The Presidential Library

In the course of writing, researching, and promoting this site, I have amassed a considerable library of books and other research resources related to the assassination of the 35th President of the United States.

Part of this process was good old-fashioned legwork. I must have looked in every cranny of every bookstore, library, and antique shop in the greater San Francisco Bay Area for every last scrap of paper written on the assassination of John Kennedy I could get my hands on.

Some of these volumes have been extremely useful in sorting out the mysteries and misconceptions concerning the case, while others have been little more than souvenirs. They all have a place of honor in what I have somewhat whimsically dubbed the “Presidential Library.”

The second component of the Presidential Library is decidedly new school: two 500 gigabyte backup drives filled with photographs, documents, audio recordings, documentary footage, and almost every single film or television program portraying or inspired by the events of November 22nd 1963, documentary or narrative.

Is my Presidential Library a complete omnibus of Kennedy assassination research materials? Of course not. Libraries by their very nature are always growing. But considering most people my age generate their opinions on the Kennedy assassination based on the nonsense they see on YouTube or the cable networks, I think my library is doing just fine.

I’ll be 79 years old when we commemorate the centennial of the Kennedy assassination in 2063, and by then I will hopefully have amassed enough volumes to fill the Book Depository. Until then, if you see a book on the Kennedy assassination, point me to it.

-Lee Sanger Goldin