The AARC Public Library is a vast resource of scanned documents
with sophisticated tools to help you access it. This Guide provides
information on the Public Library's contents and how to find and
I. Public Library Digital Holdings
This web site contains reports, transcripts, and other documents
relating to political assassinations, particularly the 1963 assassination
of President John F. Kennedy. These materials include reports from
the various government investigations into the crime, as well as
source materials such as transcripts from those investigations.
The collection also contains relevant material from federal agencies
such as the FBI and CIA.
Reports, transcripts, and other documents are constantly being
added to the AARC Public Library. The list in the greenpanel to
the right describes the current contents in general terms. The public
library's table of contents serves as
the definitive listing of individual documents.
II. Browsing with the Table of Contents
Main Table of Contents. The table
of contents tab near the top of the window takes you to the
main level of the AARC Public Library contents. This page divides
the collection by government agencythese agencies include
investigative bodies like the Warren Commission, HSCA, FBI, CIA,
and several others.
Navigating the Hierarchy. Clicking on an agency name
takes you to another table of contents page, "one level down"
the hierarchy. For instance, the Warren Commission's sub-contents
page lists the Warren Report, the 26 volumes of Hearings and Exhibits,
and Executive Session transcripts. Click on a sub-contents line
to go down one more level in the hierarchy.
Viewing Pages or Documents. Within only a few clicks,
you will reach a table of contents page which features individual
documents or the sections of a report. Most entries feature two
ways of viewing the document or report section.
The links on the left quickly take you to pages featuring a single
scanned page image, along with controls to advance to next or
previous or nearby pages.
icons to the right open up a (multi-page) Portable Document Format
(PDF) document. The PDF viewer has magnification and other controls
which make it superior, but PDF files can be large and slow to
download. Pay attention to the size of the file noted by the icon,
and avoid large files if your internet connection makes for too
Retracing your Steps. From each scanned image page
or table of contents page, you can retrace your steps back to where
you came from. Use the "Return to" links to back up and
browse in another direction. They look like this:
III. Viewing Documents with the Adobe
Along with a set of individual scanned page images, each document
is also available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Beware
that these PDF files, consisting of multiple pages at high resolution,
can be large. Note the file size accompanying the PDF linkmany
PDF files are over a megabyte in size, and each megabyte takes roughly
4 to 5 minutes to download over a 56K modem connection. The good
news is that the first pages of a document may be viewed while downloading
When PDF files are viewed, the Adobe Reader program displays the
file inside the browser window, along with its own toolbar of viewing
controls. Depending on browser configuration, the Reader might instead
be launched as a separate program with its own window. See the Troubleshooting
page for information on correcting this.
Basic information on operating the viewing controls in the Adobe
Reader's toolbar is available on the About
Adobe Reader page.
If you have any problems configuring or using the Adobe Reader,
or other problems using the AARC Public Library, see the Troubleshooting