Sunday, January 31, 2010

University To Unveil William Manchester Writings Amid Return of JFK Manuscript

 If there were ever an "Assassination Document" to fall under the JFK Act, this manuscript would be it.

From the linked article: Manchester returned to Wesleyan, but his book’s profits went to the Kennedy Library, along with all his manuscripts and tedious research, where, under Jackie Kennedy’s orders, they would remain locked away until 2067. Even now, as the original manuscript returns to the University, it remains shrouded in secrecy, heavily censored and sealed away. It remains under the control of the Kennedy family.
“Even in the archiving process we can’t read it legally,” said Assistant University Archivist Valerie Gillispie, “Many of us haven’t even seen it!”

As the exhibition celebrating Manchester’s illustrious career commences, the piece of U.S.history that is “The Death of a President” remains locked away in the historian’s former office on the second floor of the Olin Library, a fascinating part of school history, Kennedy mystique, and the American literary legacy. (emphasis added)


Blogger Debra Conway said...

I am confused as why the "Death of a President" manuscript and all source material isn't covered by the 1992 "JFK Assassination Records Collection Act."
The Assassination Records Review Board ("Review Board") is an independent Federal agency created by the JFK Act to oversee the identification and release of records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The JFK Act granted the Review Board the mandate and the authority to identify, secure, and make available, through the National Archives and Records Administration ("NARA"), records related to President Kennedy's assassination."
If there was EVER an "assassination document" under this law it would be the Manchester original manuscript and all source material. At the very least, those historical items should have been reviewed by the Assassination Records Review Board for release. For more information on the JFK Act and the impressive job of the ARRB:

January 31, 2010 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems like such an excessive length of time to release information that, in all likelihood, we mostly know already. The only thing I can think of is that Jackie did not want certain things to be made public while her children were still alive.

How ironic that John Jr. is gone so soon, and Caroline is not likely to live to 2067. Other sources have revealed that LBJ and Howard Hunt were the instigators, and that there was no shortage of people and agencies who wanted JFK dead. Kennedy's long line of mistresses and dalliances are also well known. What's left to know?

In 2067, who will care that much about it? Maybe that was the whole point.

January 31, 2010 3:24 PM  
Blogger Debra Conway said...

The Argus has incorrect facts. The opening and exhibit occurred last year (2009). There is no event scheduled this week. I was also misquoted. No one has seen the restricted documents, including the processing archivists, other than to make sure they are indeed restricted as required by court order.

The finding aid to the collection is online:

February 1, 2010 2:08 PM  

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