The National Archives at Fort Worth




The National Archives at Fort Worth

Fort Worth

Description and Relevance of Holding:
Record Group 21 and Record Group 118 from U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division; Record Group 276 from U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit John King vs. USA contains manuscripts, documents, and photographs. These items are microfilmed and identified as Microfilm 7RA-30B. This material relates to Marina Oswald Porter and the rifle used in the Kennedy assassination. Gun collector John King attempted to purchase the rifle; the U.S. government confiscated it. Companion records are located in the National Archives-Rocky Mountain Region, Denver.

Record Group 21, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans Division contains civil suits filed by Clay Shaw against New Orleans District Attorney James Garrison. Garrison indicted Shaw in state district court in New Orleans in 1967 for conspiracy to kill the president. Clay Shaw was accused of being a shadowy figure known as Clay Bertrand, who reportedly contacted New Orleans attorney Dean Andrews for legal representation of Lee Harvey Oswald. Clay Shaw was acquitted by the jury, and he sued Garrison for damages in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans Division, in three civil cases.

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

Barbara Rust
National Archives and Records Administration, Southwest Region in Fort Worth
1400 John Burgess Drive
Fort Worth, TX  76140