The Russ Holmes Work File
Price: $99.95 (AARC members $89.95)
Product Code: CD-RUSSHOLMES
Now also available on a single DVD-ROM for $89.95 (AARC
members $79.95) - please use product code DVD-RUSSHOLMES.
This set of 8 CD-ROMs consists of over 40,000 pages in over 6000 CIA
documents released in 1998 - 2000. These records comprise a collection
of documents maintained by CIA archivist Russell Holmes, much of it
related to the investigation of the House Select Committee on Assassinations
(HSCA). The DVD-ROM edition contains the complete collection on a single
Internal memos, cables, reports, transcripts, newspaper clippings,
and a host of other materials make up the Russ Holmes Work File. This
collection contains a huge amount of new information on the "Oswald
in Mexico City" affair, CIA dealings with the Warren Commission
and the HSCA, CIA monitoring of the Garrison investigation, and the
history of the JFK assassination.
Access to such a vast archive of documents is greatly facilitated by
innovative "Live Indexes," which present sorted lists of document
summaries, each a hyperlink to the actual document. Indexes sorted by
record number, date, box and folder, topic, and by names of persons
referenced in the document summaries. A full-text search index is also
present on each CD-ROM.
The Russ Holmes Work File is divided among eight CD-ROMs by record
- Disk 1: 104-10400 and 104-10404 series
- Disk 2: 104-10406, 104-10408, and 104-10413 series
- Disk 3: 104-10414 and 104-10418 series
- Disk 4: 104-10419 and 104-10422 series
- Disk 5: 104-10423, 104-10425, 104-10427, and 104-10428 series
- Disk 6: 104-10429, 104-10431, 104-10433, and 104-10434 series
- Disk 7: 104-10435, 104-10436, 104-10437, 104-10438, 104-10439,
104-10440, 104-10441 and 104-10412 series
- Disk 8: 104-10273 series
Each CD-ROM contains between 4000 and 7500 pages of documents in Adobe
Portable Document Format (PDF), accompanied by several Live Indexes
and a full-text search index.
The DVD-ROM edition contains all of the above on a single DVD-ROM disc.
- Pre-assassination cable traffic regarding Lee Harvey Oswald's purported
trip to Mexico City.
- Post-assassination cables and memos to and from Mexico City.
- The Mexico City "Mystery Man" whose photograph was sent to Dallas
on the evening of November 22, 1963.
- Gilberto Alvarado Ugarte, the Nicaraguan undercover agent who claimed
to have seen Oswald take money to kill Kennedy in the Cuban Embassy.
- Yuri Nosenko, the 1964 Soviet defector who was imprisoned by the
- Memos and letters between the CIA and the Warren Commission, and
internal memos of meetings with Warren Commission staff members.
- CIA monitoring of the Garrison investigation and internal memos
about Clay Shaw and other suspects and witnesses.
- Internal CIA memos critiquing books and articles critical of the
Warren Commission, and providing instructions and strategies to CIA
personnel in using "media assets" to counter these damaging
- Memos and letters between the CIA and the House Select Committee
on Assassinations ("HSCA"), and internal CIA memos about
- CIA critiques of drafts and final versions of writings of the Church
Committee and the HSCA.
- Newspaper and magazine clippings, book excerpts, and transcripts
of interviews. Coverage of the writings on the JFK assassination during
the 1970s is extensive, as it is during the period of the Oliver Stone
movie JFK and its aftermath.
- Memos and other information relating to or generated by a variety
of persons: George DeMohrenschildt, Valeriy Kostikov, Eugene Dinkin,
Gilberto Alvarado, David Phillips, Jim Garrison, Silvia Duran, Richard
Helms, Gerry Patrick Hemming, Ray Rocca, Willem Oltmans, Lucien Conein,
Santos Trafficante, and many more.
- Internal memoranda and formal responses to FOIA requests by a variety
of researchers, including Paul Hoch, Mark Allen, and Gary Shaw.
- And more.....
- High-quality scanned images. Documents are stored in Adobe
Portable Document Format (PDF), which features exact visual reproduction
in combination with text searchability. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is
used for viewing.
- Multiple browse and search options. Use Live Indexes to browse
or search by record number, date, box and folder number, document
type, or by referenced to a particular person or group. Each CD-ROM
also has a full-text search index for instant lookup of a name, word,
or phrase. The DVD-ROM edition allows the entire collection to be
searched with one query.
- Help tutorial, historical overview, and more. Helpful tutorial
pages, an introduction to the collection, information on the AARC
and the National Archives, and more.
- Print Options. Print individual pages or entire documents.
- PC with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, or XP, or Macintosh
- Web browser (Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (included)