President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992

n. a United States federal law that mandated the transfer of records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy from agencies throughout the federal government to the National Archives and empowered a review board to ensure the collection and release of all relevant records


This law was enacted in the wake of the 1991 Oliver Stone film JFK. It required that all records be released exactly twenty-five years from the date it was enacted, October 26, 1992, unless the President of the United States has certified that “(i) continued postponement is made necessary by an identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or conduct of foreign relations; and (ii) the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.” Starting on July 24, 2017, tens of thousands of records were released in 2017; however, based on requests from executive offices and agencies, President Donald J. Trump allowed the continued temporary withholding of certain information. More than 18,000 additional records were released on April 26, 2018. President Joseph R. Biden released thousands of additional records in 2021, 2022, and 2023. The John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection at the National Archives consists of more than five million pages of records, the vast majority of which were made available by the late 1990s.