the President, and the men and women who designed, inhabited, and decorated it.

New Arrivals

Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy by Edward H. Miller. 2015.

An examination of how money, politics, race and religion fueled the ultraconservatism ideology in Dallas during the mid-20th century and gave rise to the modern-day Republican party.

New Arrivals

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall.

This award-winning play is set in the Lorraine Motel and explores Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inner thoughts and feelings just hours before his assassination. See performances of The Mountaintop at Dallas Theater Center from now until Nov. 15th.