Dallas Public Library




Dallas Public Library, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division


Description and Relevance of Holding:
The Dallas Public Library contains over 1,000 published books on President John F. Kennedy.  The DPL holdings span many aspects of the diverse history of Dallas and the surrounding area.

The John F. Kennedy Assassination Collection contains over 80 documentary movies, feature films, magazines, and journal articles. It includes newspaper clippings from theDallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald, New York Times, and Washington Post. Microfilm document collections, FBI files of evidence, Warren Commission exhibit documents, Warren Commission key persons and other persons files, Dallas Times Heraldmorgue files, and Jim Garrison investigation records are also available. The collection holds CD ROM databases of the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassination Report, subscriptions to JFK Assassination Research Journal and Kennedy Assassination Chronicles. The holding contains notes and memorabilia left at Dealey Plaza and a small collection of photographs.

The Bruce Alger Collection contains personal papers covering the career of conservative Congressman Bruce Reynolds Alger of Dallas. It also includes correspondences, bills, voting records, and clippings on the Kennedy assassination and related topics. Bruce Alger was a former Republican U.S. Representative from Texas. He served from 1955 until 1965.

The Clint Grant Photograph Collection
Grant served as staff photographer for the Dallas Morning News from 1949-1998. He captured President Kennedy’s arrival at Love Field and Sam Rayburn’s funeral.

The John Groth Renderings: The Trial of Jack Ruby Collection contains 130 drawings and 1 box of items related to the trial of Jack Ruby. John Groth was a journalist in the courtroom during the trial.  His sketches depict the people and mood of this event.

Access to Holdings:
The collections are open to researchers upon request.

Christine Sharbrough, MSLIS Archival Studies
Manager, Dallas History & Archives Division
City of Dallas
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street, 7th Floor
Dallas, TX 75201