ARRB Final Report


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The Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board is not a report of findings on the assassination of President Kennedy. Rather, it reports on the work of the ARRB to find and declassify "assassination records," and on the cooperation or lack thereof it received from government agencies.

The ARRB Final Report was issued on September 30, 1998, the day the ARRB went out of existence. It describes the nature of the problem of secrecy as seen by the Review Board, and the means by which the Board defined and implemented its work.

While the ARRB's mission was not to reinvestigate the assassination, it did interview many persons and also took sworn testimony when it deemed that the documentary record could be illuminated by doing so. The ARRB's depositions of witnesses to the autopsy contained much testimony which indicted the authenticity of the autopsy photographs and X-rays, and other ARRB work has altered the debate among researchers. This Report does not reflect some of the truly stunning revelations contained in those depositions and in other files declassified under the ARRB's review.

Title  (PDF: 281 K)
Letters of Transmittal 
Board and Staff 
Table of Contents 
Executive Summary 
Chapter 1. The Problem of Secrecy and the Solution of the JFK Act  (PDF: 128 K)
Chapter 2. Establishment of the Review Board and the Definition of "Assassination Record"  (PDF: 124 K)
Chapter 3. Public Activities of the Assassination Records Review Board  (PDF: 102 K)
Chapter 4. Developing the Review Process  (PDF: 229 K)
Chapter 5. The Standards for Review: Review Board "Common Law"  (PDF: 389 K)
Chapter 6: Part I: The Quest for Additional Information and Records in Federal Government Offices  (PDF: 373 K)
Chapter 6: Part II: Clarifying the Federal Record on the Zapruder Film and the Medical and Ballistics Evidence  (PDF: 221 K)
Chapter 7: Pursuit of Records and Information from Non-Federal Sources  (PDF: 132 K)
Chapter 8: Compliance with the JFK Act by Government Offices  (PDF: 208 K)
Review Board Recommendations  (PDF: 105 K)
Appendix A: The Members of the Assassination Records Review Board  (PDF: 337 K)
Appendix B: The Staff of the Assassination Records Review Board 
Appendix C: The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Act) 
Appendix D: 36 CFR 1400--Guidance for Interpretation and Implementation... 
Appendix E: Meetings of the Review Board 
Appendix F: Summary of Review Board Votes on Records